Sunday, 29 March 2020

Chemical dumping in Maisemore

For information in case you see this while out on your daily exercise in Maisemore.

Following an alert from a resident - who'd reported the matter to Tewkesbury BC yet was seeing no action - I went down to Maisemore Bridge yesterday to find dozens of large chemical containers dumped in the pull-in on the Gloucester side. 
And not only were they strewn indiscriminately but I found, by gently tapping them with my foot, that most of them had liquid in - some appeared to be full! And some appeared to be leaking! Right by the river!

Having taken photos I fired an email off to all and sundry - every concern I could think of who might be able to sort it out. This worked - my concerns and photos were forwarded by the police to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the case has been taken up by Richard Gordon, Station Manager, Operations Planning and Policies Manager. I also had a subsequent response from Jill Smith, one of our borough councillors.

An officer was sent out yesterday afternoon to check on the situation and the report back was that "Our Officer went to scene and assessed the situation. Local Authority were arranging for the site to be cordoned off and specialist waste disposal contractor to be brought in."

I went down this morning and found that the condoning off hadn't yet happened but at least all the containers are now upright. I've now counted them - there are forty-one 25 litre drums.

Needless to say any identifying details for the company they originated from have been removed. However I have taken photos of some of the labels and will be contacting the manufacturer to see whether they are able to advise considering the batch numbers are showing on some of them. If anyone knows anything about this illegal act, would they please contact me by email and I'll pass the details on - anonymously if requested.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Sustrans Route 45 - Maisemore to Gloucester section

Email sent to Sustrans:

I'm contacting you on behalf of the local community to thank Sustrans for your prompt attention to repairing the Route 45 cycleway from Maisemore to Over where the principal bridge deck had been forced up by the action of flood waters leading to a dangerous situation. Thanks also to our local warden, Chris Jones.

Not only was it expeditiously repaired but it also exhibits an excellent standard of work and furthermore a significant length of guard railing which had suffered subsidence over time was attended to at the same time.

Our link to Gloucester is restored to full operation. Thank you once again! 

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The Village Hall play areas

Maisemore Village Hall Committee advises that use of the Village Hall play facilities including the infants playground and the MUGA is now not permitted by government regulations. 

Please respect this stipulation and don't use them.

Access around The Steadings and use of footpaths generally in the village

Please note that the The Steadings business park and the associated farm are private land, not a playground for children.

Whilst it is accepted that people may wish to walk through the area to get from The Rudge to Church Road, please do this in an orderly manner. Some businesses and the farm may still be operating.

Children should not be running around or using bicycles in this area for safety reasons.

Likewise please only cycle on designated cycleways and bridleways. Most of the footpaths around the village, including the one along the lake, are for people on foot only. Please respect this.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Have you received the parish council's Coronavirus flyer?

On Monday the parish council arranged the compilation and printing of a Coronavirus flyer. This has then been distributed to everyone's letterbox via the Communications Pyramid (note this is completely separate from the normal The Grapevine distribution).

Would you please advise if you've not received it yet.

Any comments if you have?

Are you suffering from slower than expected Gigaclear broadband speeds?

Here's an email I've received from a village resident:

Representatives from Gigaclear came this morning and replaced the CPE on the  Hub.

It is this that was causing the slow speed. Apparently they have had several Hubs with this problem. It was their second one that they had replaced this morning. 

The young lady I spoke to at Support – Gigaclear had received similar complaints recently.
I have been paying for 300 but I was getting less than 100 and frequently down to 70 up/down.

Gigaclear will replace the faulty box. They were only with me about 20 minutes.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Maisemore's mutual help group

Maisemore Parish Council has called upon the Community Emergency Planning team to deliver a flyer to all residents and to coordinate a support network for those residents who are required to self-isolate and might need help. This is already being delivered to all houses in Maisemore

If you have problems of whatever nature please do not hesitate to call the number given on the flyer to have a friendly chat and, hopefully, some resolution. Please also ring the number or contact me for details If you are willing to be a helper.

David Jones -