Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Tewkesbury Council and police target fly tippers

image002 Tewkesbury Borough Council
  Press release
 14 November 2018  

Stop and search reveals waste being transported illegally
On Thursday, 8 November officers from Gloucestershire Police and Tewkesbury Borough Council undertook a joint enforcement initiative stopping vehicles that looked like they could be carrying waste, in an effort to deal with illegal flytipping and rural crime in the borough.
Officers particularly focused on Sandhurst Village, Cursey Lane and Bozzard Lane as these areas have experienced significant fly tipping.
The initiative involved a series of checks on commercial vehicles to establish whether waste was being transported legally. Seven vehicles were stopped and checked, and one of the vehicles will be subject to a fixed penalty notice for failure to provide a waste carriers license which carries a fine of £300. Three further vehicles were subjected to additional enquiries which proved to be satisfactory.
This initiative follows a number of successful enforcement cases taken by the council to tackle fly tipping. Earlier this year a business was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £1,325 in connection with waste offences.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for Clean and Green Environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: ”We are committed to ensuring that all waste carriers are appropriately licensed, Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence and we will continue to work closely with Gloucestershire Police to tackle this issue and other rural crimes.”
All businesses must have a Waste Carriers License if transporting waste, and transfer notes must be completed when waste is transferred. Failure to have the correct license could result in a fixed penalty of £300 or an unlimited fine if convicted. A waste Carriers License can be obtained from the Environment Agency at www.gov.uk/waste-carrier-or-broker-registration
Should members of the public wish to report cases of fly tipping or other environmental crimes, please report it on the council’s website or by calling the Environmental Health Team on 01684 272189.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Burglary in Maisemore

Between the hours of 9.30pm on the 10th November and 9.30am the following morning a house in The Ridings, Maisemore, was entered through an unlocked door while the occupants slept. Keys to two vehicles were located by the offenders and the two cars were stolen off the drive outside.  A handbag and purse containing bank cards, cash and other documents are also missing from the house. 

If you saw or heard anything out of the ordinary this night please call the police using the 101 number or make contact by email to 101@gloucestershire.police.uk.

If you believe a crime is being committed then please dial 999 and remember you can report information regarding criminal activity anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire)

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Time to comment on Tewkesbury's Borough Plan

Now is the time to share your views on the future of planning and development in Tewkesbury Borough.

At a recent meeting of Tewkesbury Borough Council, the ‘Preferred Options’ Tewkesbury Borough Plan was given the green light to go out for consultation to give residents the opportunity to comment on plans for future development in the borough up to 2031. The consultation is open until Monday 26 November 2018.

The Tewkesbury Borough Plan sits underneath the Joint Core Strategy - the over-arching strategic planning document for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury which sets out how much growth needs to be accommodated in the three areas and the broad strategy for how that growth will be delivered.

The Tewkesbury Borough Plan, on the other hand, provides detailed and locally-specific planning policies on issues in Tewkesbury Borough that the Joint Core Strategy doesn’t cover, such as housing, employment, retail, the urban and natural environment and transport. It will also include smaller-scale sites allocated for housing and employment development.

The ‘Preferred Options’ Tewkesbury Borough Plan is the next step in the process of creating a final version of the plan. It builds on previous stages of the process (including the ‘Draft Policies’ and ‘Site Options’ consultation in February 2015) to refine the plan into a document that the council believes will promote sustainable development in the borough, identifying options that would provide around 700 new homes and 45 hectares of employment land.

The Maisemore housing allocations included in the consultation plan.  Both sites A and B have planning permission already.  Site B, however, has an area designated as restored countryside and residents may want to remind Tewkesbury Borough Council of this and ask that it is put outside the village boundary. 
Councillor Rob Bird, Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: "Our Borough Plan is so important, because it will enable us to meet the varied housing and employment needs that our different communities have told us about, in particular providing specific help for rural areas to thrive, whilst continuing to support more urban communities.

“We aim to assist the reasonable housing and development aspirations of both residents and businesses, whilst protecting communities and the environment against clear harm.

“Our draft Borough Plan provides detailed policies to drive quality housing, thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustain vital services and facilities - now we need to hear what you think."

Tewkesbury Borough Council is now seeking views on the ‘Preferred Options’ plan and would welcome comments and opinions on the policies and sites in the document. All comments received by this deadline will be considered and will help to inform the preparation of the next version of the plan, which will ultimately need to be independently examined by a Government-appointed Inspector.

To read the plan and make comments, visit www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan

The plan is also available to view at the Public Services Centre on Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, or at libraries and advice centres throughout Tewkesbury Borough.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Reduction in recycling centre opening times

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed.
On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed.
On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

The council collected data from recycling centres which showed that midweek is the quieter period at the sites. Importantly, the closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites. 

Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored.

The information on the closure days and new seasonal times are now online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com .

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Cyber criminals' extortion scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.
What to do if you get one of these emails?
Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.
If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

November Parish Council agenda published

The agenda for next Monday's Parish Council meeting (5th November) has now been published here.  The draft minutes of the October meeting are also on this website here.  Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are available on the Agendas and Minutes page.

