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Gloucester City Council is reminding landlords that due to a change in the law they may have to apply for a licence for their property.
Following changes to legislation landlords or managers of a rental property, that is let to five or more people not of the same family, will need to have obtained a licence before October 1.
Gloucester has officially been awarded the Purple Flag national safety award which recognises places that provide a diverse, safe and welcoming night out.
The multi-million pound transformation of Kings Walk is set to take shape as further plans are revealed for its regeneration.
The proposals for the shopping centre’s facelift, which it is hoped will begin next year, have been submitted to the city council’s planning department.
Gloucester City Council could soon agree to invest £200,000 at the popular park and viewpoint.
In a meeting set to take place on Wednesday 11th April, Gloucester City Council's cabinet will be asked to approve £200,000 to help fund a visitor centre at Robinswood Hill.
The Purple Flag is awarded to cities or towns that show that they have a safe and thriving night-time economy, based on the following criteria:
The assessment will see two independent Purple Flag judges visit Gloucester on Friday to meet representatives of the city and they will then spend 12 hours overnight in the city over the weekend.
They will meet representatives of the City Council including Deputy Leader, Councillor Jennie Watkins as well as MP Richard Graham and representatives of the Police, Marketing Gloucester and the LVA who have all backed the Purple Flag application.
Gloucester City Council has received positive feedback from a team of local government experts on how it has changed over the past four years. Now the Council is proposing a ten point plan for how it progresses through the next stage of its journey.
A peer group from the Local Government Association (LGA) were invited to review Gloucester City Council as part of a national programme of improvement. They spent four days between 14th and 17th November on site at the council offices, looking at how the council had progressed since the last review in 2013.
Joint efforts across the city are having a positive impact for visitors, residents and the local economy.
Tonight, Gloucester City Council cabinet will be presented with research that shows how tourism supports over 4,000 jobs in the city, boosting its offering to visitors from near and far.
With the current Met Office amber high impact warning for snow and wind, waste and recycling collections have been suspended for today Friday 2nd March.
Gloucester City Council has made the decision to ensure the safety of crews and local residents. The heavy snowfall predicted means that refuse collection vehicles will struggle to get around safely, especially down narrow city streets.
Winds of change are set to sweep through Gloucester as the city council discuss plans to improve air quality.
Last month representatives from around the county met at Gloucestershire County Council's Shire Hall to discuss the challenges facing authorities and how best to tackle air pollution.
Gloucester City Council has set its budget for 2018/19, including a reduced savings target, no reductions in staff, car parking charges being frozen and almost £1million improvement to the revenue budget.
Last week (22nd February), full council met to agree the spending priorities for the next year. The agreed budget will be £14.093 million and it outlines how £200,000 savings will be made over the next financial year.
In January, Gloucester City Council launched a consultation to find out what residents and businesses think about new proposals to make sure the city centre is safe and welcoming for all.
The consultation will gather people's views on whether a public space protection order (PSPO) should be used to deter problematic behaviour in Gloucester's public spaces. The order could provide the City Council and partner agencies with the use of dispersal powers and the ability to issue fixed penalty notices for offences such as littering, anti-social behaviour and the consumption of alcohol in public.
Gloucester City Council is changing how it charges for the shopmobility service.
Following a detailed consultation, and subject to approval from the council's cabinet next week, as of the 1st April there will be changes to the shopmobility service charges.
Extra support for those most in need will be at the top of the agenda at tonight's Gloucester City Cabinet meeting.
The new Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 comes into effect from April 2018 and is the first time since 2002 that changes have been made to the legislation.
Last week (25th January 2018) Gloucester City Council Leader, Cllr Paul James, announced the planning team for the regeneration of King's Quarter.
The team charged with developing the King's Quarter planning application will include internationally recognised firms GVA Planning Consultants, AHR Architects, and Aecom Transport Consultants as well as several other specialist leading on key aspects including landscape and environmental design.
Gloucester City Council has launched a consultation to find out what residents and businesses think about new proposals to make sure the city centre is safe and welcoming for all.
The consultation will gather people's views on whether a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) could be used to deter problematic behaviour in Gloucester's public spaces. The order could provide specific partner agencies the use of dispersal powers and the ability to issue fixed penalty notices for offences such as littering, anti-social behaviour and the consumption of alcohol.
Increased on the spot fines could be on the cards as councillors discuss the Government's new litter strategy at cabinet tonight (10th January).
Gloucester City Council currently spends around £1 million on street cleaning each year, which is a large portion of the annual waste budget.
If you live in Gloucester and need to claim certain benefits, you may need to apply for Universal Credit from February.
As of the 21st February 2018 Universal Credit will come in to effect in Gloucester. This new benefit run by The Department of Work and Pensions is for working age people and families who are on a low income, unemployed or unable to work.
Gloucester City Council is encouraging people to help rough sleepers by making StreetLink referrals.
Throughout 2017 new services working with street homeless people have started in Gloucester. The annual estimate of numbers on a typical night in November saw a decrease in rough sleeping by a third compared to 2016. Getting all people off the streets and into suitable, stable ,safe and sustained accommodation is still the ultimate goal. Gloucester City Council wants to help vulnerable people to make long term changes to their lives.
Gloucester Park welcomes brand new outdoor gym equipment thanks to the charity Get Up and Go Gloucester.
The second phase of the highways works that are supporting the new bus station in Gloucester City centre are almost complete. The taxi rank outside Grosvenor House has been temporarily moved, foundation works for the bus station have commenced and work has started on Market Parade.
Works have been taking place on the roads surrounding the new bus station and now utility companies have come back on site. In order for this work to be carried out safely and as quickly as possible, the taxi rank has had to be temporarily moved to three alternative locations. One rank will be on Station Road, a second on the The Oxebode and there is also a temporary taxi rank just outside the Wetherspoons pub on St Aldate Street.
Helping to keep the city's car parks modern is the driving force behind changes to parking in Gloucester.
For the first time in a decade Gloucester City Council has announced it is raising the price of off street parking at car parks around the city.
Gloucester City Council is asking members of the public and local businesses to have their say on whether Gloucester should petition to be granted 'Royal City' status.
'Royal City' status could help attract more visitors and tourists by drawing attention to the city's history and heritage.
Two local groups have received the prestigious Green Flag Award for maintaining and enhancing publicly accessible parks.
Friends of Saintbridge Pond and the Saintbridge Allotments and Gardens Association will receive their first Green Flag award on Wednesday 16 August at 11am.
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All traffic can now use the new junction on Station Road and Bruton Way and construction of the bus station building will start this month.
The build of Gloucester's brand new bus station is running on time and the first phase of the road works is now complete. As of Monday 7th August everyone will be able to use the new junction on Station Road and Bruton Way, by Asda.
Do you think the council should prioritise working towards a vibrant and prosperous city? Do you care about improving the cleanliness of Gloucester? This is the opportunity for residents to share their thoughts on the council plan.
Gloucester City Council is asking people who live in Gloucester to have their say on its council plan. The council plan sets out the council's direction and ambitions and over the next three years and explains how it will use its resources and work with partner organisations to improve our city and the lives of its residents.
Gloucester nature reserve is receiving hand picked seeds from Hucclecote meadow.
Over the summer months the city council has been working with Environment Agency to create and strengthen a nature reserve at Horsbere Brook.
An archaeological excavation in Barnwood has uncovered remains dating back to the time of the Roman conquest of Britain.
The excavation was undertaken in 2014 on Barnwood Road in Barnwood, Gloucester ahead of a new development being built.
Plans are being made to mark the 10th anniversary of the floods of summer 2007.
Major flooding hit Gloucestershire on 20th July 2007, affecting thousands of homes and leading to a loss of water supply for much of the county. Sadly, several people lost their lives.
Following feedback from residents throughout the city, the council has employed additional crews to tackle the overgrown verges and grassed areas in Gloucester.
In March this year, the council started a trial of a new grass cutting schedule. At the suggestion of the contractor, Amey, the upkeep of some areas of open space were changed from a three week mowing regime to one every six weeks.
Gloucestershire County Council's Trading Standards Service is launching their 'Real Deal' agreement for local councils in the county.
The 'Real Deal' campaign is a nation-wide initiative that makes sure markets are run legally and have a working relationship with Trading Standards. The scheme is designed to promote legal sellers and goods in market places to help prevent members of the public being sold fakes.
Businesses in the City Centre, Docks and Quays have approved proposals for a Business Improvement District in a ballot which closed on 29th June. During June, all eligible business ratepayers in the Gloucester Business Improvement District (BID) area were balloted, with 85.8% of those voting saying 'yes' to the proposals (and a vote in favour of 87.7% of the total rateable value of votes cast) in a ballot organised by Gloucester City Council on behalf of Gloucester BID. A Business Improvement District levies a small additional charge on eligible businesses, creating a fund to be used on priorities agreed by businesses.
Gloucester BID has drawn up a comprehensive plan to improve the City Centre, Docks and Quays area. The BID Company will deliver an ambitious programme of improvements that will help make Gloucester a safe, attractive place to do business, shop, visit, study and invest. Building on investment to date in the regeneration of the City, the five year programme will include measures to improve safety and security, increase marketing of the City and expand the events programme, and improve the cleanliness and attractiveness of the City. The BID will support levy paying businesses to make cost savings through group purchasing of services, improving their profitability and creating jobs, and act as the 'voice' for those businesses to work with the City Council and public authorities to drive forward the regeneration of the City.
Gloucester City Council giving the city centre a lick of paint ahead of the summer to improve the appearance of the gate streets and surrounding area for the busy tourist season.
Over 187 bollards are being given a fresh coat of paint in their existing dark blue and gold colours, in addition to 64 bike racks, 12 power boxes and nine fences. Many of the bollards are intended to represent Gloucester's history of manufacturing pins and needles.
Gloucester City Council cabinet members have agreed to set up a Property Investment Board, which will make decisions on buying and selling properties to raise council funds.
At the cabinet meeting on 21st June, it was agreed to give senior officers the power to investigate properties if the opportunity to invest comes up, subject to council agreeing to amend the capital programme and vary its Treasury Management Strategy next month.
A £75,000 pot has been made available for voluntary and community group projects within the city.
The funding was approved at last night's cabinet meeting at North Warehouse and makes £25,000 available for Community Grants and £50,000 for Youth Grants to help improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Gloucester residents.
Gloucester City Council is seeking to start discussions with County council about relocating to Shire Hall.
The council is looking to make savings and improve efficiency by making changes to its headquarters. A number of proposals have been put forward, one of which is to move staff to Shire Hall.
Where do you get to see dinosaurs, robots, Henry and Richard III, amazing artwork and sculptures, the Rugby World Cup trophy, work by French sculpture Rodin and wedding gowns from the Georgian, Edwardian and Wartime era? The answer: your local museums in Gloucester!
As part of the Together Gloucester plan, the current museums membership is being reviewed. To ensure that the city council can continue to provide great exhibits and events for the local community and tourists, Gloucester City Council is proposing a modest increase to the current cost of annual membership.
Gloucester City Council is starting work on improving the 'public realm' north of Victoria Basin at Gloucester Docks.
As part of the council's continued efforts to improve the public realm within the city, work will start on transforming the area outside the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
Gloucester City Council has launched a new campaign asking you to think before you throw things in your black bin.
Since the improved recycling service was launched back in January, Gloucester residents have really got on board and as a result more than 800 tonnes of additional recycling has been collected in Gloucester. This six week campaign, which launched on 12th June, is urging city residents to 'Recycle More' and think about what they are throwing away.
Next week Gloucester City Council customer service office will be reducing its opening hours and taking the next steps towards an online service, making it easier for residents.
As part of the Together Gloucester project which saw the city council assess its structure, customer services will be gradually changing to an appointment based model.
After the tragic events that took place in Manchester on Monday night, Gloucester City Council is inviting members of the public to sign a public book of condolence.
This morning Gloucester City Council placed a public book of condolences in the reception of the city council offices in Herbert Warehouse at Gloucester Docks.
Gloucester City Council has appointed Steve Morgan as the new Mayor of Gloucester.
In a ceremony that was held in Gloucester City Council's council chamber, outgoing Mayor Neil Hampson handed over the reins to Steve Morgan for the 2017/18 council year.
Gloucester City Council is urging all residents to use their vote this June when the general election takes place.
On Thursday 8th June 2017, elections will take place across the UK. Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections.
This week Gloucester City Council is hosting its first ever 'Local Government Challenge' and inviting experts to inject fresh ideas into the city.
Starting on Thursday 18th May the city will welcome 10 government officers from across the UK. Once they have been given their top secret brief, they will have to compete against each other to come up with the best innovative ideas for Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council Mayor will be planting a tree in Gloucester Park to celebrate the city's twinning with Trier in Germany and Metz in France.
This year Gloucester city is celebrating two anniversaries with its partner cities in Europe.
Over the coming months work will start to take shape for Gloucester's new £7.5million bus station in the heart of the city centre.
Works on the major junction changes that will pave the way for the delivery of the new bus station has started.
Paws on Patrol are returning to Gloucester Park on May 20th at midday. A fun filled day of activities is planned to celebrate its return.
Gloucester Park will be full of activity on May 20th, celebrating the return of Paws on Patrol.
Throughout May Gloucester City Council is asking the public for its views on design ideas for the city centre.
From the 5th-15th May, a series of walk in sessions and an online consultation will be launched by the council to gather feedback on design suggestions for a new 'public realm scheme' in the city centre.
Gloucester City Council is inviting families to join the hunt for Easter bunnies on Monday at Hucclecote Meadows.
The council will welcome visitors to the hunt for paper rabbits that have been hidden all over the meadow on Monday 10th April.
Gloucester City Council is reminding residents to look after their wheelie bins ahead of the start of April when new charges will be introduced for replacement bins.
On average Gloucester council-taxpayers spend £100,000 a year on replacing waste and recycling containers. In order to tackle this expense and to encourage people to look after their bins, the council is introducing a charge for replacing black and green wheelie bins in certain circumstances.
