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April 2019

Cross Keys Roundabout Closing, Hardwicke

This roundabout will be subject to temporary speed restrictions and overnight closures 

during the period from 15th April 2019 to 13th September 2019. 

The overnight closures will be between 19.00hrs and 06.00hrs for upto 20 nights during this period. 

Advance warning of dates will be displayed by signs on site.

This is to allow for improvement works to the roundabout by Gloucestershire County Council.
If you require any further information regarding these works please contact the 

Major Projects Team at Gloucestershire County Council on 08000 514514.

Caroline Cogram
Gloucestershire County Council
Roadspace Co-ordinator (Stroud District Area)

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 See the Severn Bore this month 

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Information courtesy of severn-bore.co.uk

March 2019

Invite to the official opening of recently expanded facilities at Severn Vale School

On Friday 1st March at 4:00pm, Gloucestershire County Council would like to invite the media to attend the official opening of the recently completed expansion of Severn Vale School.

This £5 million project, is part of the county council’s overall pledge to invest £100 million into schools. The newly completed work includes expansion of existing facilities, refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Science block, hall refurbishment and expansion and new changing rooms and sports hall storeroom.

Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council and Councillor for Quedgeley said “We are delighted with the work carried out and this will ensure that Severn Vale can accept an additional class of 30 children each year. This project is a key step in continuing to guarantee excellent schooling in Quedgeley.”


Richard Johnson, Head of Severn Vale school, “We are extremely pleased with everything achieved during this building programme. The £5 million invested by Gloucestershire County Council has enabled us to transform the facilities in our school. The work in the science department has been particularly inspiring and this has had an immediate impact on how students view learning in these rooms. Not only has this expansion enabled us to massively improve facilities for our existing students, it has also provided us with the capacity needed to increase our student numbers as demand locally increases. The build programme has been challenging and it is important to say how grateful we are to both Gloucestershire County Council and EG Carters for their support throughout the process.”


The event will start at 4pm, with a photo opportunity at 4:15pm, 4:30pm speeches in the newly refurbished Science block and then a tour round the new facilities from 4:45pm with cake, tea and coffee available. Finish is at 5:30pm.

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

 March 2019

NATIONAL LEARN TO PLAY DAY hits Gloucestershire Saturday 23rd March 

Yes folks, our LEARN TO PLAY DAY is back. Learn to play a musical instrument for FREE. 

You’d better be quick though - there are only 100 places

Gloucestershire Music (GM) has teamed up with the national organisation ‘Music for All’ (www.musicforall.org.uk) to bring you the chance to play a musical instrument. 

Music for All are hosting their national LEARN TO PLAY weekend with loads of events across the UK. GM are pleased to announce that they will be hosting three of these here in Gloucestershire. 

You can attend one of three centres in Coleford, Gloucester or Stroud on the morning of Saturday 23rd March. The event invites children aged 7+, including adults, to learn various brass, string and woodwind instruments. You will also be able to find our more about or free FAME sessions, how to hire an instrument and their adult Learn As You Play programme. 

Once you have registered for a place simply reserve the date in your diary and Gloucestershire Music will be in touch closer to the time with final details. There are only 100 places and they are going fast. 

To register visit www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk and click on F.A.M.E./BBC where there is a short survey to complete

March 2019

Citizens Advice celebrates 60 years in Stroud! Can you help us find 60 new donors? 

Your local Citizens Advice is a charity which offers free, independent, impartial and confidential information, advice and support to the local community. As a charity it depends on the goodwill of its supporters which includes local councils, trusts and also many individuals. 

We have just celebrated our sixtieth year of service to Stroud and District and are seeking to enrol 60 more long term financial supporters in order to ensure the continuation of our service in the future. Can you help, please? 

We ask that you consider making an annual pledge to us in the form of a standing order - as little as £5 a month is a valuable contribution, especially if you are also able to allow us to collect Gift Aid on your donation. 

If you would like to become one of our 60 new supporters please phone us on 0808 800 0510 and ask us to send you the necessary forms. 

See below an example of the advice we can give:- 

Keeping Warm This Winter 

Energy Projects at Stroud and Cotswold Districts Citizens Advice 

We are working to provide advice to energy consumers to help save money on their gas and electricity bills and access any other help available. 

We can do this by helping to find the best deal for them, check if they can get the Warm Home Discount of £140.00 a year, check they are on the most suitable tariff for them and discuss energy saving measures. Our advisers will help people through the switching process or show them where to find the information to help themselves. 

