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

Coombe Hill Public Consultation for the outline application for up to 150 dwellings and associated infrastructure.

The Parish Council has now received a communication from Tewkesbury Borough Council which relates to the parcel of land situated behind the petrol station. A meeting is planned for Wednesday 15th April 2020 to discuss this planning application. Parishioners comments will be captured and then used to form a response to this application. The Parish Council would also encourage individuals to submit their own comments direct to TBC to highlight any local knowledge that has not been included in the many and various reports submitted by the applicant. The following information has been extracted from the consultation notice:

APPLICATION NO: 20/00140/OUT

DESCRIPTION: Outline application for up to 150 dwellings, associated infrastructure, ancillary facilities, open space and landscaping. Construction of a new vehicular and pedestrian access to the A4019. LOCATION: Land Off A38, Coombe Hill, Gloucester GRID REF:388980 227200

Please find the application via the following link:- http://publicaccess.tewkesbury.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=Q5LFWMQD0IA00

Please allow 2 – 3 working days for the documents to appear on our website, once available click on the documents tab to view the application form and associated drawings/reports.Representations can now be made via our website www.tewkesbury.gov.uk or submitted by email to developmentapplications@tewkesbury.gov.uk. Alternatively you can write to the Planning Department quoting the above application number. If however, a reply has not been received within 22 days of the above date it will be assumed that you have no representations to make on the application.

TBC contact: Bob RisticDirect Dial:01684272101 Email:bob.ristic@tewkesbury.gov.uk

10.03.2020

Funding for community groups in Tewkesbury and Badgeworth

Community groups in Tewkesbury and Badgeworth are being asked to express an interest for funds that could make a real difference to local projects in their community.

These areas have seen a number of new homes introduced recently and, as a result of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Tewkesbury Borough Council has collected contributions from the developers to invest back into local community projects, specifically for sport, leisure and playing pitches.

Community groups can express an interest in Section 106 monies where the fund allocation is not explicit. Expressions of interest will need to highlight that a need in the community has arisen as a result of new housing development.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 9 April 2020.

Councillor Clare Softley, lead member for communities, said: “Almost £50,000 has been put aside for sports provision in the Badgeworth area, as well as £130,000 in Mitton for sport and changing facilities. £325,000 is available in the Wheatpieces for pitches and changing facilities. We would love to hear from local groups who can demonstrate how they can meet the needs of the community who have, and will move into, these areas, so please do get in touch.”

To find out more and to make an expression of interest, please visit our website or call your local community and place development officer on 01684 295010.