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footpath running from Abbeymead Avenue to Glevum Way

We understand some residents have had concerns about the signage being displayed and thinking that the footpath running from Abbeymead Avenue to Glevum Way play area will be closing, but we would like to reassure residents that this is not the case and that this is a legal process that is being undertaken.

Following a resident contacting Cllr Laura Brooker and her raising with Cllr Andrew Gravells and Gloucestershire County Council, it has become apparent that prior to the development of the estate surrounding Brierley Road, in the early 1990’s, there had been a public footpath, for which an alternative cycleway/footway has been provided, which for most of its route follows the same line as the footpath, except at the north eastern end where it veers to the south east of the properties in Brierley Close, Broadwell Close and Chaceley Close. During the development of this site the footpath should have been either diverted or stopped up but unfortunately this did not happen, leaving the footpath on the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way.

It is clear that the Definitive path at the north eastern end has not been useable since the properties were built in the early 1990’s, and as there is a suitable alternative in the form of the adopted cycle/footway, it has been proposed that the County Council make an order under section 118 of the Highways Act 1980 to extinguish the length of public footpath ZGL 57 from the definitive map. Users of the current path will see no difference on the ground and this is to all effects a “tidying” up exercise.

Twyver and Sudbrook

In previous Abbeyviews we told you about the bid we won from the European Structural and Investment Funds, to work on some of our watercourses including the Twyver and Sudbrook that run through our part of the city. If you are interested in information about the works and there progress then more information can be found here:  https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/west-midlands/gloucester-rivers-improvement

County Councillor Andrew Gravells updates us on the roadworks which are under way or planned

County Councillor Andrew Gravells updates us on the roadworks  which are  under way or planned ,  around our area. The Crossings will hopefully  be  safer , and will have the latest up to date technology.

Metz Way and Eastern Avenue Junction

Resurfacing works have  currently been programmed for late October/early November. These   works are weather dependant and are subject to change. The new traffic signals at this junction should become operational in mid to late November.

 

St Lawrence Road

Upgrading of the existing  crossing  by the school  which has recently started  is due to be completed in October.

 

Metz Way/Coney Hill Roundabout Works

Due to commence soon  and be completed in December. Minor improvements to the dropped kerbs and a new foot way being put in where currently there is none.

 

Abbeymead Avenue to The Oaks

Upgrading of existing crossing currently programmed to be completed in October.

 

Abbeymead Avenue/Mead Road 

Upgrading of existing crossing currently programmed to start in October and be completed in Late October/Early November.

 

Abbeymead Avenue/Kimberland Way 

Currently programmed to start in October and be completed in Early November.

The Ridge is saved

“Abbeydale councillor Andrew Gravells has just confirmed that The Ridge is saved, and is going to be reopened later in the year. Andrew said ” I’d like to thank the Save The Ridge Group for their help and everybody on Facebook. I’ll keep everyone posted on Timescales.We’ve got our pub back!!”

The Ridge and Furrow Pub

Andrew Gravells has been talking to Trust Inns Ltd who have the lease on The Ridge and Furrow pub in Abbeydale,from Morrisons.They’ve told Andrew that they’re “seriously considering reopening ” the pub. We’ll keep you posted on developments here.

‘Park and dump’ fly tipper fined

The city council has successfully prosecuted a fly tipper who covered a Gloucester car park with illegally dumped rubbish.

Council officers discovered an “extremely large amount” of waste covering almost the entire area of the car park, off Matson Lane.

The parking area is opposite a primary school and used by visitors to nearby Matson Park.

Officers were acting on complaints from residents, and carried out an extensive operation to gather evidence, which led to the successful prosecution this month.

The individual pleaded guilty, and was fined £500, plus costs of £300 and victim surcharge of £50. The sentencing took into account his financial and personal circumstances.

Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for the environment at Gloucester City Council, said: “We take the issue of fly tipping very seriously. This selfish act robs the local community of decent and safe public spaces, and the clear-up operation takes up time and resources that could be spent on improving local facilities. It will not be tolerated.

“I would like to remind residents to check that anyone who disposes of waste on their behalf has a waste carriers’ license – otherwise they could end up being fined.”

Should Gloucester become a Royal city?

Gloucester City Council is asking members of the public and local businesses to have their say on whether Gloucester should petition to be granted ‘Royal City’ status.

‘Royal City’ status could help attract more visitors and tourists by drawing attention to the city’s history and heritage.

If granted, Gloucester would become “The Royal City of Gloucester”, like the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and most recently, Royal Wotton Bassett.

The cost of changing the status of the city would be minimal as signage and branding would only be updated as and when items need replacing. The only cost would be the time taken to put the bid together.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and economy, said: “It’s really important that we hear from as many local residents and businesses as possible on this consultation.”

“A petition for ‘Royal City’ status could really help transform the city’s image and status, to complement the ongoing regeneration of Gloucester. Gloucester has so many historical royal connections that I believe we could put forward a strong case.  There is, however, no guarantee that a petition would be successful and we would only want to do it if people in the city are behind the idea.”

The consultation will begin on Friday 18th August 2017 and end on Saturday 30th September 2017. An online version is available on the city council website www.gloucester.gov.uk/consultations

Hard copies can be collected from council buildings, local libraries and key locations across the city.

