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The meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Monday 14th July has been postponed until Monday 21st September at 7.30pm by Zoom video conference.To read the agenda, please clickHERE or contact the clerk directly to request a copy (Tel. 01451 850611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The draft minutes from the Council meeting held on the 6th July can be read HERE
AGENDA & MINUTES
Mop Fair organisers cancel this year's event
The licensee of the Tewkesbury's Mop Fair, together with Tewkesbury Borough Council, has made the difficult decision to suspend the fair this year.
Tewkesbury High Street has been officially designated as a Heritage Action Zone, following the launch of a national government scheme today.
Tewkesbury Borough Council was successful in its bid for the prestigious title and an accompanying £3m of government funding back in 2019, with a view to implementing a programme of initiatives that will regenerate the town through investment into its historic fabric. The programme was due to launch in April 2020, but delivery of the scheme has been on hold due to the pandemic.
The council has agreed a programme of initiatives with Historic England, and with its partners through the Tewkesbury Town Regeneration Partnership, that will be rolled out over the next four years – until 31 March 2024. They include:
A grant programme for building owners to restore or install traditional shopfronts and repair or redecorate building facades in selected areas.
A grant programme and promotion of vacant upper-floor units for residential use.
A programme of assessment and evaluation of the High Street’s public realm and traffic movements, including a public consultation, followed by a schedule of improvements.
A programme of initiatives to encourage investment in, and regeneration of, the Healings Mill site.
A series of educational events to promote the use of ‘historic building’ craft skills and materials.
These projects will individually, and collectively, help to bring about positive improvements to the town centre and make Tewkesbury a more attractive place for business investment and tourists.
Councillor Mel Gore, Lead Member for Built Environment said: “Tewkesbury is a beautiful town with a wealth of culture and history along with many historic buildings. It has a great future with fantastic, unrivalled opportunity. We are delighted that the town is now a Heritage Action Zone and will now put the wheels in motion and work with our partners to deliver the strong and impactful programme of initiatives.”
Cleeve Hill Golf Club to close next spring
The current tenant of Cleeve Hill Golf Club has given notice of its intention not to continue its lease next spring.
The Share Club Ltd has served notice at the earliest opportunity within its 25-year lease to end the tenancy at the end of March 2021 - due to financial unviability.
Following the Share Club Ltd's decision, the borough council commissioned an independent expert opinion on the future of golf provision in this location. The report concluded that golf could not be financially sustainable at Cleeve Hill without significant investment and an ongoing subsidy from the council.
Given this conclusion, and the difficult financial position facing local government, the council’s Executive Committee reluctantly decided to end its licence to use Cleeve Hill Common for the laying out of a golf course from 31 March 2021. The land will return to the control of the owners, Cleeve Common Trust, from 1 April 2021. This decision by the council has no effect on the current use of the remainder of the common, and that will remain open for the public’s continued enjoyment.
The council, which owns the clubhouse, has been exploring alternative options for the club's site. In the short-term, there are no current plans to redevelop it, although the very poor condition of the building means that there is no other affordable option other than for it to be demolished.
The borough council recognises that the local area is well-loved for walking and exploring, and the car park will remain open to members of the public.
In line with current Government Guidelines, the Community Support Group set up for Toddington Parish in response to the Corona Virus will shortly be scaled back. The Parish Council wish to thank all those who volunteered their time to supporting others during the past 4 months. If you are still in need of help, or know someone who is lonely or vulnerable, then please contact me via email@example.com.
Toddington is situated near the western slope of the Cotswold Hills surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and landscapes of Special Value. It is located approx 20 km north-east of Cheltenham with a population of around 400 people. The history of the village goes right back to 1086. The Domesday Book makes reference to evidence of an early settlement in and around Toddington with a population of 130 people.
There are two main original parts to the village: "Church Lane" near the church and "New Town" at the crossing of the B4077 and B4632 roads. The village has developed over the years and covers a wider range of facilities, housing and farms and businesses. The village, has a large church, St. Andrew's which contains the marble tombs of local nobility, the Tracy family, who variously lived at Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey and Toddington Manor.
The area is mainly farming country looking out to glorious hills. Much of the area around Church Lane is designated a listed Historic Garden Area and the area to the north of the B4077 sits in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Beauty. The land to the south of the B4077 is designated a Special Landscape Area. Toddington Manor which lies between New Town and Church Lane, and was bought by the Turner Prize-winning artist Damien Hirst in 2005.
The present day village has many thriving societies and clubs, most of which meet in the award winning village hall. Details can be found on the village hall website in the local information.
The active Parish Council has five members, who are dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of the Parish, having input on planning development, affordable housing, planning for emergencies and self-help, highway and traffic matters etc. We welcome comments and input from members of the parish at our regular parish meetings and are available at other times via the contact details.