Resignation of Parish Cllr Chris Nelson

We are sorry to announce that after 6 very busy and productive years on the Parish Council, Chairman Chris Nelson has decided to step down from the Parish Council. Vice Chairman Penny Henty will take over as Chairman until a full time replacement is found.Chris Nelson says: "After many years on the Parish Council, it is time for a change and some new blood to take over. I will still be very active in our community but with not so many formal and time consuming commitments. For instance, I will continue to volunteer to help those in need during this coronavirus crisis, just as many of my Council colleagues offer assistance.Many of you will know that I have worked almost full time on Parish Council business for most of the last 6 years, not just as Chair over the last year. I feel proud to have been part of a dynamic team that has successfully:

  • stopped the unsustainable development of 650 houses by Bovis/Miller, overturning the officers recommendation at Planning Committee, fighting a lengthy appeal and ending up with the full support of the Secretary of State that the Leckhampton Fields were Valued Landscape and that such a development would cause Severe traffic congestion, both rare and highly prized defences that would prove instrumental thereafter
  • participated in one of the longest running Joint Core Strategy's in the whole country, meaning that more time was spent examining the Leckhampton Fields than the JCS for Birmingham's entire new housing requirement
  • successfully argued that the Leckhampton Fields should no longer be seen as a strategic housing site, reducing the area that could be built on
  • gained 'in principle' agreement that our Local Green Space was valid, subject to its boundary designation within the Cheltenham Plan
  • protected Berry's Nursery from unsustainable development at Planning Committee and subsequent appeal; sadly we were then effectively forced to withdraw our objection to the second appeal, even though we were the only participant to have submitted a comprehensive evidence base of landscape objections. We can at least claim that the resulting development will be almost half the size than was originally planned and should now be much better screened to protect the Valued Landscape which surrounds it
  • within the Cheltenham Plan, achieved final designation of our Local Green Space, making it one of the largest of its type in the country, preserving our unique and Valued Landscape for generations to come
  • helped establish our air pollution and speed monitoring work, which has the potential to make a major impact on our local environment
  • provided the most substantive comments and objections of any stakeholder on the controversial application by GCC to build a new secondary school on the Leckhampton Fields, leading to significant improvements in the anticipated design of this important community resource, including the use of modern and green energy sources, the creation of a new bio diversity offset zone, better pedestrian and cycle access for pupils, a novel pupil drop-off zone, a more potent Travel Plan, and also enhanced junction changes that should reduce traffic impact, helping to address our biggest concern

I am proud to have played a small part in the development of our Parish Council into a renowned champion and defender of our Valued Landscape and community interests."

COVID - 19 information

If you are self-isolating and finding it difficult to prepare meals:

  • Cheltenham Long table offers 7 x home-cooked nutritionally balanced meals for £25. Ring 01242 323693 or email Every meal bought helps fund free meals for those in need across Gloucestershire.

Cook Cheltenham, 248 Bath Road have a great selection of high-quality frozen ready meals and offer free delivery on orders over £40, or you can use their click and collect service. Simply telephone them on 01242 571464 to place a home delivery order or shop online.

If you are struggling financially, please know that help is available:

  • Message Springbank Community Food Bank through their FB page or for those that don't use Facebook send a text message to 07545 324225 before 10 o'clock in the morning and they will arrange delivery of a food parcel to you that day.
  • To get help from Cheltenham Food Bank, contact a referring agency such as Citizen's Advice or Social Services. They will provide a Food Voucher, and will arrange delivery on a Wednesday or Friday.

A message from Richard Gibson, Strategy and Engagement Manager. Cheltenham Borough Council

The local resilience forum is live with the Gloucestershire's community help hub:

This will do 2 things; it will be a place where people who wish to volunteer can register their interest. Secondly, it will be a place where people who need help can register their requirements. Each district council will receive a daily list of both volunteers and people with requirements. Please feel free to use the hub to register people in your community that you might be concerned about.

