Road closure details – A38 Tewkesbury Road to Odessa Junction – update 1st to 9th April

The Parish Council have received information from Gloucestershire Highways regarding the planned road closure of the A38 Tewkesbury Road to Odessa Junction . The Temporary Traffic Order to close the road for carriageway resurfacing is for approximately 7 days (excluding weekends) 09:30 to 15:30. The Deerhurst junction will now be completed separately at night later within the 2019/2020 programme.

Planned start and end dates are currently Monday 1st April to Tuesday 9th April but subject to short notice changes.

Parish Councillor Vacancy – Your Parish Needs You!


Parish councils depend on local people taking an interest in what happens in their community, whatever their background, local people standing as councillors can bring a wealth of knowledge and community understanding into the local team.

Leigh Parish Council currently has 4 Councillors (need 5) who have represented the Parish since the last election in 2015. These Councillors remain in office for a four year term.

The population of Leigh Parish Council will increase with the suggested house building within the Parish. The parish is mainly made up of three distinct areas, Coombe Hill, The Leigh village and the houses along the A38. It would be desirable to have residents from each of these areas to serve on the council so that local views or concerns can be discussed. At present we do not have anyone from The Leigh Village.

 A Parish Council is the elected local authority.  It is the tier of local government that is closest to the people. It is not a voluntary organisation, a charity or something to do with the Church. 


Parish Councils can only act within the law by exercising those powers and functions that have been conferred on them by Statutes (i.e. Acts of Parliament). The range of powers Parish Councils have are limited. They have the right to be consulted by the Local Planning Authority on all planning applications in their area. This range of powers continue to change and proposals originally outlined in the Local Government White Paper 2006 which set out the government’s plans to reinvigorate local politics by giving more power to councils and communities continues.

The Parish Council can raise money by various means to do its work.  Mainly it gets its funds through a levy (Precept) on the Council Tax payers in the Parish. This Precept it collected by the District/Borough Council on the Parish Council’s behalf.


The main thing is that you and your fellow Councillors have an active interest and concern for your local community. You will represent local people and, if necessary, work in partnership with them and others. Collectively you will want to facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.

As a new Councillor you will bring to the Council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn. Initially, of course, you may have little knowledge of Council work but this, together with experience and confidence, will follow.


It is possible to spend a lot of time on council work, but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and your community) will get out.

As a member of Leigh Parish Council you would be asked to:

  • Attend all monthly Parish Council meetings to debate and make decisions on issues that affect the Parish. Quarterly updates are given on the finances of the Parish Council and it is all of the Councillor’s responsibility to monitor and agree the income and expenditure against the agreed budget. In December and January the budgets for the following year are prepared and agreed by council members. Audit checks are also made by some councillors to ensure that everything is in order.
  • Volunteer to be a part of any sub-committee or working party set up by the Council.
  • Attend other meetings if requested e.g. Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council.
  • Examine and comment on all planning applications sent to the Parish Council. Applications for large developments can contain a substantial amount of paper work that needs to be read and understood.
  • Attend any Training sessions deemed necessary by the Council. There is also a requirement for a member of the Parish Council to attend meetings/seminars arranged by Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils and Gloucestershire Rural Community Council.
  • Take an active interest in all parts of the Parish and surrounding areas.

Each week emails will be sent out by the Clerk and these will need to be read and if necessary responded to. Some emails may contain large attachments which may take some time to read and digest.

The Parish Council also runs a web site which is kept up to date with useful information for residents.

Part of an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) is within our parish boundary and therefore of interest to the Council. This is an enclosed area of protected meadow land owned privately but with a public right of way footpath through the field. The meadow is sited next to the old Coombe Hill Canal. The parish council together with English Nature want this area to continue and hope to be able to reduce negative effects that might arise through increased visitor pressure from future residents


  • You need to be over 18 years of age
  • On the Electoral Register for the parish or have worked in the area for the preceding 12 months
  • A citizen of the European Union
  • A local government elector of the parish; or a person who during the whole of the 12 months before nomination as a candidate occupied land or other premises as owner or tenant in the parish. Or has, during the same period, resided in that area or within 3 miles thereof, or has during the same period, had a principal or only place of work in that area


  • Are bankrupt and an Order or Interim Restriction Order has been imposed
  • Have, within the past five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine
  • Work for the council where you are intending to stand for election (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area)


 If You Want To Do More for Your Community – If You Want To Spend Your Time Productively – If You Can Think, Listen and Act Locally – then BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR.

