Letters

From the Editor

March 2020

Dear Readers, 


After what seems to have been one of the milder winters for a while, the clocks spring forward on Sunday 29th March to herald the start of daylight-saving time and the onset of spring itself. 


Many will be sad to have heard of the loss of Lyn Welbourne on 31st January. Lyn will be remembered for his dedication to the Hardwicke community over the years with the Youth Club, the Village Hall Committee and as a Parish Councillor. Our thoughts are with Fran and his family. 


On the Home page Councillor David Mossman announces his retirement from his role in the May elections due to ill health. Councillor Mossman has been tireless in his representation and support of the Hardwicke community in his Councillor role and will be missed. 


We have scattered a few interesting Hardwicke related news items from our resident archivist along with Gloucester memories from this month in the past on the Home page. I did not realise they had speed cameras in 1902! 


Plenty of excuses to celebrate this month with St David’s Day, St Patricks Day (P42) and Mothers Day (or is it Mothering Sunday?); details on the Home page. And of course we will have extra daylight to help.

See you in April Ed


February 2020

Dear Readers


Firstly, a big thank you for the time and effort for those of you who participated in our New Year picture competition. Congratulations to Carol Wilson for the winning entry, gift vouchers have been awarded to all entries.

Unfortunately, we lost one of our own over the festive period with the passing of Ray Mackie. Page 38 contains a fitting tribute from Pat Gilbert who knew and worked closely with Ray for many years on Hardwicke Matters. Our thoughts are with Joyce and his family.

An interesting observation in the Letters to the Editor (see below) on action groups in nearby Parishes apparently defending their areas against development by suggesting Hardwicke be used rather than their own. I fear that unless Hardwicke actively defends its open space in the Local Plan then we will be the easier option for future development.

We hope you like our new item Compost Corner page 46, and please feel free to send us your captions for the caption picture on the back page. Also please remember we are a magazine by the people for the people, so if you have any announcements or would like to thank someone or wish them a happy birthday/retirement etc. then this is the place to do it. Don’t forget for more information and too late to print articles, go to hardwickematters.co.uk

See you in March, Ed

January 2019

Dear Readers

As we say goodbye to the last decade and welcome a new one, so Hardwicke Matters is undergoing its own changes. After a record 15 years as a committee member, but mostly as editor of Hardwicke Matters, Pat Gilbert has decided to call it a day to concentrate on her other loves, especially music. Over the years Pat has dedicated a substantial amount of time and effort each month co-ordinating and compiling the Hardwicke Matters magazine. Its success over the years is a testament to her dedication. The HM committee would like to formally record our deepest gratitude to Pat for her unfailing efforts over the years and wish her the very best for the future.

With changes come opportunity, we hope for a good response to our request for some help from the community in continuing this wonderful magazine, (Home page). It’s also an apt time to try new things, so please let us know of any ideas you might have for the magazine, like a classified ads section or a seasonal section, or maybe a gardening section and if you would like to write it yourself, as always comments, letters and articles are very welcome. This month a letter to the community (see Planning), concerns the ‘Draft Local Plan Consultation’, there are major implications for Hardwicke Parish in the document and someone has kindly identified the relevant pages of this large document in a letter to the editor (below).

A letter to the editor this month (see below) identifies the disgusting behaviour of a dog owner in the area. It’s a shame that the reputation of the majority of responsible dog owners is tarnished by such a small number of selfish ones. Let’s hope the CCTV can help identify the culprit(s). 


We have a variety of articles this month, from bears in the Forest of Dean, to planning the New Year party (which strictly speaking is a December event). As we reach the coldest part of the year, we will have the usual tips on keeping safe and remind people to keep an eye on the more vulnerable members of our community. Let us know if you have useful tips for making life safer and more comfortable at this time of the year.

Hardwicke Matters is compiled several weeks before it is printed and delivered so more recent notices can be found on our website hardwickematters.co.uk and will shortly include police alerts.

