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February 2019

Safety work ensures bridge remains fit for use


Gloucestershire County Council’s highways crews will be carrying out essential maintenance work to Greenhill Drive Bridge in Gloucester between 25 and 28 February.


Greenhill Drive Bridge is a busy commuter route for motorists travelling from Tuffley to the A38 and Bristol Road. The improvement work includes replacing the bridge deck joints to prevent water from seeping down and damaging the concrete of the bridge.

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The maintenance work will also ensure the bridge remains fit for use for road users for many years to come. To repair the bridge as quickly as possible, there will be a 24/7 road closure in place from 7pm on 25 February until 6pm on 28 February.


Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “Making sure our road network is as efficient and safe for all road users is a top priority for the county council. It’s important that we ensure drivers remain safe when travelling along Greenhill Drive Bridge. I would like to thank motorists for their patience while this essential safety work is carried out.”


What’s the diversion route? (suitable for heavies)


Diversion route is via Tuffley Lane, Epney Road, and Cole Avenue.


Issued by: Gloucestershire County Council Communications Team, 01452 427554, communications@gloucestershire.gov.uk

February 2019


Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of Hardwicke Parish Council

held on Monday January 7th 2019




Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilks (Chair)         Cllr Mark Ryder

Cllr Lyn Welbourne                             Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Anthony Doyle                              Cllr Denise Powell

Cllr Jill Brearley                                   Cllr Graham Brearley

In attendance

County Councillor Stephen Davies, District Councillors Gill Oxley and David Mossman, one resident and Kevin Lee, Clerk

1/19 Apologies

Apologies were received from Parish Councillors John Perkin (Chair) and Kevin Marsden

In the absence of Cllr John Perkin; Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilks was appointed Chair for the meeting

2/19 Declarations of Interest

There were none

3/19 Public Consultation/ Questions

The Parish Council was thanked by the resident for its work on challenging the District Council’s Local Plan Review which had identified land within Hardwicke as a possible area to accommodate the shortfall in Gloucester City and the JCS.

District Councillor David Mossman informed the meeting that the district council was under a duty to co-operate with Gloucester City Council, however, that did not necessarily mean agreeing to provide land.

The ongoing traffic congestion at Junction 12 of the M5 and Cross Keys Roundabout was highlighted as a problem. Concern was further raised about the speeding traffic in the area particularly along Church Lane, Green Lane and Pound Lane.

4/19 Minutes of previous meeting

Resolved; to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on December 3rd 2018

5/19 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports

County Councillor Stephen Davies reported that the County Council had set a budget which would result in a 2.99% increase to £428m. Extra funding had been allocated to Children’s Services.

District Councillor Gill Oxley reported that, in Hardwicke, there had been a house break in just before Christmas. The incident had been reported to the Police but there had been a slow response in visiting the property.

It was agreed that the Police be asked to attend future meetings of the Parish Council or to provide regular written reports.

Cllr David Mossman reported that CCTV cameras would be installed at the lay by in Moreton Valence

6/19 Planning Applications and Local Plan

Planning Applications

The Parish Council considered its response to the following planning applications;

S.18/22713/ADV Non Illuminated Sign Unit 6 gateway 12 Davy Way

Resolved; to raise no objections  

S.18/2612/FUL Air Conditioning Units at Unit 6 Gateway 12

Resolved; Application not supported on information provided

S.18/2465/REM Construction of Sub Station Land at Colethrop Farm

Resolved; No objections subject to the road classification issues being resolved

S.18/2566/REM Road Infrastructure to Serve Phase 3

Resolved; No objections subject to resolving discrepancy marked on drawing 29088/PH3/100/20-1

S.18/2620/FUL retention of temporary buildings for Hardwicke Youth Football Club

Resolved to defer the matter to a meeting of the Parish Council on January 21st 2019

Review of Local Plan – Emerging Strategy

Cllr Mark Ryder gave a report on the outcome of the Facebook Campaign. He reported that 700 Facebook users had responded to the article and 133 had left comments.

