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August 2018

Make this summer a #SafeSummer


Summer in Gloucestershire has started early this year with a spell of hot weather in June and July. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service want you to stay safe if you are out and about enjoying the sunshine.


Many fires are preventable, and everyone can do small things this summer to help stop serious incidents like wildfires or tent fires. Follow these tips for a #SafeSummer in the countryside:


  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials thoroughly, and dispose of properly in an ash tray or cigarette bin.
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows. It’s not just littering, it could start a fire on a grass verge.
  • Do not light barbeques or open fires on or near areas of open grass or woodland. Don’t light barbeques or fires inside or close to tents and other camping . 
  • Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues. They could get hurt if the barbecue or camping stove falls, and it could ignite any surrounding foliage.
  • Make sure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents. Make sure your camping stove has the gas switched off and is cool before you pack it away.
    • Do not leave bottles or glass in woodlands. Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires. Put glass in a bin or take it home to recycle it.


Sally Waldron, Head of Prevention and Protection for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said, “We don’t want to spoil the fun, but it is important to stay safe and help to prevent fires from getting out of control. Dry grass or an overhanging branch is all it takes to cause a major fire, and last weekend alone we went out to 29 fires in the open, so we are asking everyone to be safe and sensible.”


A crew from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are currently supporting the operations in Lancashire and Greater Manchester who are battling devastating wildfires near Bolton. GFRS have provided a specialist four by four appliance and crew to help fight the fire, and a specialist logistical team to support the co-ordination of equipment and people. 


If you see a fire in the countryside or woodland, you should only try to extinguish it if it can be done with a single bucket of water. In all instances, we would ask people to call 999 and give as exact a location for the incident as possible, preferably a six figure map reference.


For fire safety advice, please visit www.glosfire.gov.uk



August 2018

A417 ‘Missing Link’ scheme receives a boost

from Government


Great news for all those who want to see the A417 ‘Missing Link’ fixed as both the Treasury and the Department for Transport (DfT) are now championing the scheme and supporting Highways England’s work.


Used by more than 34,000 vehicles a day, the route is a key link between the West Midlands and London. It is known for having long journey delays.

Finding a solution is a priority for the county council, with nearly 7,000 people and businesses previously pledging their support for an improvement scheme, which is being delivered by Highways England.

Highways England (HE) has been looking at a number of different routes to solve the problem and in March this year they led a consultation with ‘route option 30’* being their preferred solution.

Now Highways England has said that the project has become a ‘Tier 1’ scheme which means that the DfT and the Treasury in Whitehall are now directly involved with the governance and oversight of the scheme.

Working more closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Treasury will help ensure that all the potential benefits of the project are realised, and the needs of road users, the environment, the local community and the economy will be carefully balanced alongside affordability and value for money.

Councillor Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth said:-

“I’m delighted to hear that the A417 ‘Missing Link’ has now been promoted to a ‘Tier 1’ scheme which will mean that central government will be able to use their considerable resources to support Highways England with their work.

The county council will continue to push for a solution to the A417 ‘Missing Link’ to be built as we see it as a vital part of our county’s future infrastructure.”


*Option 30 is a 3.4 mile surface route following the alignment of the existing A417 at Crickley Hill with less of a slope. A new section of road would be built through Shab Hill to the east of the existing A417, re-joining the existing road near the Cowley Roundabout.

Option 30 would include two new junctions – one at Shab Hill and one on the existing A417 close to Barrow Wake with a link road in-between. There would be three lanes of carriageway going up Crickley Hill and two lanes coming down.


Meet the Mischief Makers in a library near you!


This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers; celebrating the 80thanniversary of the much-loved comic, Beano.


There are plenty of pranks and tons of fun waiting for families at their local library this summer. Children will follow clues to explore their colourful collectors map and meet a host of characters along the way.


Dennis, Gnasher and friends invite players to set off on a hunt for Beanotown’s famous buried treasure.


As children read their choice of six library books during the Summer Reading Challenge they will collect special stickers, incentives and follow their map. However, they’ll need to watch out because Dennis is going to be up to all sorts of mischief, and he is making some of those stickers extra stinky!

To complete the challenge and receive a certificate and medal, children must sign up for their free pack, visit their library three times and borrow six books. Look out for your red and black wristband on your second visit.

