Letters

From the Editor

September 2020

 

Well, it’s nice to be back and moving towards some form of normality. Whilst we had the website to keep us going through the lockdown there is nothing like spending a few weeks every month researching material then fitting it together, puzzle like, into the magazine format.


We vary the content of the magazine as much as we can to keep it interesting and engage with our community. But I have to say the limited number of responses continues to be a disappointment, like many businesses Hardwicke Matters has been impacted by the virus. We are currently conducting a complete review to try and secure its longer-term future.  Any feedback, comments, contributions, articles, ideas, advertisements or other content, would be welcome, please let us know. Our contact details are at the bottom of every page.


As the magazine begins to take a familiar form as organisations, clubs and groups begin to re-open we have introduced some new features. One theme running through the next few years will be the 80th anniversary of events from the Second World War. This month it’s the Battle of Britain.


If anyone has a story of local events or notable acts during that time please share them with us.

The story of the unfortunate first train fatality is snipit into the past and is on the 'Home page', a reminder that treating trains and train lines without respect can have fatal consequences.


We do not normally repeat articles but the update from Help If We  is continued this month as it contains information on future events planned by them. Details of their AGM is on Page 44.


Important news from Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold regarding Pension Credit is also includd and of course the caption competition is there as a chalenge to the out of the box thinker.


Hope you enjoy September, remember, we always love to hear from you, after all this magazine is yours.

 

See you in October ED

To the Editor

September 2020

Derek Howells RIP


It is with a heavy heart that I write this obituary.

 

In 1976 Derek came to live at No 19 Springfield with his late mother, Bless Her Soul.

He had a way about him that was all his very own.  He was very proud of gardening and all the vegetables he had grown. 

He was a character larger than life, very fond of company, young and old alike.

He was very fond of animals and loved his two black Labradors, Rex and Benny. Sadly, Rex died, Benny is being rehomed with Derek’s brother Trevor. They were quiet, friendly, well behaved and loved company just like Derek.

 

He loved his elver fishing and the nets he used to sew. Off he would go elvering with his nets tied to his truck and trailer. Even with his severe disabilities he would have a go.

 

No longer here our lives to share. But at No19 he will always be there.

Goodbye Derek, tata BAB. You will surely be missed by your neighbours.

 

Ken and Mary Sims.

August 2020


The acknowledgement below was forwarded by Joyce prior to Covid-19 restrictions, as was the letter. Unfortunately the April edition that included them was not delivered so we include them in this edition.



I was very shocked and saddened to read about the passing of Ray Mackie. It reminded me of something that happened 11 or 12 years ago…

My son, then pre-school age, had won his age group for the Hardwicke Matters Christmas cover competition. Ray had arrived at the house to deliver his prize - a gift wrapped selection box.

Usually my son would have been excited, said ‘Thank you’, and ripped open the prize.

Instead, I think the way to describe his reaction was star-struck. Ray handed over the prize and my son stood holding the prize, eyes wide, jaw open.

It was only when Ray, with his white hair and glasses, drove away, that my son asked quietly, ‘Mummy, was that Father Christmas?’.

Apparently, in Hardwicke, Father Christmas is very slim!


RIP Ray


From Helen Burns

 

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



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

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)