Thank you Tesco!

Tesco Quedgeley do great work in the community by donating food and domestic goods to local charities and groups.

I asked Theresa Fisher if Tesco could help the Poets Pantry with some supplies, to replenish their store cupboards.

She came back with all this – what a star! 🌟

This donation will really help families in Podsmead.

Thanks to Incito McDonald’s for support

It was great to welcome Amanda Toner and Marketa Murgasova of Incito McDonald’s to the Poets Pantry in Halford House, Podsmead.

They were dropping off a donation of Easter eggs for distribution to food club customers, as well as some much-needed supplies of pasta and tinned goods to help restock the cupboards. They got to see the Pantry in operation and learn more about how it works.

The food club at the Pantry is an excellent local service helping Podsmead residents to eat well and using a previously disused space on the ground floor of Halford House, and run by volunteers on behalf of the community.

Many thanks to Incito McDonald’s for another example of their generosity to the Podsmead community they serve.

If would like to help the Pantry please get in touch. They always welcome financial donations and in terms of food donations tinned goods, pasta and rice are most useful.

From left to right Marketa Murgasova (Incito), Terry Hook (Podsmead resident and volunteer at Poets Pantry), Sebastian Field (Podsmead councillor), Amanda Toner (Incito).

Fly-tipped sofa on Podsmead Road

I was surprised to see a two-seated sofa had been fly-tipped by the bus shelter on Podsmead Road. I immediately reported it to the council for collection, and to the police for their information. Fly-tipping is a crime which can come with a hefty fine if you are caught. It costs the council money to respond to fly-tipping and it is a blight on our city.

Let me know about the poor condition roads and pavements in Podsmead

The Liberal Democrat group are proposing a motion at Gloucester City Council next week, on the state of the roads in our city. I am aware of many poor road surfaces and pavements in our area that the Conservative administration at Shire Hall have failed to deal with. I also want residents to let me know their experiences and I will push for all the problems to be dealt with.

The motion text reads:

‘This council expresses deep concern about the state of many roads and footways in the city of Gloucester. They are riddled with potholes or crumbling to bits.

This council notes that Conservative run Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for the maintenance of the highway network in Gloucester.

This council agrees that it should lobby robustly Gloucestershire County Council to improve the condition of Gloucester’s roads and footways to a level acceptable to this council and the residents of this historic city.’

You can let me know via the usual methods below:

Well done Joseph!

Joseph is a young resident of Podsmead who has had to overcome some challenges with his loss of hearing. He is doing an amazing thing running the TCS Mini London Marathon on 20th April, to raise money for the National Deaf Association.

He’s already raised well over £500 as I write. Do support him if you are able. Click here to visit his fundraising page.

Police walkabout

It was good to have a walkabout with PCSO Sexton and PCSO White in Podsmead.

We looked at issues around parking, community safety and fly-tipping, around Oakland’s Park, Earls Park,Tuffley Crescent and Avenue and Podsmead Road. More walkabouts are planned in the coming weeks.

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Work on the park has started

I am pleased to see that work is going on to repair and restore the area in the corner of the green space at Earls Park.

This has been being used as a storage area up till now, to the frustration of residents and me. Now that some more houses and flats have been finished, the storage area has been removed by the developer.

If the park can be repaired and enhanced up to an adoptable standard, it should then be able to be adopted by the city council as an additional area of green space, and they can then service it along with other parks in the city.

I have been pushing for this for some time so I am delighted to see progress.

The whole estate is due for completion by the end of 2024. Hopefully this date won’t slip but there is much uncertainty in the world of construction currently.

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