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July 29th 2019

Found

A computer memory stick has been found in Elmgrove Road East near the One Stop. It contains recent wedding photos and some old photos, probably of sentemental value to the owner. The stick can be reclaimed by contacting Mike King 


September 2019

Help if we Can

HELP IF WE CAN BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY MARKET 

This event will see the entire Quedgeley Community Centre taken over on August Bank Holiday Sunday 26th from 1100-1600 where tables are available for any group, organisation or whatever to sell or promote their wares or group. 

Open to anyone, there will be warm food on sale as well as Ice Cream. 

Details 01452 725343. 

Help if we Can supporting Good Causes. 

 

Steve Smith 

September 2019

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CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS COVER COMPETITION

 

 

We are inviting children living in Hardwicke or belonging to a group held in Hardwicke e.g. Cubs/Brownies etc to design the front cover of our December/ Christmas edition of Hardwicke Matters. 



CLOSING DATE 1pm 4th NOVEMBER 


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We are running the competition in the same way as in previous years.

 

The following information should be written on the reverse of the completed entry in block capitals in pencil. Please don’t use felt tip pen for these details as it shows through when the entry is scanned. Information should be printed on the back of the work only: 


Name of child, address and telephone number 

Age (UPPER AGE LIMIT IS 14 YEARS) 


If the child belongs to a group, please enter that information e.g. 1st HW Brownies along with the Group leader’s name (to help sorting the prizes out into groups) 


A signature is required from the parent or group leader saying that the design is totally the child’s own work. We will group the entries into age groups. 


The work should be in colour but can be anything seasonal – nativity, Father Christmas, snowy scene etc and can be in any medium but it must be suitable for commercial printing. Please ensure that the entry is drawn portrait NOT landscape as it has to fit into the usual size of the front page and should measure 120mm across by 130mm down. 


The overall winner will feature on the cover in colour with age group winners on the back page in colour. We will reduce the size of the work by runners up to fit the back page. For younger children, it would be a helpful to draw out or cut the paper to the correct size. There will be prizes for the overall winner and age group winners and their names will be published. Any entries from groups e.g. Brownies, will be delivered to the group leader for distribution. 


In certain cases, we know that parents/guardians do not wish the name of their child published for a variety of reasons. We will not publish the name as long as there is a CLEAR note saying that this particular child’s name should not be published. Should such a child be a group/overall winner, we would simply say something like the entry is from ‘a 6 year old Brownie’ etc. 


However, we at HM will need to know the name of the child so that prizes can be delivered to the correct address. Any un-named entries will not be considered. 


Entries should be sent directly to me at 14 Cornfield Drive, Hardwicke or dropped (in one large envelope) in either of the Hardwicke Matters boxes at the One Stop Shop or Westbourne News. 


September 2019

Pull the Other One; It’s Got A Bell On It!’ 

Originally published in 2005 

Try your hand at bell-ringing’ said an article in Hardwicke Matters. I always fancied a go. But surely such a hobby was for the more mature person to whom more active pastimes were consigned to memory. I was young (well, middle aged then). I had grown up playing sports such as football, squash and badminton, I play golf. Could I really find a challenge in simply learning to ring a church bell? How difficult could it be to pull a rope and make a bell ding (or dong) in the right place?

Nothing to lose so off I trotted to the inaugural meeting. 

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 I found myself among a group of experienced bellringers and four beginners. Ages ranged from about 13yrs old to 80+ years young. (…first stereotype out of the window then!). 


Following a tour of the bells in the tower (the narrow, worn stone spiral staircase did wonders for my post festivity diet; still not sure how I got through the hatch at the top of the ladder though) we were introduced to the component parts and principles of bellringing. Wonderful terms such as ‘garter hole’; ‘a grooved sound bow’; ‘loose clapper’; and ‘clapper pivot grease cup’ were thrown about. Thankfully there was no test at the end. 


I left the meeting enthusiastic; but thinking that six weeks would see me crack it, with boredom setting in within 6 months. Still, it would keep me occupied for a while. How mistaken was I. 