Gloucester lottery winner, Cllr Richard Cook, donated his winnings to the Mayors ball auction in tonight's city council meeting.
In a bid to raise money for the voluntary sector, local councillor Richard Cook decided to donate the iPad he won in the Gloucester lottery spot draw to the Mayors ball auction.
In April the works on the major junction changes that will pave the way for the delivery of the new bus station will start.
To keep Gloucester's cultural venues thriving, two historically important buildings are being renovated by the city council.
Residents may have already spotted scaffolding around the Guildhall and Museum of Gloucester: both Grade II listed buildings are undergoing renovation works as part of the city council's commitment to preserving local heritage.
Three more fixed penalty notices have been issued by the city council in its continued crackdown on fly tipping and waste offences.
Two fines were issued to an illegal waste collector, after boasting they had taken 16 car loads of rubbish to Hempsted Household Recycling Centre in one day, and charging residents for doing so.
Gloucester has secured £1,489,300 funding from the Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund's Great Place Scheme to help put art and culture at the heart of the city.
This grant will support an ambitious project led by Gloucester City Council. It's purpose is to make the city a great place to live, work, play and visit by promoting health and wellbeing, developing civic pride and making the most of the area's rich heritage.
Gloucester City Council has published its draft council plan and its vision to work with partners and residents to make Gloucester a city that works for everyone.
The draft plan, which will be discussed at next week's full council meeting, outlines the city council's priorities for the next three years. These include, working to create a vibrant and prosperous city, working to maintain a safe and attractive city, working to build strong and resilient communities and working to provide great services that offer value for money.
A landlord from Gloucester has been found guilty for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupations (HMO) and for not complying with management regulations.
Mohammed Moynul Islam, the owner of 22/24 Ryecroft Street, was successfully prosecuted at Cheltenham Magistrates for offenses under the Housing Act 2004.
City Councillor Neil Hampson has today been appointed as the new major of Gloucester city in a special mayor making ceremony at Gloucester City Council.
Today's ceremony saw outgoing Mayor Sebastian Field hand over the reins to Moreland Councillor Neil Hampson for the 2016/17 council year.
As a result of partner working more than 100 flood prevention schemes have been successfully executed across Gloucester.
A total of 131 schemes and major improvement works have been completed since 2007 to reduce the risk of future flooding to residents and businesses in Gloucester. Many of these improvements have only been possible because of partnership working and external funding being secured.
Last night (12th October) Gloucester City Council's cabinet agreed to look into how to improve the employment and skills opportunities for young people in the city.
Cabinet was presented with a report produced by a cross party Task and Finish Group from the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Following cabinet approval, Gloucester City Council is looking to introduce a lottery for local residents in an aim to raise money for charities and good causes.
The £1 game could also see winners receive up to £25,000 as part of the weekly held draw.
Gloucester's new bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as demolition of buildings has been completed, the archaeological dig has finished and the ground investigation has started.
Gloucester City Council is making great progress on the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Now the demolition and archaeology has been completed the contractor can start to prepare the ground for investigation and use a drilling rig to create deep boreholes.
Gloucester City Council is reminding residents that refuse and recycling collections due on Monday 30th May will be taking place as usual.
Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services, said: "Our waste service provider, Amey, will be working normal hours during bank holiday Mondays on 30th May.
Together with its partners, Gloucester City Council secured £990k government funding to provide extra support for long-term homeless people in Gloucestershire for whom homelessness has become a way of life.
In partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, Clinical Commissioning Group, and the other district councils in the county, Gloucester City Council has secured up to £990,000 'social impact bond' (SIB) funding for long-term homeless people in the county, along with only seven other areas in the country.
Two individuals have received £400 fixed penalty notices thanks to the city council's new fly tipping policy.
Both offenders had dumped general household waste, recyclables and clothing – and one had also fly tipped dirty nappies.
Hip-hop artist Akala will be coming to Gloucester for a one-off performance, following his extraordinary '10 Years of Akala Tour' at the end of 2016.
Gloucester Guildhall will be welcoming the MOBO-Award winning rap artist through its doors on Thursday 6 April for an eclectic performance at 7.30pm. Expect to be blown away by his charm and talent as he takes to the stage.
Gloucester City Council has successfully prosecuted Elias Mathai, a resident of Kingsholm and Wotton, for dumping his rubbish on RSPCA property.
Earlier this month Cheltenham Magistrates Court found Mr Mathai guilty of fly tipping his waste on RSPCA property, Horton Road, Gloucester.
Responders are being asked to check on the welfare of telecare users as a fault means their devices were not operating between 2pm yesterday (Monday 6 February) and 1pm today (Tuesday 7 February). The service is now fully operational.
Around 2,700 people in the county have a telecare device which can be used to alert a responder to an emergency at their home such as a fall or fire.
Gloucester Tourist Information Centre has won the tourist information centre of the year award and the 'Winner of Winners' award, the top accolade of the night for their constant commitment to quality, excellence and innovation.
Gloucester TIC beat Bude, Bodmin, Taunton and Purbeck to the top spot at the award ceremony, which was held at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.
Drum roll please: Gloucester city council is setting the stage for a lively programme of festivals, entertainment and cultural events for 2017-2018.
Following the success of last year's events, the city council has announced its planned festivals and events for 2017-2018. Some of which include the popular Tall Ships Festival and the Summer of Music, Arts and Culture (SoMAC).
Gloucester City Council cabinet round-up: Land deal approved to deliver student accommodation at Blackfriars, local residents are being asked what they think of the future plans for the 'public realm' and interested parties are being encouraged to share leisure facility ideas for Westgate Park.
Gloucester City Council's budget for the coming financial year includes allocations for improving nature reserves, enhancing play areas in the city and regenerating the city centre.
The 2017/18 money plan, which will be discussed in February's full council meeting, includes investment into regeneration and improving the nature reserves in the city.
Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are warning potential buyers to be careful when buying a car that has been advertised on the roadside.
There have been issues in the city with some cars being sold on the roadside by traders, trying to hide the fact that they are traders from buyers who have the rights against the seller if anything goes wrong with the car.
Residents in Gloucester are officially able to buy tickets for the new Gloucester City Council lottery from today (19th January).
The city council is currently awaiting final sign off on its gambling license for the first draw that will take place on the 18th February.
Gloucester will see a crack down on fly tippers as the maximum fine of £400 is introduced.
With fly tipping always being a high profile issue in the city, last night Gloucester City Council cabinet agreed to introduce new fines for fly tipping to £400, or £300 if it is paid within ten days.
On January 16th 2017 Gloucester City Council is launching a public conversation on its 'city plan'.
The city council is asking members of the public to have their say on what areas in the city have potential for development, what the developments should be for and what criteria they would need to meet.
Gloucester City Council is launching its new and improved waste and recycling service from January 16th 2017.
Following a detailed consultation last year about what residents would like to change about waste and recycling in the city, Gloucester City Council is launching its new service this month.
For the second year in a row, pubs, bars and clubs in Gloucester are competing to receive national recognition for their commitment to improving the city's nightlife experience.
After winning the 'National Best New Scheme' award in 2016, Gloucester is hosting the Best Bar None awards for the second time.
Gloucester City Council, alongside eight partners, have committed over £300,000 to continue funding the countywide rough sleepers outreach team and associated work.
Gloucester City Council has partnered with the five other district councils in the county, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire's NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner, who have all contributed funding to enable vital work with some of our city and county's most vulnerable individuals for at least two more years. The outreach team was previously funded by a central government grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government, which has now finished.
Gloucester City Council wants to remind residents that from the middle of January people will be able to recycle corrugated cardboard, perfect for getting rid of present packaging.
Gloucester residents will be able to recycle corrugated cardboard at home for the first time from January 2017. New reusable blue recycling sacks are being delivered to homes during the first two weeks of January, on collection day and will be placed in green recycling boxes, so it is important boxes are put out during this time.
The bright lights of Gloucester have been celebrated today as councillors and officers from Gloucester City Council have decided on the city's best Christmas window displays.
The Christmas window competition has five different categories; and the winners and runners up are:
A family from Gloucester have been found fined for breaching a civil injunction and banned from entering Barton and Tredworth for the next six months.
Gloucester City Council attended Gloucester County Court on the 3rd November 2016 to prove that Mr. Julius Gazi and Ms. Bohumila Karchnakova of 56 Salisbury Road, Gloucester were in breach of a civil injunction obtained from the Youth Court on the 28th January 2016.
Gloucester City Council has been awarded for its innovation in the security industry following a joint working project with BT and Gloucestershire Police before last years Rugby World Cup.
The Gordon Mclanaghan Award was received last month for providing free public Wi-Fi in Gloucester city centre thanks to use of the existing CCTV network.
Christmas came early for the Gloucestershire Academy of Music when its directors, staff and pupils were told the future of their Blackfriars base at Barbican House was secure.
Gloucestershire Academy of Music was informed of the good news at the end of term concert earlier this month when young musicians from three years upwards performed in front of their parents, teachers and special guests.
Gloucester City Council is inviting residents to come and help plant over 2,000 trees at Horsbere Brook over the next couple of months.
The site, primarily a flood alleviation scheme is jointly managed by the Environment Agency and Gloucester City Council. The city council takes responsibility for managing part of the site as a nature reserve to benefit the local community and wildlife around the area.
Families are being invited to come and search around Hucclecote meadows for paper reindeers on Monday 19th December as part of the festive fun taking place across the city.
The event, organised by Gloucester City Council, will take place between 10am until midday and is just £1 for children to take part.
Gloucester City Council is on target for saving £730,000 this year, more money is being injected into city centre regeneration and changes are being made to local council tax support.
The quarter two financial monitoring report for Gloucester City Council has shown that the council is on track with its savings targets and that portfolio's such as planning and housing, environment and regeneration are comfortably within budget, cabinet heard last night.
A Gloucester businessman with a shop on Barton Street has been convicted for failing in his duty of care for controlled waste.
A prosecution held at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday 28th November found that Mr Philippe Lassey of 120 Barton Street, Gloucester had failed to control the commercial waste produced on his premises.
Gloucester City Council is once again following the North Star in search of the city's best Christmas window display.
The Christmas window competition has five different categories this year; national chain, independent retailer, elf and beauty, food and drink, and charity shops.
Gloucester City Council is asking for feedback on new design guidelines document for shopfronts, shutters and signage.
Shop fronts – design guidelines for Gloucester was produced in the early 1990's and needs to be updated to better represent the city's regeneration.
Feeling the pinch in your pocket during the festive season? With the new Gloucester Lottery, you could be in with the chance of receiving up to £25,000.
The local lottery has been set up by Gloucester City Council and would be open to residents of the city in a bid to raise money for charities and good causes in Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is inviting members of the public to have their say on what areas in the city have potential for development and what criteria they'd need to meet.
The Gloucester City Plan delivers the Joint Core Strategy at a local level and sets out draft policies that reflect local issues and opportunities in the city. It looks at areas in the city that would be appropriate for development and growth to ensure that the council meets its development targets.
The 2017/18 draft money plan, which will be discussed in December's cabinet meeting, includes investment into regeneration and improving the nature reserves in the city.
The historically important Eastgate Chamber has received a new lease of life thanks to safety and lighting improvements.
Gloucester City Council has recently invested £8,000 in improving the chamber to enhance the experience for visitors and showcase the importance of Gloucester's Roman history.
A landlord from Gloucester has been found guilty for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) and for not complying with management regulations.
Mr Abdulla Juma Miraj, of 79 Vauxhall Road, Gloucester appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 14th November, and pleaded not guilty.
Gloucester City Council parks Robinswood Hill Country Park and Barnwood Park and Arboretum have been recognised for their efforts in creating habitats for bees and other pollinating insects, with one winning an award.
As part of the annual Green Flag Awards, this year there was a special award for a Bees' Needs award. Both parks, which were awarded green flag status this year, applied for the Bees' Need award.
Schools and groups in the city are being called upon to book their tickets for Gloucester Guildhall's Christmas show 'Breaking the Ice' before it's too late.
From 5th to 10th December, the city centre venue is putting on 13 performances of Filskit Theatre Company's fantastic show, in partnership with Strike a Light Theatre Company.
The Fleece Hotel in Gloucester is undergoing its first ever archaeological dig. With help from funding from GFirst LEP, Gloucester City Council is taking steps to discover the history of the hotel and what is lying undiscovered beneath its grounds.
For the first time in its history, The Fleece Hotel is having an archaeological trenching within its grounds. This type of investigation has never been done before and will provide another first in the site's history.
Gloucester City Council is set to launch its new and improved 2017 waste and recycling service from January.
Earlier this year, Gloucester City Council asked residents what they would like to change about waste and recycling in the city.
Film producer Mel Paton will visit Gloucester this month to host a question and answer session with film fans at the Guildhall's intimate 100-seater cinema, following a screening of her new film Starfish.
Mel has worked in the TV and film industry for over 25 years but Starfish is her first feature film. On November 22 at 8.20pm (following a week long run of the film at the Guildhall), Mel will take questions from the floor at this special event, in a county which is more than familiar to her.
Gloucester City Council has now appointed LDA Design and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to carry out the regeneration work of Kings Quarter.
The tendering process was six weeks long and closed in October this year. It was a successful and competitive process with more than 90 expressions of interest submitted.
The live event will take a candid look into the mind of Alan Bennett, Britain's best-loved writer, who, at 82, shows no signs of slowing down.
'Alan Bennett's Diaries' live, will be broadcast live to Gloucester Guildhall courtesy of Picturehouse Entertainment on Wednesday 16th November at 8pm. Tickets are £15 full price and £12.50 concessions from the box office via phone 01452 50 30 50 or in person.
A historic building opposite Gloucester Docks is being transformed into nine modern flats with help from a Townscape Heritage Initiative grant.
Albion House was built in 1831 and originally used as a hotel. Until recently it had been in very poor condition after being empty for more than 10 years.
