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Litter pick success and big thanks to those who helped

31 October 2016 at 18:25

We would like to thank the 26 people (including 6 young people) who gave up their time on Sunday to help pick litter at the Stonehouse Community Litter Pick. It was a great turn out!

The teams covered areas throughout the town and collected a total of 15 bags of rubbish and 7 bags of recycling (+ the remains of 2 chairs!)

We are going to be holding a litter pick every 2 months on the following dates:

Sunday 15th January
Sunday 12th March
Sunday 14th May
Sunday 9th July
Sunday 10th September
Sunday 12th November

The picks will start at 2pm at the Youth Centre in Oldends Lane Playing Field. Refreshments (very good cakes) and tea served afterwards from 3:30pm.

We appreciate any help from any age/ability as we can dish out routes accordingly. We only ask that children are supervised by an adult if attending.

If you notice any litter 'black spots' that you would like to see tackled then please get in touch with the Deputy Clerk on 01453 822070 or at

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M5 Junction 13 works update - M5 Junction closures

31 October 2016 at 11:37

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – full closure of the M5 southbound between Junctions 12-14



All traffic will be diverted to follow the A38 southbound, re-joining the motorway at Junction 14



Thursday 3rd November 2016 – full closure of the M5 northbound between Junctions 14-12



All traffic will be diverted to follow the A38 northbound, re-joining the motorway at Junction 12






You will be aware that we have been doing some essential repair work to the bridge structures around Junction 13 for some months. To date, we have completed verge works at Stroudwater Interchange and at Standish and Eastington Overbridges. This has involved exposing and repairing concrete in the bridge supports that have been affected by Thaumasite (a chemical attack on the concrete). It’s been a big job involving a workforce of around 40 people to date.



As the phase of work changes, so too must the traffic management arrangements. From Thursday 3rd November we will be using two narrow lanes of traffic management around Junction 13 (on both the north and southbound carriageways). These narrow lanes are necessary as they allow us to work in a safe and effective way without needing the close the carriageway entirely. It is anticipated this next phase of work will be completed in December 2016 (while the whole project is on track to finish, as scheduled, in February 2017).



To reduce the impact of these changes on the travelling public, we have deliberately delayed their introduction until after the autumn half term, when traffic volumes are generally lower. It is possible though that while the two lane traffic management solution is in place, some journeys on the M5 around Junction 13 may be subject to delays.



A number of night-time closures (between 8pm and 6am) will also be required as we put the next phase of our traffic management solution in place.



Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to it. If this happens, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.



We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause you. We will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to the absolute minimum.



If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email:

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Bin vandalism update

26 October 2016 at 16:23

The bin burning incident has been caught on camera. The footage has been supplied to police for possible prosecution.

Please once again can we urge people to report incidents of anti-social behaviour to the Police on 101 (999 if it is an emergency) and the Town Council on 01453 822070. Do not assume others in the vicinity have already called the Police, and even if they have, the more people that can report the incidents the better. Please also report it to the Police BEFORE reporting it on social media and to the Town Council.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Urgent information required regarding vandalism/anti-social behaviour at Oldends

24 October 2016 at 15:56

Stonehouse Town Council urgently seeks any information about vandalism and anti-social behaviour that occurred in Oldends Lane (Playing Field, Football Club, Youth Centre, Play Areas) this weekend and today.

The Council is aware of ongoing increased anti-social behaviour that has been happening in Oldends. In order for us to help the Police and to try and bring those responsible to the attention of the Police we need information from the general public.

Please report in the first instance any anti-social behaviour, criminal damage etc to the Police on 101 even if you feel they will not respond to your call. Please also report it to the Deputy Clerk of the Council at or on 01453 822 070. If you reach the answer machine please leave details of the incident and your contact details.

Vandalised bin at Oldends Lane


Bin has been set fire to and the paved area damaged outside the Youth Centre.


Two youths and one other were caught on camera by a member of the public today as they left the football stadium having spent time smashing glass and dismantling the stands frame.

They were also seen by the Town Clerk and Council ground staff climbing back through the stadium fence towards the Youth Centre today at 1:30pm on 24th October.



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Proposed Gloucestershire On-Street Parking Order 2016

18 October 2016 at 18:13

Consultation closes on 14th November 2016.

This is an administrative change, and no changes to parking restrictions or charges are proposed, and customers will not see a difference on the ground.


All on-street parking restrictions (waiting, loading and stopping restrictions) are set out in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO,) which provides the legal basis for the restrictions placed on the highway.

In Gloucestershire, there are currently six separate TROs describing the on-street parking restrictions in each of the six Districts. They were last reviewed in 2007/8.