The Hardwicke Matters Team would like to wish A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all

 

A reminder to advertisers that any changes to their adverts need to be made BEFORE the 3rd January for the February 2020 edition The closing date for articles in the February 2020 edition is  Friday 10th January 2020.full set of articles only closing dates for 2020-21 is on the 'Directory' page. 

To the Editor

April 2020

Acknowledgement for the late Ray Mackie

We would like to thank you all for the kind messages, cards of condolence and generous donations for Ray’s two chosen charities: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Hearing Dogs, which raised a fantastic amount of £300.

Thank you to all of you who supported us on the day of Ray’s funeral.

Our thanks to you all for your kindness, so very much appreciated


Joyce Mackie & Family


April 2020

I enjoyed March edition of HM. I thought the idea of a mini arboretum a great idea, especially as it would be environmentally friendly.

Elspeth Kear


Editor comment - this is not the first time the idea of a mini arboretum has been raised. Do you think it’s a good idea? Or a waste of our valuable open space that is being so quickly built on? Please let us know. 


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A very full pond in Green Lane March 2nd 2020 





The WI planted daffodils and made green hearts around the millennium stone. 

Photograph taken March 2020 

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Feburary 2019

Dumping rubbish


Dear Editor


I live at 24 Dimore Close, Hardwicke, and some inconsiderate person intermittently dumps their household rubbish, not able to be collected by the normal refuse collection, on the grass verge outside my house.


I’d like to make it clear that, contrary to what my neighbours or anyone passing my house may think, these items being dumped are nothing to do with me. If I have household items that I need removed, I either hire a skip or pay Stroud District Council to remove the items. I always keep my household rubbish on my own property while it awaits collection.


Yesterday (13 December), a bed arrived on the grass verge outside my home. A couple of months ago, it was old carpet, shelving, etc that sat on the grass verge for over a week before I concluded that no-one was going to remove it and I contacted Stroud District Council. The Council collected it as “fly-tipping”, which, of course, is exactly what this is and if the culprit is seen, they will be prosecuted. This meant that whoever dumped their rubbish outside my house, got it taken away free of charge, whereas those who do the right thing and leave rubbish on their properties until it is collected, pay and are not anti-social. Myself and another neighbour contacted the Council again about this bed appearing on the grass verge, and Stroud District Council have, again, recorded it as fly tipping.


Can I just ask the culprit to have some consideration for everyone in Dimore Close (and particularly me whose house is directly opposite the grass verge where the dumping takes place) to keep their rubbish on their own property and pay to have it removed? Do the right thing .... please!


Jennifer Cook


 

Editor’s note 


In response to the letter above about fly tipping, we have received a letter from a resident in Springfield who also had problems with fly tipping.

The instalation of a security light and camera as close to the verge as possible has in there case stopped the fly tipping.


March 2109

Dear Editor


There have been mentions in the Parish Council meetings of late regarding speeding in Pound Lane, Church Lane and Green Lane. 

I would like to remind the Parish Council of the serious and increasing problem of speeding vehicles in Sellars Road. The lanes have a degree of traffic calming due to their narrowness and blind bends which Sellars Road does not have. Speeds of well in excess of the 30 limit are witnessed daily, particularly during the evening rush “hour”. 


Barry Wood 


Sellars Road Resident 


April 2019

Sirs, 


I’m appalled at the state some people leave the churchyard at St Nicholas Church. I visited it on 19th November to tend to my fathers grave and right next to it I was faced with this rubbish tip! I returned home, brought back bin bags and cleared away the offending mess. Today I visited and the tip had returned! If the two bins provided are full, there are three or four more by the gate which one can’t fail to miss. PLEASE USE THEM………………………………………………………………….. It is not acceptable that nearby graves are being overshadowed by other people’s rubbish. 


From a very annoyed resident 

 

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No resident letters for May, June, July or August

September 2019

Dear editor 


I think that most residents and motorists were pleased to see that the Bristol Road between Naas Lane and Tescos was resurfaced recently. In fact I saw an article where the 30 mph road marking were blacked out after being newly applied, a waste of money. 