Plans to redevelop the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of Gloucester have taken an exciting step forward.
Following public consultation in the autumn, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are submitting proposals for the redevelopment of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city.
The one month 'Beauty of China' photographic exhibition will be opening in the City Gallery at the Museum of Gloucester on Tuesday 8th November 2016.
This exhibition will display 40 photographs by 40 different photographers, each one capturing a different part of China's scenery.
A resident of High Street in Tredworth has been convicted and fined £1,890 for fly tipping.
Mr Ahmad Ottman of 63 High Street, Gloucester was prosecuted at Cheltenham Magistrates Court in relation to fly tipping waste.
Investment from Great Western Railway (GWR) has been made possible by Gloucester City Council for the regeneration of the vacant, semi derelict land on Great Western Road.
The derelict site located on Great Western Road will be transformed into a new car park for the railway station from next autumn.
Drawings of well loved pets by a local artist are being hosted at The Museum of Gloucester this winter.
The exhibition is called 'Drawings by Caz' and will be on show at the Museum of Gloucester's café gallery until 10th December.
This October half term Gloucester's City Museums are hosting a variety of fun activities for young people of all ages.
Why not spend your half term being shown around the Eastgate Chamber by a Roman soldier or getting crafty and creating your own piece of art? There is something for everybody at the museums this year and tickets are selling fast.
Fergus the horse will be turning back time this October for the annual apple day event at Gloucester Life Museum.
The event will take place on Saturday 22nd October between 11am – 4pm and will take place in the traditional cider mill at the museum.
Albion House, opposite Gloucester Docks, is being transformed into nine modern flats with the help of money from the Townscape Heritage fund.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucester City Council, is continuing to regenerate historic buildings in the Southgate Street area of the city.
Gloucester City Council adopted its culture strategy earlier this year and one of the first key milestones was to appoint a new board of trustees to help put culture at the heart of the city.
The newly appointed board will implement the ambitious strategy which aims to make Gloucester known for its distinctive culture: innovative and excellent, quirky and edgy, diverse and community–based with a strong focus on young people. The board's purpose is to make the city a better place to live, work and play by engaging and empowering local communities and leaders to help transform the City.
The Museum of Gloucester is inviting members of the public to join in on December's 'Culture Club' and learn about the mystery behind the Birdlip Mirror, the largest prehistoric bronze mirror ever found.
There are many mysteries behind the Birdlip Mirror and on 7th December between 1:10pm-1:50pm, David Rice the curator at Gloucester Museum, will be discussing its history and revealing the little known facts that help shape its importance.
Enforcement will be stepped up to prosecute anyone found fly tipping in Gloucester.
At last night's full council meeting members agreed to draw on best practice to reduce the amount of fly tipping across the city, particularly in identified spots.
Following an investment of £130,000, Gloucester City Council is launching a new state of the art payment system in two of its car parks.
From Monday 3rd October, the new pay on foot and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems for Kings Walk and Eastgate car park will go live.
With the public welcome to attend council meetings, local people are invited to come along to the next one on Thursday evening.
Meetings of the 'full council' take place around seven times a year and all 39 councillors are usually present to discuss public questions, petitions, announcements, member questions, issues for decision, motions from members and written questions to cabinet members
The City Gallery at Museum of Gloucester will continue to display P J Crook's 'Time is, Time was, Time's Future' exhibition into the autumn.
The internationally acclaimed artist's exhibition opened in July and since then, the exhibition has had over 56,000 visitors.
An extremely rare wing from a Roman bronze sculpture found by archaeologists in Gloucester is heading to the Museum of Gloucester.
Archaeologists from Cotswold Archaeology found the sculpture on the former Gloscat building site in Brunswick Road as part of a site investigation, ahead of the construction of the Greyfriars Development.
On Tuesday 20th September the city council will be burying a little bit of Gloucester's history.
A time capsule will be buried underneath the new look bus station later this month.
Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are to unveil further information about the proposed redevelopment of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city, and they want to know what people think.
People are invited to come along to a special drop-in event at Blackfriars Priory on Tuesday 20th September from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Consultation material will be on display and members of the project team will be available to answer any questions about the development proposals.
On Tuesday 20th September 2016, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will be visiting Gloucester Bus Station, Gloucester City Museum and the redevelopment site at Greyfriars.
On his visit to Gloucester, His Royal Highness will meet with local residents and school pupils, bury a time capsule under the new bus station and plant a tree at Greyfriars. He will then close his visit by presenting the Mayor of Gloucester with a specially commissioned cross.
Cllr Richard Cook has been appointed as cabinet member for the environment at Gloucester City Council.
Cllr Cook, who was first elected as a councillor for Kingsway at this year's city council election, will step up into the role since the passing of Cllr Jim Porter.
Gloucester City Council's overview and scrutiny committee is asking local people what topics they would like to see studied in depth over a period of 3-6 months.
In the past the committee has looked into issues such as unadopted green land, the evening economy, flood recovery and raising the standard of private sector housing. These studies have led to improvements for residents in and around the city and in some cases, such as private sector housing, the impact has been life changing.
Gloucester City Council's cabinet will be meeting tomorrow evening and want to invite local people to come along and see how local democracy works.
Cabinet currently comprises of six councillors including the leader of Gloucester City Council who chairs its meetings. It has responsibility for the day-to-day decisions on council functions and makes recommendations to full council on the major policy plans and the budget and council tax.
A new 'Silent Disco' club event will be quietly descending on the historic Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester at the end of this month.
'Shush' will take place on Friday 30th September in the atmospheric and spectacular medieval South Range of Blackfriars, a 13th century monastery tucked away right in the heart of the city.
Gloucester City Council is looking to introduce a lottery for local residents in an aim to raise money for charities and good causes.
Nominations are now open for the fourth annual Believe in Gloucester Awards.
Gloucester City Council is encouraging people to show their support for the city by making an entry to the awards.
If you're passionate about Gloucester, the arts and culture, then you could be the person the city needs.
As part of the city council's cultural strategy, developed in conjunction with Arts Council England, Gloucester's new culture board is looking for a chair and trustees to help shape the city's cultural offerings.
The year is 1216 and in Gloucester Cathedral a nine year old boy is being proclaimed the most important man in the land, King of England. His name was Henry.
Now, 800 years later, Gloucester will be welcoming Henry back to the city in the form of a museum exhibition on the life and reign of Henry III, at the Museum of Gloucester.
Following the introduction of Gloucester City Council's safe and attractive streets policy in July the number of persistent beggars in Gloucester has fallen significantly.
Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire Constabulary carried out an operation on 30 August to monitor and target the most persistent beggars in the city centre and found fewer beggars on the streets.
People across Gloucester are being given another chance to share their views on the future of Kings Quarter.
Following the success of the first drop-in event, members of the public are invited to a second event on Friday 9th September and Saturday 10th September.
A new trash screen is going to be installed on the Wotton Brook in Barnwood Park in September, which will reduce flood risk in the area.
A trash screen is a steel structure comprised of a series of bars which allows water to pass through, but holds back debris that can then be removed.
Are you looking to expand your local catering business? Could you cook for the city's hungry tourists? If the answer is yes, the city council could be looking for you.
Following a review of the catering services provided at the Museum of Gloucester Café, Gloucester City Council is inviting interested parties to bid to run the service.
Gloucester City Council is to begin a consultation on introducing a night levy for late night traders next month.
Gloucester is a lively city, drawing in visitors to attractions such as the docks, the city centre and to clubs and bars within the city boundary, as part of a vibrant night-time economy for residents and visitors.
As Gloucester cheers on the racing cyclists when they pass through the city on 8th September, local cyclists can get their bikes serviced for free.
A special 'Dr Bike' event will take place at Kimbrose triangle from 8.30am until 2.30pm on the 8th September.
The first phase of the archaeological dig at the Gloucester bus station has now been completed and the findings reveal an ancient flood bank created from bricks and stones of demolished Roman buildings.
The archaeological dig under the bus station that was carried out by Cotswold Archaeology commissioned by Gloucester City Council in July this year, has now finished. The results show that the large area we use at the city's main bus station, would have been a flood bank in the 3rd to 4th century AD.
Gloucester City Council is reminding residents that refuse and recycling collections due on Monday 29th August will be taking place as usual.
Dawn Fearn, recycling and waste manager, said: "Our waste service provider, Amey, will be working normal hours during bank holiday Monday on 29th August.
Gloucester City Council is inviting all young people to take a dip into the wonders of different ecosystems with a pond safari.
The exciting event will take place on Sunday 28th August between 12.30pm – 2pm at Hucclecote Meadows, a site of specialist scientific interest.
This weekend is the last chance to enjoy the 'Robot' exhibition which has left children and adults alike mesmerised by the likes of Iron Man, R2D2 and the life size bust of C3P0 from Star Wars.
The exhibit, which has been on display at the Museum of Gloucester since 16th July, has seen such huge numbers of people flocking to get a glimpse of the robots that the museum has had to extend the exhibition by another day.
Gloucester Life Museum will be on Westgate Street this Saturday, inviting people to have the opportunity to handle some original World War Two artefacts, such as gas masks, ration books, and shrapnel, as part of the Gloucester Retro Festival.
There will also be craft activities taking place during the day as well for children and families, including making your own paper planes. Themed items from the Life Museum gift shop will also be available to purchase on the day.
Residents are invited to a free event at Horsbere Brook in Barnwood on Monday 15th August.
The meadow at Horsbere will be restored thanks to special seed planting events which are taking place over the summer.
As part of a £750,000 investment in the city's Eastgate Shopping Centre car park, the carpark will be closed for four days next week.
Work will be taking place between Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th August to refurbish the ramps leading up to the roof.
Gloucester City Council is set to buy 14 new recycling trucks and provide a new doorstep collection service for mixed plastics, textiles and corrugated cardboard.
The council is planning to replace its current fleet of trucks which have reached the end of their life.
This autumn, the city council will be burying a little bit of Gloucester's history underneath the new bus station and are asking the public what treasures they think should be included.
A time capsule will be buried underneath the new look bus station this autumn. Members of the public, local businesses and schools are being asked what they would like to represent Gloucester and included in the capsule.
Important work is being done to repair parts of St Oswald's Priory in time to commemorate 1,100 years since the death of Lady Aethelflaed of Mercia, founder of St Oswald's Priory, in 2018.
Five areas of stone which have been worn down to their core have been identified at the site following a recent survey. Stone replacement is taking place to repair the grade I historic monument. The stonework along the top of the main wall is in poor condition, as is the stonework on the top of the transept arch. These areas will be repointed and any loose stone either fixed back into the structure or removed. Work will extend from the top of the structure to four rows of stones down.
Gloucester City Council, alongside the Save our Magnificent Meadows Project, is hosting a free, special event for families in August.
On 5th August, families can join experts on a guided walk to learn about, and how to identify butterflies.
Gloucester City Council has announced seven new apprenticeship placements for this year, giving the chance for young people in the city and beyond the opportunity to earn as they learn at the council. The deadline for application is August 7th 2016.
Apprenticeships are available in several areas including the Tourist Information Centre, the Guildhall and Blackfriars Priory, and Customer Services. All placements will have both office-based and hands-on tasks, from event booking at the Guildhall to tree planting with the Neighbourhood Services team. There will also be opportunities to work on the Kings Quarter and new bus station project with the Regeneration & Economic Development team.
Two of Gloucester's most popular outdoor attractions will be flying the Green Flag Award this year.
Barnwood Park and Arboretum and Robinswood Hill Country Park are two of the very best parks and green spaces in the UK – and that's official.
Local people are invited to a family friendly outdoor event on Sunday 31st July from 2pm to 4pm.
The event has been organised by Gloucester City Council to encourage families to explore and enjoy the meadows.
Gloucester City Council is holding an event to showcase the proposals for the future of Kings Quarter, Gloucester.
Members of the public are invited to an event on Friday 29th July and Saturday 30th July at Unit 11 of Grosvenor House. On Friday, people can drop into anytime between 10am - 7pm and on Saturday the doors will be open between 9am – 1pm.
For the second year in a row, Gloucester County Council is hosting its classic retro festival on August bank holiday weekend.
On Saturday 27th August the pedestrian gate streets of Gloucester will be going back in time. The weekend will host a great variety of retro fun for all the family including vintage cars, themed streets and fancy dress.
Gloucester City Council has named Harris Ethical Limited as the new provider of Gloucester's Shopmobility service from 1st August 2016, working with Mobility Corner.
The Shopmobility service provides a range of battery powered scooters, wheelchairs, battery chairs, power chairs and rollators to help people who have limited mobility - through permanent or temporary disablement, accident or age - to use all facilities in the city centre, Gloucester Quays and the docks.
Following agreement from the city council's cabinet last night, a crack down will begin to tackle begging, street drinking, rough sleeping and so-called 'legal highs'.
Yesterday evening, the council's cabinet agreed to adopt a 'Safe and Attractive Streets' policy for the city.
Gloucester City Council is getting tough on begging, drinking or taking legal highs on the street as part of a new policy to cut down on anti-social behaviour.
While the council will always provide support for those who are genuinely in need, action needs to be taken against those who are there to dupe unsuspecting shoppers or cause anti-social behaviour. Various agencies across the city have received complaints of begging in the city centre, as well as concerns raised regarding rough sleeping.
The next phase of the new bus station hub was completed this weekend, when 10 Stagecoach buses successfully took part in a test run at St Oswalds car park.
This weekend, 10 stagecoach buses of all shapes and sizes, successfully drove around strategically placed cones which outline the proposed design of the new bus station.
Gloucester City Council is reminding all businesses across the city centre about keeping their waste tidy and only putting it out at designated times.
In 2015, following a consultation with businesses, a new city centre trade waste policy was introduced to agree that waste should only be put out between 6am – 10am on weekdays and that any waste not collected that day must be kept on the premises until the next collection.
Gloucester City Council is inviting property owners, contractors and architects to take part and learn more about how to improve the energy efficiency of older buildings across the city as part of a series of training sessions and workshops.
