Echo comment: Super surgery on hold
ON a day when Gloucestershire council authorities held a meeting on future housing developments – the Joint Core Strategy – we are reminded of just how much impact it will have.
The policy, or its absence, has led to Homelands and Cleevelands estates, which would see 1,000 new homes being built in Bishop's Cleeve, going to judicial review.
The housing projects were turned down by the council, but the Secretary of State overturned the decision on appeal.
The review of the appeal is set to be heard in the next few months.
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In the meantime, the Seven Posts practice in Prestbury has been considering merging with its sister surgery, Greyholme, in Bishop's Cleeve.
Investigations into this proposal involved asking residents about their preference, but, with Tewkesbury Borough Council announcing it would be taking its battle against the housing development to the High Court, the doctors have decided to put the idea on hold.
While this wait-and-see attitude is understandable, it is hardly ideal for Prestbury, Cleeve, Woodmancote and Gotherington residents, to whom the future of their doctors' surgeries is of paramount importance.
Knowing where your doctor will be based and the facilities on offer are crucial to residents.
They will want to know that, with the pressure for more homes, they will still be able to get an appointment when they need to.
It is hoped the matter can be resolved quickly. Residents deserve the peace of mind.
BEER is big business. Come rain or shine, boom or bust, people like to drown sorrows or toast success.
Yet the pub industry is still seeing bars close each week.
However, one landlord has a solution which won't break anyone's bank. The cost of a couple of drinks in a local could, in fact, provide the shot in the arm the town's pubs need.
Chain pubs offering big discounts on drinks and supermarket deals mean we are not all popping out to a local for a pint like we used to – and we should.
This is not about advocating drinking, but simply about frequenting a business like you would a greengrocer or butcher.
The pub is far more than just a place for a pint.