Tewkesbury Leisure Centre prepares to reopen on 3rd August 2020

Preparations are underway to reopen Tewkesbury Leisure Centre on Monday 3 August.

The leisure centre closed its doors on 20 March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the teams from Places Leisure and Tewkesbury Borough Council have been busy taking advice from Public Health England, following Government guidelines, and consulting with the trade body ukactive to implement lots of new measures to help keep colleagues and customers safe, ready for when the centre reopens.

When visiting again from Monday 3 August, customers will notice more signage encouraging them to keep a safe distance from others. Some activities will restart, but at a reduced capacity, so it is essential to plan ahead and book online, by using the Places Locker app or by visiting placesleisure.org/centres/tewkesbury-leisure-centre

The Places Leisure team will implement enhanced cleaning regimes and customers will be advised to use the cleaning stations and hand santiser before beginning any activities or using any equipment. A handy new film has been produced to help customers prepare for the changes.

Matt Cotton, manager of Tewkesbury Leisure Centre said: “It’s exciting to be inviting customers back into the centre from 3 August. We are eager to help everyone back into their fitness routines in a safe and considered way. I would urge customers to visit our website before they arrive – it will list the new opening times, activities available and details of how customers can book onto each activity. We cannot wait to welcome our colleagues and customers back.”

 Councillor Robert Vines, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for finance and asset management, said: “It will come as welcome news to many that the government is allowing indoor gyms and leisure facilities to reopen. Many people rely on the facilities at Tewkesbury Leisure Centre to not only improve their physical health but, as a result of fitness activities, their mental health is improved too. I hope customers will follow the advice on the website, the signage and any additional information given by the fantastic team at the leisure centre.”

 For more information, visit: placesleisure.org/centres/tewkesbury-leisure-centre

Mobile Testing Sites – information

Mobile Test Unit locations

 An important part of minimise and manage any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur.

The mobile testing unit, previously at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester, is now available at other locations across the country. The mobile unit has meant hundreds more tests are available each day it is operating.

 We need your help! We need to let the residents of Gloucestershire know where the mobile testing units will be each day. We are asking all local media outlets to share this information whether this be online, in print or via broadcast media.

 Each Monday morning, we will be sending you a list of the locations for the week ahead. If you could include this information in your daily covid-19 coverage or on your morning bulletins, it would really help the county’s residents access a test if they need it.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 can have a test.

To book a test or for more information on testing, go to the NHS website or call 119.

This weeks locations:

Mobile testing unit locations

  Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday

17 July

Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July
Stow

Stow Rugby Football Club, Oddington Road, Stow, GL54 1JJ

 

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Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AH

 

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TBC welcomes investment in Ashchurch MOD base

Council welcomes investment in MOD base

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that it is developing plans for a new programme of investment in its site in Ashchurch, which includes releasing part of the land, to the east, for housing.

The announcement is welcomed by the council as the proposed investment will see the base renovated and modernised, with circa 15 hectares of land opened up to help meet a housing shortfall in the area.

Councillor Mel Gore, lead member for built environment, said: “I am really pleased to hear that a significant  investment is being planned for the Ashchurch MOD site. This is excellent news for the area. The release of a parcel of land is also welcome news – the land being made available will help address a shortfall of housing in the area and will be worked in with the overarching Garden Town programme to build a new community for Tewkesbury over the next 30 years.

“I know that the Garden Town programme team and the MOD will continue to work closely together to progress this great development opportunity.”

Original plans for the MOD site to be unlocked for housing development, as part of the Joint Core Strategy, were put on hold in November 2016, when the Defence Infrastructure Organisation announced that a significant portion of the site would be needed for at least 10 years.

For more information about the Tewkesbury Garden Town, visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk

Parking Charges to resume in July

Car parking charges will resume in July

Parking charges in car parks owned and managed by Tewkesbury Borough Council will resume on Monday 13 July.

Charges were temporarily suspended on Tuesday 24 March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but as government restrictions are gradually being lifted, car parking charges will soon resume.

With most non-essential retail stores reopening on Monday 15 June, the borough council will continue to suspend parking charges for a further four weeks after this date to allow traders and shoppers to become accustomed to the new safety arrangements. Following almost 16 weeks of free parking, charges will resume on Monday 13 July.

The council is urging anyone parking after 13 July to use the Ringo app on a mobile device to avoid handling cash, and there is also the option to call the Ringo number to pay over the phone. This service is now free to use.

Another option is for shoppers to use the Paypoints in Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, where parking can be paid for using a contactless card. When using Paypoint locations, drivers must take note of the car park number, found on the ticket machines and lamposts.

Councillor Robert Vines, lead member for finance and asset management said: “We hope that shoppers and traders find the extended free parking useful as they familiarise themselves with the changes put in place to make our high streets safer.

 “The charges will resume on 13 July, so in preparation, I would urge drivers to use the cashless payment system and download the Ringo app – this is the safest and most convenient way to pay. Other options are to call the Ringo number and pay over the telephone or use the PayPoints located in nearby shops.”

 The council has also temporarily increased the number of parking permits available to help residents who need off-street parking whilst working from home. For details of prices and to apply for a permit, visit: tewkesbury.gov.uk/parking-permits

Phased reopening of Household Recycling Centres and Bulky Waste Collection Services

Following updated advice from government, Gloucestershire’s two largest Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will reopen on Monday 11th May 2020 for pre-booked visits with strict social distancing measures in place.

All HRCs have been closed since Tuesday 24 March as part of the lock down in response to Coronavirus.

From Monday 11th May the two largest sites in the county at Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard will re-open for essential visits only and all trips will need to be booked in advance.

The latest government guidance makes it clear that residents should only take waste to a HRC if it cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative disposal options are available.  Hempsted and Wingmoor will open first because their large size and long access roads allow for traffic to be more easily controlled.

Social distancing measures at 2m will be strictly enforced to help keep visitors and staff safe and crucially anyone with covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households MUST NOT visit.

To limit the number of people on-site a set number of booking slots will be made available and vehicles should only have drivers wherever possible – a maximum of one passenger is permitted if you need help to unload your waste and recycling.

The booking system has a limited number of timed slots available each day for visitors to select and only a 7 day window will be available to book at any one time. Bookings can only be made online.

Visitors are asked to only bring to site what they can safely unload themselves as site staff need to social distance so will not be able to help with unloading.

The re-use shops are closed and some recycling bins may be unavailable. For an up to date list of materials which we can accept at the sites please refer online to Gloucestershire recycles here.

Once the initial trial is completed, the council hopes to open further recycling centres across the county in the coming weeks; meanwhile it will be keeping the operating arrangements under review.

Everyone should keep using their kerbside waste collection service, which the local councils have worked hard to keep running, for recycling, garden and food waste and general waste.

The HRC online booking system can be found here.

For Bulky waste collections :

Tewkesbury Borough Council will start taking bookings for its bulky waste collection service from Monday 11 May.

 The announcement comes a week after the garden waste collection service was reinstated. Both services have been affected by staff shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, the two services are back up and running again.

Customers who would like a bulky item collected from their home can call the council from Monday to arrange it.

 Customers are asked to only book a collection if the household has been clear of Covid-19 symptoms for at least two weeks – this is to limit any spread of the virus and to safeguard the collection crews’ health and well being. If symptoms in the household appear after booking a collection, customers must call the council to rearrange it for two weeks after the last day of symptoms.

To arrange a bulky waste collection, visit tewkesbury.gov.uk/bulky-item-collection for details or call 01684 295010