Run through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, the sessions aim to raise awareness of issues related to historic buildings, and to involved local people with the restoration process.
An army of robots is coming to Gloucestershire in just matter of days – but there is no need to panic!
The Museum of Gloucester, based in Brunswick Road, Gloucester, is delighted to be hosting a blockbusting sci-fi exhibition – 'Robot' – featuring a collection of robots, cyborgs and android from TV and film over the past 40 years.
Gloucester City Council calls on residents to 'freeze not throw away' this Food Safety Week.
The city council is supporting this year's Food Safety Week, which takes place between 4th-10th July, which aims to help people better understand how to waste less food safely, by making more use of their freezers.
The Safer Gloucester NightSafe Group will encourage licensed premises across the city to showcase their business when this year's Best Bar None award scheme launches on Tuesday 5th July.
The national scheme, which promotes the responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises, will launch locally at the Gloucester Guildhall Cinema at 2.30pm.
Following agreement from the city council’s cabinet last night, waste and recycling services will be improving in 2017, with 14 brand new recycling trucks being added to the fleet, land is to be sold to allow a new doctor’s surgery in Churchdown to be built, and the catering offer at the council’s museums will be reviewed.
Yesterday evening, following extensive work and a detailed consultation, plans for a new improved waste and recycling doorstep collection service were unanimously agreed at cabinet.
A Gloucester man who failed to show up for court has been found guilty of breaching an abatement notice.
Mr James Douglas, of Flat 1, 208 Barton Street, was summoned to Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 20th June under section 80 of the Environment Protection Act 1990.
Gloucester's new bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as demolition of buildings has been completed and the archaeological dig begins.
Gloucester City Council is currently on schedule for the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Since the necessary demolition has been completed, the resulting rubble has now almost been cleared. New scaffolding is being erected so that the exposed end wall of Grosvenor House can be weather proofed with new cladding. The remainder of Grosvenor House and Bentinck House are due to be demolished in a later phase of the Kings Quarter plans, on which public consultation will take place this summer.The archaeological dig, which will be done by Cotswold Archaeology, will begin from 27th June. Cotswold Archaeology has a history of working with the City Council including at Blackfriars. Depending on the amount of rainfall, the dig should only take between two to three weeks. Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Ahead of the archaeological dig beginning, I am really pleased to see how much progress has been made on site so far."The regeneration of our city centre is a key priority for the city council and something I feel passionately about. The bus station is a hugely important part of this, and I hope it will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the heart of our city."The City Council secured £6.4 million of grant funding from central government through GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership and Gloucestershire Local Transport Board towards the cost of building the new bus station. Plans for the new hub include a modern fully enclosed concourse, 12 bus bays, a manned ticket office, electronic timetable displays, a new cafe and CCTV. Whilst the construction work is being carried out, the existing bus station will remain fully functioning and existing bus routes and stops are not expected to change.
Tomorrow polling stations across the UK will open for people to cast their vote for the EU referendum and Gloucester City Council is reminding people across Gloucester to take part.
Polling stations will open on the 23rd June at 7am and close at 10pm. Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections.
Two more landlords have been prosecuted as part of Gloucester City Council's continued crack down on unsafe privately rented accommodation.
The council joined forces with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) back in March, in a bid to improve conditions in multiple occupancy houses and raise awareness of unsafe environments.
Gloucester City Council and The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) have worked together to install better picnic facilities at the Docks.
Four picnic tables within Gloucester's Mariner's Square have been refurbished this month.
With less than a week until the EU referendum, Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to make sure they use their vote next Thursday.
The remains of Roman town houses have been found in Gloucester's Blackfriars area as part of an archaeological dig being carried out by the city council.
The remains of large Roman town houses have been found at the archaeological dig currently taking place at Blackfriars. The dig, in the area of Bearlands car park near Ladybellegate Street, has uncovered a large Roman town house close to previous remains of similar buildings, implying that it was once an affluent place to live in the city.
Today Gloucester City Council can announce that Kings Walk shopping centre has been purchased by Vixcroft, who plan to invest £5 million into improving the centre.
Plans to regenerate Gloucester's city centre have been well underway this year with the new bus station on-site and plans unveiled for improvements to the railway station and the wider Kings Quarter area. Today the next step for regeneration of this area of the city centre can be announced which sees the ownership of Kings Walk shopping centre transfer to Vixcroft from Aviva.
The Gloucester bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as the demolition phase is completed and the operation to clear the area begins.
Gloucester City Council is currently on schedule for the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Now that all the required buildings have been demolished, the resulting rubble needs to be cleared.
Two Gloucester residents have been convicted for continually playing loud music over long periods of time.
Between July and August 2015, Mrs. Bohumila Karchnakova and Mr. Julius Gazi of 56 Salisbury Road, Gloucester breached a notice, issued by Gloucester City Council, on two separate occasions by playing loud music for long periods of time.
Gloucester City Council is pleased to announce that Kier Construction is the preferred bidder for the new bus station in Gloucester.
The project will deliver a much needed new passenger station for the city's residents and visitors. The old outdated facilities will be replaced, creating a quality environment for passengers and a stunning new look to the transport gateway of Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to use their right to vote on Thursday 23rd June for the European referendum.
Whatever your political views, it is important that you use your right to vote at all elections and referendums.
Gloucester is to be featured online as an example of good scrutiny following its commitment to improve privately rented housing in the city.
In March this year the city council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee joined forces with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards to tackle unsafe properties and improve conditions in multiple occupancy houses.
Gloucester City Council is launching a consultation into how it delivers waste and recycling services in the city and wants to hear from residents.
The council has been carrying out a review into how it delivers its waste & recycling service with a focus on:
The two overall winners for this year's Gloucester museums young designer's competition have been chosen, from hundreds of entries received from over 50 schools.
This year's winners are; seven year old Amelie Rose Halls from Elmbridge Infants School, the infant category winner, and 10 year old Khadija Dilnawaz from Naunton Park Primary School, the junior category winner.
Candidate briefing available to anyone thinking of standing in Gloucester's city elections this year.
Anyone who is interested in standing in this year's elections will be able to get more information at a briefing about becoming a candidate being held on Wednesday 2nd March.
An award-winning community based company have kept our Rugby World Cup volunteers kitted out throughout the Tournament.
Sofab Sports is a Community Interest Company that builds the skills, confidence and self-esteem of young adults with physical and learning difficulties by providing employment and opportunities in sports related industries.
Rain or Shine, a Gloucester based theatre company, invite you to join them in celebrating William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary of his death.
Rain or Shine are providing a short tour this spring of the historical play "Shakespeare's will" by Canadian writer Vern Thiessen, with a one day only performance at the Wheatstone Hall, Gloucester Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 23rd April at 2pm.
Paws on Patrol is returning to Gloucester Park in May for a fifth time and this year two lucky young people will taking part in a police dog handler display.
A competition was held for young people to design their own version of what their own hero dog would look like, with the winners getting chance to take part in the displays.
Gloucestershire College students, volunteers and city council staff will be continuing with their quest to get clean for the Queen by sprucing up Metz Way.
Gloucester City Council has been urging communities to come together and clean up their neighbourhoods as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage one million people to join together in tidying up their community in time for the Queen's 90th birthday in April.
Gloucester Guildhall has announced it will show Quentin Tarantino's controversial film The Hateful Eight – and they are the only cinema in the city that will be screening the gory western.
Earlier this month Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon announced they would not be showing the flick after failing to come to an agreement over the format in which the film can be shown: it is only available in 70mm format. This cast doubt over whether people in Gloucester would be able to see what has been described as "Tarantino's masterpiece" in their home town.
The results are in for all 18 wards on Gloucester City Council.
Yesterday, Gloucester went to the polls to elect their representatives on their city council for the next year.
Gloucester Guildhall continues to champion local filmmakers as part of its Filmmaker Forum series and on Saturday May 14th they welcome Cheltenham born Simon Sheridan.
His first feature film
Respectable – The Mary Millington Story (which has already been bought by Netflix) tells the story of 1970s porn star Mary Millington. The shocking true story is a tale of rebellion, painted against a backdrop of disco, politics and porn, where a beautiful woman was sacrificed for her beliefs.
Gloucester City Council is reminding all residents to use their right to vote on Thursday 5th May for the elections for Gloucester City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The city council has made the move to 'all out' elections, following the introduction of additional wards across Gloucester, and there will be 39 councilors in total being elected.
Gloucester City Council is reminding residents that refuse and recycling collections due on Monday 2nd May will be taking place as usual.
Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services, said: "Our waste service provider, Amey, will be working normal hours during the two bank holiday Mondays on 2nd and 30th May.
Gloucester City Council will be will be celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday this Thursday at 8.30pm by lighting the beacon at the top of Robinswood Hill.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will also invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the principal beacon on 21st April at Windsor Castle.
Two new Corporate Directors have been appointed at Gloucester City Council to join the management team from May 2016.
Anne Brinkhoff will join the city council, leading on partnership working, while Jonathan Lund will lead on service transformation.
Pretty Vicious, one of the most talked about new bands in the country, will headline Saturday night at Gloucester Guildhall's annual Underground Festival.
The Welsh rockers uploaded their first single
Cave Song to Soundcloud just over a year ago and the music industry went bananas. What followed for the teenagers was a a major label deal at Virgin EMI Records, regular plays on Radio 1, tours with Noel Gallagher, Johnny Marr and the Manic Street Preachers and slots on all the big festivals including Reading and Glastonbury, where they headlined the BBC Introducing Stage.
The Bakers Quay regeneration scheme has been given the green light by developers Rokeby Merchant.
The green light follows agreement to the principles of the design of the scheme, including balconies and cladding for the rebuilt Provender Mill, being reached with city council planners and Historic England.
Two schemes for the restoration and bringing back into use of listed buildings at risk in Westgate Street have recently been granted planning and listed building consent.
Since 2013 the City Centre Historic Grants Scheme has been revitalising the city centre conservation area by providing grants to local businesses and property owners to carry out repairs, re-instate architectural features and bring back into use vacant floor space.
In partnership with The Card Factory, Gloucester City Council breathes a new lease of life into the W.E Henley plaque on Eastgate Street.
The plaque was first mounted on to the wall many years ago to commemorate W.E Henley, the world renowned poet, born at No 5 Eastgate Street in Gloucester.
A 3D laser survey and record of The Fleece Hotel is being created to get a better understanding of the history of the site and to ensure it is preserved for future generations.
The former hotel is part of Gloucester's wonderful heritage, containing a 15th century timber-framed inn, standing above a 12th century tunnel vaulted undercroft. The site was acquired by Gloucester City Council from the former Regional Development Agency. The council has undertaken various works to stabilise and secure the buildings and demolish the more recent additions, but is now moving on to the next stage in the site's restoration.
Paws on Patrol is returning to Gloucester Park in May for a fifth year.
On Saturday 7th May at midday, the Park will be full of activity with displays from Gloucestershire Police Dog Team, LG Agility Group, Ali Magic's Heelwork to Music and The Quack Pack – farmer Meirion Owen with his amazing Border Collie herding Indian Runner Ducks around the arena.
Gloucester will be even greener for the Queen's 90th birthday this year as city council partners Amey have a new ground maintenance kit ahead of spring to keep the city looking clean and fresh.
Amey, who have a new lease arrangement with HSS, have received new grounds maintenance kit that will allow Gloucester City Council to effectively and efficiently deliver quality grounds maintenance work, at no extra cost.
Gloucester City Council is bucking the national trend by reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill and significantly increasing the amount of food waste recycled.
The hard work of the Environmental Projects Team and in particular their waste reduction project has contributed to the reduction of 863 tonnes landfill waste between 2014/15 to 2015/16.
Gloucester City Council's returning officer is encouraging people to make their voice heard by registering their right to vote, in a new online video message.
A video created by Jon McGinty, the returning officer at Gloucester City Council highlights the reasons why people who live in Gloucester should make sure they can have their say on Thursday 5th May when the polls open.
Up to £50,000 is available for voluntary and community group projects within the city.
The funding, allocated to Gloucester City Council at the end of February by Gloucestershire County Council, helps groups to deliver activities to young people across the city.
Gloucester City Council will be erecting a plaque at Gloucester Docks to commemorate the city's links with the City of Paju in the Republic of South Korea.
The Gloucestershire Regiment played a heroic role in the defence of South Korea during the Korean War, holding out against the Chinese army at the Battle of Imjin River (1951), despite being heavily outnumbered. The people of South Korea recognised the Glosters for protecting Hill 235, where the 1st Battalion the Gloucestershire Regiment were famously ordered to 'hold on where you are', by naming it 'Gloster Hill'.
Gloucester City Council is investing £1million in state of the art car parking facilities, including injecting £750,000 in the Eastgate Shopping Centre car park and introducing up-to-date parking systems at Kings Walk.
As part of the city centre regeneration project the city council is investing heavily to improve parking in the city centre, starting with a £750,000 investment into the Eastgate Centre car park. The car park, which is on the roof of the shopping centre, is starting to show signs of wear and tear and this cash injection will solve issues such as the damaged road surface and faded parking lines. This is the first major overhaul of the rooftop surface for many years and will substantially extend its life.
Gloucester City Council is inviting families to join the hunt for paper Easter bunnies on Tuesday 29th March at Hucclecote Meadows.
As well as the search, there will be craft fun, which families can make and take home.
Gloucester City Council is organising the annual 'spring clean' on 24th March, as part of the clean for the Queen project.
Clean for the Queen aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday in April. Gloucester City Council will be encouraging and supporting businesses, groups and individuals who want to 'do their bit' to help our streets, parks and neighbourhoods sparkle.
Following a consultation with the residents and businesses of Gloucester, the Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy has been published detailing the City Council's eight priorities for the next five years.
The strategy focuses on delivering major regeneration sites, delivering a vibrant city centre, enhancing cultural activity and working towards ensuring local people are best placed to benefit from new jobs.
