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Kingsway Christmas Spirit – 2014

December 18th, 2014 by Clive

Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kingsway, boosted by a fantastic effort from local residents in the form of food donations for The Salvation Army.

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Chris Watkins of Little Monsters Childcare services, Kingsway, said "We dressed as elves this week and also had Father Christmas come to visit- we did all this to raise awareness and to bring in donations for the Salvation Army, to help those less fortunate than ourselves and the collection was amazing!"

"We are a childminding setting based in Kingsway, and have been overwhelmed by kindness."

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Established in April 2008, this isn’t the first time that the Kingsway "Little Monsters" childcare group have entertained the children in their care- as well as local residents, by dressing up and raising donations for a good cause.

Well done Little Monsters, well done Kingsway and Merry Christmas to one and all.



Asda Kingsway – Petrol Station

November 26th, 2014 by Clive

barker77 posted a comment (now moved below this article) saying he’d noticed plans to build a petrol station next to the existing Asda store in Kingsway… (Thanks Paul).

I had heard something about this, but not yet got around to researching, so I took a quick look around… First of all, the planning document he linked to says:

Reference: 14/01122/FUL
Alternative Reference: PP-03668716
Application Received: 19 Sep 2014
Address: Asda Supermarket Kingsway Business Park Newhaven Road Quedgeley Gloucester GL2 2SN
Proposal: Development of an automated petrol filling station.
Status: Pending Consideration

They plan to add an automated (24 hour) self-service style (card-pay only) petrol station, in the corner of their land nearest to the roundabout.

HERE is the visual plan showing where it will be built.
HERE is the GCC planning document on the GCC website – (allows you to log in and comment on it).
Barry Kirby murmured about it HERE.

Personally I don’t mind. The idea of a (supermarket-priced) petrol station closer than Quedgeley Tesco’s is appealing, but the positioning they’ve chosen on their site doesn’t seem right to me. I would have thought that the back-end of the car park would have made much more sense for numerous reasons: Less likely to clog up the Asda exit with traffic/tankers in the daytime, safer in case of incidents/accidents etc, less likely to attract attention from passers-by, not to mention that it’s right in your face as you enter Kingsway rather than discreetly off to your right!

Also the traffic coming into Kingsway to shop at Asda – coupled with the traffic coming through Kingsway for Naas Lane, (which is worse than the former I think) is already causing long tailbacks on the A38 during peak times. Not that I mind waiting, but a queue on a dual carriageway is always dangerous in bad weather/poor visibility etc!

Finally, just a little concerned that we’ll have both tankers and delivery trucks waiting out on the road… (I hope not)!

What do you think?



Javelin Park Incinerator: Latest

November 11th, 2014 by Clive

I received the latest newsletter from Glosvain with the following news:

GlosVAIN AGM 3rd Dec’

GlosVAIN’s 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 3rd December at 7.30pm at Quedgeley Community Centre. Our chairperson, Sue Oppenheimer will be providing an update on the forthcoming Appeal decision. A great opportunity to get up to speed and to ask any questions you may have. All are welcome to attend.

Decision Due 22nd Dec’

Javelin Park Decision Delayed Twice… Now Due 22nd Dec’.

Following the completion of the Javelin Park Inquiry Hearing at the start of the year, the Inspector provided his report to the Secretary of State (SoS), Eric Pickles for a final decision. This decision was originally expected by 17th Sept’, but has since been delayed twice. It is now expected by 22nd Dec’ 2014.

Notification of the first delay to the decision was received on 16th September with the decision date being put back to 30th November. The reason cited for the delay was the receipt of a GlosVAIN letter sent to the SoS on 1st Aug’, which put forward new evidence. The delay allowed interested parties to comment on the new evidence:


• Planning permission given by GCC to Cory Environmental Ltd at Wingmoor Farm for new waste processing facilities – less waste for the incinerator.
• The latest report from consultants “Eunomia” reinforcing impending overcapacity of incinerators – again, no need for one in Gloucestershire.
• A recent National Audit Office report and a related Public Accounts Committee hearing where a number of incinerator applications were brought into real question.
• Eric Pickles’ recent refusal of the Hatfield incinerator application – situation in the Green Belt was key here and comparable to the Javelin Park site’s proximity to the Cotswolds AONB.


A second letter was then received from the SoS a month later on 16th October. This notified yet a further delay to the decision to 22nd December 2014 – the date we now await. This further delay allowed parties to comment on responses made by other parties, as well as to also consider the relevance to the case of the new planning policy and guidance on waste published by the Government on 16th Oct’.

GlosVAIN submitted further comment at each opportunity provided. We are pleased that the SoS deemed our further evidence significant enough to trigger these delays. We also see the new waste policy and guidance as potentially bringing some additional benefit to our cause.

The documents and letters referred to above, and others published since the end of the Inquiry in Feb’ 2014, are available to view on the Publications page of the GlosVAIN website.


Previous posts on this subject.

Clive



The Q Club Christmas 2014

November 11th, 2014 by Holly Ford

The Q Club has two wonderful Christmas events coming up this year:

Cinderella

Cinderella at the Q Club

A fun-filled family day out to see everyone’s favourite Christmas Pantomime Cinderella at The Q Club on Saturday 6th December at 2:00pm.

Make sure you get your tickets now before it sells out!


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland 2014

Bring your children along for a fun day with the Bouncy Castle, Crafts & Games, as well as a chance to meet Santa!

The event will run from 9:00am to 2:30pm on Friday 19th December:

“Cafe Q” will be open for food & drinks, including a (non-alcoholic) mulled wine and (hot) mince pie for just £1.50.

Santa’s Grotto will be open from 11am – 1pm (£5 per child).

Book your place NOW!

Please call 01452 541023/542590 for more information.

See you there!

Holly



Kingsway Residents’ Association – Annual General Meeting – 26 Nov 14

November 10th, 2014 by JoeL

Hi,

Kingsway Residents’ Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26 November at 7:30pm in Kingsway Community Centre.

This is your opportunity to hear what we have been doing on your behalf over the last year and your opportunity to join the committee as we will be electing the committee for the forthcoming year. If you would like to join the committee please apply to kingswayra@googlemail.com. It is also your chance to air your views not just to the committee but to the local councillors who will be in attendance along with a representative from Stagecoach.

Refreshments will be available. Please do come and join us.

We hope to see you there.

Joe Logan (Chair)
KRA Committee



Halloween Night 2014

November 1st, 2014 by Clive

Kingsway Halloween 2014As has become the custom here in Kingsway, Halloween 2014 was a frantically busy evening with hundreds of little monsters, happy parents and enthusiastic neighbours joining in the fun. Trick or Treaters were rife and – I’ve been told by many, were generally very well behaved and very respectful of signs asking them to pass by some houses.

(Pictured right are Dave Talbot, Gill White, Joe Logan and Michelle Ryder of the KRA – with me behind the camera – Click for the full-size image)

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As threatened (here), the KRA were camped out in front of Tesco’s, dishing out sweets to monsters, and giving out vouchers (to parents) for a free (courtesy of the KRA) hot drink at Coco Coffee Lounge.

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We also ran our annual competition for the ‘best dressed’ monsters. Well done to all who entered, the standard was amazing and here are the winners.

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< 1st Place           2nd Place >

 
 
 
 

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All of the pictures are available in our Halloween 2014 Gallery.
(See previous year’s galleries: Here).




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