On a dark and drizzly night the newly formed ensemble assembled for its inaugural lesson. Two instructors from another group had agreed to give up their Wednesday evenings to ‘show us the ropes’. (pun courtesy of Jim from Vicar of Dibley). They had a little experience; over twenty years each at hand-bell and full circle bellringing (church bell ringing to you and me); numerous performances in front of audiences around the world coupled with hosting a number of international bell-ringing symposiums. 


The experienced ringers were put through their paces while the instructors explained what we should be looking for. Hand strokes; back strokes; position of the feet; rhythm; hand positioning; call changes. Similar to a golf lesson really! It didn’t look difficult. The ringing appeared effortless so I remained confident that I would soon reach their standard. 


Our turn arrived. The safety aspects of using a rope to wrestle control of an eight hundredweight chunk of cast iron swinging about just a few feet above your head was explained. Amusing drawings of individuals being lifted to the ceiling of the tower popped into my mind – I quickly realised that this might well have a factual basis. 


I was to ring the back stroke only. The instructor controlled the bell on the front stroke. ‘A little over cautious…’ I thought as I stepped confidently in position alongside the rope…if I only knew what was coming… 

(to be continued…) 


Article resurrected by Kevin Marsden 


September 2019

Follow these tips to make it a #SafeSummer 


Summer is here and it’s important to stay safe to make sure you enjoy the warm weather without the risk of accidents or fires. 

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is promoting the #SafeSummer message in four key areas - #SafeHolidays, #SafeTravel, #SafeHome and #SafeWater. 

Many fires can be prevented and if you follow advice from GFRS, serious incidents like wildfires or tent fires can be avoided. Follow these tips and you will be able to enjoy a #SafeSummer: 


Holidays 

• Having a working smoke alarm in a caravan is just as important as having one in your home 

• Avoid open fires in the countryside, only use designated safe areas 

• Don’t light barbecues on dry grass or leave unattended 

• Never use candles in a caravan or tent 


Travelling 

• Be prepared and plan your journey 

• Make sure your vehicle is safe, legal and roadworthy 

• Ensure that you are fit and safe to drive 


Home 

• Always have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and test regularly 

• Be prepared by making a plan of escape, get out and stay out! 

• Make a bedtime check including close doors and unplug electrical appliances 

• Please check on elderly friends and neighbours during the hot weather 


Water 

• Don’t let a night out end in tragedy – take a safe route home away from water 

• If you’re looking for a place to cool off always find a swimming site where there is a lifeguard 

• Be aware of cold water shock and if you do fall into water remember the ‘5 steps to float’ advice from the RNLI: https://www.respectthewater.com/float-2019 


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BBC News - Home

Supreme Court to rule on Parliament suspension on Tuesday

Judges have been considering whether Boris Johnson's five-week prorogation was lawful. Posted: Mon 23rd of September, 2019

Thomas Cook customers to fly home after firm collapses

The tour firm's failure means more than 150,000 British tourists will need to be brought back. Posted: Mon 23rd of September, 2019

Labour Party conference: McDonnell promises four-day working week

John McDonnell also vows to eliminate in-work poverty if Labour wins power at the next election. Posted: Mon 23rd of September, 2019

Kenya school collapse: Seven dead and dozens injured in Nairobi

Dozens more were injured when the wooden structure collapsed at the start of the school day. Posted: Mon 23rd of September, 2019

Harry and Meghan begin tour of Africa with baby Archie

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie, start their first official trip as a family. Posted: Mon 23rd of September, 2019

CLOSING DATES FOR ARTICLES 2019


For these months articles need to be submitted by  

  • Sept 8th Aug 
  • Oct   5th Sept 
  • Nov   10th Oct 
  • Dec 7th Nov 
  • Jan 20 5th December 

Any changes to adverts should be sent in by 1st of the month 

September 2019

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September 2019

COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW – FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS AGREED BY STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL AT THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING ON 18 JULY 2019 

The following recommendations were agreed at the full Council meeting held on 18 July 2019. 

