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July 2018

Hardwicke youth forum

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During the half term Hardwicke Youth Forum
spent a whole day together. We started the day
with a bit of fun and competition at Tenpin
bowling. 2 games of bowling and a burger meal
was then followed by a special guided tour
around Javelin Park, Energy from Waste facility.

The group were invited along to Javelin Park
after attending the Parish Councils annual
assembly in April. At the Assembly the Youth
Forum did a short presentation to introduce
themselves and the purpose of the Youth
Forum. Also presenting was Ian Barber from
Javelin Park who put the invitation out to the
group for a special tour. The Forum was thrilled
to get this invite.

When we arrived at Javelin Park, we sat with
Ian who explained all about the facility, how it
works, how many homes it will power and
environmental figures. The Forum had the
opportunity to ask questions before getting
kitted out in their PPE (personal protective

equipment). We had a little laugh at how we all looked but knew we had to be very careful and safe as we were entering a fully working industrial building site. We got a tour around the whole site, we seen where the rubbish will come into, the turbines that will produce the electric and whole process the waste will go through. The group found the tour really interesting and inspirational. Thank you to Javelin park for inviting us along and we hope to see the facility again when it is fully completed.

Editor’s note—for more information about Youth Forums contact: Steve Miles Senior Youth Officer, Stroud District Council, Tel: 01453 754504

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June 2018

Are you Water Aware?

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of water safety.

Drowning is one of the UK's leading causes of accidental death. Each year more than
300 people drown after tripping, falling or just by underestimating the risks associated
with being near water. Many more people are left with life changing injuries in water
related incidents.
The latest statistics show that the total number of UK water related fatalities in 2016
was 648 and of these 315 were accidental drownings.
Led by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), the ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign
highlights the risks so that people can enjoy the water safely, and not end up as one of
these shocking statistics.
The campaign ran from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th April and offered the following
safety advice:

  • If you’re going for a walk or run near water stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the waters edge
  • Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running near water in the dark, when it is slippery or in bad weather
  • If you’ve had alcohol don’t enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid walks near water
  • Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal – always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
  • If you’re spending time near water – whether at home or abroad make sure you’re familiar with local safety information

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said:
“Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service has successfully reduced the number of fire
deaths by focusing on prevention work and now we must apply the same principle to
tackling drowning. Response is not enough – we must prevent drownings.

“The NFCC’s water safety lead, chief fire officer Dawn Whittaker said, “Most people
would be shocked to hear that those people drowning just happen to e near water such as
runners and walkers. They’re unaware of the risks and totally unprepared for the
scenario of ending up in the water.

“By highlighting the issue and making sure simple safety messages reach them we hope
to reduce the number of these needless deaths.”

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer, said: "In Gloucestershire we have lots of beautiful waterside
walks, and in the city we have a variety of entertainment venues around the
docks, but if someone fell into the water, would you know what to do? Water Safety
Week is about spreading the message to #BeWaterAware.”

For more information and safety tips visit: https://rlss.org.uk/water-safety/watersafety/
or https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glosfire/your-safety/safety-outdoors/water-safety/

 June 2108


Major road improvement scheme continues along A46 

With the A4173 improvement scheme in its final stages, #yourhighways crews are gearing up to deliver more essential resurfacing and safety works along the A46 between Stroud and Pitchcombe. 

As part of Gloucestershire County Council’s £150 million investment into the county’s highways, the A46 (Stroud to Pitchcombe) is being resurfaced overnight from Wednesday 23rd May to improve safety and road conditions. 

The A46 has been identified by the Department for Transport (DfT) as a major road that would benefit from investment towards improving safety and road conditions. The council has listened to the DfT, local residents, businesses and partners and will be making major improvements to the route. 

Work will take place from Wednesday 23rd May to Monday 11th June with a road closure will be in place each night from 7pm to 7am (excluding Saturday and Sunday nights). Since January, extensive drainage repairs, vegetation clearance and safety improvements have already been carried out as part of a package of improvements for this road. Overall, the scheme will see 19,976m² of the road resurfaced with 2,538 tonnes of hard-wearing asphalt with high skid resistance. Crews will also make improvements to signage and road lining. 

