M5 Junction 10 Public Consultation – Upgrade of Coombe Hill Junction

I expect you have seen the yellow signs on the approach roads to Coombe Hill which refer to M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme and the Public Consultation that went live this morning.
Go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10 or click on the link in the text below. It should take you through to a Gloucestershire Highways page.  There is a light green banner across the page that says ‘M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme-Options Consultation’ and the words ‘Have your Say’ underneath. Click on the ‘Have your Say’ words and this will take you through to another page (my screen tab says Pinpoint).
Here you will find extensive reading material about all three elements of the scheme;
  1. Improvements to Junction 10 on M5 and new road linking Junction 10 to Cheltenham
  2. A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill
  3. A4019 widening, east of Junction 10
There is lots of information to take on board and the initial concern is the impact on the traffic lights/junction at Coombe Hill.
I have extracted the A4019 and Coombe Hill Junction Technical Appraisal Report which provides the most detailed information together with Maps/drawings of the preferred option (Appendix B). Its in the documents section on this website.  It is still worth the time and effort to read through all the other information on this site as it will all have some level of impact on this Parish.
If your neighbours are asking questions but are not on this secure emailing list please direct them to the Parish Council website (or get them to ask to join my list!!).

Parish Council Meeting dates for 2020/2021

Meeting dates for 2020/2021
Full August 12th
Additional September 9th
Additional October 14th
Full November 11th
Additional December 9th
Additional January 13th 2021
Full February 10th
Additional March 10th
Additional April 14th
AGM May 12th

Usually the second Wednesday of a month, starting at 7.30pm. Currently held via Zoom during the current Covid-19 situation. Zoom joining details are published on each new agenda that is displayed

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










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










GEM Project

The attached document explains a little about the GEM project and my role, and how you can refer people in your area  to me for support.  I also include a link below to the GEM website which gives further information, an opportunity to sign up to the GEM newsletter and a link to the online GEM Online timetable of online learning sessions for improving well-being, learning new skills and employ-ability.  In a time when people need support with gaining employment more than ever, we are having to come up with new ways of reaching people.


Tewkesbury GEM engagement info