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 -

Monday, 9 March 2020

Flood Warning in force: River Severn at Sandhurst and Maisemore.

Somewhat unexpected but happening owing to the high tides expected in the next day or two - email issued 6.18pm:

Flooding is expected for: River Severn at Sandhurst and Maisemore including Walham and Severnside Farm.
Immediate action required.
River levels are forecast to rise at the Sandhurst river gauge due to high tides. Flooding may affect Coal Wharf and Riverside, Maisemore and Sandhurst Lane, as well as Base Lane, Sandhurst. A417 Over to Maisemore may need to be closed.
Predicted peaks:
Sandhurst 3.5 to 3.7m at 9:45pm on 09/03/20 and 3.6 to 3.8m at 9:45am Tuesday, 10/03/20.
Gloucester 3.4 to 3.6m at 9:30pm on 09/03/20 and 3.5 to 3.7m at 9:30am Tuesday, 10/03/20.
High tides are expected for the next 5 days.
Underlying river levels are currently falling between tides. However, further rain is forecast over the next few days which may cause levels to rise. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services. Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.
This message will be updated by 11:30pm, Monday 09/03/20, or if the situation changes.

Monday, 2 March 2020

Neighbourhood and flooding

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Flooding update from Tewkesbury Borough Council - 27/2/20

Weather and river levels 
River levels are set to remain as is over the next few days and unlikely to rise any further over the weekend.
There is some rain expected this weekend but this is not going to be significant or cause any further issues. It is expected river levels will start to fall over the course of next week however, there is more rain expected over Wales during the week which is expected to track down the River Severn late next week. Therefore levels are likely to remain high until the second week of March. 

The majority of roads are remaining open and it is unlikely that these will need to close, with the exception of the B4213 at Haw Bridge and A417 Maisemore - which is being closely monitored and opened when river levels allow and traffic managed with the use of traffic signals. Please keep an eye on the county council’s website for information on road closures:
Officers were in the Sandhurst and Ashleworth area yesterday and visited 150 households to ensure that residents were watching the flood levels and had sufficient sandbags. 300 filled sandbags were delivered yesterday along with 400 empty bags to residents in Longford, Sandhurst and Ashleworth.

We continue to have a good supply of filled sandbags at the Public Services Centre – they are available to vulnerable residents who have registered with us to receive assisted waste collections and we have mechanisms in place to deliver to these vulnerable residents, should this be necessary. If you know if someone who needs sandbags outside of office hours, please call: 01684 293445. Alternatively, we have empty sandbags that residents can take and fill themselves – builders merchants should have a good stock of sand or soil can also be put in bin bags and used in the same way as sandbags. 
A reminder that our out of hours number is: 01684 293445
Amy Adams
Corporate Services Officer
Tewkesbury Borough Council
01684 272104

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 2nd March

The agenda for the meeting of Maisemore Parish Council on Monday 2nd March has now been published and can be found here.  The meeting is in the committee room of Maaisemore Village Hall and will start at 7.30pm. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend and may ask questions on any item on the agenda during the public participation section at the beginning.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Apologies - a post about the Boat Share Show got on to this site by mistake.  It's now in its rightful place on

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Which? warns of Amazon Prime scam

  There’s something you need to know  -
A malicious phone scam is doing the rounds. An automated call pretending to be from Amazon Prime is telling victims their subscription will be ‘renewed’ for £39.99 – even if they’re not a customer.
From here, it’s highly likely scammers will attempt to extort bank details and/or personal data from you.
We’ve notified Amazon, but if you receive this call, hang up immediately. Find out more about this scam, and read our advice on how to keep you and your family safe.
   Amazon Prime scam   
  You can either click on the button above or copy and paste this URL into your browser:
Stay safe,
Which? campaigns team

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

More scamming

I've just had a text message claiming to be from EE - with whom I don't have an account - and obviously trying to get my bank or card details.

It reads:
We were unable to process your latest bill.  In order to avoid fees, update your payment information via: [website address deleted].

If you get anything like this, please don't click on the website address.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Police advice about burglaries

Public meeting about proposed new houses

The Parish Council has organised an Extraordinary General Meeting to consider the planning application (19/00676/OUT) for a further 33 houses alongside the approved application at Bell House Farm, which is for 15 houses. 

The meeting will be in Maisemore Village Hall at 7.30pm on this Thursday 13th February 2020.  Full details of the application can be found on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website.

The agenda for the meeting is here.

Indicative plan for the extra 33 houses at Bell House Farm.
The existing (approved) application is shown shaded alongside.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Flooding drop-in sessions

David Jones posted this on Nextdoor:

Email received from Helen Richards, Environment Lead, Community Advice Team, GRCC: 28 January 2020:

I am emailing to let you know that there are drop in sessions planned by the Environment Agency for your parishes either this Thursday or next Thursday for those affected by the recent flooding. 

They are contacting individuals known to them to have flooded but please do spread the word to your community for the relevant date below. This is to find out about potential Property Level Resilience opportunties. 

If you have a Flood Warden in your parish they were made aware at last night’s meeting and/or by email this morning. 

Tewkesbury, Chaceley, Deerhurst, The Leigh & Norton Thursday, 30 Jan 14:30 - 19:00 Tewkesbury Boys Brigade Location on Google Maps: 

Tirley, Hawbridge, Sandhurst, Ashleworth and Maisemore (+ Hasfield assumed) Thursday, 6 Feb 14:30 - 19:00 Tirley Village Hall Location on Google Maps: 

Helen Richards, Environment Lead, Community Advice Team, GRCC

Saturday, 25 January 2020

More houses for Maisemore?

An outline planning application (19/00676/OUT) has been submitted for a further 33 houses alongside the approved application at Bell House Farm, which is for 15 houses. 

New outline planning application for Bell House Farm - indicative masterplan.
The existing (approved) application is shown shaded.

Full details of the application can be found on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website.

The proposed houses would be amongst the closest in Maisemore to the new chicken production units currently being built.