We can also help with any other energy related issues like disputes over bills, complaints, energy efficiency and grants. 

For a one to one energy appointment call your local advice line: 

Stroud District freephone 0808 800 0510 

Cotswold District freephone 0808 800 0511

March 2019

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The largest donations went to Cobalt Appeal Fund, Diabetes UK, The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust, Cotswold Canals Trust, Gloucestershire Scouts, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire 4x4 Response, Air Training Corp, Vale of Berkeley Railway, Event Mobility and the newly formed Wotton & Dursley branch of the British Heart Foundation.

Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza event 

organisers donate over £25,000 to charities 

Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (SVTEC) organisers of the annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza have donated over £25,000 to 38 national and regional charities and preservation projects. The show organisers hosted a special evening at Stonehouse Court Hotel on Monday 28 January 2019 and invited representatives from 38 charities to attend a presentation. 

Martyn Slater, Chairman of SVTEC said “Last year nearly 20,000 visitors flocked through the gates of the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza during the hottest weekend of the year. It was one of the best attended shows in the events 44-year history which meant that we are able to invest in the sustainability of our future shows, but also support many worthwhile charities”. 

The show which takes place at South Cerney Airfield is the biggest event of its kind ran entirely by volunteers, without them, the show simply couldn’t run. I am im-mensely proud of our team of 65 volunteers. As a way to reward them for all their hard work and commitment to the event, each section leader nominates a charity to be a beneficiary from the profits raised. 

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Martyn Slater continued “There is so much goodwill in the county. To me it’s the highlight of the year and makes all the stresses and strains of running the show all worthwhile and inspires us all to carry on. Each recipient was given the opportunity to say a few words about their respective causes. It is our hope that we are in a posi-tion to do something similar for many years to come.” 

© Photography credits with thanks to Mark Taylor, John Rogers and John Grange

March 2019

Improving the traffic flow on Llanthony Road 

Gloucestershire County Council takes one more step closer to improving traffic flow through Gloucester 

with a £7.45m scheme to widen Llanthony Road. 

Improvements to part of the Gloucester South West Bypass, also known as the A430 Llanthony Road scheme, aim to widen the carriageway to two lanes at a well-known pinch point, helping to improve the traffic flow on a major route through the city. 

The latest project update comes before the county council’s cabinet meets on Wednesday 30 January to consider allowing the project leads to apply for compulsory purchase orders. The orders would only be required if ongoing negotiations with affected landowners alongside Llanthony Road delay the scheme significantly. 

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “This scheme is vital to help keep Gloucestershire moving and support economic growth in the county. The Llanthony Road section of the Gloucester South West Bypass creates a bottleneck for traffic, frustrating commuters, residents, visitors and businesses alike and I’m delighted that we are getting closer to making the necessary improvements. 

“The planned widening, along with the other improvements, will reduce congestion and journey times, but to do this we need to secure the necessary land to make it possible. Negotiations with landowners are going well, and we will always try to work with landowners to get a positive outcome. We are hopeful that all landowners will continue to work with us, but if required, the council does have the powers to compulsorily acquire the land necessary.” 

The Gloucester South West Bypass is an important link from the city centre to the M5 motorway, and the Llanthony section is the only section still waiting to be improved. 

The proposed scheme will see the section between Llanthony Road and St Anne Way widened and the traffic lights refurbished to make traffic flow better. The side road junctions will also be improved and there will also be improvements to pedestrian crossings and facilities for cyclists. 

A decision on proposed planning permission is expected later this month, February 2019. 

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Other planned dates: 

  • Planning decision expected February 2019 
  • Land acquisition negotiations are due to be completed in 2019. 
  • Site preparation and demolition of any buildings is estimated to be June 2020. 
  • The main scheme road works will start in 2020/21.

Hardwicke Matters Quiz Night Saturday 6th April

The Hardwicke Matters Annual FREE Quiz night is on Saturday 6th April this year.

If you would like to enter whether you are an individual (we will find you a team to join) or would like to enter a complete team please download the pdf application form below and post, or pop it through the letter box of 

14 Cornfield Drive, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QJ.

You can if you’re a smarty pants, e-mail your re completed request to the editor@hardwickematters.co.uk

HM Quiz Night Form 2019.pdf
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March 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of an Extra Ordinary meeting of Hardwicke Parish Council held on Monday January 21st 2019


Cllr John Perkin (Chair)                                                           

Cllr Anthony Doyle

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilks                                                      

Cllr Mark Ryder  

Cllr Graham Brearley                                                               

Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Jill Brearley                                                                        

Cllr Denise Powell

Cllr Darren Morris

In attendance

Richard Howell and Phil Addle from Hardwicke Rangers Football Club and Kevin Lee, Clerk

11/19 Apologies

Apologies were received from Parish Councillor Lyn Welbourne, County Councillor Stephen Davies and District Councillors Gill Oxley and David Mossman.