The junction of the A46 and A4173 will not be resurfaced as part of the scheme, as this will be done later in the year as part of a junction improvement scheme. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “I’m pleased to announce that our major works along the A4173 will soon be completed and we’ll now be focussing on improving the route along the A46 north of Stroud. I would like to reassure residents that by delivering these works at night we will keep disruption to a minimum and reduce potential delays.” 

Cllr Eva Ward, county councillor for Stroud Central, said: “This is an important route and the resurfacing will have a significant benefit to the local community here in Stroud. I’ve had many complaints about this stretch of road from local residents, so it’s fantastic that these safety works are now being delivered. I look forward to the work being completed and seeing the positive impact for local residents and commuters.” 

Cllr Keith Stuart Rippington, county councillor for Bisley and Painswick, said: “I’m very happy with the improvement works that have been delivered along the A4173 and its great news that the A46 will now receive the same attention. This is an important route connecting many communities in Stroud, Gloucester and Painswick and the resurfacing will have a significant benefit to local residents, businesses and commuters.” 

Letters have been sent to residents along the route with details about local access arrangements. Advance warning signs are on display and a diversion will be fully signed when work starts. 

Extended road closures will be in place to manage through traffic and crews will do their utmost to maintain access for these areas. No through traffic will be permitted via the A46 works area except in emergencies. 

What’s the diversion route? 

From Stroud, head west on the A417 then north on the A38 to Tuffley (where drivers can access the A4173), then continue via Eastern Avenue and Corinium Avenue on to the A417 heading east to Brockworth, turn left to re-join the A46 towards Painswick. Diversion is the same in reverse. 

All scheme information and updates on its progress can be found online on our website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A46 




Gloucestershire County Council offers the following suggestions on cutting down on single use plastic

Some ideas for reducing how much single use plastic you use:


  • Use a glass instead of a plastic cup
  • Say no to plastic cutlery and straws
  • Source milk in reusable glass bottles
  • Have leftovers for lunch
  • Use a reusable bag
  • Switch cling film for bees wax wraps
  • Use a bread maker
  • Use a reusable flask or mug to avoid disposable coffee cups
  • Buy fruit and vegetables without plastic wrappers (such as from a market or a veg box scheme)When shopping switch plastic wrapped items for things sold in glass, paper, card or tins. For example: switch liquid laundry tablets for washing powder in a cardboard box or squeezey ketchup, oil or mayonnaise for a glass bottle or jar.

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.

May 2018

Council set to eliminate single use plastic Gloucestershire County Council

has voted to stop its use of unnecessary single use plastics.

The original motion was put forward at its full council meeting yesterday by Cllr Eva Ward and amended to: a) Eliminate all single use plastic within county council managed buildings and facilities by 2020, and seek to encourage the elimination of single use plastic within its supply chain by 2025.
b) Asks the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Partnership to consider how they could promote the reduction of SUP across the county and to highlight areas of further lobbying to central government by both collection and waste disposal authorities

Cllr Eva Ward for the Green Party who proposed the motion said: “The success of Blue Planet II means that, as a society, we can’t plead ignorance any more. We know how harmful single-use plastics are to the environment and when there are so many alternatives available, there’s no reason to continue as we are. I was pleased when the government brought out their ‘green plan’, but the research published this week shows that we simply don’t have the luxury of time, and if we leave taking real action until 2042 then we will have damaged our oceans irreparably. We all have a duty to tackle this crisis and it’s time for Gloucestershire County Council to take the lead, be ambitious and to do something that will genuinely make a difference”

“As a result of raising the issue in the county council, there has already been a commitment that the Shire Hall staff café will stop using plastic cutlery, offer reduced price hot drinks for people with reusable cups, wrap sandwiches in biodegradable paper, and replace bottled water with a self service water cooler. This shows what can be done when there is a will. Although I’m disappointed that the original motion wasn’t approved, I’m pleased to have the Joint Waste Partnership involved.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats who seconded the motion said: “The prevalence of plastic in our seas and oceans is an incredibly important issue. The success of the ‘plastic bag levy’ has led to an 85 per cent reduction in disposable plastic bag usage. Now I think the county council should go one step further. By becoming a single-use plastic-free council, and by raising awareness with Gloucestershire residents about the impact of single use plastics on the environment, we can make sure that our county leads on this topic and plays its part in protecting our environment for future generations.”