The next stage is for a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order to be implemented to bring the recommendations into effect for the next parish council elections in May 2020. 

AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS AND REASONS 


The creation of Hunts Grove Parish Council and amendments to Hardwicke and Haresfield Parish boundary 

a) A new Parish of Hunts Grove will be created and the Parish should be called Hunts Grove Parish Council; 

b) The effective date for the new parish council will be the 1 April 2020, with elections for the parish council to take place in May 2020; 

c) Hunts Grove Parish Council should return FIVE Parish Councillors; 

d) The parish should not be divided into wards; 

e) Changes are made to boundaries of the existing Parishes of Hardwicke and Haresfield as shown on Map 5; and 

f) No changes are made to the councillor allocations for Hardwicke and Haresfield Parish Council. 

Reason for decision: The creation of the parish better reflects the identities and interests of the community, and would provide effective and convenient local government. 


The next step will be to create the Reorganisation Orders so the changes will come into effect on the 1 April 2020 ahead of the local elections in May. We anticipate the Reorganisation Orders will be complete by October 2019 and will liaise directly with the Parishes/Town Councils that have been affected by any changes to their boundaries or electoral arrangements. 

September 2019

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September 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council


Dates of Meetings for 2019 

All meetings are on a Monday, unless indicated. Meetings commence at 19.00 and held at Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane Hardwicke. 

 

September 2nd 

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd

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August 2019


HOW EFFECTIVELY IS BULLYING DEALT WITH? 

 

The leading voice for young people in the Stroud district is reaching out to discover how effectively bullying is dealt with. Stroud District Youth Council (SDYC) is the recog-nised active voice for young people in the Stroud district and strives to represent 12,500 11 to 18-year-olds and seeks to give a democratic voice to the young people in the Stroud district. 

 

The youth council is undertaking consultation, to understand young peoples' thoughts and opinions surrounding bullying and how bullying is dealt with, in schools, their com-munity, and at home. SDYC's dedicated Anti Bullying Project Team has designed a sur-vey, and the results will be used to influence positive changes. 

 

"The launch of this survey is the next step for our dedicated project which SDYC mem-bers have worked incredibly hard on over the last year, after identifying a need for more awareness surrounding all types of bullying amongst young people," said SDYC Chair, Helen March. She added, "We have already picked up a lack of support across the dis-trict for those affected. Therefore it's important that we hear from as many young people as possible, as we want to be able to gather a realistic amount of evidence in order to develop a district wide anti-bullying policy that is able to help as many young people as possible." 


To fill in the survey visit: 

 

http://www.mi-event.info/ event/sdyc-bullying-youth-survey-2019


For more information about Stroud District Youth Council and the nine local youth fo-rum groups based across the district, please visit www.facebook.com/stroudyouthvoice 


      www.stroudyouthvoice.co.uk


      www.stroud.gov.uk/community-and-living/youth-and-community-work

August 2019

Multi-million pound plan to restore vital canal link Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to approve plans to restore a ‘missing mile’ of the county’s canal network

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Two highway bridges and a towpath would be built by the A38/A419 at Whitminster, enabling a section of the canal that has been missing for half a century to be reopened. 

The canal at this location was originally crossed by the Bristol Road (now A38) on a stone arched bridge. The lock and the bridge were both destroyed at the time the A419 link road and the M5 were built in 1969. That left a distance of about a mile missing from the canal from the point where it approaches the A38 Whitminster roundabout. 

A report going to cabinet says the works will help reconnect the canal from Saul Junction to Stonehouse and provide new safe and segregated walking and cycling routes, as well as environmental improvements. 

The Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) has been leading calls to restore the network and Highways England announced in May it would be providing £4million towards the cost of the project. 

The county council’s cabinet is now being asked at a meeting on 24 July to authorise the works and manage the project, while working with the CCT and Stroud District Council. 