Who, at GCC, was responsible for the timing of this work when Wales and West Utilities had planned gas main work and have now dug multiple holes along this stretch of road digging up the new surface and in the not too distant future creating numerous new potholes? Surely a short delay to the resurfacing would have been both timely and more cost effective as these pot holes will need to be maintained. 

No one could convince me that GCC were not aware of this planned work. 


Regards 

Mike King 

October 2019

Dear editor,

Whilst it was no surprise that the formation of a Hunts Grove Parish Council was confirmed in July it did make me wonder on the future implications for the Hardwicke Parish.

The stated reason for the decision is that ‘The creation of the parish better reflects the identities and interests of the community, and would provide effective and convenient local government.’

There is no doubt that the location of Hardwicke Parish makes it an attractive and ripe proposition for developers. This burden is increased by a District Council pressurised by Central Government to meet ever increasing housing targets.

Taking the current scenario forward it is not impossible to foresee the demise of Hardwicke Parish in the not too distant future.

For example should the impending application for a 1750 house development on land bordered by B4008, Pound Lane, Church Lane, Green Lane be successful; then it seems feasible that a similar situation to Hunts Grove would ensue with a further Parish council being established based on the new development.

Should this happen then Hardwicke will have lost three quarters of its land area East of the Gloucester-Sharpness canal to new Parish Councils.

It would not be inconceivable that Hardwicke becomes unsustainable as an independent Parish. To exist it might need to become a Ward of another Parish or even divided up and subsumed into other Parishes at a future Stroud District Council Community Governance Review.

Conceivable…yes; even possible; unlikely…I wouldn’t bet money against it… Just a thought…

Name and address withheld by request

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No resident letters for November

December 2019

Dear Editor

                                                                 THANK YOU

 

Thank you for publishing our Anniversary Poem and your kind words about my Poetry

Thank you to all the lovely people who wished us well on our anniversary. For all  the beautiful cards and gifts.  You all made our anniversary so special.

 

Many thanks

Ken and Mary Sims

 

December 2019

Dear Editor

I have made a visit to the churchyard today, 20th October, and was very impressed, I have to say.  The path to the Lychgate has been completely transformed.  So has the path up to the church door.  The white tracking with pea-gravel,  has made it secure.

I will not have to worry about potholes anymore.  To all who worked hard, a job well done;  a much safer access for everyone

 

Thank you

Mary Sims

 

January 2020

Dear Editor

''To the TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE dog walker who persists in allowing their dog to foul on, in particular, 2 front gardens in Dimore Close. Please be responsible and pick up after your dog. Some mess is absolutely disgusting and cannot be picked up, therefore must hose away. If your dog is unwell, please do not allow your dog out in public, use your own garden !! not other peoples. May I remind you that there is a £1,000 fine to allow dog fouling in public, when the perpetrator are identified.''

Name & address withheld

Dear Editor

Hopefully readers will have made it to the Stroud District Council exhibition on their ‘Draft Plan for Consultation’ dated November 2019. The draft is an update to the extant Stroud District Plan 2015 on which the Hardwicke Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan was based. I thought readers might appreciate some direction to the areas most relevant to Hardwicke in the 218 page document. This is my personal view and is provided as guidance only. Paragraph 2.11 - the district development strategy will distribute at least 12,800 additional dwellings and sufficient new employment land to meet needs for the next 20 years (up to 2040). Paragraph 2.31 - identifies a need to identify potential alternative sites to meet Gloucester’s needs. Paragraph 2.31 - identifies a 750 dwelling development extension at Hunts Grove and a new 1200 dwelling development at South Hardwicke (the location is actually in the heart of Hardwicke so the ‘South of’ tag is misleading). Chapter 3 of the plan details the location and strategy Hardwicke as part of the Gloucester Fringe cluster. Page 103 to 108 contains details of the Hardwicke related developments within the Gloucester Fringe. Page 105 shows overview location of the four development sites in the Hardwicke area Page 106 shows more detailed location of the Hunts Grove Extension site Page 107 shows more detailed location of the Quedgeley East Extension and Javelin Park sites Page 108 shows more detailed location of the South Hardwicke site. Whaddon is identified in the plan as a potential location for the Gloucester overflow identified on para 2.31. Details of this location can be found on Page 111-112. The other significant change is the introduction of policies to meet the declaration by SDC to meet a carbon neutral target by 2030. There are many more important changes to the plan and ideally all of it should be read. I just hope this helps readers find their way around the document and encourages participation in the consultation. 