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The challenge will run from Saturday 14th July to Saturday 8th September.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for Libraries said: “We hope children will love this year’s theme of Mischief Makers and enjoy a summer of fun becoming super readers along the way.

“Our libraries right across the county will have new books available and we have more than 160 young volunteers ready to help during your visits.”

Jane Everiss, head of libraries said: “Mischief Makers will celebrate adventure, friendship, reading and fun and is a must for all children who want to live in the moment and be themselves.


“In Gloucestershire last year the Summer Reading Challenge attracted nearly 10,000 local children to take part and we hope even more families will join in this year. The challenge stops the dip in reading levels over the summer and children go back to school full of reading enthusiasm.”

There will be lots of themed family events in July and August and a bumper crop of free sessions from comic fun to mask making. Find your local library at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/gloucestershire-libraries-3143135002 to find local events.

Children can find ideas for their next read, and play interactive games at: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Stay in touch and keep up to date with the latest local library news, events and offers on Twitter @Gloslibs, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, or sign up to the monthly eNewsletter at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKGLOUCESTERSHIRE/subscriber/new?topic_id=UKGLOUCESTERSHIRE_12


July 2018

Joined up health and care services approach “great news” 

Gloucestershire is to become one of only 14 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) across the country, following an announcement by NHS England.

In a joint release, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Gloucestershire County Council welcomed the plans. 

Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet members for Adult Social Care have also added their voices of support to plans for more joined up health and social care. 

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We already have a good record of joint working with our partners in health and social care and this is an exciting opportunity to be able to build on it. Closer working with our NHS partners means we can learn from each other, helping people to stay well and promoting healthy lifestyles. This partnership means we can look at how we can improve people’s overall experiences of the health and care system which is really positive for residents.” 

Cllr Roger Wilson, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This announcement is great news and it’s all about how well we work together with NHS organisations in the county. One of our main focusses is on helping people keep their independence, but we want people to get the care they need when they need it. The pilot will allow us to take our partnership approach forward and build on the advances we have already made in Gloucestershire.” 

The joint release can be found on the CCG’s website at: https:// www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/people-in-gloucestershire-set-to-benefit-further-from-joined-up-health-and-care-services/

Stay fire safe in the home

If there was a fire in your house tonight, would you know the best way to exit your property safely? Are your hallways and back doors clear?

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is encouraging families to make sure they know how to safely exit their home in the event of a fire.
Below are five top tips from GFRS about to help you make sure you and your families can be prepared:

  1. Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999

  2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.

  3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they are working.

  4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you can escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit

  5. Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place.

Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.

The fire service also offer safe and well visits, which are an easy and free way to get advice and equipment to make your home safe. Crews can give helpful tips about staying safe and discuss the best escape routes for households as well as fitting smoke alarms for free.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Our fire crews work hard to support people be safe, in and out of the home. By knowing how you would exit your home in the event of a fire, it could save your life in an emergency.”

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is really vital that residents have a plan in place to evacuate the premis-es if the worst happens. The five tips we’ve provided are a quick and easy way to remember how to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a fire.
Our firefighters continue to keep our communities safe on a daily basis and I am grateful to them, our control staff and officers for all their work.”

To arrange a free safe and well visit, please visit:

or phone 0800 180 41 40.

Can you share the care?


Gloucestershire County Council is looking for carers who can provide overnight, day-care or even just a few hours care to children and young people with disabilities.


There are many families in Gloucestershire caring full time for their disabled children, these families are in real need of a short break. This time allows them to relax, spend time with other members of their family or just for every day things like the weekly shop; which can be really challenging as a full-time carer.

The children also benefit hugely from the support offered. It offers them the chance to make friendships and participate in new activities with people outside their family, activities that most non-disabled children take for granted.

All children are different and to meet their needs, the team are looking for a wide variety of people. They welcome applicants with experience of caring for disabled children and those with challenging behaviour, although this is not essential as the team offer ongoing training. All we ask is that you have an understanding of children's needs and a willingness to learn new things and embrace new challenges.


Unlike fostering it is not always necessary for carers to have a spare bedroom, however they are required to be over 21 years of age.


Carers work closely with parents and professionals, following an agreed care plan to achieve agreed outcomes.


If you would like more information about becoming a short break carer, please come along to one of the events above or go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/familylinkplus.

Alternatively, you can contact the team directly on 01452 426860
or e-mail familylink@gloucestershire.gov.uk.


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