Design work is well underway and contractors will be invited to submit tenders in the near future, with the aim of work being completed next year. Further engagement events will take place before work begins so local residents and businesses can find out more about the project. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “This is an excellent project that will see the ‘missing mile’ of the canal network restored. It will provide a new walking and cycling route, attracting more visitors to the area which will boost the economy, and I’m pleased to see this is set to go ahead.” 

Cllr Stephen Davies, local county councillor for Hardwicke and Severn, said: “As well as a restored canal, this project will have a positive impact on the area. It will improve more than 30 hectares of wildlife habitats and leave a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy for years to come. I’m sure this will be widely welcomed and I look forward to seeing the project take shape.” 

HELP!

Distributors Needed

 

Hardwicke Matters is currently seeking volunteers to spare an hour or so each month supplying magazines to the deliverers. 

 

As a Distributor, you will receive a quantity of magazines every month which you will then split up and take the required number of magazines to approximately six deliverers. 

 

This is an important link in the delivery chain and if you would like to volunteer, Please contact Peter Hill on Tel: 

07578 364686 or email:distributor@hardwickematters.co.uk 

 

July 2019

Information Wanted


Last year I researched the men from Hardwicke who served in the First Word War - about 55 in all. I am now looking at the Second World War and would like to ask the residents of Hardwicke if they have any information, photos etc. 

The men on the War Memorial are: 

  • Peter Driver who lived in Llanwern (old PO, Sellars Road) 
  • Ronald Perkins, address unknown 
  • David Faulkner, Elm Cottage, Elmgrove Road. 
  • Leslie Sims, Apricot Cottage and School Farm Cottage 
  • John Hamilton, Parents, Sunnyfield Road. John & Bertha Hamilton, Brook Cottage, Bristol Road, Hardwicke 
  • Sidney Biggs, Beverley, Elmgrove Road 

I am also interested in villagers that served in the war and returned. 


Thank you. 

Val Porter, Morning Star Cottage, Bristol Road, Hardwicke. 

Tel: 07876 576346


PS. Also wondered if anybody might know who managed the Morning Star Inn from 1966, after Walter and Gladys Smith, until its closure in 1981. 


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September 2019

Help If We Can

The Gloucestershire Constabulary Male Voice Choir 

are holding a Concert in Severn Vale School on Friday 20th September in aid of Help if we Can. 

7.30 pm 


The evening starts at 7.30pm so guests are asked to be seated for 7.20pm. Refreshments and a Raffle will be held. 

Tickets are £8 and are available from the Quedgeley Town Council Offices in School Lane Monday to Friday 9.30am-2.30pm. 

Alternatively you can reserve your tickets by calling 01452 725343. 


Steve Smith. Chairman of Help if we Can 

September 2019

 Message from Stroud District Council

 

Changes to recycling rounds: you’ll need to put everything out by 6am 


Residents are being reminded to put waste out by 6am on the day of collection. This will be particularly pertinent in the coming weeks, as a new recycling collection round is being introduced to cater for the growth in property numbers. Whilst residents will not experience any change to their scheduled collection day, recycling may be collected at a different time than previously. Putting refuse and recycling out by 6am, which is our standard guidance, will ensure there is no disruption. 


September 2019

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September 2019

Hardwicke Court Open Days

 

Hardwicke Court is open every Monday from Easter until the end of October. The house is open from 2—4pm and the gardens until 5pm. 


Entrance is free for Historic Houses Association members; for non-members entrance is £1 which goes to The Gloucestershire Society, a charity founded in 1657 which supports families in desperate need in Gloucestershire. 

Guided tours of the house are held half hourly from 2pm; last tour 3.30pm  

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August 2019

From Our County Councillor


So after many years and much discussion, the Energy from Waste Plant is now operational, and the world hasn’t ended. 

I am disappointed in the design and believe this structure is out of keeping with the area and, like many of you, know of other more attractive similar facilities. 

Of course now the value of the Air Monitoring comes into its own as we will be able to measure any impact of the facility. You can look at these results at glosclg.weebly.com . I acknowledge that this is not yet the most user friendly site but we are working to improve this. 

