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Parish Matters – Summer 2021

Summer 2021 edition of Parish Matters

Tewkesbury Borough Council Summer 2021 Edition of Parish Matters

Welcome to the Summer 2021 edition of Parish Matters containing news and updates from Tewkesbury Borough Council.  We hope you find it interesting and will forward it to your parish council members.

If you have anything you would like to include in the next edition, out in September, please email communications@tewkesbury.gov.uk before the end of August. 
Here are the stories covered in this edition: 

£30 million in grants to help local economy

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Tewkesbury Borough Council has provided the local economy with a financial lifeline, paying out over £30 million of government funding in support grants to nearly 6,000 local businesses.

These wide-ranging grants, covering periods of both lockdown and tier-based restrictions, have not only supported businesses either required to close completely or severely affected by having to adapt their trading methods, but are now helping local businesses to re-open safely.

Councillor Rob Bird, leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “We recognised the very real difficulties facing businesses over this past challenging year and have taken every step possible to alleviate the adverse impact of restrictions by ensuring they receive the financial help they are entitled to.”

Click here for more information on the individual business grants available, and to submit an application.

Transforming our bulky waste collection service

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s bulky waste collection has been transformed to offer a service that is as friendly to the environment as it is to its customers.

Following a review of the service, the council has responded to feedback from the public (through its citizens’ panel), which expressed an overwhelming desire for the council to recruit a bulky waste collection supplier that could offer a ‘reuse and recycle’ option.

Read more about the service and new pricing structure here.

Tewkesbury Garden Town – Progress Report

The Tewkesbury Garden Town team has recently published a progress report on the Garden Town programme which highlights all the work that has been carried out to date.  

The garden town will build on Tewkesbury’s extraordinary heritage and excellent location, to develop a transformational new community. Tewkesbury Garden Town will provide 10,195 homes and over 100ha of employment land, bringing thousands of new jobs and sustainable live-work opportunities. The development will include new schools, health and community facilities and a creative mix of housing design, as well as integrated walk-cycle greenways and better links to the rail station.

The report covers the progress made from the inception of this exciting new initiative, in 2019, through to March 2021 and can be viewed here.

For more information, visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk

The Golden Valley Development 

Along with the Tewkesbury Garden Town, the borough council is also working on a Garden Village programme in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council.

The two councils have come together to create the Golden Valley Development, a pioneering development adjacent to GCHQ that crosses the border between Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Boroughs.

Find out more and read a copy of the Golden Valley magazine, at goldenvalleyuk.com.  

Ubico contract extension

The council has extended Ubico’s contract for the delivery of waste and recycling collections (and associated services) for a further five years.

This means that the partnership with Ubico will continue until 2026. There were many reasons why the council agreed to continue the contract, but it was mainly due to the combination of Ubico’s excellent service and value for money. 

Peter Tonge, Head of Community Services, said: “This is great news for both the council and Ubico, particularly as Ubico predominantly employ local people. Ubico does not just collect our bins but they also deliver many other services to our residents, such as our trade waste collection, street cleansing, fly tipping clearance and inspection, and tree maintenance. I look forward to continuing the great relationship we’ve built over the last few years.”

Tewkesbury Growth Hub

Tewkesbury Growth Hub, run by the borough council, offers support to businesses of all types, from start-ups to existing companies and organisations looking to grow. It forms part of the Gloucestershire Growth Hub network, supporting local enterprises to achieve their potential, expand and create jobs. 

The hub continues to provide Covid-19 response and recovery support as well as free one-to-one business advice and support and with one of its advisors.

Throughout 2020/21, the hub facilitated a total of 107 online events, on subjects such as: social media, video promotion, branding, developing an eco-business and social enterprise.

If you know of a business that would benefit from free advice and support, please ask them to call: 01684 272073 or email tewkesbury@thegrowthhub.biz.

Visit thegrowthhub.biz/tewkesbury for more information.

Help with heating homes – Warm and Well

Warm and Well is managed by Severn Wye Energy Agency on behalf of the seven local authorities in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, and Gloucestershire County Council.

It offers energy efficiency advice to householders, and administers grant funding on behalf of the local authorities and other funders.

Since the scheme began in 2001, it has offered energy efficiency advice and has supported in the installation of over 60,000 measures. These have included loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, boilers, heating systems, solar photovoltaics and solid wall insulation.

If you know anyone who is struggling to heat their home, please ask them to get in touch with Warm and Well. Their advice line is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm – 0800 500 3076. 

Visit warmandwell.co.uk for more information.