Agendas and minutes are also posted on the Parish Council notice boards at the Village Hall and in the Persh Lane bus shelter.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Another attempted scam

This time they tried it on me!  I got this email:

This email confirms the Amazon Prime subscription: #811-5695601-58635

Product Name: Amazon Prime

Order Number: 8056201

Receipt Date: 10/01/2018

Payment Method: Amazon Account

Membership Price: 179.00 GBP

The subscription period will automatically renew unless you turn it off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period. To cancel auto-renewal or manage your subscriptions, click below and sign in.

If you did not initiate this purchase, we recommend that you go to:
Manage/Cancel Subscriptions


It's not one of the most convincing I've seen.  The email address from which it supposedly came wasn't an Amazon one and I don't have a Prime account.  I wasn't tempted to click on the link - which is disabled in this post.

There is no obvious link on the Amazon website to allow for reporting a phishing scam such as this.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Watch out for these fake TV Licensing emails

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

We’ve seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. 

The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. 

The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Royal Mail warns of postal scams

The Parish Council has received a warning from Royal Mail about attempted scams arriving through the post.  There's a poster about it here.  Scam mails are illegal and target the most vulnerable people in our community.

Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail, but it can get through.  Mostly it originates from overseas - and it's hard to detect.  RM has stopped over 4 million pieces of scam mail at its distribution depots.

If you're concerned that you or someone you know has received a scam letter, please report it to Royal Mail:

Call the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466
Email scam@royalmail.com

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Full fibre broadband coming soon.

Full fibre broadband should reach Maisemore before the end of the year, according to a spokesman for Gigaclear who attended the last Parish Council meeting.

Provision of the service to rural areas with very poor broadband speeds is part of a scheme funded by the government in conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council under the Fastershire banner.

Gigaclear were awarded the contract last year and have engaged local company Complete Utilities to carry out the work in Maisemore.  It will bring the fibre tp a 'pot' (point of termination) on or adjacent to the roadway near each property.  

There's more information at www.gigaclear.com, where you can also register your interest.

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Maisemore's oldest resident, Margaret Hamblin, reached the age of 100 last week and received the traditional letter from the Queen.

Her birthday was celebrated at the Maisemore Friendship Club and the event was attended by Radio Gloucestershire's Pete Wilson.

Margaret moved into her bungalow in the Rudge in the late 1950s and has lived there ever since.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Don't be a dirty dog owner!

Jeremy Chamberlayne writes:

Today, I have removed two dog poo deposits and one, plastic bagged at the Steadings. We welcome residents walking through the business park, but not their dog faeces, which we have to remove. My wife has picked up two bagged deposits today from the lakeside path.

This really is a plague for us. On field edge paths, it is much better to throw it under a hedge or into long grass, where it quickly degrades, rather than leave it in bags, which are long term litter. 
It is an offence to leave dog poo and owners are required to clear up after their dogs.  If it's bagged, it should be taken home and put in the green bin for collection with other non-recyclable rubbish. 
There is a fixed penalty of at least £50 for dog fouling - which includes leaving bags of faeces. If you refuse to pay the fine, you can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

September's agenda now available

The agenda for the meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 3rd September is now available here.  It includes a presentation about the Complete Utilities and Gigaclear project to install full fibre broadband in Maisemore.

The minutes of the July meeting are here.  Previous agendas and minutes can be read on the Agendas and Minutes page using the menu at the top of this page.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Wireless broadband project started

According to the Voneus website, they have started work on their wireless broadband service for Maisemore and expect full delivery in November.

Commemorating the end of World War I

Ros Lane writes:
On Friday 26 October 2018 - please note the day: Friday - Maisemore Local History Society will be commemorating the end of World War I with a special event at St Giles Church, Maisemore.

Doors open at 7pm and the evening starts at 7:30pm with an illustrated slideshow by Rose Hewlett entitled "Village Life between 1914 - 1918". We will then take a break for coffee or tea. The second half of the evening will be the reading of the names of the men of Maisemore who marched out of the village some to return but others not so, followed by a poetry reading by Clive Hook.

The vicar, John Longuet Higgins will say prayers, and to conclude Clive Hook will sing Ave Maria.

The event will be in St. Giles Church, Maisemore starting at 7:30 p.m. and there will be no entry charge. Visitors and particularly Maisemore residents welcome - please note there is no visitor charge for this event.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The November meeting will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018 and will be a talk entitled "Social Life in the Stroud area in Old Postcards” by Howard Beard. This will be back at the village hall as usual.


Overnight road closures on Over Causeway

We have been advised that the Over Causeway will be closed overnight as follows:

Northbound carriageway: 
From 17th September to 28th September. Monday to Friday from 8:00pm to 6:00am

Southbound carriageway:
From 1st October to 12th October. Monday to Friday from 8:00pm to 6:00am

This is to allow for bridge and viaduct works by Amey on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. As this work is weather dependent these dates may be subject to some changes.

If you require further information, please contact Amey Highways on 08000 514514.