Community Liaison Group meetings continue; these have been successful in feeding back concerns to UBB and understanding what has been going on during the Construction Process. They remain important as they move into production. The handling of Waste on site is an important concern, as anyone who has visited Hempstead Recycling Centre will know. Land fill (the alternative to Energy from Waste) is unpleasant and presents its own environmental hazards. 

On the plus side the Community Fund has received a number of applications and will be making its decisions on where to allocate this, fortunately without input from Politicians. 


As ever if you have any comments or questions please contact me on 07802 595 307 or at Stephen.davies2@gloucestershire.gov.uk. 


Celebrating a special occasion? 


If you are celebrating a special occasion and would like it mentioned in a future edition of Hardwicke Matters, please let the editor know by writing directly or by dropping your message into Westbourne News or Hardwicke Post Office.


Details of the event, people concerned, date etc should be included. Please also add a contact name and telephone number. 


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 September 2019


Hardwicke Grange

Residents Association


 

A Residents Association has been formed on the Bellway Development on Hardwicke Grange and this has been going since Feb 2019 .As one of our residents is a Distributor of Hardwicke Matters perhaps you could include the RA details in your next publication. 


I have attached a list of Officers and Committee together with the Constitution. 


We look forward to hearing from you. 

Kind regards 

Peter (Secretary) 


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HARDWICKE GRANGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION 

Officers and Committee Members 


NEIL JAMES – Chairperson 

PETER ROTHERHAM – Secretary 

CAROL NEWLYN – Treasurer

KONSTANTIN PETROV – Committee member 

JON SETH – Committee Member


August 2019

The Province of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Mark Master Masons 

donates fully funded car to regional Bloodbike charity to enable them to work with Midlands Air Ambulances 

 

The Province of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Mark Master Masons have officially handed over a fully funded 4x4 vehicle to enable Severn Freewheelers the local Bloodbike group to deliver fresh blood supplies to the Midlands Air Ambulance base to enable them to carry out emergency blood transfusions at the scene of an incident. 

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Severn Freewheelers can now deliver, return and replenish whole Blood from Worcester Royal Hospital blood bank to the Midland Air Ambulance operational base at Strensham every 48 hours and during emergencies. The multi-purpose vehicle will also be used to deliver and transport frozen human milk from the donor to the milk banks and special baby care units when the quantity exceeds the capacity for a motorcycle, as well as enabling them to continue their work during bad weather when conditions are too dangerous for motorcycle use. 


Severn Freewheelers is a motorcycle based, free delivery service to the NHS; moving vital medical supplies, from blood, tissue samples, documentation and other vital medical supplies between Hospitals, Hospices and Supply Centres in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire including Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester and Stroud. 


These unsung heroes are all volunteers and are on call 365 days a year, 7pm until 7am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends. Severn Freewheelers deal with around 400 calls per month on emergency response BMW R1200RTs. They make a significant personal sacrifice to help others, which has a positive impact on local community. Their aim is to alleviate suffering and to save the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds in courier costs, so that it can be spent on frontline patient care. 


August 2019

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To the hedgehog lover 


Since moving in to our home near Wharfdale way we've dreamed our little garden would be a haven for wildlife; from birds and bees to butterflies. We've more plants and pots than is sensible and two perennial borders. 

Since the temporary removal of a fencing panel we have seen two hedgehogs! One pale and small and the other big and brown. We're totally thrilled to hear them munch on the slugs, and will definitely be requesting some access holes with our neighbours :) 

From, 

Another hedgehog lover. 

 

July 2019

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UBB (Gloucestershire) Construction JV


GLOUCESTERSHIRE ENERGY FROM WASTE FACILITY

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Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility getting ready for the next phase of commissioning and first waste deliveries

  • The next phase of commissioning will start by end May 2019 with the refractory dry out
  • Commissioning is an essential and standard element of testing for all Energy from Waste facilities
  • The tests will see all systems running to maximum capacity to verify that all equipment is ready for operation
  • First deliveries of waste have been scheduled for 30th June


 Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire has announced that the Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility is now preparing to enter the next commissioning phase.

