I am pleased that after urging the county council to implement ‘Keep Clear’ markings at the entrance to Newark Road from Tuffley Avenue, they have done so ahead of schedule.
I have been liaising with the local highways manager over the Tuffley Avenue traffic calming scheme since its implementation, and residents will know that I have long been skeptical about the process and the implementation of the scheme. I continue to monitor it and have recently reported the instances of smaller cars nipping between the speed bumps, which is obviously dangerous. The highways manager is aware of this and the scheme is being observed. Do let me know if you have any questions or concerns over the continuing operation of the scheme:
I reported potholes in Byron Avenue and Shakespeare Avenue to the county council for filling, and I’m pleased to say they are due to be filled. Much more funding, though, needs to be allocated by the Conservative administration at Shire Hall towards fixing Gloucester’s roads. I will keep pressing for more money to go on fixing the roads and pavements in our area.
If you spot a pothole or pavement that needs fixing, or any other problem in our area, please let me know:
Residents will remember the application for installation of a 5G mast on Tuffley Avenue, that was rejected last year. The applicants have now lodged an appeal. If residents wish to make new or additional comments they should send them using the instructions on the letter attached. If anyone has difficulty with this process let me know. Applications can be viewed on the council website here. My original comments are also attached, as well as the site plans. I initially had concerns over the lack of consultation on the original application, as well as the impact on the street scene along Tuffley Avenue. Whilst we need 5G masts, I do not feel this is the right location for one.
It was great to be out carol singing in Podsmead on Wednesday 20th December.
Working with the local PCSOs from Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Blackbridge Charitable Community Benefit Society, we were able once again to hold an event in Earls Park, and then later on in Scott Avenue.
For the first event we had The Salvation Army Gloucester band, and many thanks to Phil Webb and his colleagues for leading the music.
For choirs we had members of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Gloucester staff choir, which my wife Vicki runs, and the City of Gloucester Community Choir which we co-run, and the community sang along heartily. There was a brilliant turn out at both events and at Earls Park we had some lovely singing from young and old. We also had appearances from Santa 🎅
Ecclesiastical have generously offered to double any donations made on the night to the Salvation Army, which is fantastic news.
There were refreshments and more singing at Scott Avenue and my thanks go to Debbie, Debbie, Jim and Kelly-Marie for all they did to organise the events.
Truly the community spirit in Podsmead is alive and well.
I was pleased to see that the street sign on Podsmead Road, which was covered over with vegetation, has now been uncovered at my urging. It took quite a while what with both councils telling me it was the responsibility of the other. Some of these small jobs are taking too long to get done.