Read the Notice of Co-option document

Please contact Kate Tilling, the Clerk via email to register your interest and receive the Co-option paperwork. CLOSING DATE for Applications is 5pm on Monday 18th February 2019


Tewkesbury Borough Plan – Preferred Options public consultation period

I write to inform you that the Preferred Options Tewkesbury Borough Plan was approved for public consultation at a meeting of the Council on 26thSeptember 2018.

This consultation will take place for the minimum statutory 6 week period between the 10th October 2018 and 26th November 2018.

All comments must be received by 5pm on 26th November 2018.  Comments received by the deadline will be considered and will help to inform the preparation of the plan.

If you wish to make comments on what the Tewkesbury Borough Plan should contain you can respond to the consultation via our  where there is additional information about submitting representations. In order to make it easier to submit responses an online consultation form has been set up and we are encouraging people to use it to make their comments. This form can also be downloaded so responses can be emailed and posted to the Council.

Representations on any of the documentation should be made in writing, either via:

Supporting documentation can be viewed on the council’s website at  or at Tewkesbury Borough Council’s main offices (at the above address) and at all libraries and Advice Centres in the borough – opening times and other details are available

If you have any other questions on this consultation the Planning Policy Team can also be contacted on

Matthew Barker

Planning Policy Manager

Planning Policy

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Over Roundabout Scheme – Prestart information event Monday 23rd April

19th April 2018 Ref: OR5161MTC

Britannia Construction is very pleased to have been appointed as main contractor for the Over Roundabout Scheme. We are a local (Cheltenham) based Civil Engineering Contractor and are excited to work with Gloucestershire County Council on the delivery of this prestigious scheme.
Works will commence on Monday the 30th April and continue for approximately 18 weeks.

The purpose of the scheme is to improve the capacity of the A40 Over roundabout by widening the Westbound and Southbound approaches by one additional lane and by the addition of a third circulatory lane within the roundabout.

The overall aim of the proposed scheme is to reduce queues and delays on the A40 ‘east-west’ and A417 ‘north-south’ approaches through A40 Over roundabout, thus improving vehicle journey times and addressing journey reliability problems.

Works include the installation of new sheet piled retaining walls on the Westbound and Southbound approaches and the installation of traffic signal infrastructure to support a future junction upgrade. The existing lighting and road restraint system will also be replaced

As a valued member of the local community we would like to invite you to a Meet the Contractor Pre-Start Information Event. Representatives from Britannia Construction, Amey and Gloucestershire County Council will be available to answer any questions you may have. We have booked the Wharf Restaurant at Over on Monday 23rd April and will be available between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. Tea and coffee will be available.
If you are unable to make the event but have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be available throughout the construction phase to provide continuous liaison and engagement with all businesses and residents within the local area.
Yours faithfully
Christian Chambers
Project Manager for Britannia Construction

Severn Trent Water Distruption

This is the latest news from Severn Trent:

“Our bottled water collection points are now open in Tewkesbury. We’re sorry for the supply interruptions in the area and we’re working hard to get things back to normal. Latest updates here:”

John has just been able to secure a small supply of bottled water from Severn Trent as this issue is now in its second day and this will be distributed around the village later today.

In the meantime, bottled water is being handed out at 3 main sites:

Gloucester Road Car par Tewkesbury GL20 5SW

Morrisons car park Tewkesbury GL20 5QG

Tewkesbury School GL20 8DF

They are only handing out a few bottles to each person. John also has a supply of water but it will need to be boiled for safe drinking and you will need your own water containers. Please call him on 07860  836522 and let him know you are popping down.

Please remember to check on our vulnerable people in the community and contact the Parish Council if you have any real concerns.

We will try to share news as we get it.

09:34 16.12.17