This significant construction milestone will begin commence by the end of May, and is a statutory requirement of all Energy from Waste facilities before it can commence operations. Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire will receive its first deliveries of waste from June 30th.

 

Commissioning is a series of tests undertaken in logical order. The next phase will involve testing of systems, including the drying out of the refractory and steam blowing alongside others. Once these are completed and signed off, the facility will test the full operational system using waste as a fuel.

 

Each phase of the commissioning process is interdependent, with the preceding test informing the timing of subsequent tests. After analysing data and measuring performance, Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire will receive the first deliveries of waste on the 30th June, with all additional deliveries starting within a week of that date.

 

The tests are not representative of daily operations but will confirm that the equipment is working correctly and safely, and operations are able to commence this summer.

 

Commenting on this milestone, Craig Kirk, Project Commercial Director, Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire said:

 

“Commissioning is a routine element of construction for power facilities such as the Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility. It is not a time exact science as there are many elements to it, particularly in a complex engineering build such as this. Each week, we analyse performance and as a result make adjustments to the process and scheduling in order to make the facility ready for operations. It is critically important that we test that all the equipment and processes are working as they should before the facility is operational. As part of this, we are working with the Environment Agency who are monitoring the performance throughout.”

 

This phase starts with the pre-prep tests involving the drying out of the refractory and steam blowing, leading to the first firing of waste, both of which may emit a noise and a plume of steam which may be noticeable in close proximity to the site.

 

Commissioning will be complete once the facility has met the conditions and limits as set in the Environmental Permit, having been monitored by the Environment Agency throughout the process. At this point, the facility will be certified and approved for full operational use.

 

For more information and to read the commissioning FAQs, see below or please visit www.ubbgloucestershire.co.uk

 

July 2019

The Commissioning Phase FAQs

 1.     What is commissioning?

Commissioning is the process of testing all systems and equipment in the facility to ensure they work properly. It is the first time that waste will be processed. 

 

2.     Why does it need to happen?

The commissioning phase is a standard but essential element of testing for any Energy from Waste facility, and is required to ensure the facility is fit for purpose and operates as intended.

 

3.     What does it involve?

These are the first tests of the equipment using waste as fuel. All the systems are tested to ensure they work correctly, monitoring equipment is providing the correct feedback information and all emergency alarms and safety protection systems are working as they should.

 

4.     Will it be noticeable?

The ‘pre-prep phase’ before the commissioning starts, involves the drying out of the refractory (the lining which protects the boiler from the high temperatures experienced during burning of the waste) and steam blowing (where steam is blown through the boiler tubes to ensure they are clean), both of which will emit some noise and a plume of steam which will be noticeable for short periods of time close to the site.

 

After this happens, the first batch of waste will enter the system. During this period, up until the facility is fully operational in summer 2019, there will be occasional loud noises, which sound similar to when you bleed a radiator, and plumes of steam as the first combustion gases are pushed through the ducting to test all systems.

 

5.     Is it safe?

Yes. The testing is designed to ensure that all equipment is working safely before the facility begins processing residual waste.

 

6.     Will it smell?

The facility is designed to ensure that all odours emitting from the waste material are contained within the facility. All waste will be processed indoors and there will be no waste stored outside.

 

7.     Will it affect the environment?

The emissions of the facility will be continuously monitored and regularly audited by the Environment Agency (EA) to ensure all emissions are within the EA guidelines.

 

8.     Will there be emissions monitoring?

Yes, emissions from this site will be continually monitored during the commissioning phase by Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire. This information is provided to the Environment Agency who can perform spot checks at any time.

 

9.     Will it affect local residents?

As we run through the commissioning process, there may be occasional noises as a result of these activities. If this occurs, they will happen infrequently but may occur during anti-social hours, although this will be avoided as much as possible. Disruption to the public should be minimal and noises will not be evident during normal operation of the facility. They are result of all systems running to maximum capacity during the commissioning phase.

