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Table Top Sale – Kingsway Community Centre

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Clive

Local resident Claire Woodger is holding a local Table Top Sale , details as follows:

Date: March 8th

Time: 13:30 – 16:30

Loc': Kingsway Community Centre

If you would like a table to sell your baby/children accessories and clothes or are a business related to the above, tables are available at £5 each (to raise funds for the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucester Children’s Hospital).

There will be a bouncy castle, toddler soft play and WI cakes/teas/coffee.

If you would like a table, call Claire on 07718895908, or Lee on 07875683070, or contact Claire via Facebook.

Incinerator News (of a sort)!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Clive

The incinerator has become the latest hot topic in this part of the world for many reasons… (Previous posts on this subjectJavelin Park – Latest).

One recently discussed article in the Stroud News & Journal stated:

Gloucestershire County Council’s own figures suggest the MAJORITY of waste due to be burnt in the Javelin Park incinerator will be recyclable, compostable or reusable.

The full article (here) goes on to explain:

On average, the report shows that 67 per cent of the black bag rubbish, also known as residual waste, collected by Gloucester City Council, Cotswold District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council is either recyclable, compostable or reusable.

Assuming a similar proportion of the residual waste collected by other local authorities in the county is recoverable, the report would suggest that a majority of the waste due to be burnt in the planned incinerator will in fact be recyclable, biodegradable or reusable.

So you’re saying that they will be burning black-bag-waste and because we don’t recycle properly, lots of recyclable waste will be burned!

I am against the incinerator for many reasons, but the argument that they will be burning recyclable waste because folks don’t bother to recycle properly doesn’t seem entirely relevant to me.

The Council are responsible in so much as they have failed to convince local people to recycle and of course we can argue that the system (especially here in Gloucester) is less than ideal (the recycle bins are horrible) but in reality my household throws away almost zero recyclable waste… We do have to run around a fair bit to deposit things like batteries, cardboard, clothes etc and the resulting storage means that my shed is now a large recycling plant and my tools live indoors, but it IS possible, (and the services are improving at the moment).

There are lots of valid reasons to oppose the incinerator, but this seems like a silly argument to me… If for no other reason than the fact that this particular problem can be solved (with or without the incinerator).

Welcome to Canada Mr Brooks

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 by Clive

We wished a fond farewell to Steve Brooks (blastu2 on here and a former very active committee member for the Kingsway Residents Association) back in June 2014, when he and Mike left for their new life in Canada.

Since then we have been keeping in touch by email, and Steve has been kind enough to supply me with some fantastic pictures of his journey so far.

Steve said:

Mon’ 20/10/2014:
On arrival into our new home-town in BC’ we were met by a cougar at Mike’s parents place! (Pic’s 1 & 2 above)
Wed’ 29/10/2014:
Thought we would send you first snowfall of the year up in the mountain by the lake! (Pic’s 3 & 4 above)
Thurs’ 20/11/14:
The cabin by the lake (Pic’ 3) is a neighbour at the very top of the mountain. The cougar was seen on arrival back at Mike’s parents home – more images of their home are included with this email as they are directly alongside the Rockies (Pic’s 5-10)!. You can see two of our dogs enjoying the farmland walk. (Right)
The cabin for ourselves is still waiting for a few small issues to be corrected before we can get in.

I’m still a little bummed that they left Kingsway, although- to be fair, Canada does look like a pretty good second! :lol:

I have asked Steve for more news (and pic’s) of their cabin and am looking forward to seeing/posting them… (As always, you can click on the images to expand them).

Merry Christmas Kingsway

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 by Clive

This year has seen a lot of local projects (finally) come to fruition including the Community Centre, BMX Track, Sports Pavilion and pitches and (very nearly) the second lot of shops at the local centre. Adoptions are forging ahead and new housing development is moving forward.

For myself it has been a(nother) busy year. Starting a new business partnership back in April and working to get it off the ground, helping with the Residents’ Association and local events, dealing with my wife’s illness and coping with her current condition following a recent operation, as well as moving the ‘blog to a new home in preparation for forthcoming improvements (read more here), has kept me very busy (to the detriment of my posting frequency) :( (I have an email and some pictures of Steve Brooks’ ("BlastU2"’s) new Canadian home which I will add as soon as I get the chance).

Now I’m (finally) ready to relax and enjoy Christmas (starting in about one hour), and should therefore like- on behalf of the Residents’ Association Committee, my wife Angelina, our daughter Phoenix and myself, to wish all Kingsway residents (our neighbours), and local friends a very…

Merry Christmas (2014) and a Happy New Year for 2015

Kingsway Christmas Spirit – 2014

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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?


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