Name & address withheld

January 2020

Dear Editor

Hopefully readers will have made it to the Stroud District Council exhibition on their ‘Draft Plan for Consultation’ dated November 2019. The draft is an update to the extant Stroud District Plan 2015 on which the Hardwicke Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan was based. I thought readers might appreciate some direction to the areas most relevant to Hardwicke in the 218 page document. This is my personal view and is provided as guidance only. 

Paragraph 2.11 - the district development strategy will distribute at least 12,800 additional dwellings and sufficient new employment land to meet needs for the next 20 years (up to 2040). 

Paragraph 2.31 - identifies a need to identify potential alternative sites to meet Gloucester’s needs. 

Paragraph 2.31 - identifies a 750 dwelling development extension at Hunts Grove and a new 1200 dwelling development at South Hardwicke (the location is actually in the heart of Hardwicke so the ‘South of’ tag is misleading). Chapter 3 of the plan details the location and strategy Hardwicke as part of the Gloucester Fringe cluster. 

Page 103 to 108 contains details of the Hardwicke related developments within the Gloucester Fringe. 

Page 105 shows overview location of the four development sites in the Hardwicke area 

Page 106 shows more detailed location of the Hunts Grove Extension site 

Page 107 shows more detailed location of the Quedgeley East Extension and Javelin Park sites 

Page 108 shows more detailed location of the South Hardwicke site. Whaddon is identified in the plan as a potential location for the Gloucester overflow identified on para 2.31. Details of this location can be found on Page 111-112. 

The other significant change is the introduction of policies to meet the declaration by SDC to meet a carbon neutral target by 2030. There are many more important changes to the plan and ideally all of it should be read. I just hope this helps readers find their way around the document and encourages participation in the consultation. 


Name & address withheld

February 2020

Dear Editor

I see the disgusting dog owner has now moved to Hildyard Close, leaving three large deposits since Christmas on the footpath.
One wonders if this ignorant person may come from over the bridge in Quedgeley and does not get the Hardwicke Matters, as this is a well used route to the park for dog walkers.

Submitted by Email

February 2020

Dear Editor

Worth residents being aware that a number of our near neighbours (outside Hardwicke) are creating "action" groups to object to the significant housing developments as planned by Stroud, for their "back yards".

The main tenet of their round robin objection letters for sending to Stroud is "build in Hardwicke first."

For those of us who regularly still queue on the hard shoulder at J12 for up to 30 minutes every night, witness the 07:15 Cross Keys southbound queue to J12, struggle to get out of Church Lane at similar times, and hit new potholes daily and witness the increasing loss of verges and road standards due to the increased traffic (which we were told "would not happen"), it is probably time to start thinking about our own "back yard" again.

Submitted by Email.

Dear Editor

Dear sir, having read your last edition, I would Ike to suggest another way to green up Hardwicke. Do you have an area in the village that would benefit from trees. I am thinking about people wanting to plant a tree in memory of a loved one who has passed or any other occasion. If the trees could be indigenous to the Hardwicke area and consist of interest like blossom, fruits, berries, then it would be a pretty area in the village and also an attraction for birds and butterflies. Just another idea for discussion. Best Wishes,

 

Felicity Wray (Charlotte, North Carolina)