10. Will the incinerator be firing continuously during the hot testing phase

Commissioning replicates all the stages of normal operation to fully test the systems. Although there may be short times when internal inspections are required, the system will be firing almost continuously throughout the commissioning period.

 

11.  Is the building work finished?

90% of the building work will be complete including all the facility and process management and safety systems. The remaining 10%, including landscaping and selective architectural details to the buildings, may still be outstanding at the point of testing.

 

12.  Does it mean the facility is operational?

Once the commissioning phase is complete, and all equipment and systems are verified as working correctly, the facility will begin operations in summer 2019.

 

13.  What happens if it goes wrong?

All the systems within the facility are designed to ‘fail safe’ if anything is not working correctly. This means that in the event a system does not work as designed, there is an alternative back up system or process. In the rare instance these fail, the system can be closed down safely.

 

14.  How long does it take?

‘Pre-prep’ has already started and will be followed by the commissioning process, which is scheduled to run until the facility is fully operational during summer 2019. Preparatory activities for commissioning are already underway.

 

15.  What is the difference from cold commissioning?

Cold commissioning ensures that all equipment is fitted and connected correctly within the facility. It does not involve the burning of waste. This commissioning phase includes the burning of waste to confirm that all the equipment, once fitted, is operating correctly.


16.  Who monitors the commissioning process?

The Urbaser Balfour Beatty commissioning specialists, supported by the Urbaser Balfour Beatty operations team who will operate the facility for the coming years, will monitor the commissioning process and ensure all tests are completed successfully.


17.  Who signs off that the commissioning process is complete and that all standards have been met?

Once Urbaser Balfour Beatty has verified that the facility is compliant with the conditions and limits set out within the Environmental Permit, it is the responsibility of Urbaser Balfour Beatty to approve and sign off the successful the commissioning of the facility.


18.  What are the traffic movements during commissioning?

As the facility moves from construction to operation, the nature of traffic movements will change. There will be a decrease in construction and site worker vehicles and an increase in waste delivery vehicles as deliveries of waste begin. These vehicles will deliver in line with planning permission conditions.


19.  Who can I talk to if I have concerns?

If you have any concerns you can call 01452 379 880 (during office hours) and 07860 268578 (for emergency out-of-hours) or email info@ubbgloucestershire.co.uk. Alternatively, there are bi-monthly Community Liaison Group meetings attended by the local Parish Councils, District and County Council members and immediate local residents and you can contact one of these representatives to raise your concern. Representatives from Urbaser Balfour Beatty, the Waste Planning Authority (Gloucestershire County Council), Waste Disposal Authority (Gloucestershire County Council), Environment Agency, and District Environmental Health Authority (Stroud District Council) also attend.

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE ENERGY FROM WASTE FACILITY

July 2019

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Update and advice from Citizens Advice, 

marking 60 years in Stroud. 


We continue to seek new standing order donors to our charity - 

to celebrate our 60 years in Stroud with our ‘60 for 60 Campaign’


The great news is that we now have 14 new donors! Please help us achieve our goal by the end of the year in order to maintain this free, confidential and independent advice service to our community. 


We ask that you consider making an annual pledge in the form of a standing order – as little as £5 a month is a valuable contribution, especially if you are able allow us to collect Gift Aid on your donation. Please phone us on Freephone 0808 800 0510 and ask us to send the necessary forms. 


This month’s advice: We would like to let you know about Council Tax Discount for those people living alone, or with someone else in the property, who has a severe mental impairment. If your condition is considered to cause ‘severe mental impairment’- which is likely if someone has a diagnosis of Dementia - it could mean that they are disregarded for Council Tax liability. 

In order to qualify for Council Tax Discount on these grounds a person must meet the following criteria: 

Have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent. 


Have a certificate from a registered medical practitioner confirming the diagnosis 

Is entitled to a qualifying benefit such as Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payments. 


Please do contact us on freephone 0808 800 0510 if you would like more information on this matter. 


July 2019

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NOTE TO ADVERTISERS and CORRESPONDENTS - Data Protection Statement 


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