In total, 14,000 users had seen the item. Cllr Ryder was thanked for all the work on leading the on line campaign and for the very good results.

Cllr Denise Powell reported that she had collected 37 completed letters in response to opposing the proposals in the Local Plan Review which had identified Hardwicke as a potential area for Gloucester City shortfall.

Cllr Powell also noted that it had appeared from the consultation event that a conservation assessment had not been undertaken and requested that the matter be raised with Stroud District Council.

District Councillor David Mossman referred to the document prepared by his party at the District Council which set out alternative proposals to the plan, including removing the potential allocation of sites within Hardwicke.

Resolved to note the reports

6/19 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the Finance Report for the period ending December 31st 2018 and the list of monthly payments.

Members considered the draft budget and precept for 2019/2020, a number of projects were identified for inclusion in the budget and it was agreed to hold a final budget meeting on January 21st 2019

Resolved; to approve the list of payments and approve the finance report. It was also agreed to hold a final budget meeting on January 21st 2019

7/19 Parish Council 125th Anniversary

The chair of the Parish Council, Cllr John Perkin had been informed that the parish council would be 125 years old during 2019 and had proposed that a working group be set up to consider ways to commemorate this landmark. The Clerk reported that following a discussion with the County Record Office, the first set of Minutes for the Parish Council did relate to 1894.

It was agreed to invite Henry Lloyd Baker to part of that group

Resolved; members of the working group, Cllr John Perkin, Cllr Tony Doyle, Cllr Mark Ryder, Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes and Henry Lloyd Baker

10/19 Parish Councillor and Lead Member reports

Cllr Mark Ryder reported that, permission in principle had been given to landscape the entrance to Hunts Grove.

A first meeting of the residents with the Management Company was being planned for February and he had raised with the company the question of representation form the Parish Council.

Bovis Homes would be developing Phase 3 at Hunts Grove for 350 houses this would be on land south of the Shorn Brook. There was concern from residents about the access from construction traffic which need to travel through the phase 1 area.

The Planning application for the development at Marconi Drive would be considered at DCC Meeting in February.

Cllr Darren Morris highlighted the problems with the Athletics race on December 30th It was agreed that a meeting with the organisers should be held before their next events

In respect of the Village Hall, Cllr Morris reported that the new CCTV was being installed in early January. There had been damage to the height barrier to the car park and a claim was being made against Western Utilities.

Cllr Tony Doyle reported that the hedge leading to the Pilot Inn had been damaged and partly removed. It was understood that there was an agreement for the contractors to reinstate the hedge.

Cllr Denise Powell gave an update on the initial meeting of the technical working group which had been set up to monitor the emissions data from the Incinerator.

Cllr Powell had now been appointed as a Governor of Hardwicke School.

Fr Andrew had announced that he would be retiring from Hardwicke Church at the end of March 2019

Cllr Graham Brearley had noted that there had been cracks in the road in Church Lane near to Puddleducks and it appeared that large sections of the bank were giving way.

Resolved to note the reports and follow up appropriate actions


January 2019


The Urbaser Balfour Beatty Community Fund will be open for applications in March 2019. Constituted community and parish organisations from Hardwicke, Quedgeley, Haresfield, Standish, Moreton Valence, Harescombe and Whitminster are able to apply
for a share of the £25,000 annual fund for projects that meet the criteria of two categories: Environmental benefit and Social/Community benefit. Full details will be released on the Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire website in March when the fund
opens. The Fund is being managed independently from Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire by a committee of elected members from the parishes. For all enquiries, please email 


February 2019

“Distributor needed”

We are looking for a volunteer to accept ten boxes of magazines per month and deliver one box to each of ten deliverers living locally. 

If you are interested please phone Peter Hill

 for further details on tel: 07578364686.

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