| WELCOME TO OUR SUMMER UPDATE OF 2013.
| Last time I wrote of gloomy and unseasonably cold weather
and now I cannot fail to comment on the glorious sunny days
|Whilst not a barometer for the Task Force activity it is fair to say that things
have been hotting-up on the project front too.
||The comprehensive scheme for the long neglected Albion Street block
was supported by planning committee on 18/07/13. A difficult scheme, as
evidenced by the long term decay, with a myriad of complex arguments
which were well rehearsed by the planning team and committee.
||Work continues with County colleagues on the wide ranging public
consultation for proposed changes linked to the Cheltenham Transport Plan.
This consultation runs until 1st September 2013 so still time to comment.
||The Cheltenham Spa railway station proposal passed a further milestone with
support from the Gloucestershire Local Transport Body on 17/07/13, although
further analysis is anticipated.
||Work continues on the Promenade phase 3 – and is over 50% complete.
This in turn has resulted in discussions over the long term location for the
Farmers Market which has been temporarily relocated to the pedestrianised
Promenade to the North.
Graham Garbutt – Independent chair
|CHELTENHAM SPA STATION BID
A bid was submitted to the Gloucestershire Local Transport Body and we understand is prioritised at
4th position in the range of 14 bids submitted across the County. This list of 14 will be forwarded to the
Department for Transport for their consideration subject to some additional economic analysis being
undertaken by the Local Enterprise Partnership.
This proposal would bring major benefit to Cheltenham and the County as a whole by reducing delays on
the network, opening up opportunities for new services, improving connectivity at Cheltenham Spa
(better links to bus, cycle and pedestrian access), and improved on-site station facilities.
|CHELTENHAM TRANSPORT PLAN
|Gloucestershire County Council began a formal consultation
process on 1st July which runs until 1st September 2013.
In addition to leaflets being delivered directly to 16,000 homes, and
extensive media coverage (Echo and BBC), there have been a series
of exhibitions at venues across the town (eg St Lukes, St Pauls, Regent
Arcade, Brewery, Charlton Kings, Hesters Way). In addition further
events were arranged to respond to requests from specific groups.
These included – Cheltenham in Focus, Borough & County
Councillors, disability groups, Five Parishes group and the Boys &
Ladies’ colleges. Some such as the disability group have progressed
to become advisory work groups in their own right and will focus
specifically on any changes to Boots Corner.
We are grateful as ever for support from local shopping and
community centres for use of venues.
The aim is to encourage as large a response to the consultation
proposals as possible.
In pursuit of this it is planned to hold further events before the close
of the consultation period and these are scheduled for
Wednesday 14th August 11.00-15.00
The Promenade (outside Waterstones)
Saturday 17th August 11.00-15.00
Details can be found at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/cheltenhamtp
|MEET A BOARD MEMBER
Will has been a
Cabinet Member of
Council for the last six
years and his present
Portfolio is Fire, Infrastructure and Planning.
Will spent 8 years on the Forest of Dean
District Council and was elected to the
County Council in 2001 and has represented
Gloucestershire for the last 12 years on the
Council in various roles.
Will is a Gloucestershire farmer who has
diversified his farm taking advantage
of a Motorway Junction enabling local
employment, and is proud of the amount
of activity going on with about 80 people
working there at the moment. Will looks
forward to working with the board to help
improve Cheltenham for the future.
|A quick round-up of some of the latest news stories
Echo – 3 May
Public back Cheltenham Odeon plan, developers claim
Echo – 11 May
Minster upgrade could create ‘gem’ in Cheltenham town centre
Echo – 14 June
The disabled asked for views on changes to Cheltenham’s
Echo – 21 June
Thousands of leaflets set to drop asking for views on
Boots corner traffic shake up
Echo – 1 July 2013
Disability groups have their say on pedestrianisation of Boots corner
|PUBLIC REALM WORKS
|Works continue on the Promenade phase
3 and should be completed very soon.The
temporary relocation of the regular farmers
market to the existing pedestrianized area
to the North has resulted in a debate over
whether it should relocate to this new spot
on a longer term basis; this is currently being
explored – although in any event will have
to be displaced to its traditional place for a
period to enable the upgrade works on the
existing pedestrianized zone.
This next phase of works envisages improving
the tree pits, street furniture and refurbishing
the 10 (yes, there are 10) phone boxes mainly
for alternative uses such as art installations
but equally as a home for power and water
supplies so as to avoid the need for standalone
generators at the Christmas Market.
|ALBION STREET BLOCK
|With support from the
on 18/07/13 it will now
be possible to deliver a
welcome change to this long
neglected part of town.
|The comprehensive scheme
for the 3 sites (former Haines
& Strange garage, former
cinema and existing 1960’s
retail units) will deliver 95
new homes and 12 new
shops, with 6 shops, 6 houses
and 8 apartments on the
former cinema and
6 shops, 33 houses and 48 apartments on the
emainder of the site.
The first phase will be the demolition of the existing structures which is anticipated later this year.
|ST. MARY’S MINSTER CHURCHYARD
|On 24th August there will be a community consultation event at St. Mary’s churchyard where plans for a major
upgrade to the churchyard and environs will be unveiled.
These proposals aim to improve the space which has been neglected for too long and help reconnect the High Street,
Clarence street and Boots Corner with the Minster and extended Art Gallery & Museum.
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