Archive for August 14th, 2007

Have you seen one of these?

Water bowser

No, we couldn’t believe it either, but apparently Severn Trent can’t find all the bowsers that were distributed during the crisis. If you’ve spotted one hanging around a street corner, please let them know. Follow the link above for all the contact details.

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Fantastic news for our leisure centre customers

We’ve now got some great news about progress at our flood devastated leisure facilities

Right now we have a contractor on the site building some temporary premises. We’re planning a thirty station fitness suite and a fitness studio where a selection of classes and courses can be held. The facilities will be fully air conditioned, have shower and changing accommodation and have disability access. It will all take a few weeks to complete, but work is in progress.

Sonia Phillips, our assistant director for health and wellbeing said:

We still await a date from the contractor when the temporary premises will be handed over to us, however it is likely that the facility will be available for use towards the end of September. We will do our best to update and inform our customers of all developments, particularly when a confirmed opening date is known. In the meantime, a specialist contractor has now commenced with the initial strip-out work at centre. This is a major operation which includes the removal of all contaminated debris from the site.

and Anne Regan the cabinet member for safer and stronger communities added:

I would like to thank all those who have expressed their support to the centre during recent weeks and give my assurance that we are doing everything we can to minimise the period of disruption that the closure has caused. leisure@cheltenham serves more than 111,000 residents so I am pleased that we will shortly have facilities for people to use.

This really positive news follows the recent visit of James Schiro, Zurich Global’s chief executive to show his support and oversee the insurance investigation.

Scenes like this will return…
Excercise class at Cheltenham's leisure facilities

5350 homes in need

Following a survey completed by council workers across the county rough totals for the number of households affected by the floods are as follows:

  • Cheltenham 1200
  • Cotswold 1150
  • Forest of Dean 100
  • Gloucester 1150
  • Stroud 250
  • Tewkesbury 1500

The total number of houses in the county that were flooded (that we know of) currently stands at 5350, with leftover questionaires being completed this week. There is clearly a lot of work still to be done.

If your home was flooded and you were out when we called you should have been left a form to identify who you are and the extent of the damage. Can you please return this as soon as possible to:

  • Erin Davies, Cheltenham Borough council, Municipal offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA

If you have a completed flood fund application form then please send this to:

A big thanks to all the surveyors who travelled around the county visiting homes and listening to residents’ needs.


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