The Chair, Cllr John Perkin, read out a letter from Cllr Kevin Marsden. Cllr Marsden had submitted his resignation from the Parish Council. He thanked colleague Councillors for all their support during his time of office and he wished the Council well for the future. He also offered to continue to provide input on planning matters if this was desired by the Council.

Cllr John Perkin led the thanks for the work that Cllr Marsden had done for the Parish Council, in particular his lead on the NDP and the tremendous input to planning decisions.

It was agreed to consider the future structure of the planning group as an agenda item at the next meeting of the Council

Resolved to note the resignation and to record the Councils appreciation of the contribution made by Kevin Marsden

12/19 Declarations of Interest

There were none

13/19 Public Consultation/ Questions

No matters were raised


14/19 Hardwicke Rangers

Representatives of the club had been invited to the meeting to provide an update on the plans for the temporary buildings at The Close and the related planning application.

The club reported that the developer Redrow had confirmed that they would be seeking to build on the land on the expiry of the current lease. Redrow had intimated that it would offer an alternative ground and that they would report back to the club in February. 

In respect of the planning application for the temporary buildings the initial buildings had been in place for a number of years and that the Club had to reapply every four years to enable them to stay in place.

The Club representatives gave an assurance that they would continue to marshal traffic in and out of the ground during match days.

After the representatives left, the Parish Council considered its response to the planning application.

Cllrs confirmed its support for the club and recognised the great work being given to provide sport for 350 local children. It was noted that the buildings had been in place long before the Parish Council’s NDP and the District Council’s Local Plan. Cllrs also recognised that the application did not sit with the local plan policies and this should be highlighted in the response to the district council. However it was important to stress support for the club and on balance to support the application on the basis that the buildings were only temporary.

Resolved; to advise the district council that the application was supported for the temporary buildings and to take note that the Local Plan policies had been made after the buildings were in place

15/19 Governance Review

Cllr Mark Ryder and the Clerk gave an update on the review. The district council’s members working group had proposed that Hunts Grove be established as a parish council in its own right.

The proposal would need to be approved by a meeting of the full district council. If approved there would be a further period of consultation leading to a final decision in July 2019. A new parish council would be effective from May 2020.

Resolved; to note the report

16/19 Budget and Precept for 2019/2020

The clerk presented the draft budget for the new financial year commencing in April 2019. The budget contained some growth project items for the year. It was agreed to support the growth items and agree a budget of £55,336 and an annual  precept of £29.72 for a council tax Band D property


17/19 Appointment of Vice Chair

Resolved to appoint Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes as Vice Chair of the parish Council

18/19 Date of Next Meeting

It was noted that a number of parish councillors would be unavailable for the next meeting. 

It was agreed to change the meeting date to February 11th 2019 

March 2019 

The New Register Office is open in Quedgeley Library each Wednesday & Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm

to register births, deaths and notices of marriage. 

Appointments can be booked, as with any of our other offices, by telephone or online. The postal address is Quedgeley Register Office, Quedgeley Library, Bristol Road, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 4PE. 

Alison Denman 

Registration Officer 

Gloucestershire Registration Service 

St George's Road 



Tel:01452 425060 

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March 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of Hardwicke Parish Council held on Monday February 11th 2019


Cllr John Perkin (Chair)                                                             Cllr Mark Ryder  

Cllr Lyn Welbourne                                                                    Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Darren Morris                                                                       Cllr Denise Powell

In attendance

County Councillor Stephen Davies, District Councillors Gill Oxley and David Mossman, two residents, two representatives from Wales and West Utilities and Kevin Lee, Clerk

19/19 Apologies

Apologies were received from Parish Councillors Demelza Turner-Wilks, Jill Brearley, Graham Brearley and Anthony Doyle

20/19 Declarations of Interest

There were none

21/19 Public Consultation/ Questions

1. A resident expressed his concerns and frustration of some residents over the recently held running events held in Hardwicke and Quedgeley. In particular, the organisers had appeared not to have adhered to the conditions of the road closures or followed the details of the closures as set out in the notices. Residents of Hunts Grove had been affected as the only route into Hunts Grove was at time subject to road closures.