Proposed plans for the new road layout for Gloucester's £7.5million pound new bus station have been revealed.
With funding from GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire Local Transport Board, Gloucestershire County and Gloucester City Councils are investing £7.5million into the redevelopment of the new bus station. As a result of this, there are likely to be changes to the surrounding roads.
This week local businesses and residents that live close to the bus station and on surrounding roads will be receiving a letter that outlines the proposed changes to the road layout. These include:
Gloucester Folk Museum and Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery are being renamed as part of a new look for the museums.
Museum partners, staff, councillors and local businesses have been invited to Gloucester City Museum on 21st March to launch the new names and faces of the two museums, with the public being invited to view the new look of the museums from Tuesday 22nd March.
Gloucester City Council has successfully prosecuted an unlicensed private hire driver and a private hire driver who was using an unlicensed vehicle following pro-active out of hours enforcement work.
On Saturday July 18th 2015, Mr Daryoush Lack, from Cheltenham, picked up two undercover police officers who had not pre-booked the journey.
Gloucester City Council is proposing to refocus the Kings Quarter redevelopment scheme as the gateway to the city centre, rather than a retail-led scheme. The revised proposals take into account changes in shopping habits and the evolving role of city centres as destinations.
The council commissioned local architects some time ago, after consultation with relevant parties, to undertake masterplanning work for a revised Kings Quarter scheme.
Gloucester's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has followed their regional success with national recognition at the 'Visit England Excellence Awards' in Blackpool.
After winning gold at the 'South West Tourism Awards', the TIC was shortlisted for the awards, making It the only tourist information centre to represent the south west.
Gloucester City Council is to invest £50,000 to refurbish another of its children's play areas, this time at Alma Place in Linden.
The city council currently manages 42 play areas across the city and in the last six years, working in conjunction with local communities, has invested over £1 million in updating and renewing over 20 sites, to help keep them safe and exciting to use.
Several landlords in Gloucester have been prosecuted after Gloucester City Council launches an investigation to crack down on unsafe privately rented accommodation.
The council has joined forces with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards to improve conditions in multiple occupancy houses and raise awareness of unsafe environments.
Major car parks in the city centre are being fitted with charge points for electric cars and new LED lighting as Gloucester City Council saves energy and helps the environment.
Improvement work has started at car parks in Longsmith Street, Eastgate and Westgate Street.
With funding from GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire Local Transport Board, Gloucestershire County and Gloucester City Councils are investing £7.5million into the redevelopment of the new bus station. As a result of this, there are likely to be changes to the surrounding roads.
Gloucester City Council is offering a free workshop to property owners and anyone interested in the conservation of historic ironwork.
The event will takes place on Thursday 17th March at Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HN and will begin at 10am.
Gloucester Folk Museum's new WWII recruitment office has an added feature in the form of an audio clip recruiting men to join the war effort.
Alan Myatt, town crier for Gloucester, has recorded the audio which will play on a loop.
Gloucester City Council will be providing a free dog microchipping clinic on 9th March from 12pm - 7pm at Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Plock Court.
From 6th April 2016, all dogs over eight weeks old in England will by law need to be microchipped, otherwise owners could face a fine of up to £500.
Gloucester City Council has set its budget for 2016/17, including no changes to the cost of garden waste collection, car parking charges being frozen and a £3.8million injection from the New Home Bonus.
Last night (25th February), full council met to agree the spending priorities for the next year. The agreed budget will be £15.7m and it outlines how £600,000 savings will be made over the next financial year while continuing to protect front line service.
On Thursday 5th May 72 polling stations will open up across the city for Gloucester's 'all out' election, but people need to register their right to vote first.
Voting registration closes on 18th April 2016 and Gloucester City Council is encouraging anyone who is not yet registered to do so before it's too late.
Gloucester City Council has been joining in with English Tourism Week by hosting a photography competition, showcasing Gloucester from the lens of amateur photographers.
There were 60 separate entrants in the competition, and although the standard was very high, ten finalists were selected.
Gloucester Guildhall is inviting local filmmakers to step forward to see their work screened in the city's primary independent cinema in celebration of film making talent in Gloucestershire.
The Guildhall's intimate 100-seater cinema has become renowned for showing a diverse range of films, from Hollywood blockbusters to esoteric world cinema.
Gloucester is receiving a 7.5million pound brand new bus station in the heart of the city centre and work to start the project is now underway.
This week the first of the hoardings were erected at the current bus station and more will follow throughout the coming weeks.
Gloucester's commitment to keeping the city centre's nightlife safe has resulted in the city being a named as a winner in the national Best Bar None awards.
On the 2nd February 2016 Gloucester City won the award for 'Best New Scheme' in the national Best Bar None awards.
Gloucester museums are hosting the third annual young designers competition for children aged between four and eleven.
Twenty-eight primary schools from across Gloucestershire have registered to take part, with more coming forward every day. Every primary school in the county can get involved.
Gloucester City Council is inviting residents to come and join a mass tree planting session at Horsebere Brook on Saturday 13th February.
The site, primarily a flood alleviation scheme is jointly managed by the Environment Agency and Gloucester City Council. The city council is now taking responsibility for managing part of the site as a nature reserve to benefit the local community and wildlife around the area.
Gloucester Tourist Information Centre has won gold in the visitor information provider category at the South West Tourism Awards.
Gloucester was joint winner with Bodmin Tourist Information Centre for the award, which was held at Exeter Cathedral on 4th February.
Gloucester City Council have cracked down on a family breaching their abatement notice and causing anti-social behaviour.
On Friday 29th January 2016 at Gloucestershire Youth Court, the council were successful in obtaining a civil injunction against the Gazi/Karchnakova family who reside in Salisbury Road in the Barton area of Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council has approved its playing pitch strategy which plans how it will provide accessible, sustainable and high quality outdoor sports facilities for all residents now and in the future.
It is hoped that more people will be encouraged to participate in sport and physical activity for their general health and wellbeing if there are enough good quality sports pitches in Gloucester.
Gloucester Folk Museum will be commemorating the 461st anniversary of Bishop John Hooper being burnt at the stake, and are inviting people to go and learn more about the martyred bishop.
Bishop John Hooper, an advocate of the English Reformation, was Bishop of Gloucester and Worcester under the reign of Edward VI, England's first protestant monarch.
Gloucester City Council is joining in with English Tourism Week by hosting a photography competition, showcasing Gloucester from the lens of amateur and professional photographers.
Gloucester Tourist Information Centre will display the best five amateur and five professional photographs in the window to promote their work. There is no theme, except to show Gloucester at its very best.
Gloucester City Council has installed a new interpretation board at Eastgate Chamber which tells the story of the history of it.
The city council has installed a number of new interpretation boards around the city centre which tell the story of the historic development of the city for both visitors and residents to enjoy.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) in the Southgate Street area of the city has so far awarded five buildings with grants and further applications are coming forward.
The £1.2 million scheme is two years in to a five year programme, and is designed to regenerate the area and improve older properties in one of the key gateways to the city.
You must be registered by 18th April 2016 in order to vote on the 5th May and Gloucester City Council is encouraging anyone who is not yet registered to do so before it's too late.
Gloucester City Council is asking people to get ahead of the game and register their vote. The whole of the country will be encouraged to make their vote count next week as the National Voter Registration Drive launches.
Gloucester City Council is urging communities to come together over the next three months to clean up their neighbourhoods.
The scheme is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage one million people to join together in tidying up their community in time for the Queen's 90th birthday in April.
The Furniture Recycling Project (FRP), currently based in Grosvenor House next to the bus station, will be moving into the recently vacated 'Classic Furniture' store.
With work due to start on the new bus station early in 2016, the council has helped the long running local charity to find new premises.
Members of Saintbridge Allotments and Gardens Association and the Friends of Saintbridge Pond are to be presented with their Bees' Needs 'Thank You' certificate by Cllr Jim Porter on 18th January.
They are being recognised for making a habitable environment for bees and pollinating insects by planting bulbs around the pond, the sowing of wild flower seeds and installing bee hives at the allotments.
The upgraded CCTV system in Gloucester City centre has been credited by Gloucestershire Police for helping to catch criminals in the act.
Working in partnership with BT, the council rolled out the new CCTV cameras in September 2015, as part of an upgrade project with the installation of free Wi-Fi and improved 4G connectivity in the city centre
Gloucester City Council's overview and scrutiny committee has commissioned a study into looking at the employment and skills opportunities for young people in the city.
The overview and scrutiny task and finish group on employment and skills will look at the options available to young people in Gloucester, and identify any potential barriers to them achieving their potential.
Gloucester City Councils first classic and retro festival, winner of Best Community Event 2015 is inviting anyone with a classic or historic vehicle or wants to be involved in the fashion and music of our paste eras to be involved next year to please get in contact.
This unique festival welcomes Individuals groups and businesses to take part and join the celebration of Gloucester.
Families are being invited to come and search around Hucclecote meadows for paper reindeers on Monday 21st December as part of the festive fun taking place across the city.
A new community orchard is being planted at Horsbere Brook and people are invited to come along to help plant the trees on Saturday 19th December.
The site, primarily a flood alleviation scheme is jointly managed by the Environment Agency and Gloucester City Council. The City Council is now taking responsibility for managing part of the site as a nature reserve to benefit the local community and wildlife around the area.
Sorting Gloucester residents' household recycling at the kerbside is making items cleaner and easier to recycle.
At last night's cabinet meeting, members heard about the success of recycling being sorted at the kerbside in Gloucester. When rubbish that cannot be recycled gets mixed with recyclables it often means the entire batch has to go to landfill. To prevent this from happening in Gloucester, all dry recycling
Spot checks have been carried out on Hackney carriage and private hire vehicles in Gloucester in the run up to Christmas.
The joint operation was carried out by Gloucester City Council licensing and enforcement officers and officers from Tri Force (a specialist operations collaboration between Gloucestershire, Avon & Somerset and Wiltshire police)
Residents in Gloucester are being asked to join in the conversation of community safety in the City. Safer Gloucester is holding a get-together on Wednesday 16th December at Gloucester Guildhall and want as many residents as possible to join in the discussion.
The session is in follow up to a recent community meeting held by Increase the Peace at Parry Hall, at which residents highlighted that no one single agency or group of people can resolve the issues that might make people feel unsafe in the City. At the Parry Hall meeting, attendees brought forward the issue of carrying knives and weapons as a particular concern to them.
Some of the best buildings in the heart of the city have been recognised in a special award ceremony this month.
The ceremony, held at Gloucester City Council on 18th November, saw civic awards handed out to a variety of people, developers, architects and contractors whose work over the last three years has significantly improved the quality of the environment in Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is continuing its work to bring people guilty of fly tipping to justice, with another round of successful court prosecutions.
In three related cases heard at Cheltenham Magistrates Court in September and October, individuals were given hefty fines for their roles in fly tipping in the county.
Gloucester's BiG Knit group is celebrating its first year by donating over 300 items to local charities and is seeking wool to continue the good work.
The Believe in Gloucester (BiG) Knit group is helping people stay warm this winter by crafting blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, jumpers and other items and giving them to local charities.
Safer Gloucester is counting down to Christmas with festive advice to keep people safe and well at this time of year.
The group will be displaying a Christmas Advent Calendar on the website from 1st December – just log in each day to get the latest advice in the lead up to Christmas.
A new permanent exhibit is lighting up Gloucester City Museum as a carved oak overmantel, believed to be the last remaining relic of Gloucester's old town hall, has been given pride of place.
The overmantel includes carved portraits by artist George Armstrong Howitt of Oliver Cromwell, King Charles I and the two coats of arms of Gloucester and has been placed over a Victorian fireplace restored in the 1980s from a house in Gloucester.
Love, as well as a chill, will be in the air in Gloucester City Centre this festive season following the installation of a Christmas Kissing Arch in Kings Square.
The installation of the arch follows the council's £75,000 investment in brand new Christmas lights which have been brightening up the gate streets since their switch on last weekend (Saturday 14th November).
Gloucester City Council have brought another landlord to justice for unfit accommodation.
Saqib Rasul, the owner of 329 Barton Street, Gloucester was successfully prosecuted at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday 8th November following an inspection in June.
Safer Gloucester will be hosting its Christmas crime prevention event in King's Walk shopping centre on Tuesday 17th November 2015.
Officers and volunteers from several agencies across the city will be on hand from 9am to 5pm with advice and information for residents about how to stay safe at this busy time of year.
Gloucester City Council is seeking views from across the city to develop its culture strategy.
As the city council continues its cultural regeneration plans the Interim Culture Board* will now work with consultants FEI to get a range of views from people all over the city.
Gloucester City Council wants your views on a planning policy that affects mobile catering units.
Following concerns from members of the city council about how many mobile catering units were trading throughout the city, council officers have prepared an interim planning policy to give the Council more control over what is permitted.
The manager of a Gloucester food outlet has been found guilty of failing to comply with health and safety laws which led to an employee becoming trapped overnight in a walk-in chiller.
In a case brought by Gloucester City Council on Monday 2nd November, Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard that the incident happened late one evening in December 2014 at the Subway food outlet in Gloucester's Kings Walk, involving a female lone worker.
The votes are in and Gloucester Guildhall has been shortlisted for NME's illustrious Best Small Venue competition.
The music magazine launched its annual search in early October, prompting music fans across the country to vote for their favourite haunts. Gloucester's gig goers have voted in their droves to put Gloucester Guildhall in the running to be crowned as the country's best small venue.
Gloucester City Council is encouraging people to show their support for Gloucester Style Festival which is taking place in the city from next week.
The 'Fashion Future' event, part of the Gloucester Style Festival, will see two live fashion shows and two live bands appear together at Gloucester Guildhall from 6th to 12th November.
Gloucester City Council's Private Sector Housing Team are working hard to identify and improve Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) in the centre of the city.
Since March this year, officers from the council and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service have carried out unannounced inspections of over 30 properties in the Barton & Tredworth and Westgate wards of Gloucester.
