Alkington Parish Council

Serving the people of Alkington

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    Autumn colour

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    Stream along Damery Lane

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    Lower Wick

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    Sheep keeping out of the sun

Alkington Parish is a rural area halfway between Gloucester and Bristol. It lies to the west of the Cotswold escarpment and runs from the rolling hills and mixed farms below the escarpment to the flat water meadows of the Vale of Berkeley.

The population of 650 is split between Newport (where approximately half of the population lives), the largest settlement, and the rest of the parish.

Alkington Parish Council consists of 7 councillors, who give their time to continue to make the parish a pleasant place to live. The parish council is not responsible for planning decisions, rubbish collection, recycling, potholes or the roads, but is in regular contact with both Stroud District Council and Gloucester County Council, in particular Highways, to try to influence their delivery of services in the parish.

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Latest News

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre temporarily closes

From Monday 3 to Friday 21 December, Hempsted Household Recycling Centre, near Gloucester, will be temporarily closed to allow some important upgrades to the site. This work follows a similar upgrade completed at Pyke Quarry HRC, near Stroud last summer.

We are changing the method used to compact some types of waste and recyclable materials. A mobile materials handler will replace the existing static compaction equipment. The existing equipment is old, breaks down frequently and has become expensive to maintain. The new method will save money and also give more operational flexibility. We are also investing in new waste collection containers and improved signage. More »

The information on this closure will be posted online in the next couple of days at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com

During this closure residents will be redirected to their closest alternative centre, these being:

• Pyke Quarry HRC near Stroud (closed on Wednesdays)

• Oak Quarry HRC near Coleford (closed on Tuesdays)

• Wingmoor Farm HRC in Stoke Orchard (closed on Wednesdays)

Hempsted HRC will re-open on Saturday 22 December. There is never a good time to have to close a HRC site, but December is historically one of the quietest months at the sites and we hope that residents will welcome the improvements when the site re-opens. » Less

Posted: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:07 by Anita Sach

Recycling centres close one day each week

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council's Household Recycling Centres will be closed one day midweek.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) will be closed.

On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed. More »

The information on the closure days and new seasonal times are now online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com » Less

Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:03 by Anita Sach

Thornbury 'Sort It' Centre definitely off limits to Gloucestershire residents

In 2016 South Gloucestershire Council introduced restrictions which prevent any non-South Gloucestershire residents from accessing South Gloucestershire Council 'Sort It' recycling centres. This has impacted Gloucestershire residents living in the bordering area of the county, for whom Thornbury 'Sort It' centre was their most convenient and accessible site.

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been in discussion with South Gloucestershire Council in order to understand the issues and explore potential solutions whereby Gloucestershire residents could access this site. Whilst South Gloucestershire Council is not opposed to allowing access to Gloucestershire residents, this would be on the understanding that any solution would be facilitated, implemented and financed by GCC. The implications of this are several: More »

The cost of providing access would need to be met by GCC. These costs would include a site access charge per visit and the costs of developing and operating an IT system for registration and payments. Whilst actual costs will vary with demand, they are unbudgeted, and at a level estimated to be in excess of £70k per year this presents itself as unaffordable.

South Gloucestershire Council would require GCC to maintain the registrations, ensuring that these are updated as details change over time. GCC would also be asked to take responsibility for communicating and enforcing site rules and access policies amongst its residents, ensuring that residents in restricted or banned vehicles adhere to the rules. The resources required to maintain the ongoing administration of this additional function are not available within the Gloucestershire joint waste team.

It is therefore not possible for GCC to facilitate access Gloucestershire residents, and a decision has been taken to maintain the existing arrangements.

HRCs within Gloucestershire will of course remain accessible to all Gloucestershire residents, the nearest being Pyke Quarry (Horsley) and Hempsted (Gloucester). » Less

Posted: Tue, 22 May 2018 12:22 by Anita Sach