Listening Dragon

The art work in KGV is now complete, the grass settle in over the summer but the seating can now be used. A plaque will be attached to the sleepers describing the work and how the sound mirrors work ready for the opening event which is proposed for Friday 13th September at 3pm.

All welcome.

KGV public art project

Saturday 11th February

We are very pleased to announce that the long delayed KGV public art project is due to recommence! Workshops with artist Rob Olins are planned at Rowanfield Junior School for school pupils and at Hesters Way Library for the general public. The library workshop will take place during opening hours between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 11th February so if you have an artistic side or simply want to suggest some ideas feel free to drop in.

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Friday 10th February, 3pm until 5pm, near the play area

To provide improved access for all park users the council’s green space team would like to invite the local community to a consultation to discuss alterations to the gateways.

As part of this consultation we would like to ensure that all entrances provide access to all users, therefore by providing information on sizes of wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters it will enable people to access the park and enjoy the park’s environment.

If you’re unable to attend, but you would like to contribute please email for further information.

West Cheltenham Public Art Trail

If you’d like to stay healthy and take in some of the public art attractions that West Cheltenham has to offer then why not have a go at the West Cheltenham Public Art Trail. The route measures 5km and takes about 1 hour to walk passing by ten pieces of public art on the way. We have included a map below.

The first piece and starting point of the trail is the Mosaic Mural made by 5 community groups and artist David Bowers in 2006 on the wall of the Hesters Way Community Centre on Princess Elizabeth Way.

Next follow the PE Way past the Police Station and to your left behind the sports pitch you’ll see the urban art piece made by local children with Tim Martin at Easter 2019.

Cross the road and go through the shopping centre at Edinburgh Place to the Hesters Way Library. In the library lobby you can find the Story Chair, another collaboration between Natasha Houseago and members of the local community from 2010. Continue reading “West Cheltenham Public Art Trail”

Development of West Cheltenham

The recent announcements in the press about the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) inspection look like they will have a significant impact on the west Cheltenham area.  The land to the west of Fiddlers Green has been earmarked for a 45 hectare business park with a focus on high tech companies potentially linked to the cyber security world of GCHQ. To the west of Springbank on what is now farmland is a proposal for 500 or more residential properties. If you would like more information please take a look at the JCS link above

A discussion will also take place regarding the new Cheltenham Plan Part 1 draft . This will also have implications for the west of Cheltenham.

West Cheltenham Neighbourhood Plan

After a period of 13 weeks of public consultation and against the advice of planning officers Cheltenham Borough Council decided not to designate the proposed West Cheltenham Neighbourhood Plan or Forum. The grounds cited for this decision were as follows;

“The Council considers that the submitted forum application has been made for an area which is not appropriate as a neighbourhood area. The area cuts across ward boundaries and includes a number of separate communities, which would reduce community cohesion. The Council considers that because the area applied for is not agreed as constituting an appropriate area, the membership of the applied for forum cannot be found to comply with Section 61F(5) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 part (c); having a membership of “a minimum of 21 individuals each of whom lives in the neighbourhood area concerned”

The Forum will meet to discuss the way forward on Wednesday 18th January at 5.30pm.