Beware of scam phone calls

Police officers at Tewkesbury have been made aware of increased phone call scams in the last week. They claim to be from a bank or Microsoft. If you receive a call do not give any security details whatsoever and contact Action Fraud
Local residents have also received automated scam phone calls claiming to be from HMRC and threatening legal action.  

If you receive one of these, please do not respond or give any personal details but report it here or email phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

There has also been an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Rectory Gardens brochure published

Newland Homes have published a brochure on their development behind Rectory Farm, advertised as 'Rectory Gardens.'   The brochure can be viewed here.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting

The annual All British 2018 Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting organised by the Severn Valley Schoolboy Scramble Club will take place just outside the village this weekend (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August).

This event is a great opportunity for youngsters from the age of 6 to show their skills on the scramble circuit in the field at the end of Blacksmiths Lane in a fully supervised event.

Residents are very welcome to come along and watch the races, for which there is no admission charge.  Pedestrian access is down Blacksmiths Lane, but no vehicles should use this access which is a private road and bridleway - vehicle access is through the next entrance on the left going out of the village towards Hartpury.

It will, of course, be quite noisy, but it is in full compliance with regulations.

Progress on wireless broadband

The wireless broadband provider, Voneus, has discontinued the individual location facebook pages and Maisemore is now included in the updates section of its main website - www.voneus.com/updates/.

According to the latest update published today, "a meeting has taken place at the church with the Diocese and architect. Visual inspection was completed and they are very happy to progress. We are now preparing the faculty submission and will provide a further update in two weeks."

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Cleaner needed for the Village Hall

For further details contact:
Pete Tandy
01452 260250

Weekend Road Closures

The latest bulletin on the Over Roundabout works has now been published and can be read here.

It includes a notice of the road closures over the next two weekends to enable resurfacing work to be carried out. The details are:  

Friday 3rd August 19:00 - Monday 6th 06:00 to resurface the northern section.
Travel will only be permitted through the roundabout:
Eastbound from Highnam to Longford
From the city westbound to Highnam (via the A417 Slip).

Friday 10th August 19:00 - Monday 13th 06:00 to resurface the southern section.
Travel will be only be permitted through the roundabout:
Eastbound from Highnam to Longford
From Highnam to Maisemore
From Maisemore to Longford
From the city westbound to Highnam (via the A417 Slip).

Further information on the closures is available on the county council website: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/A40-Over

Saturday, 21 July 2018

These fake emails are after your Amazon login details!

We’ve had an increased number of reports about these fake emails purporting to be from Amazon. The subject line and content of the emails vary, but they all contain links leading to phishing websites designed to steal your Amazon login details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.​​​​​​​
Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Village Hall Jumble Sale

Don't forget the Village Hall Jumble Sale this afternoon - from 2pm to 4pm, entrance 50p

Friday, 13 July 2018

Roundabout bulletin

The latest bulletin on the Over roundabout works has now been published and can be read here.

Maisemore residents will be pleased to know that the pile driving has now been completed.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Scam Alert - fake Argos texts

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Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts

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Action Fraud (NFIB)
Watch out for these fake
Argos texts offering refunds

These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you’re owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Work on fibre broadband could start in August

Local company Complete Utilities has been awarded the contract for installing the Gigaclear fibre broadband system in Maisemore and hopes to be able to start work before the end of August.  The installation to a connection point outside each property in the village is being funded by central government under the Fastershire scheme.  There will be a charge for taking the fibre from these connection points into indvidual premises.

Representatives of both Complete Utilities and Gigaclear will be attending the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 3rd September to give an overview of the fibre broadband project and what it means for individual householders.  

Complete Utilities will also be circulating a letter about this to all households, which can be read online here (large file).

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Plan for 60 new houses in Maisemore turned down

Tewkesbury Borough Council has refused permission for the application to build another 60 new houses on land adjacent to Bell House Farm.  

The reasons for the refusal are given in the Council's Decision Notice, which can be read here.

The applicant can, of course, appeal against this decision, but several of the reasons for refusal are on very strong policy grounds, including the excessive growth in housing in Maisemore within the plan period that would result.  

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Over roundabout works bulletin

The latest bulletin on the Over roundabout works has been issued and can be read here. Works have included:

Completion of Sheet pile installation to the A417 Maisemore  road

Installation of new drainage works on the A417 Maisemore road.

Installation of temporary surfacing, to West splitter island

Installation of Sheet piles to the south bank of the A40.

New gulley and drainage repairs started in the roundabouts central island

More  information is available on the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Friday, 29 June 2018

News from "Which?" Campaigns

Victims tricked into sending money to scammers will soon have new rights and better protection.

Banks receiving fraudulent transfers will be forced to deal with complaints if victims believe the bank didn’t do enough to prevent it. Plans will also allow victims to escalate their complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service, which has the power to make a ruling and resolve the dispute.

This is great news – victims have told us it can be a real struggle to get their complaints heard and find out what happened to their missing cash.

Do you think banks should do more to stop processing fraudulent transactions?


Have you seen this motorhome?