Cllr Mark Ryder reported on a meeting held with the race organisers following the events and in response to these complaints the organisers had stated that the Police and GCC Highways had varied the closures on the day of the second event. This was to allow access to the Police Custody Centre. Others concerns expressed by residents through the HGRA website had also been raised with the organisers.

2. The representatives from Wales and West Utilities gave an update on the works being undertaken to renew the gas main. A resident who had been without a gas supply for a number of days raised a number of questions about the programme and the information provided to residents. The representatives agreed to discuss the matter privately with the resident.

It was noted that the containers in Westland Road near to the junction with Sellars Road were making it difficult for buses and vehicles to pass. Wales and West representatives agreed to look at moving the containers away from the junction.


22/19 Minutes of Previous Meetings

Resolved; to approve the Minutes of the Meetings held on January 7th and January 21st

23/19 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports

County Councillor Stephen Davies reported that the county council’s budget would be confirmed on February 13th

A further Ofsted report had found that there had been improvements to Children’s Services but had identified some issues remained in respect of services for the cohort for teenagers.

Cllr Davies agreed that in his meeting with the Area Highways Manager he would raise the issue of a sign at Waterwells Roundabout.

He noted that Crest had advised that the bus service to the area would be cut in September unless the County Council appointed a new provider.

District Councillor Gill Oxley gave an update on the provision of a CCTV camera for the lay-by on the A38 at Moreton Valence. A temporary camera had been installed by Stroud District Council. The grant application for a permanent camera would be considered in March 2019.

District Councillor David Mossman reported that the ‘hot firing’ for the Incinerator would commence in April and would be monitored by the Environment Agency.

In respect of the review of the District Council’s Local Plan a full consultation would be undertaken on the next stages of the process and the review would be considered by an Inspector in 2020. Cllr Mossman expressed concern that under the duty to co-operate an independent assessor could be appointed to visit sites that could accommodate the unmet needs of Gloucester City.

Cllr Mossman gave an update on the Governance Review and advised that a second round of consultation would commence in March with a final report being presented to a meeting of the full council in June/July 2019.

Resolved to accept the reports

24/19 Police Report

A report from the local policing team had been circulated prior to the meeting. Members raised questions about some the crime statistics.

Resolved the note the report and to follow up the crime statistic figures

25/19 Planning

Planning Group Membership

Members considered the future make-up of the Planning Group. It was agreed to Co-Opt Kevin Marsden on to the group. This would be until the next annual meeting of the Council in May when a full review of the Planning Advisory Group would be undertaken

Resolved to Co-Opt Kevin Marsden to the Planning Advisory Group and to undertake a full review of the group at the Annual Council Meeting

Planning Applications

S.19/0072/HHOLD 29 Dimore Close

Resolved to raise no objections but to comment on the proposed windows overlooking the businesses opposite

S.19/0047/DISCON Hunts Grove Phase 3

Resolved to raise no objections

S.18/2777/REM Bovis Homes Hunts Grove

Resolved to defer consideration until after the planning meeting with Crest on February 18th 20109

S.19/0075/Discon Road Infrastructure Phase 3 Hunts Grove

Resolved to raise no objections and to urge swift progress on the work

S.19/0046/FUL Cross Keys Roundabout

Resolved; to object to the application because of concerns over the highway congestion and the planned works to the roundabout

26/19 Finance Report

  1. The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending January 31st
  2. Appointment of internal auditor for 2019. Members were asked to approve the appointment of Iain Selkirk for 2019

Resolved; to approve the finance report and to approve the appointment of Iain Selkirk as Internal Auditor

27/19 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Reports

Cllr Fran Welbourne reported that the waste bin by the Youth Shelter had been damaged and proposed that the bin be removed. It was also reported that the leaves around the drain at the Plantation Play Area be removed.

Cllr Darren Morris reported on the build-up of lorries parked on Marconi Drive early in the morning as they waited to enter Hunts Grove. At times vehicles were backed up to the roundabout. There were concerns from residents about the amount of mud on the highway.

There had been an issue with refuse trucks driving over the grass verges and also damaging part of the kerbs/footpaths. The issue had been raised with the District Council and the contractor UBICO. The problem had been made worse by residents parking close to the corners

There had been further parking issues caused by employees of Amazon. The company had confirmed that it would speak to its employees.

Cllr Denise Powell reported on her first governors meeting at Hardwicke School.

Cllr Powell had received a request for the provision of a dog bin in Davy Way.

Resolved; to remove the litter bin from the footpath near to the youth shelter and to provide a dog bin for Davy Way