Blues bonanza takes over city venues for jam packed festival of live music

An incredible 77 gigs will be taking place during the Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival starting this Saturday. Always a highlight of the summer calendar, Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival returns with a packed line up filled with talented musicians from within the county as well as national and international stars. Eleven venues play host to this truly citywide event that everyone can enjoy. Whether you are a hardened blues fan or have never listened to any before there will be plenty to discover.

One act that is certain to draw a crowd is Hamilton Loomis. A protégé of blues icon, the late Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue,  Rockerfeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter.

Other highlights include, Gallon Proof and the Steve Browning Band at The Dick Whittington plus 13 more gigs at this unique venue. There will also be a stage at Café Rene on Greyfriars Green on the last weekend of the festival that is always a hit with an outside bar so you don’t miss a moment of the action! The full list of venues involved is:

  • Angie’s Bar – Bull Lane
  • Café René – Southgate Street
  • Cross Keys Inn – Cross Keys Lane
  • Dick Whittington – Westgate Street
  • The Fountain Inn – Westgate Street
  • Gloucester Brewery – Gloucester Docks
  • The New Inn – Northgate Street
  • The Old Bell – Southgate Street
  • Peppers Café – Bull Lane
  • The Tall Ship – Southgate Street
  • Tank – Gloucester Docks

Councillor Lise Noakes, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “This is a highlight of my summer.  There is always a variety of styles of Rhythm and Blues so you are sure to find something you like even if you don’t know what to expect.”

Jason Smith, Chief Executive at Marketing Gloucester commented: “The Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival is a shining long term example of how successful partnership working can deliver a great cultural event that brings life to the city and economic benefits. It sets a great model for future events.”

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues is a mainstay of Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts & Culture and is organised by Marketing Gloucester in association with Tim Porter and supported by Gloucester City Council.

The full schedule can be found at: gloucesterblues.com

First steps towards a more efficient city council

Next week Gloucester City Council customer service office will be reducing its opening hours and taking the next steps towards an online service, making it easier for residents. 

As part of the Together Gloucester project which saw the city council assess its structure, customer services will be gradually changing to an appointment based model.

The first step towards an online service is reducing the ‘drop in’ times at the Herbert Warehouse reception for certain enquiries.

As of Wednesday 14th June the reception will remain open 9am – 5pm for deliveries, payments and visitors. However, ‘drop in’ times for services will change to 10am – 4pm during the working week, which is the busiest time for the reception area.

The second phase of this transition will allow members of the public to book dedicated appointments with trained members of staff who can deal with their specific needs, thereby reducing waiting times.

In order to respond to customers quicker, the city council is also talking with its partners to discuss how the customer can go straight to them.

By effectively cutting out the city council as the ‘middle man’, residents will be able to speak directly to the service that they need. In turn, reducing the amount of time they have to wait for help.

Staff at the city council are currently being trained so that they can deal with all general customer enquires. By having multi-skilled people on the frontline, residents who do require customer services will have their queries answered first time.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for performance and resources at Gloucester City Council, said: “Our customers are very important to us. The council’s priority is to maximise access to our services so we are now working on improving electronic access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That will enable us to focus resources on the small number of people who need face to face help . And because we will be delivering this face to face service to a smaller group of our more vulnerable customers we can do this better between 10-4pm, rather than stretching it over a longer day.

“The structure of our customer services hasn’t been changed for many years. It was time for us to take a step back and look at the way we work with our customers.

“This is the first step in our journey to transform our frontline support. We are also talking with our partners to ensure residents get answers first time which will mean residents won’t have to speak with several people before finding the help they’re looking for.”

£1.5million cash injection into Gloucester’s culture scene

Gloucester has secured £1,489,300 funding from the Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place Scheme to help put art and culture at the heart of the city. 

This grant will support an ambitious project led by Gloucester City Council. It’s purpose is to make the city a great place to live, work, play and visit by promoting health and wellbeing, developing civic pride and making the most of the area’s rich heritage.

The funding will be used to address some key social and economic challenges in the city, notably the need to provide opportunities for young people and ensure no one is left behind.

A focus for this funding will be to make sure that communities are at the core of the projects. The public will be asked what activities they’d like to see happen in the city, making sure they follow their cultural interests, passions and vocations.

Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for arts and culture at Gloucester City Council, said: “Gloucester is proud of its past and ambitious for its future and this fantastic vote of confidence from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England is a real boost.

“There is a huge amount of popular, creative and innovative work going on in Gloucester – artistic, cultural and heritage-focussed – this significant grant will help us do more, do it better and do it quicker than we ever hoped when we launched the City’s Cultural Vision and Strategy a year ago.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: ‘This is a brilliant result for Gloucester’s cultural, community and civic organisations.

“It is well-deserved recognition for their determination to transform their individual offers into a powerful shared voice that will help make a step change in how they work together in order that arts, culture and heritage contribute more to meeting local, social and economic objectives.”

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “Full of historic landmarks, beautiful spaces and creative communities, Gloucester’s culture is an integral part of everyday life. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the city’s proud past is set to inspire a strong and ambitious future for economies and tourism and open up opportunities for people of all ages to improve their wellbeing, prospects and sense of place.”

Gloucester is one of 16 places across England to receive a grant from the Great Place Scheme, a £20 million initiative inspired by the Government’s Culture White Paper.

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