Gloucester Folk Museum will be hosting a range of events this coming Saturday to celebrate the annual Apple Day.
The museum on Westgate Street, Gloucester will once again open their doors to showcase all things apple.
The bronzed bust of W. E. Henley by pioneering French sculptor Auguste Rodin will be on display at Gloucester City Museum until 12th December as part of an exhibition.
François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) was a revolutionary artist, spanning over more than five decades, Rodin created thousands of busts, figures, and sculptural fragments.
On Sunday October Gloucester Cathedral played host to a Rugby World Cup 2015 activation, concluding a wonderful few weeks for Gloucester and its involvement in Rugby World Cup 2015 as a Host City.
Starting at sunset, Sine Nomine Youth Choir sangRugby World Cup 2015 theme "World in Union" as the names of the visiting nations, Japan and USA, were projected onto the tower of Gloucester Cathedral and lights illuminated the sky in celebration of the final pool stage match at Kingsholm stadium.
Catch the rest of the games throughout the tournament for free on the big screen at Kingsholm Rugby Stadium.
Kingsholm are opening their gates to rugby fans for the final few games of the Rugby World Cup 2015.
The first sermon of the celebrated evangelist George Whitefield will be re-created in Gloucester this weekend.
Whitefield was born in Gloucester, at the Bell Hotel in Southgate Street and attended the Crypt School, was one of the founders of the Methodist movement and helped to spread the "Great Awakening" across America in the 18th century, often drawing great crowds.
Film competition winners' shorts about the city shown at the Fanzone
Residents of Gloucester are able to see stories of our City on the big screen at Gloucester's RWC Fanzone, thanks to film-makers who have submitted Gloucester Stories to a recent short film competition.
Ex Gloucester stars Adam Balding and Thinus Delport want to see your best #tryface and help to raise money for Rugby for Heroes in the process.
#tryface was created to get supporters and players to show off their best try celebrations to help raise funds for 'Rugby Aid', which is a campaign in aid of the charity 'Rugby For Heroes'.
Businesses still have time to apply if they are interested in the successful broadband voucher scheme, launched in April this year.
Beginning in Gloucester, the offer has been extended to include Cheltenham plus certain urban and business/trade park post codes in Tewkesbury, Stroud, the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean.
Following lengthy discussions, the decision has been taken not to extend the Fanzone in the docks beyond the final pool game at Kingsholm on Sunday 11th October.
With the Fanzone proving to be hugely popular with residents and visitors alike, consultations on its future had taken place between Gloucester City Council, Gloucester Licensed Victuallers Association, representatives of local businesses, local residents and Marketing Gloucester.
Eastgate Indoor Market welcomes five new traders and their businesses during a year which has seen a massive boost to the local economy.
In a year where the city welcome tourists from across the globe as Gloucester plays host to the Rugby World Cup, the increase in footfall makes trading in Gloucester a great opportunity.
Local residents and businesses are invited to nominate buildings or developments which show a high standard of architecture, design and sustainability in the city.
Gloucester City Council last held the awards in 2012 to highlight the on-going regeneration work in the city.
Venues across the city are getting into the highland fling of things for another rugby-filled weekend of activities.
Gloucester gears up for another weekend of rugby-inspired fun. It kicks off this afternoon as Argentina take on Georgia for a match here in Kingsholm.
As part of Townscape Heritage Initiative programme, a series of free training sessions and workshops for property owners, contractors and architects is being organised.
The sessions aim to raise awareness of issues related to historic buildings, and to engage local people with the restoration process.
Salim Sajid, a lifelong rugby fan, is part of the 'The Pack' of volunteers supporting the Tournament
Salim, a local business owner based in Gloucester, volunteered to support the fans during the Tournament. A keen player himself, and coach to a local junior team, Salim was keen to make sure that all the visitors are well looked after, and really enjoy their experience.
Local residents are being asked what they think of playing pitches as part of a new playing pitch strategy that looks at all of Gloucester's current outdoor sports facilities, as well as opportunities for new ones.
From Thursday 24th September, local residents will be asked to comment on the strategy, which sets out how accessible, sustainable and high quality outdoor sports facilities could be provided across the city, now and in the future.
Fans poured into the city to celebrate the momentous opening games of the tournament
Along with a packed out Kingsholm stadium of supporters, Gloucester greeted thousands of revellers this weekend in support of the Rugby World Cup.
An investment to combine free Wi-Fi and improved CCTV across the city will keep people connected
Free Wi-Fi in the city centre, a new state-of-the-art CCTV service and control room and improved mobile phone coverage for 4G and other new services will help keep everyone connected during the tournament and beyond.
The World Cup opens today with an expected 400,000 extra visitors coming to our beautifully dressed and sparkly city.
Gloucester City Council have been working with other partners to clean up the city including Gloucestershire County Council's highways team, the Probation Service, Community Payback volunteers, and groups like One Church.
The Fanzone unlocks its gates to fans on Friday 18th September 2015 at 5pm
Supporters are encouraged to join in the fun and head on down to the Fanzone on Friday to kick off the World Cup action.
Gloucester Cathedral plays the advantage on 17th September as they prepare to welcome Scotland to the Rugby World Cup 2015
Gloucester Cathedral won the line-out to greet Scotland to kick off the Rugby World Cup Tournament here in the city on Thursday 17th September, 2015.
Gloucester City Council is encouraging people to show their support for the city and enter the third annual Believe in Gloucester Awards.
The awards will take place on 26th November 2015 at the home of Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm Stadium.
Gloucester City Council has achieved an innovation award for providing food and a home for pollinating insects.
A new insect hotel and wildlife pond recently installed at the arboretum has helped win an innovation award.
Around sixty organisations across the city have received Rugby World Cup 2015 community tickets.
Youth groups, schools and churches in the city are among the lucky line-up who have got their hands on one or more of the 500 community tickets allocated to Gloucester from Rugby World Cup 2015.
Gloucester City Council continue to take action against residents who dispose of their waste illegally.
In two cases last month (August), the council successfully prosecuted a landlord and a local resident, resulting in fines of more than £1300.
There is so much to do and see in Gloucester, visitors and locals alike are spoilt for choice
Visitors and local residents are reminded that there is a wealth of things to see and do in Gloucester during the tournament, and all year round.
Metallers Kvelertak have announced a series of headline dates to coincide with their European tour alongside Slayer and Anthrax and the run includes a gig at Gloucester Guildhall.
Since the release of Kvelertak's eponymous debut album in 2010, the band have traversed the globe playing over 500 shows in four continents over the last four years, and picking up three Norwegian Grammy's (Spellemann awards) along the way.
It's close to Halloween and something evil's lurking in the dark...
National Star are hosting the first ever Thriller Ball at Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday October 31st and they are calling upon people to dust off their ripped clothes, break out the fake blood and splash on the face paints for what will be the city's ultimate Halloween bash.
Gloucester's historic medieval Assize of Ale event will take place in the city this Saturday 12th September.
The Sheriff's Assize of Ale takes place as part of Heritage Weekend which raises funds for the city's civic charities, The Superhero Foundation and Gloucestershire Deaf Association. It dates back to medieval times when the Sheriff was responsible for ensuring the ale on sale in the city was of palatable quality.
Gloucester City Council is inviting residents across the city to have their say on how they think their money should be spent.
The city council has started a six week consultation to get local views which will help inform decisions when it comes to setting the budget for the next financial year.
Residents are being reminded not to miss out on official Rugby World Cup 2015 merchandise on sale at Gloucester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Southgate Street.
With Rugby World Cup 2015 rapidly approaching, now is the time to get decked out in your team's colours to show your support.
To celebrate Our BiG Year, there is a special edition of City Life dedicated to all the exciting events taking place in the coming weeks.
The latest edition of City Life, the free magazine for residents of Gloucester, has been specially developed to commemorate an unprecedented year of events here in Gloucester.
In keeping with an ancient tradition the Queen will be sent a lamprey pie made in Gloucester when she becomes our longest reigning monarch on Wednesday.
It is a city custom stretching back centuries to send the reigning monarch a lamprey pie, a traditional dish made with an eel-like fish, to mark a coronation, jubilee or other notable occasion.
Plans are in place to keep the city moving during the Tournament.
Thousands of people are expected to visit the city during Rugby World Cup 2015, the third largest sporting event in the world.
If fans didn't get a ticket for the pool matches in Kingsholm, never fear, the Fanzone is here.
The Fanzone, which will be set up like a Rugby Stadium so visitors can feel like they are part of the action, will be showing all Rugby World Cup 2015 pool matches played here in Gloucester, and also all the home nations' matches on a big screen in Orchard Square.
Pubs, bars and clubs in Gloucester will compete to receive national recognition for their commitment to improving the city's nightlife experience.
Best Bar None is a nationally recognised award scheme which aims to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder, help licensed traders to build relationships between themselves, the police and local authorities, and to recognise good practice.
The city centre street is getting a make over thanks to funding from the Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Refurbishment work is well underway on one of the key gateways to the city now that five buildings have been awarded grants under the £1.2 million scheme which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucester City Council.
As part of Gloucester's BiG year the city council is running a short film competition to celebrate local stories.
The Gloucester Stories competition is an opportunity for everyone in the city to share their memories and narratives.
A whole host of events are planned in Gloucester with only 30 days to go until Kingsholm hosts its first Rugby World Cup 2015 match.
From Lindy Hop to lamp post banners, highland dancing to Hakkas, bunting to big screens – Gloucester is transforming the city to welcome Rugby World Cup 2015.
Gloucestershire's broadband connection voucher scheme has seen its 100th voucher issued since it started on 1st April 2015.
Local firms with less than 250 employees can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to boost their broadband connection.
Gloucester City Museum will host National Portrait Gallery items relating to W.E. Henley as part of their 'Invictus' exhibition from 9th October to 12th December 2015, including a bronze bust by pioneering French sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
William Ernest Henley (1849 – 1903) was a Gloucester born poet and author, famous for his poem 'Invictus' which inspired Nelson Mandela during his years in captivity on Robben Island.
They've rocked Download Festival a couple of times, played all over the globe with the likes of Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Tina Turner, Gary Moore, and Status Quo, and now FM have announced a Gloucester Guildhall gig.
The band, whose music is described as AOR (album-orientated rock), burst onto the scene back in 1985 and they enjoyed a stellar decade, amassing a huge fan base courtesy of much touring with some of the world's biggest names.
One-off specially brewed beers, scrummy sausages and the only professional oompah band on the planet are coming to Gloucester Guildhall this October for a dose of Bavarian brilliance.
The inaugural Glostoberfest will be held at the Eastgate Street venue on Saturday 24th October bringing a slice of Munich's infamous Oktoberfest right here to Gloucester city centre. The event is being organised by Gloucester Guildhall and by the team who put together the annual beer festival at Gloucester Blackfriars.
Gloucester Cathedral is one of seventeen landmark venues across England and Wales chosen to host the ceremonies for the 20 teams.
Gloucester City will welcome Scotland on Thursday 17th September 2015 to Gloucester Cathedral. The Cathedral is an extraordinary building with many treasures of national significance.
Gloucester City Council is asking residents which local issues matter to them most as it plans what its Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider in depth over the coming months.
In the past the committee has looked at matters such as dog fouling, unadopted green land, the evening economy, waste and recycling, and flood recovery.
Festival of Rugby 2015 is on target to reach its aim of one million participants, with rugby-themed activities and celebrations happening up and down the country until October 31.
here to see a Festival of Rugby 2015 image from England internationals David Wilson and George Kruis
Since kicking off on June 10, over 300 Festival of Rugby events have already taken place including: a Tag Rugby Festival at Luton Rugby Football Club with Former England Women's player Maggie Alphonsi, an Open Day and Beer Festival at Watford RFC and a Royal Navy Beach Rugby Festival at Weymouth, illustrating the variety of events under the Festival of Rugby umbrella.
Gloucester City Council and local community group Friends of Barnwood Arboretum have been recognised for their work to develop Barnwood Park and Arboretum.
Passionate volunteers from the friends group meet with the team from Gloucester City Council on a monthly basis to carry out weeding, planting, tidying and general maintenance of park and arboretum.
The pedestrian gate streets of Gloucester will be going back in time this August bank holiday weekend as Gloucester City Council hosts its first classic and retro festival.
Historic vehicles, cars, motorbikes, scooters and commercial vehicles will line the gate streets on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August.
Fans across the world have just 50 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31, 2015.
As the countdown continues, to what is predicted to be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date, fans will today have further opportunities to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 as an additional 30,000 tickets go on general sale from 1200 (BST) for matches in Pools A and B via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com. Tomorrow (July 31) a further 25,000 tickets will also go on general sale from 1200 (BST) for matches in Pools C and D.
The additional tickets go on general sale following sales of over 45,000 tickets this week for England and knock out matches, sold to fans who applied for these matches during the ballot in September 2014 and had been unsuccessful in purchasing tickets to date.Tickets are also still available for international and domestic fans via the official supporter tour programme athttp://supportertours.rugbyworldcup.com/travel_home.aspx1
There are just 50 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015.
The countdown to the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2015 is well and truly on, with the Webb Ellis Cup edging its way closer to Twickenham for the start of the Tournament on September 18, 2015.
The paw print of a cheeky roman cat has been found in a pile of Roman roof tiles which were dug up in Berkeley Street in 1969.
The paw print had lain undiscovered until was found last month by an archaeologist at the city museum amongst thousands of fragments of Roman roof tile.
Plans have been made by transport providers, police, city and county council representatives to keep the city moving during the Tournament.
Thousands of people are expected to visit the city during Rugby World Cup 2015 as Gloucester prepares to host four matches. Rugby World Cup 2015 is the third largest sporting event in the world, and to help fans and locals get around Gloucester smoothly extra transport services will be provided.
Let's hear it for the humble chicken. We love it. It's healthy and versatile food and it brings us all together around the table for Sunday lunch and around the barbecue on sunny afternoons.
