November 2009


Seeking your views

Wingmoor waste treatment plant and landfill sites

Earlier this year, a group of people from Bishop’s Cleeve and the surrounding areas completed a community health impact assessment (sometimes called an HIA) of the Wingmoor waste treatment plant and landfill sites with assistance from NHS Gloucestershire.

The work identified some key areas of action that the group felt should be addressed by a number of different organisations.

Next Steps

NHS Gloucestershire is now seeking the views of local people on these key areas of action at two ‘drop in’ sessions to be held in Bishop’s Cleeve later this month.  Come along to complete a questionnaire about the work and share your views.

When?

Tuesday 8th December 2009 between 8am and 4.30pm

Wednesday 9th December 2009 between 9.30am and 7.30pm

Where?

Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council Offices, Church Road, Bishop’s Cleeve, Cheltenham GL52 8LR

No need to book as these are ‘drop-in’ sessions

– just come along

If you are unable to attend please contact Caryn Hall at NHS Gloucestershire – caryn.hall@glos.nhs.uk or 08454 221633 – and she will be able to send you a questionnaire to complete

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Good public reaction to future plans for Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury

Local residents have been giving their views and comments on a new document called the Joint Core Strategy. The strategy looks at tackling climate change, providing for new homes, managing traffic, and improving public transport, and will replace the local plans in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury.

The first three of 17 planned public exhibitions in the county have already taken place, and a two-day exhibition in Cheltenham’s Promenade runs tomorrow (Friday 27) and Saturday (28 November), from 10am to 6pm.

Steve Jordan, chair of the Joint Core Strategy member group, says: “We are really pleased with the way that these consultation events have kicked off. Local residents have already shown a lot of interest and have given us some good feedback.

“We would like to encourage people to come along to the next events, and have their say, and tell us where they think new development to meet local needs would best be placed.”

Just some of the views received so far include:

o No building in or near the floodplain
o Need more homes – ‘where will I be able to live in future?’
o No need for more homes
o Will the Joint Core Strategy be able to influence climate change and reduction in energy use?
o Lack of facilities in certain local areas such as doctors surgeries/health facilities and other community facilities
o No more growth in the green belt
o Housing should be located in Gloucester or Cheltenham first
o Housing should avoid the floodplain at Tewkesbury
o Housing should not build in the Leckhampton area -it is open countryside at the foot of the Cotswolds
o Could use the land outside but near to Gloucester and Cheltenham as this would mean more spacious less dense development in the urban areas
o Need to protect the environment – ‘we live in a beautiful area’.
o Need for improved cycle ways and footpath networks
o Inadequate public transport links
o No more development south of Gloucester

Further exhibitions planned for next week are:

Monday 30 November – Quedgeley Parish Office, Gloucester – 3pm to 6pm
Tuesday 1 December – -Bishops Cleeve Parish Council Office – 3pm to 8pm
Wednesday 2 December – Brockworth Community Centre – 3 pm to 8 pm
Thursday 3 December – Uckington /Swindon Village Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Centre, Tewkesbury Road – 3pm to 7pm
Friday /Saturday 4 and 5 December – Unit 33 Kings Walk, Gloucester City Centre – 9am to 6pm
The document can also be found on the JCS website (www.gct-jcs.org) where comments can be made using the on-line system.

The ten week consultation period for the Joint Core Strategy ends on Monday 1 February 2010.
ENDS

Contact: Laura Carter, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775037, email laura.carter@cheltenham.gov.uk
Notes:
The Joint Core Strategy needs to be ‘in conformity’ with the draft Regional Spatial Strategy, which is still to be published by Central Government.

The Joint Core Strategy will identify the key issues facing Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury and set out a vision and strategy for tackling them. Some of the issues to be addressed include:

· Tackling climate change;
· Protecting the environment
· Managing traffic and improving public transport
· Supporting health and education; and
· Providing for new homes and stimulating the local economy

Exhibition dates and venues
Manned exhibitions:
The big three:
1. Cheltenham
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November in front of Cavendish House, Promenade.
2. Gloucester
Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December at the vacant shop in Kings Walk Shopping Arcade
3. Tewkesbury
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December at Tewkesbury’s main library
Gloucester

· Tuesday 24 November: Gloucestershire College, Gloucester campus
· Thursday 3 December (TBC): Quedgley’s Severn Vale School
· Wednesday 9 December: Innsworth Community Hall
· Thursday 10 December (TBC): Hempsted C of E Primary School

Cheltenham

· Monday 23 November: Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham campus
· Wednesday 25 November: Oakley Community Resource Centre, Clyde Crescent
· Thursday 26 November (TBC): Swindon Village Civil Service Sports Association
· Thursday 10 December: Leckhampton/Up Hatherley Brizen Young People’s Centre

Tewkesbury

· Tuesday 1 December (TBC): Apperley Village Hall
· Tuesday 1 December: Bishops Cleeve parish council hall
· Wednesday 2 December: Brockworth Community Centre main hall/conference room
· Monday 7 or Tuesday 8 December (TBC): Alderton Village Hall
· Tuesday 8 December: Highnam Community Trust Centre
· Wednesday 9 December (TBC): Winchcombe Parish Hall (community centre)

Unmanned exhibitions
Gloucester
City Council Offices , The Docks
Gloucester Guildhall, Eastgate Street
Gloucester Library , Brunswick Road
Gloucester TIC, Southgate Street
Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road
Longlevens Library , Church Road
Matson Library ,Winsley Road
Quedgeley Library , Bristol Road
Tuffley Library , Windsor Drive

Cheltenham

Cheltenham Borough Offices , Promenade
Charlton kings Library , Church Street
Cheltenham Central Library, Clarence Street
Hester’s Way Library ,Goldsmith Road
Prestbury Library ,The Burgage
Up Hatherley Library , Hulbert Crescent , Caernarvon Road
Lower High Street Resource Centre
Oakley Community Resource ,Clyde Crescent

Tewkesbury

Bishops Cleeve Library , Tobyfield Road
Brockworth Library , Moorfield Road
Churchdown Library Parton Road
Tewkesbury Borough Council Offices , Gloucester Road
Tewkesbury Library Sun Street
Winchcombe Library , Back lane