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Hempsted could be future 'gateway to Gloucester'

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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HEMPSTED could one day by the new ‘gateway to Gloucester’, a new village group has said.

Village residents and businesses alike are being given a helping hand by the new Hempsted Community Forum.

It has been set up to give local people a stronger voice when it comes to planning applications and tackling key issues such as the economy, flooding and sustainable transport.

Next month the group is hoping city councillors will approve their plans to development a neighbourhood area plan for Hempsted village.

The group will not be able to make decisions on planning applications, but will be able to voice the collective feelings of residents and offer recommendations to councillors.

Chairman Steve Loughlan said: “With the Gloucester Rowing Club’s plans to build a new facility and the Barn Owl Centre’s new visito centre plans, Hempsted could become the gateway to Gloucester.

“I don’t feel just the Cathedral and the Docks is enough to get people to come off the motorway and visit, but if they came here, to the Barn Owl Centre and then took a water taxi to the Docks you then have quite a unique visitor experience.

“That is just one possible vision but a forum like this can help businesses and residents come together.”

The group has already held a workshop with residents and six more are planned. They will also be hosting an open day event in the coming weeks to encourage residents to get involved.

They have dedicated themselves to giving 2,500 hours of voluntary work and Mr Loughlan has already headed up a team of litter pickers to help clean up the area.

The group will be the first in the city to lead on the creation of a neighbourhood plan.

For more information visit hempsted.info

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  • Walker100d  |  January 17 2014, 8:48AM

    A water taxi from the Barn Owl Centre? Is that where the car parking will be? Have you asked the Barn Owl Centre if they want dozens of cars parked in it's car park for any water taxi? The traffic bottle neck at Llhantony Priory is bad enough as well as the traffic light priority timings. Adding more traffic into this mix will be unhelpful to say the least.

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 16 2014, 6:00PM

    So to get to 'The Gateway to Gloucester' you have to go past Hardwicke, Quedgeley, Kingsway and Tuffley.... now I don't know about you... but that doesn't say gateway to me as gateways are usually outside. it says more like 'The Internal doorway to Gloucester'

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 16 2014, 4:47PM

    A lot of potential 'gateways' here. I, too, remember that the Railway Triangle was called a gateway at one time, and let's not forget the Gloucestershire Gateway motorway service area.

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 16 2014, 3:29PM

    'gateway to Gloucester'.........that's office terminology for 'gridlocked bypass' is it! The link between Westgate and Quedgeley was a golden opportunity for a simple link road. But no, it's a complete mish-mash of single and dual carriageway, roundabouts, traffic lights etc etc. Simple use of slip roads could have seen a brilliant road scheme, but of course, we were all forgetting one thing... GLOUCESTER HATES THE CAR!!!!!! And we are led to believe that expanding the local economy depends upon The Barn Owl's visito (sic) centre plans, and The Rowing Club's new facility.........................come on. An Ikea or Waitrose on some brownfield land (using slip roads, obviously) might be the start. But then again I thought the regeneration of The Triangle was going to do that, but so far Morrisons are the only ones that have fallen for the trick. Can someone please tell me if there is ACTUALLY a medium to long term plan, or is it just a succession of backs of fag packets.

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