We are a society of chicken eaters, in a recent Food Standards Agency (FSA) poll almost three quarters (73%) of us eat chicken every week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. And, nearly three quarters (72%) of 16-24 year olds and of all those aged over 25 (52%) agreed that chicken was their favourite meat.
Rugby fans in Gloucester will scrumming to celebrate the arrival of Rugby's greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
The trophy, which is in Gloucester for two days as part of the tour, will kick off its journey with a visit to Kingsholm alongside England Rugby 2015 Managing Director, Stephen Brown and then on to a training session in Hartpury, accompanied by RFU CEO Ian Ritchie.
Local children have been getting to know their local police officers, councillors, youth leaders and faith leaders as part of a sticker collection competition.
Safer Gloucester ran a police and community competition from mid-May until the end of June for Year 6 pupils in Barton and Tredworth, Gloucester.
Today, Emirates, a global connector of people, places and passions, and its ambassador for rugby, James Hook, launched a flag hunt in Gloucester to find the Official Flag Bearers for the Tournament.
Emirates and James Hook will be hiding a flag in Gloucester tomorrow and sharing clues on social media for fans to follow. Open to 14-16 year olds, the competition will give the local rugby stars of tomorrow the chance to win the once-in-a-lifetime experience of leading a team out of the tunnel at one of the Rugby World Cup 2015 matches being held at the Kingsholm Stadium.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its decision on the electoral boundary review for Gloucester City Council.
This review has recommended that the council should comprise of 39 councillors, an increase of three, representing 18 wards in the city.
Two men have been fined at Stroud Magistrates Court for failing to register their property as a house in multiple occupany (HMO).
Father and son, Sabbir and Asif Veshima were successfully prosecuted after officers from Gloucester City Council carried out an inspection on a property in Barton Street, Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is playing its part during this year's National Recycling Week (Monday 22nd– Sunday 28th June) by reminding residents of the many materials they can recycle.
National Recycling Week is also an opportunity for the city council to say thank you to residents for their recycling efforts in Gloucester. In 2014/2015 220 tonnes of extra material was collected for recycling, the majority of this being food waste. That's the equivalent of 45 African elephants.
Work to repave and improve the city's King's Square will start at the end of June.
Gloucester City Council has announced plans to replace the tired and ageing paving along Kings Walk from Subway to CEX, and from Costa to Iceland.
Gloucester City Council has been ranked higher than the national average for their customer service. Results from a recent survey show the city council are better than most at helping their customers.
The local community call the customer service team for a wide variety of reasons, and it is up to call handlers to decide best courses of action and give advice. The customer service team work both face to face and on the telephone, and cover queries from emails and social media. They deal with questions about benefits, council tax, business rates, licensing, waste and recycling, noise, pest problems, environmental health and other environmental issues as well as taking payments and directing customers to specific officers and services.
Gloucester City Council's cemetery and crematorium service has been recognised for its commitment to supporting bereaved families.
The city's memorial facilities have been awarded a gold standard from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). The accreditation encourages providers to put choice and support for grieving friends and families at the heart of everything they do.
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery is set to host its largest exhibition to date starting Saturday 4th July.
'WOW! Rugby' featuring fascinating objects from the world of rugby, intriguing facts and figures and an interactive area for children will be held in the museum's extensive art galleries.
Groups across Gloucester are uniting to help keep the city safer at night.
Gloucester City Council has met with partners of the NightSafe group to continue talks about working closer together to keep Gloucester safer at night time, and prevent crime and disorder from happening in the future.
Work is underway on a pioneering project which aims to convert Gloucester into one of the best connected cities in the UK, partners Gloucester City Council and BT announced today.
A landmark deal, the first of its kind in the UK, will see the introduction of a free public wireless (wi-fi) service for tourists and people living and working in the city centre, a new state-of-the-art CCTV service and control room and improved mobile phone coverage for 4G and other new services.
Staff, friends and customers joined Councillor Jennie Dallimore deputy leader at Gloucester City Council to celebrate Gloucester Shopmobility's 25th anniversary this week.
Located next to the Hampden Way Car Park in the city centre, Gloucester's Shopmobility service loans out mobility scooters and wheelchairs to help local people access shops and other vital services.
Gloucester City Council is offering grants to local businesses for the repair and renovation of historic buildings.
A public exhibition will be held this month (June) to show plans for the redevelopment of Gloucester's bus station.
The three-day exhibition will be open to the public on Thursday 25th June from 2pm until 7pm, Friday 26th 10am until 6pm and on Saturday 27th it will be open from 9am until 12.30pm, at a vacant shop at Grovesnor House on Market Parade adjacent to the bus station.
On Wednesday June 10, there will only be 100 days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015.
To mark the countdown, and as part of England Rugby 2015's, Tournament Organisers for Rugby World Cup 2015, Engaged Ticketing Programme, Wednesday will also see local schools, clubs, and community groups allocated some of the 500 tickets available to Gloucester City Council as a Host city.
Wakefield's finest indie exports The Cribs will play Gloucester Guildhall on Thursday June 25th before heading off to Glastonbury Festival.
The band, twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger brother Ross Jarman, played a Glastonbury warm-up show back in 2008 at Gloucester Guildhall and enjoyed it so much they're coming back.
Innovative rock giants Tall Ships will headline Saturday night at the sixth annual Underground Festival.
The Brighton quartet lead a raft of new and emerging acts revealed today for the two-day event taking place at Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday September 26th and Sunday September 27th.
Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council are helping to support community groups and youth organisations put on events throughout Gloucester's BiG year.
'BiG' stands for 'Believe in Gloucester', a campaign which celebrates all that is great about Gloucester, its people and places, its past and its present.
City Councillor Sebastian Field has today been appointed as the new major of Gloucester city in a special mayor making ceremony at Gloucester City Council.
Today's ceremony saw outgoing Mayor Debbie Llewellyn hand over the reins to Kingsholm and Wotton Councillor Sebastian Field for the 2015/16 council year.
After a raft of submissions, five of Gloucestershire's hottest bands have been selected to take part in a battle of the bands competition to win a place on the bill of Underground Festival 2015.
The annual festival, held at Gloucester Guildhall, showcases the very best up and coming artists on the underground scene and in the past has featured the likes of Bastille, Mallory Knox, Pulled Apart by Horses, George Ezra and Raleigh Ritchie.
Two Gloucestershire schools have been selected to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup 2015.
Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy choir will welcome Tonga in Cheltenham and Isbourne Valley School choir will welcome Scotland in Gloucester to Rugby World Cup 2015.
A new working partnership deal for Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council has been signed.
This Friday (15th) saw the leaders of both councils come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will focus on joint working between the two bodies.
Students from Gloucester College and Young Gloucestershire will be trained in traditional stone working before carrying out repairs at Gloucester's medieval St Mary de Crypt Church.
Gloucester City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have funded a unique project, set up through the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Gloucester City Council will be transforming the city with Rugby themed banners and signage to help visitors find their way to the matches.
A vibrant and colourful backdrop will be in place across the city when Gloucester hosts four Rugby World Cup 2015 matches at Kingsholm, the home of Gloucester Rugby.
A petting zoo, a pop up market and an entertainment tent will bring fun for all the family when Gloucester's Clock Tower Park hosts it's May Fair.
Families and friends are invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy the May Fair at Clock Tower Park in Abbeymead Gloucester on Saturday 23rd May from 11am until 4pm.
Described by NME as "the most important band of the past 15 years", Super Furry Animals will make their first live appearance since 2009 at Gloucester Guildhall.
The rock band have announced a last minute date at the city centre venue before they head off on tour to play The Great Hall in Cardiff, The Albert Hall in Manchester and Brixton Academy in London.
To celebrate their 15th anniversary American rock group Wheatus will be touring the UK this Autumn, including a stop off at Gloucester Guildhall.
Known for their smash hit Teenage Dirtbag (which has had more than 54 million views on YouTube) the band will be playing their debut album in full at the gig on Tuesday 22nd September, plus tracks from their other albums.
With just days to go before the 20 April registration deadline for general and local elections, Gloucester City Council is urging local people to register to vote before it's too late.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote you should contact the city council's elections team as soon as possible on 01452 396203.
Local bands are being given the opportunity to play one of the most exciting music festivals on Gloucester's calendar.
Underground Festival, which takes place on 26th and 27th September at Gloucester Guildhall, features the very best new bands across the UK and beyond.
Christmas shoppers will benefit from a new car park which has opened in Gloucester city centre.
Gloucester City Council has opened a brand new car park offering 160 additional pay and display spaces for shoppers and visitors to the city centre and the docks.
Gloucester's Folk Museum has been presented with a prestigious award by the Cotton Motorcycle Owners Club.
The 'Jack Skipp Award' has been presented to the Westgate Street museum for celebrating and promoting the Cotton legacy throughout Gloucester.
Residents of Gloucester will soon be able to include even more materials in their green recycling boxes.
From Monday 30th March, food and drinks cartons as well as aerosols can be placed in the green boxes for recycling along with the already wide range of materials accepted.
On Saturday 28th March a special open day event brought together by the Gloucester Heritage Forum will be held in the Gloucester Folk Museum garden.
The Gloucester Heritage Forum (The GHF) brings together all people working in the heritage sector in Gloucester, who are in the process of working through or towards applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Several important areas in the city have been awarded 'housing zone' status by central government.
A successful bid to central government by the city council to recognise the importance of 'Gloucester City Growth Zone' for new housing has been successful. The zone includes land at Blackfriars, the Quays and Black Dog Way within the city and is one of twenty such areas that have been designated across England.
Just as one historical figure has found a new home at Gloucester Guildhall, another could be set to leave.
Earlier in the month a small statue of German philosopher Karl Marx, gifted to Gloucester by its twin city Trier (where Marx was born), was put on display at the Guildhall. Now a little-known carving of Siege of Gloucester commander Colonel Edward Massey, which has been hidden away in a small studio room at the entertainment venue, will soon be on the move to the City Museum.
A joint bid by city and county councils will bring extra funding for digital technology.
More services will go online thanks to funding for a new programme which aims to promote the successful use of digital technology. Twenty-seven councils have been awarded money from the Digital Experts programme, run by the Local Government Association (LGA), with one of the successful bids being a joint one from Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
Major progress has been made on the journey to transform Kings Square at the heart of the city.
Plans to revamp Kings Square have been on the cards for many years with residents and visitors calling for action to be taken to improve this important area.
New lighting now guides the way into the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
Gloucester City Council has teamed up with the shopping centre to install new LED lights around the portico which frames the main entrance to the shops on Eastgate Street.
Businesses are showing confidence in the city as sponsorship deals are signed for all the 'Welcome to Gloucester' signs.
Last year, Gloucester City Council changed all 10 of the signs on key gateways to the city and welcome visitors in.
Young students from Gloucester College and Young Gloucestershire are going to be trained in traditional stone working skills, thanks to a unique project set up and funded through the Southgate St Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Starting after Easter, the students will be given a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in traditional stonework and the use of lime mortar. They will spend a week at Woodchester Mansion, an established centre for 'live site' training where they will get experience of what is required when working on heritage sites and a chance to practice the basics of stone cutting, fixing and pointing with lime mortar to gain ability and confidence.
England Rugby 2015 today announced the 15 Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzones that will host up to 1 million fans at this year's Tournament.
Gloucester's Official Fanzone will be hosted in the new Orchard Square at Gloucester Docks. The area outside the Gloucester Waterways Museum is currently a car park operated by the Canal & Rivers Trust, but is set to be transformed into a new public square. The area is already used for events such as the Tall Ships Festival, Gloucester Quays Food Festival and Victorian Market. It was the favoured location for the Fanzone after several others were considered.
Gloucester's Fanzone will give those in the city for matches, as well as those who haven't been able to secure a ticket to the games at Kingsholm Stadium, the chance to enjoy the build-up to the matches and watch the action on a big screen whilst taking in the atmosphere.
Bird-proof bins that are also built for stubbing out cigarettes are on their way to the city.
Gloucester City Council is removing all 46 existing bins within the city centre and replacing them with a new model.
Children and their families can now enjoy a bigger, better play park in Glevum Way, Abbeydale following a £60,000 revamp by Gloucester City Council.
The new and improved play equipment has been handpicked by local children from Heron School and Abbeydale Playgroup.
People in Gloucester have a chance to comment on the regeneration priorities for the city over the next five years as the City Council's new Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy goes out for consultation.
Gloucester has seen over £700 million of investment in regeneration over the last decade, but the Council says there is still a lot to do to help the city reach its full potential.
A review into the way waste and recycling is collected in Gloucester is well underway with positive results already.
Gloucester City Council has started looking into how it deals with the city's rubbish to see if there's a better, more efficient model that promotes recycling as well as keeping costs low.
New rules aimed at keeping trade waste of Gloucester city centres streets are working.
On 1st January, Gloucester City Council introduced a new policy which changed the times traders in the city centre could put out their rubbish for collection.
Gloucester City Museum and Art Galley and the Gloucester Folk Museum have lots going on this Easter holidays to keep all the family entertained.
At the city museum, resident Roman solider Lucius Sita will be on hand throughout the holidays to take visitors down into the underground Roman chamber in Eastgate Street for a tour.
Hucclecote war memorial has been added to the 'List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest'. The recent designation of the Hucclecote Memorial Cross means it is now Grade II listed.
The memorial stands at the junction of Green Lane and Hucclecote Road. It commemorates the dead of both the First and the Second World War and it is considered that the memorial has special architectural and historical interest and meets the criteria for listing.
New appointments are setting a stronger management structure at Gloucester City Council.
Since the chief executive post was deleted in 2013 the city council has been looking at its internal structure.
Gloucester City Council is working to ensure private rented homes are up to scratch in the city.
In Gloucester city the number of private rented homes is steadily increasing and landlords are required to ensure all private housing they rent out is safe. However, some residents are at risk when the property owners aren't aware of these obligations or don't carry out regular maintenance.
