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and SPJARA news
Our views on the proposed planning changes
The Government has proposed some pretty far reaching changes in the way that the planning system operates in England in its White Paper "Planning for the Future". Although the direct impact on our area may be limited as all the SPJARA streets are in a Conservation Area, we have serious concerns. Our chair, Clair Chilvers, has written to the Government and our MP Alex Chalk to set these out. You can read her letter here.
Watch Out! Conman around
There have been two literally daylight robberies in Gratton Road this week. A man posing as a supplier of a miracle garden path cleaner browbeat two residents, both women living alone, to agree to having their paths treated. He sloshed some bleach around and aggressively demanded an excessive amount of money. One lady was bullied out of £100, the other was forced to accompany the thief to a cashpoint and hand over £250. The police have been informed. (They have been provided with CCTV by another householder but perhaps we should keep that bit to ourselves) Local residents should beware that this chancer is trying his luck in our territory.
Bath Road. Extra pedestrian Social Distancing space
Gloucestershire County Council will introduce a Social Distancing scheme on the Bath Road. The work is intended to be completed by Friday 29th May.
The scheme will provide additional space for pedestrians by reallocation of road space currently used for on-street parking.
The full description of the works is available here...
The Bath Road shops
Now, more than ever, we realise what a great set of shops we have on the Bath Road. Please support them.
The Bath Road Utility boxes - a bit of good news!
SPJARA has helped pay for the decorating of two new utility boxes in Bath Road - see here
SPJARA comments on two recent planning applications
- we object to a proposed extension in Tryes Road
- we like a new house proposed for Painswick Road
details here .....
Community Volunteer Scheme
SPJARA has introduced a 'good neighbour' scheme during the pandemic. Anyone who, for any reason needs to self-isolate can avail of this free service.
SPJARA widens its shopping service to include NHS staff in the SPJARA area!
Recognition for Volunteers!
The Council's Community Hub
If you are self-isolating or know of a vulnerable or elderly neighbour, consider the facilities provided by Gloucestershire County Council's Community Health hub. Everything is clearly explained there and the form is quite simple to complete.
Before doing that however, it might be worthwhile to check SPJARA's Community Volunteer Scheme which might be enough to address your needs.
Contact number - 01452 583519
Cheltenham Mayor Foodbank Fund
You can donate in any of the following ways:
Government Guidelines on Covid-19
Who or what is SPJARA?
Why not join SPJARA? It's just £5.
- We help to protect and improve our area -
- see Stuff we Do
- We help local people to meet and socialise -
- see Social Events
- We get things done
- We are always looking for ways to make our area better.
We look forward to meeting you soon
* SPJARA started life as 'St Philip and St James Area Residents' Association', but a name change to its initials SPJARA was agreed in 2018. Hence the rather awkward name!