Cllr Lesley Williams, leader of the Labour group who supported the motion, said: “We know the detrimental effect that single-use plastics have on our environment. In councils and organisations up and down the country, people are becoming more conscientious of what they throw away and the amount of plastic waste they accumulate. It’s easy to make small changes that will have a big impact and this motion will ensure that Gloucestershire County Council does its bit in tackling this crisis.”
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: “We’re going to ask our staff to ‘refuse and reuse’ by refusing single use plastics wherever possible, and by swopping disposables for re-usables. We’d like local residents to join us in doing this too. Gloucestershire councils will work together this year through the Joint Waste Committee to deliver information and advice to residents on how to avoid single use plas-tics and how to recycle those that cannot be avoided. All Gloucestershire councils collect plastics at the kerbside and they are also accepted at household recycling centres. Visit recycleforgloucestershire.com to find out what types of plastic can be recycled in your local area. As a minimum this will include all plastic bottles; and sometimes pots, tubs and trays too.

Gloucestershire Local News 

To make you smile

An Embarrassed Commanding Officer

The CO was running late for the parade so he jumped on his bike to make it there. On the way, he realised he had forgotten his brown leather gloves.

"Never mind", he thought, "I'll carry my tobacco pouch instead, they will never notice." After the parade, he asked his Sergeant "Do you think they realised I was carrying my tobacco pouch and not my gloves?"
The Sergeant replied "Certainly not, sir, they were all looking at your bicycle clips."



(A40) Over to you highways crews 

Commuters can see highways crews at the Over roundabout as the £2.756 million work starts on the vital improvement works.

As of Monday 30th April, essential work will began on the A40 Over roundabout in Gloucester. The roundabout is one of the busiest junctions for commuters in the county and a key point of entry for Gloucester. 

The much needed improvement scheme will increase the capacity of the roundabout, help relieve congestion, save commuters time and allow traffic to flow smoother. 

Work started on 30th April and will last for 18 weeks, finishing in August 2018. The scheme has been organised so that no road closures will be in place during peak hours. Once completed, the A40 Over roundabout scheme aims to reduce delays on the A40 east-west and the A417 north-south approaches. 

Crews will be working hard at Over to widen the Westbound and Southbound approaches; adding a third lane within the roundabout; building new retaining walls and putting in upgraded LED lighting. The total investment of the A40 Over roundabout scheme is £2.756 million. £2.23M has been provided by GFirst LEP, £406,000 investment from Highways England and a further £120,000 from S106 Developer contributions. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “On the back of our success with Elmbridge last year, I’m really excited to start this scheme. I think it will make a great difference to commuter’s journey and the wider road network. I’d like to thank people in advance for their patience whilst we carry out these improvements. We’ll be doing all we can to reduce disruption and ask people to bear with us whilst this much needed work is being done.” 

Cllr Phillip Awford, county councillor for the Highnam division, said: “I’m delighted that we’re now starting this vital work on one of Gloucester’s busiest commuter routes that connects many businesses in the county. This scheme will have a huge benefit on the surrounding communities of Maisemore and beyond – by alleviating the pressure along the A417. Whilst we know there will be disruption and diversions, I ask that you please bear with us while we carry out this essential work.” 

Cllr Pamela Tracey, county councillor for Hempsted and Westgate, said: “I’m very pleased that the work on Over Causeway is coming to a close and that we are able to begin this vital work on the A40 Over roundabout. This is a vital route for residents of Gloucestershire and these improvements will have a significant benefit to those that rely on this route.” 

Crews will begin preparing the site for works from Monday 30th April. There will be no lane closures between 7am – 9:30am and 3:30pm – 6pm throughout the scheme. 

All daytime works will be completed using lane closures with the roundabout remaining open. There will be expected delays but access will still be possible. 

Road Closures: 

A40 East (between Longford Roundabout and Over roundabout) will be closed overnight from 15th May to 1st June between 7pm – 6am. 

A417 North (approach to Over from Maisemore) will be closed overnight from 5th June to 13th June between 7pm – 6am. 

Resurfacing of the roundabout will take place over two weekends in August (4th – 5th and 11th – 12th August). Road closures will be in place from 7pm Friday evening through to 6am Monday morning. Please note that further restrictions will be in place during the resurfacing of the roundabout but access will be maintained where possible. 

More details and traffic advice will be issued nearer the time. For more information please visit: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A40-Over