Electric Car charging points at Tewkesbury Borough Council Offices

Electric car charging points installed at Tewkesbury Borough Council’s offices

Tewkesbury Borough Council is helping to reduce road emissions in the borough by installing car charging points at its council offices in Tewkesbury.

The charging points, provided by BP Chargemaster, are available for members of the public to use and can be found in the council offices’ rear car park.

The council installed a 90kwh solar panel system on the roof of its offices back in 2016 to help provide power to the building – this renewable power will also now assist with delivering energy to the car charging points.

The installation follows a successful pilot by the council to introduce a pool of hybrid cars for business use. The fleet includes hybrid vehicles and now a fully electric vehicle. The pilot was introduced to: reduce travel costs and emissions; remove unnecessary journeys; and combine trips to save time, money and the environment. The pilot was a great success and has now become ‘business as usual’ for staff who previously used their own vehicles for business use.

Enterprise Car Club, the council’s supplier of pool cars, was asked to provide a small fleet of vehicles to help the council streamline its business travel and reduce its carbon emissions. In its first six months, the scheme reduced business travel emissions by 4 tonnes of CO2 and it is estimated that the council will make annual carbon savings of around 8.6 tonnes*.

The council’s lead member for finance and asset management, Councillor Robert Vines, said: “We hope the new car charging points will be well used by the public, as well as by council employees who are embracing new ways of working to save the tax payer money, reduce carbon emissions and help our council become a carbon neutral organisation. The pool car scheme in particular has been a great success and the partnership with Enterprise has resulted in incredible savings, both financially and environmentally.”

Pancake Lane closure for resurfacing 17th to 20th January 2020

Glos Highways Ref: 11246887 (808132)
16 December 2019
Temporary Traffic Order to close the road for carriageway resurfacing
Pancake Lane, The Leigh.
For approximately 2 Days(excl. weekends)between the hours of 07:00 to 19:00.
The PLANNED start and end dates are currently Friday 17th January to Monday 20th January 2020, however keep an eye on the web page detailed below or the signs on site for any short notice changes.
The resurfacing programme is dependent on several factors. It can be affected by things like; heavy rain, changes in temperatures and other weather events as well as plant breakdown and unforeseen technical issues that arise once work has begun. All this means scheme dates and details can change at short notice. Glos Highways appreciate this is inconvenient, and they will keep the online schedule and their social media feeds updated with more details if changes happen. You can find the most up to date scheme start and end dates and more information about this scheme on: -Website –www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/resurfacing-Facebook –Gloucestershire Roads-Twitter -@GlosRoads-Signs in the area. If you do not have access to the internet or social media you may wish to ask a friend or neighbour to help you access their website. If you know of neighbours who cannot access the website, please share this information with them.

ROAD CLOSURE: Glos Highways will be resurfacing the road at the above location as part of their promise to invest £150 million in the county’s roads. To ensure the safety of you and their work force they have, under Sections 14, 15 & 16 of the Road Traffic Act 1984 as amended, made a Temporary Traffic Order to close the road. Due to the type of engineering activities required with carriageway resurfacing,the road closure can cover an area greater than the area being resurfaced. This is to allow activities, such as movement and placement of machinery and material. Glos Highway’s appreciate road closures are inconvenient, but in order to keep you and their team working on the road safe it is necessary. Glos Highways have planned the work so they can be in and out as quickly as possible and have tried to do it at a time that will minimise any inconvenience.

ACCESS: In accordance with the Temporary Traffic Order, Glos Highways are not permitted to allow any person or vehicle to proceed along the closed roads; with the exception of pedestrian access to properties, emergency vehicles, and statutory undertakers responding to an emergency situation. Therefore, if you normally drive into or out of this area during the hours when the road closure is in place, we ask you to please make alternative arrangements. In exceptional circumstances, some level of access may be considered. This will be on a case by case basis and only where it doesn’t impact on their ability to carry out the work and where it is safe to do so. Any access during this time would be at the drivers own risk as it is a works site and may have raised iron works or a temporary surface.
If you have any queries please contact Glos Highways on 08000 514514.

Recycling and waste collections over Christmas

Refuse, recycling, food and garden waste collections will change for some Tewkesbury Borough residents over Christmas and the New Year.

You can see your own collection dates by entering your postcode at tewkesbury.gov.uk/recycling. Alternatively, here’s a reminder of the rescheduled dates:

Usual collection day

Revised collection date

Monday 23 December

All collections as normal

Tuesday 24 December

All collections as normal

Wednesday 25 December

·       If you had a refuse collection scheduled, please put your green bin out for collection on Friday 27 December.

·       If you had a recycling collection scheduled, please put your blue bin out for collection on Saturday 28 December.

! No food waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Thursday 2 January.

! No garden waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Wednesday 8 January.

Thursday 26 December

Friday 27 December

! No garden waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Thursday 9 January.

Friday 27 December

Saturday 28 December

! No garden waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Friday 10 January.

Monday 30 December

All collections as normal

Tuesday 31 December

All collections as normal

Wednesday 1 January

Thursday 2 January

Thursday 2 January

Friday 3 January

Friday 3 January

Saturday 4 January

Lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: “We see a huge surge in the amount of waste collected from households over Christmas. Of course, it’s better to think carefully and plan ahead in order to reduce waste over the holidays, but for the waste that can’t be reused or passed on, our blue bins and food caddies are there to help you recycle as much of it as possible.”

For tips on how to have a green Christmas, visit tewkesbury.gov.uk/wasteaware.”

Recycling your Christmas Tree after Christmas

As you may be aware Tewkesbury Borough Council run a Treecycle scheme every year after Christmas encouraging residents to recycle their real Christmas trees. This year the scheme is running from January the 4th until January the 19th 2020.

The scheme informs residents where they can deposit their Christmas tree at a local garden centre, however Garden Waste customers can also put their tree out with their brown bin. If it is over 6ft it will need to be cut in half.

Look out for a poster on the parish notice board (hopefully arriving soon!) about the Christmas Tree Recycling campaign, which list the locations where the trees can be deposited.

TBC have also updated the council website with all the Christmas information including what is on the posters regarding the Treecycle scheme and Christmas waste collection arrangements etc. This website can be found here:  https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/news/christmas-refuse-and-recycling-information


Site Layout for proposed 150 houses at Coombe Hill

A number of local people including Parish Councillors attended a drop in session yesterday (2nd Dec). A copy of the proposed site lay out drawing is on the website under recent documents. The Parish Council has a meeting scheduled for next Wednesday (11th Dec) and this will be the main topic of conversation.  Your comments are being sought by the development team acting on behalf of Robert Hitchens and Bovis Homes. You can email your views to CoombeHill@pegasusgroup.co.uk or post them to Pegasus Planning Group, Pegasus House, Querns Business Centre, Whitworth Road, Cirencester. Glos GL7 1RT. If you attended the event the leaflet contains a Freepost comments form. I have a very small supply that I will bring to the meeting next week. The deadline for comments is Dec 17th.
If you have friends or neighbours in the parish, get them to contact the Parish Council and join the email mailing list so that the Parish Council can keep everyone up to date. Similarly – regularly check the Parish Council website as this contains all the latest information.