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Flooding – It Is Still A Distant Memory

Flooding – It Is Still A Distant Memory

I have lived in Prestbury for the past 35 years, and like many of the older residents, I saw at first-hand how local residents living in the Noverton, the High Street and Deep Street areas had to deal with the dreadful flooding of their homes after the usual regular period of heavy rainfall. The water would sweep down from the Noverton hill (the ditches and culverts being too narrow and too shallow to take the excessive water flow), flooding homes…

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Update on Cheltenham A&E

Update on Cheltenham A&E

Like everyone else in the Cheltenham area, we were delighted to read and see the video of the Health Secretary telling Alex Chalk MP for Cheltenham in Parliament that the A&E would remain open. However, many of us were confused listening to the conflicting views of two people on the BBC programme Points West the following day. This prompted an urgent letter to Alex Chalk for clarification; copy of letter below: Dear Alex, Congratulations on a successful outcome regarding the…

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A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital

A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital

Councillor John Payne (PAB) accepts that changes to any services and particularly changes to public services are inevitable. But he also expects changes to any public service to be for the betterment of the service, not to downgrade it. The recent ‘secret’ plans by the local NHS Hospital Trust managers to downgrade the A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) smacks of the worst kind of bureaucracy. The fact that the ultimate future of the CGH A&E Department has been the…

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Cheltenham Plan – Public Hearing

Cheltenham Plan – Public Hearing

The public hearing of the Cheltenham Plan took place between 13th and 28th February 2019 following the submission of the Plan and its supporting documents to the Secretary of State for independent inspection. The Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) brought about changes to the planning system, including the requirement for local councils to produce a ‘Local Plan’ for its area. The ‘Local Plan’ should not only show a presumption in favour of development, but clear policy…

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Oakhurst Rise, Charlton Kings

Oakhurst Rise, Charlton Kings

Good news to hear that the planning application to erect 91 houses on the lovely historic meadow at Oakhurst Rise was rejected by the Cheltenham Borough Council planning committee at the planning meeting in July. Saddened, but not surprised, that the planning officer recommended permission, even though there was almost unanimous rejection of the scheme by those who live locally. The councillors who expressed their support for the scheme should remember that a local green space in a residential area…

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Floral Display – Imperial Gardens

Floral Display – Imperial Gardens

The Imperial Gardens is one of many attractions that bring thousands of visitors to Cheltenham each year. The colourful floral displays are breathtaking each year. Cheltenham is full of gardens and parks, which is why the town was once called “a town within a park”, and even “the garden town of England”. It is sad to read in the local newspaper that these descriptions might no longer be applicable in future years; if new council plans to change the present…

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Does Pittville Need a Parish Council?

Does Pittville Need a Parish Council?

VOTE ON PARISH COUNCIL PAB do believe in parish councils where the benefits outweigh the cost. A good example of this is Prestbury where the High Street and many publicly owned assets, which are primarily used by the residents, give it geographic and community focus. In Pittville there are few, if any, such assets to manage, particularly as campaigners could not get the allotments included in the ‘parish’ area. The majority of publicly owned assets are for the use of…

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The Chargrove ‘Triangle’

The Chargrove ‘Triangle’

The PAB Group response to the recent alarming report about a possible school being built on ‘The Chargrove Triangle’ is as follows. Readers of a national or local newspaper should always be wary of any story that appears to be based on rumour or wishful thinking. The developer, as in this case, appears to have started a rumour about the possible construction of a school, in the hope that it would create a response from the local residents, followed by…

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Never a Right Time to Build on Triangle

Never a Right Time to Build on Triangle

Dear Sir, The area designated as Green Belt in England at 31st March 2010 was a meagre 13% of the total land area. This figure has probably been reduced in the past seven years, and Gloucestershire has the smallest amount of Green Belt in England. This is not good news, so, the heading ‘Wrong place, wrong time’ (Echo July 15th) with reference to the proposal by Redcliffe Homes to build houses on the Chargrove triangle is misleading. The land should,…

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