Parish Council Community Magazine. Summer 2020

The Parish Council has put together, for the first time, a community magazine, which is full of interesting articles about what is happening in the Parish of Leckhampton with Warden Hill. It contains a comprehensive directory which gives the contact information for services provided by CBC and GCC and also wellbeing support organisations in and around Cheltenham.

Please feel free to give us feedback and any ideas for our next edition, date still to be decided.

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 Cheltenham@thelongtable.com. 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.

The Coronavirus Bill has been given royal assent so has come into law. From 6th April 2020. THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND POLICE AND CRIME PANELS (CORONAVIRUS) (FLEXIBILITY OF LOCAL AUTHORITY AND POLICE AND CRIME PANEL MEETINGS) (ENGLAND AND WALES) REGULATIONS 2020 comes into being

This covers meetings until the 7th May 2021

  • Meetings can be cancelled without further notice.
  • There is no requirement to hold an Annual Council meeting this year, the Chairman (and any other appointees) continues to the next annual meeting, or such time as the Council may determine.
  • Meetings can be held "electronic, digital or virtual locations such as internet locations, web addresses or conference call telephone numbers"
  • To be classified as in attendance the Councillor must be able to hear and be heard (therefore they could phone in to a video conference call)
  • The legal requirement for the number of meetings which need to be held in a year is 3
  • Meetings must still be properly convened and able to be attended by members of the public
  • The notice doesn't have to be put up in notice boards but must be up on the website.
  • There is no provision within the regulations in relation to Annual Parish and Town Meetings. However, currently these cannot take place face to face, we await further information

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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

Read Easy Cheltenham and Gloucester - Volunteer Team Leader needed

Read Easy Cheltenham and Gloucester - Volunteer Team Leader

Read Easy Cheltenham and Gloucester supports local adults who want to learn to read by providing free one-to-one coaching from trained Volunteer Coaches. The group currently has around 30 trained volunteers in the Cheltenham and Gloucester area and its activities are planned and overseen by a volunteer Team Leader working with a small Management Team. As Management Team Leader you will be responsible for effective direction and development of the group, chairing regular management group meetings and ensuring for example that there is effective liaison with referral agencies, adequate funding for reading resources, ensuring that volunteer Reading Coaches are properly supported and being a passionate spokesperson for the group. This role will appeal to people who enjoy managing a diverse team of volunteers and, more importantly, to those who want to help transform people's lives - which is what Read Easy aims to do by improving adults' employment prospects, enabling them to sup
port their children's or grandchildren's reading and, above all, by improving their confidence and self-esteem. More »

No formal qualifications are required but candidates should ideally have experience of managing a diverse team and of planning and monitoring progress against plans. If you would like to apply or would like more information about the role, please contact Kathy at candgrecruiter@readeasy.org.uk. » Less

Posted: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 13:09 by Arlene Deane

Clean Air Cheltenham

A group of local residents have set up a new organisation called Clean Air Cheltenham. Their website has just gone live (www.cleanaircheltenham.org) and you can follow them on Twitter (@CleanAirChelt) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirChelt).Their objective is to inspire people to collaborate to help achieve better air quality in Cheltenham.To start with they are organising some local events to celebrate Clean Air Day on October 8th, and in the future, their objective is "...to work with people pursuing similar aims, such as cycling and environmental groups, tree-planting organisations, residents' associations, health professionals, businesses and schools. We want to act as a catalyst to encourage collaborative action between everyone concerned with the quality of air in the town, particularly with regard to radical challenges to the dominance of cars and traffic in Cheltenham."Three particular projects are to More »

  • install more particulate monitors across Cheltenham
  • campaign for a Car-Free Day in Cheltenham in 2021
  • work to implement the kind of changes we need to make in Cheltenham so that we become like a Dutch or Belgian town – where cyclists and walkers and public transport get priority and the big majority of transport investment
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Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:35 by Arlene Deane

Notice of vacancy

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN

THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

FOR THE LECKHAMPTON WARD OF THE

PARISH OF

LECKHAMPTON WITH WARDEN HILL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT

A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the above Parish due to the resignation of Councillor Chris Nelson.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not including Saturdays or Sundays) from the date below, ten electors for the Leckhampton Ward of the Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, Glos., GL50 9SA claiming such an election. More »

If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Arlene Deane

Parish Clerk

Tel No. 07739719079

Email: clerk@leckhamptonwithwardenhill-pc.gov.uk

Dated this 8th day of September, 2020. » Less

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 12:55 by Arlene Deane