Wednesday 28 November 2018

Phone line problems in Maisemore

Phone lines in Maisemore have been hit by a problem this afternoon (Wednesday).  BT Openreach are attempting to resolve it.

Another big hit for MADS

Jeremy Chamberlayne writes:  

"On Friday and Saturday of last week, MADS, (Maisemore Arts & Drama Society), offered an evening to remember - a brilliant performance of the farce by Ray Cooney.

The production was a sell-out and those who came really enjoyed it, as well as the opportunity to meet others in the village. These opportunities do not arise often, so it seems good to join in when they do. I especially urge new residents to get to know our village by joining in our activities.

Well done and thank you MADS."  

There are more pictres of the show on the MADS website -  The website also offers the opportunity to sign up for email updates - and MADS is always looking for new members with an interest in any aspect of the theatre. 

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Wireless broadband base work completed

The Voneus website reports:

"Work is now complete on the fibre and the church meaning that installations of individual properties can begin.  Our team will be in contact with those customers who previously expressed an interest to book appointments."

If you would like to book an installation or require further information then call 0800 0073377 or visit

Thursday 22 November 2018

How to shop safely online

Software updates
Make sure you’ve installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.

Email accounts 
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Payment methods 
Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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
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

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.

Message Sent By
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

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.