There is a government-led initiative to make phone contact with every vulnerable person to check if they need any support that can't be provided by their families or friends. Theye are currently working out the practicalities of how this will work but expect to go live with this from Monday.

They are in discussions with food banks and other food suppliers about how they significantly increase the provision and delivery of food parcels / cooked food for our most vulnerable residents. They have had some positive discussions so far and will finalise arrangements next week. This will then enable them to hopefully meet demand arising from the hub and the phone calls.

They have updated their web-pages to provide more advice and information and have also started to include links to the websites and facebook groups. Please feel free to share:

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Leckhampton with Warden Hill is one of only five parishes within Cheltenham Borough Council's area; much of Cheltenham is not parished, and is located in the south of Cheltenham.

It is a pleasant place to live, being conveniently situated for a wide variety of local amenities in and around Cheltenham. The area is served by several good schools.

The area is surrounded by a number of green open spaces, with Leckhampton sitting at the foot of Leckhampton Hill and centred around the medival parish church of St Peter's. Warden Hill is served by two churches, St Christopher's and the United Reformed Church, and has a local shopping area for the benefit of residents.

One of the main priorities of the parish council is to protect the area from over development and consequently the Council has spent a considerable amount of time gathering evidence to present to the planning authorities about how the proposals for development in the area contained in the Joint Core Strategy would be harmful to the area and residents.

Just over a year ago the Parish Council started monitoring air pollution and installed diffusion tubes around the Parish and also used a portable particulates monitor to carry out a series of readings
in Church Road, close to Leckhampton School. We are now trialling a new particulates monitor from PurpleAir, and plan to install 3 or 4 more around the parish. See our Air Pollution page

There are a number of community groups in the area also and you can find them in the directory section

The Council also strongly supports the young people of the area and was instrumental in having The Brizen Young People's Centre built. The building is now leased to the Parish Council by Cheltenham Borough Council and run by a small and conscientious group of trustees, led by its Chairman Dr Jodie Underhill and Parish Cllr Anne Regan the Vice Chair.

Latest News

Pavement widening on The Bath Road starts next week

To maintain adequate space for social distancing of pedestrians by the shops in Bath Road, next week GCC plans to implement a 'pop up' scheme to widen the pavements. This will involve incorporating some of the highway with delineation by means of water filled barriers (red markings on the schematic).

As a consequence some on-street parking will be temporarily lost but disabled bays and loading will be retained. The bus stop by the Co-op will be relocated nearer to the Shurdington Road roundabout. More »

As parking will be more difficult, this is yet another reason to use a bike for (socially distanced) local journeys! » Less

Posted: Sat, 23 May 2020 15:58 by Arlene Deane

Salisbury Ave MUGA and Table Tennis Area is open again - The Toddler play area remains clesed.

Salisbury Ave MUGA and Table tennis facility in Warden Hill is now open. The toddlers Play area remains closed until we are advised by the Government to re-open. When using the MUGA please remember social distancing. You can use with members of the same household or one other person if from a different household. Hand washing is still very important. Wash your hands before and after using the facility. Please also remember to bin your litter or take it home with you. Any issues please email

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 18:03 by Arlene Deane

Urgent Road Closure C0924 Old Bath Road: Ref/70505

Gloucestershire County Council has by this notice closed temporarily under Sections 14, 15 and
16 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) part of C0924 Old Bath Road (Pilley
Bridge) from its junction with Charlton Lane to its junction with Charlton Lane for a total distance of
approximately 58 metres.
The Road falls in Leckhampton and Warden Hill Parish in the Cheltenham Borough and in the
County of Gloucestershire;
The reason for the closure is for Arbs (tree) works, due to a dangerous tree.
This Notice came into force on the 21/05/20 and will continue for up to 5 days. However, if the
works to remedy the problem have not been completed during this time scale it will be necessary
to make an Order. This legal Order will authorise the closure of the Road for up to eighteen
months from the date of this Notice.
Pedestrian access and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
Alternative Route – as signed on site.
DATED: 21st May 2020

Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 14:56 by Arlene Deane