Welcome to SPJARA!
In case you missed the AGM on 15 November.....
There were 55 members present - a record. For the draft record of the meeting, including Clair Chilver's account of the year, the financial report and the guest talk, see here.
And the next item includes is a link to the guest talk
‘The grass can be greener
– Sustainable solutions for
Here are the slides from SevernWye talk given at our AGM on how to make our homes more carbon efficient
SPJARA commit to tackling climate change and reducing our emissions to net zero by 2030
SPJARA has signed up to the Borough Council’s CheltenhamZero Agreement. This means we recognise “the climate emergency and acknowledge the unacceptable risks it poses globally and also locally to the future of our environment, our livelihoods, our homes and our town”.
By joining CheltenhamZero, SPJARA has committed to tackling the climate emergency head on, doing our part with our organisations and working collaboratively to support the shift to net zero emissions as a town by the year 2030.
TREES AND MORE TREES -
OUR AREA GREENER!
We planted ten more trees around Mellersh House on a chilly November morning. They are all rowan or mountain ash trees (Sorbus aucuparia). They were purchased by SPJARA from the Cheltenham Tree Nursery.
John Paterson organised the event. He was helped by Diana Pollock, Roy Arnold, Andrew Bishop (local resident), and Adrian Phillips. Chris Chavasse, Borough tree officer was on hand to help and advise.
An invitation to join our committee
From Clair Chilvers, Chair
The SPJARA Committee is looking for new members.
We want ‘doers’ – people who will help us to organise events, social media or take on a particular Committee responsibility.
The Committee meets three times a year in the evening.
If you are interested please contact me by email initially email@example.com
SPJARA and planning applications
Catch up on the latest planning applications and what SPJARA has done in relation to those which affect residents 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 - some good news!
SPJARA has helped pay for the decorating of two new utility boxes in Bath Road - see here
PS We've had new grant from Glos CC to install two new planters in Bath Road and decorate a replacement utility box on the corner with Grafton Road (Nov. 2021)
SPJARA objects to planning proposals in Grafton Road
A plan to create a new house at no 32. Grafton Road has been condemned by SPJARA. It used to be a garage and the plan proposes to retain the existing frontage, creating a new home behind it. The proposals also affect the adjoining property, no. 34.
We say that the new design for no. 32 will perpetuate an ugly and intrusive street frontage that is out of keeping with the policies to protect and enhance the Central Conservation Area.
The photo above shows what 32 and 34 look like now. Th proposed changes in the planning application are minor (the removal of the door at the bottom right hand side).
This is now the second scheme put forward and opposed by SPJARA. We have suggested to the council that the the applicants need the help of an architect.
You can see our full submission to the planners here
Cheltenham Mayor Foodbank Fund
You can donate in any of the following ways:
UPDATE FEB 26th 2021
Almost as soon as it started, the Defibrillator campaign reached its target of raising the £1200 needed!
This was a great success thanks to everyone who donated and to CBC for their Community Grant of £300 which helped hugely.
It is hoped to provide residents in the area with all the necessary information about the defibrillator, how and when it should be used etc.
We also hope to run a suitable training course when Covid restrictions permit.
SPJARA has joined forces with NARA and Cheltenham Connect to maintain the defibrillator outside the Exmouth Arms for another 4 years. £1,200 is the sum we need to raise. Please donate to help preserve this vital life-saving service.
This campaign is now closed
Roundabout branding repaired
Huge thanks to the Cook Shop and Lizzie Smith its owner for their incredibly generous funding for the repair to the Bath Road roundabout's "branding" which was damaged recently for the umpteenth time. (See pictures below of earlier damage to a panel and now repaired). We are deeply appreciative and very much hope that SPJARA residents will consider reciprocating this by supporting the Cook Shop. And thanks too to Chantal Freeman who was out doing the work at 7AM on Easter Sunday morning before the traffic.
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!