The County Council intend replace the existing Orders to ensure their content reflects current working practices, and takes account of new technologies such as virtual permits, cashless payment, and electric vehicles. The Plans within existing Orders that describe the parking restrictions on the ground will be incorporated unchanged into the new Order, which will become the single basis for all parking restrictions in the County.


Any future proposals to change parking restrictions will be subject to a separate TRO variation process in the normal way.


The new Order is subject to a statutory consultation process to give stakeholders an oppourtunity to comment on its content.


The proposed Order and supporting documents including a statement setting out the reasons for making this update are available to view at


The consultation period will close on 14 November 2016.


Adverts will appear in the local press from next week. Paper copies of all consultation material will be available at all GCC Libraries from w/c 17th October.


Consultation comments can be submitted through the website, or by email to


Please contact the Parking Team in Shire Hall for more information if required on 01452 425610

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Severn Tunnel Upgrade - Update

18 October 2016 at 17:55

The 130-year old structure has been closed for nearly six weeks now to allow Network Rail to install electrical equipment that will ultimately power the new Hitachi electric trains. Work should be completed on from 21st October 2016.

Please can you be extra vigilant at level crossings due to increased freight and passenger trains on the diversion route, which passes through Stonehouse. For more information go to the network rail website.
PLEASE NOTE: Level crossing 26, from Rosedale Avenue to Burdett Close, will be shut during this work.
The new fleet of electric trains will mean faster, quieter, greener, more reliable journeys between London and the Thames Valley, Cotswolds, South Wales, West Country and South West. With reduced journey times and more seats, journeys will be more comfortable for passengers.

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Free Maths and English courses

18 October 2016 at 17:43

Mondays 6 - 8pm, Wednesdays 1 - 3pm
APT, 1 Park Parade, Stonehouse

Spaces are available on these South Gloucestershire & Stroud College courses. You must register your interest to participate in one of these courses due to limited spaces.

For more information or to book a place please contact Helen at APT on 01453 822705 or email

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Stop, Think, Check - 'Take Five' Anti-Fraud Campaign

18 October 2016 at 17:41

Take Five is led by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) – urging everyone to do one very simple thing: think before you act.

Before you give away any information, Take Five. Stop, take a step back and make sure what you’re being told makes sense. If you’re ever unsure, don’t go through with it.

Never give out your security details (such as your PIN or full banking password)

A genuine bank or organisation will never ask you for these in an email, on the phone or in writing. Consider what you’re being asked for. Question why they need it. If you aren’t 100% sure who you’re talking to, don’t give them your personal or financial details.

Don't assume an email, text or phone call is authentic

Even if someone seems to know your basic details, it doesn’t mean they’re genuine. In an attempt to gain your trust, fraudsters may claim you’ve been a victim of fraud. They often do this to get you talking, then try and persuade you into giving them your security details.

Don’t be rushed, or pressured, into making a decision

No genuine bank or trusted organisation will, under any circumstances, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Neither would they ask you to transfer money into another account for reasons relating to fraud. If you’re asked to do this, then stop and consider what they are asking you.

Listen to your instincts

Does a situation feel wrong or strange? If so, it’s usually right to question it. Fraudsters will try to manipulate you: they’ll try and lull you into a false sense of security when out and about, or rely on your defences being down when you’re at home. They’ll try to appear trustworthy, but they may not be what they appear.

Stay in control

Be confident. It’s always okay to stop a conversation. You can always refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about the Take Five campaign go to

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Annual Enterprising Women Conference

18 October 2016 at 17:36

8th March 2017 9:30am - 3:30pm
The Hatherley Manor Hotel
Tickets are strictly limited to 125 on a first-come first-served basis.

During Global Entrepreneurship Week each year, GEL host a conference encouraging female business women to take a day out of their businesses to meet and network with like-minded people, to celebrate local success stories, gain inspiration and enhance their skills.

The conference is a landmark event in the Gloucestershire business calendar and the mix of speakers, workshops and networking opportunities make it a must attend event. Each delegate leaves with a 'goody bag' with items kindly donated by local businesses.

Conference Tickets £60 + VAT - last year’s conference tickets sold out early so book early to avoid disappointment. Go to

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Gloucestershire Business Show 2017

18 October 2016 at 17:33

The Gloucestershire Business Show is back for its third year in 2017. Taking place on 17th - 18th May 2017 at Cheltenham Racecourse, the event is shaping up to be another good opportunity for the county’s businesses of all types and sizes to come together to share, connect, learn and promote working together in Gloucestershire.

There will be space for more than 140 exhibitors, four seminar theatres and dedicated zones for digital security, science and technology, food and farming. An Innovation Theatre will provide a programme that explores innovation as a process and culture.

Delegate registration will open in January, but for an informal chat about partnership, sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please get in touch by emailing

For more information about the business show go to

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