A year on from its peer review, Gloucester City Council is on track to meet all its targets for improvement.
In February 2014, the city council was reviewed by the Local Government Association to find out how well it was operating.
Gloucester City Council is encouraging the county's schools to apply to be part of Rugby World Cup 2015 Welcome Ceremonies.
With excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, schools are being offered the opportunity to be part of the Official Welcome Ceremonies. The ceremonies will formally welcome each of the 20 teams to Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.
Peter Hook and The Light will take to the road for a string of dates in late September and early October 2015, including a show at Gloucester Guildhall.
Hooky (as he is affectionately known) will perform New Order's third and fourth albums
Low Life and
Brotherhood, after an opening set of Joy Division songs.
Due to the success of the Gloucester City Tourist Information Centre's (TIC) Cherry and White Challenge the rugby inspired trail deadline has been extended.
The trail will be in place around the city until Friday 27th March, with all completed prize draw forms to be handed into the TIC on Southgate Street, Gloucester before 5pm on that date.
In a warm up to what promises to be a sizzling summer of sport and tourism for the city, Gloucester City Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is kicking off a Rugby ball trail around the centre as part of English Tourism Week.
To take part in the Cherry and Whites Challenge visitors and residents can scrum on down to the TIC office between Saturday 14th and Friday 20th March at 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester to collect a trail map.
Jon McGinty has been appointed to lead a new working partnership for Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
The joint role is the managing director (MD) – head of paid service - for Gloucester City Council and commissioning director for Gloucestershire County Council.
Youngsters and their families are invited to Hucclecote Meadows on Monday 30th March to take part in an Easter-eggstravaganza, organised by Gloucester City Council
Activities include exploring the meadows looking for Easter bunnies and egg-themed arts and craft. To make the day more memorable visitors are also being encourage to come along in fancy dress.
Gloucester City Council is transferring all of its 4,442 social homes to Gloucester City Homes on Monday 16th March, in a move that will lead to £110 million additional investment in city homes over the next 30 years.
The historic signing follows two years of work by the city council and Gloucester City Homes and a vote in favour of the move by housing tenants in September 2014.
Gloucester city's 'gate streets' are set for a spruce up as part of a city centre Spring clean event on Friday 20th March.
Following the success of last year's 'BiG City Clean Up', the city council is once again asking residents, visitors, groups and businesses in the city to come together to lend a hand and volunteer some of their time to help spruce up the city.
Local authorities in Gloucestershire have been working together successfully since September 2012 to help reduce and prevent homelessness across the county. They established an interim service which ensured that rough sleepers were helped off the streets as quickly and effectively as possible. Now, two and a half years on, they have awarded a new outreach contract to St Mungo's Broadway to build on the progress achieved so far and provide even more help and guidance to those who fall on hard times.
Following an extensive and robust procurement process, St Mungo's Broadway has been chosen as the new provider of the Gloucestershire Assertive Outreach Homelessness Service. The new contract will run from 1 April 2015 for an initial period of 18 months, and will employ outreach workers operating across the county.
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery has launched this year's 'Young Designers' poster competition to primary schools throughout the county.
Youngsters at registered schools have been invited to enter the competition to design a poster for the city museum's biggest event of the year, the "WOW! Rugby" exhibition which will take place between 4th July – 31st October.
Gloucester City Council has been looking at the best ways to manage small areas of unadopted green land around the city.
A report published today (13th March) outlines recommendations on how to manage areas of unadopted green land and areas near watercourses which are unsightly, overgrown or dangerous.
The masterplan for the regeneration of 2.9 hectares of land across Quayside and Blackfriars sites in Gloucester city is being revealed later this next week.
The joint proposal for two sites, the size of four rugby pitches, have been drawn up by Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council, working in partnership with GFirst LEP and the University of Gloucestershire.
Would you like to stand in Gloucester's Parliamentary, City or Parish elections this year? If you think you have something to contribute to your area you could apply to become a candidate for various wards across Gloucester.
Anyone who is interested in standing in this year's elections will be able to obtain more information at North Warehouse on Thursday 12th March, where there will be a briefing about becoming a candidate.
A festival celebrating King Richard III and his life is taking place at Gloucester city museum between 6th and 14th March for the second year running.
Richard III was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. This festival will celebrate the king and his connection to Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council is holding a freemen ceremony at The Civic Suite, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester at 2.00pm for 2.30pm on Friday 6th March 2015.
Nine people will be admitted to the Chartered Freemen and Women of Gloucester, each swearing a Freeman's Oath, continuing a tradition centuries old and a privilege that is hereditary. Until 2010 the privilege only passed down the male line of a family but women descendants of freemen (and women) can now be admitted.
The Cornish Bakehouse on Westgate Street in Gloucester is the latest building in the city to benefit from the City Centre Historic Areas Grant Scheme funded by Gloucester City Council.
The bakery received £966 from the grant scheme to go towards repainting, which includes a traditional shop front.
Former EMF frontman James Atkin is set to step foot on the Guildhall stage once again, this time with his new band.
And he's bringing a close friend for company. Miles Hunt, front man of The Wonder Stuff, will also be performing on this incredible double-header.
Gloucester Blackfriars is getting ready for a spectacular Alice in Wonderland inspired event on Easter Sunday.
Join Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and more at Gloucester Blackfriars' Hatter's Tea Party on Sunday 5th April - and don't be late!
Cast, one of the biggest indie bands the UK has ever seen, will play the city's primary music venue, Gloucester Guildhall, on Friday 3rd July.
Emerging from Liverpool in 1992 in the middle of the BritPop movement, Cast went on to have three Top 10 albums, and seven Top 10 singles including the smash hits Walk Away and Sandstorm while another big hit, Alright, reached number 13.
Be amongst the first to see Gloucester's street art exhibition 'Cut It Out' and meet the artists involved.
The 'Cut It Out' street art exhibition opens at the Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 21st March, and runs until 20th June.
Calling all knitters and crocheters there's still time to join the fun and get involved with the BiG Knit.
The BiG Knit is a free and friendly project in Gloucester bringing people together by knitting or crocheting.
Gloucester city residents are being reminded to make their vote count, as we approach national voter registration day on Thursday 5th February.
The local and parliamentary elections take place on 7th May and the city council wants people to know how important it is to sign up.
Rock giants Therapy? will play Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday 28th March in support of their fourteenth studio album, Disquiet.
The alternative metal band from Northern Ireland, who formed in 1989, release Disquiet on March 16th off the back of two million album sales worldwide throughout their illustrious career.
Gloucester City Council is inviting voluntary and community groups to apply for up to £2,500 for projects within the city.
The council has made a total of £30,000 available, to be awarded in grants, to Gloucester's voluntary and community groups.
Visit either Gloucester City Museum or Gloucester Folk Museum once to receive an entire year's unlimited admission to both museums.
From the 1st February 2015 admission charges to both Gloucester City Museum and Gloucester Folk Museum are changing to offer better value for money.
Rugby fans in Gloucester who applied to volunteer at Rugby World Cup 2015 will find out soon if they have become members of The Pack, the volunteers who will welcome the world to England, and Gloucester, for one of England's biggest sporting events of the year.
Thousands of people across the UK applied to become members of 'The Pack', the 6,000 volunteers who will welcome fans to Kingsholm Stadium and the city's Fanzone, during the tournament.
Gloucester's greatest heroine will be celebrated during a series of talks at the city museum on Saturday 21st February.
From Gloucester, warrior queen Æthelflaed ruled a Saxon kingdom. Fighting the Vikings she paved the way for the foundation of England as we know it today.
New courses for secondary school pupils are running in Gloucester to help develop skills for employment.
The 'Inspiring Enterprise' courses began this month and run until the end of March teaching a wide range of business skills from how pitch an idea, to business planning and marketing.
Gloucester City Council has been sowing seeds and planting trees in the city to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
Open space at the junction of Hawthorne Avenue and Bitten Avenue in Gloucester has been brightened up with blooms after being designated an area of remembrance.
The future of a rose garden in the centre of Gloucester is looking brighter after undergoing a facelift.
The work on the garden at the junction of London Road and Great Western Road has been made possible through funding agreed by Gloucester City Council and local ward councillors Cllr Jeremy Hilton and Cllr Sebastian Field.
Fans of cutting edge hip-hop, funk and drum 'n' bass will be all smiles after the ground breaking DJ Yoda announced he will play Gloucester Guildhall on Friday 10th April.
Duncan Beiny, aka DJ Yoda, is no ordinary scratch DJ. His tongue-in-cheek mixing prompted Q Magazine to declare him "one of the ten DJs to see before you die", while Hip Hop Connection voted him "one of the top three DJs in the world".
Investment in Gloucester city centre is paying off with more shops opening in the past two years.
Gloucester City Council figures show that the number of empty shops in the city's most popular shopping areas fell from 54 in May 2012 to 26 in December 2014, leaving less than nine per cent of all the business units available.
Gloucester City Council is one step closer to securing funding which will support development on brownfield land across the city centre.
The council has been successful in winning the first stage of their bid for a slice of £200 million government funding.
Gloucester City Council is asking residents for their views on planning when it comes to the redevelopment of public houses.
Over recent years a number of pubs in Gloucester have been lost to make way for housing, shops or other uses.
Today, a new facility to treat 150,000 tonnes of Gloucestershire's waste has been given the go ahead by Eric Pickles.
Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) was awarded a contract to design and build the facility at Javelin Park in February 2013. However, the planning committee refused planning permission for the facility and UBB appealed to the Secretary of State.
For the fifth year running, Gloucester City Council is proposing a council tax freeze as part of its budget plans.
Last night, (Monday 1st December), the Overview and Scrutiny Committee met to discuss its intention to freeze council tax in the city for a fifth year.
Art lovers are being invited to an exciting new photography exhibition being held at Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery.
Visual Impact is an exhibition by Aleks Gjika and features a wide array of his photographs on a range of different subjects. It starts on Saturday 22nd November and runs until March 7th 2015.
Some of the UK's top street artists will be filling Gloucester Guildhall with their work as part of an exhibition spearheaded by the city's very own Beastie.
The exhibition, called Tag the Walls, will feature more than 20 UK artists who have all been invited to take part by local street artist Beastie. On Saturday 6th December, around 50 pieces of affordable original art will go on display at the Guildhall.
Grant Nicholas, frontman of rock giants Feeder, has announced a run of shows which include a performance at Gloucester Guildhall.
The former Monmouth School pupil, who grew up in Chepstow, released his solo album Yorktown Heights in August this year and he brings his arsenal of songs to the Guildhall on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
A new way of working for city and county council got the seal of approval from all parties at last night's city council meeting.
The green light came from city members across the chamber for the introduction of a shared post of managing director and joint strategic commissioning Director for Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
Gloucester City Council is supporting a national campaign to help local businesses this weekend by offering free parking.
Small Business Saturday is taking place on Saturday 6th December and the city council is helping to promote the important campaign and encourage more shoppers to come into Gloucester to buy Christmas presents for loved ones from the city's wide range of stores.
The iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck is coming back to Gloucester on Friday 12th December.
As December approaches, Christmas is most certainly in the air and the people of Gloucester can get into the festive spirit even more on Friday 12th December. The famous Coca-Cola truck, that features in the brands TV adverts, is visiting Kings Square in Gloucester.
Local favourites Young Kato are set to return to Gloucester Guildhall as the grand finale to their 2015 UK tour.
Following a solid few years building their devoted fan base, the Cheltenham sextet are ready to fully establish themselves among their musical contemporaries with the release of their debut album 'Don't Wait 'til Tomorrow', released on April 5th next year.
A Gloucester City Council committee will be putting its normal business on hold when it hosts a meeting with a difference on Monday 13th October.
The city council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee has arranged a 'Question Time' style event with a panel of representatives from major educational establishments which serve the city attending to answer questions from the committee members.
Tattoo artists in Gloucester are being asked to apply to take part in a scheme aimed at improving industry standards and keeping the public safe.
Gloucester City Council started running the Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme (THRS) in July. The scheme is voluntary and all tattoo artists and studios are being encouraged to participate.
Ten new picture signs have been installed on the approaches to Gloucester city centre which highlight the main attractions for visitors.
In preparation for the Rugby World Cup next year, Gloucester City Council has removed the older style signs and installed brand new ones.
Investigations have revealed that a military tank on display at a Lincolnshire museum for more than 30 years is in fact Gloucester's very own presentation tank.
Presentation tanks were given to the towns and cities across Britain which helped raise funds for the war effort.
Known for his incredible beatboxing skills and use of live looping technology, Beardyman plays Gloucester Guildhall on Wednesday November 19.
Musician Darren Foreman was given the nickname Beardyman because a name was quickly needed for a flyer for an early show, and he had a beard at the time. Since then he has become a regular on the festival circuit and a YouTube sensation.
The recent filming at Gloucester Waterways Museum of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is estimated to have boosted the local economy by £500,000.
The figures are based on estimates produced by Creative England – the not-for-profit organization - that promotes filming, film making and locations around the country.
Council tenants in Gloucester have voted overwhelmingly in favour of transferring the ownership of their homes to Gloucester City Homes – and a £292 million investment in their homes.
In a confidential ballot, 89.1%per cent of tenants voted in favour of transfer.
‘One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film’ contains exclusive live footage and backstage interviews with the band.
The film is being released in 70 countries and is available to watch on one weekend only. On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October there will be 10,000 showings on over 3,000 screens during a very special weekend for the band’s legion of fans.
Voting has now started in the tenant ballot on the proposal to transfer the ownership of Gloucester City Council's 4,800 homes to Gloucester City Homes.
Tenants have been receiving their voting packs in the post over the last few days and have until midday on 24th September to have their say on the proposal.
Charges for parking will finish earlier in three city centre car parks in a bid to boost the evening economy.
The multi storey car parks in Kings Walk and the Eastgate Centre will be free after 5pm in the evenings, compared with the current end time of 7pm. The changes are due to take effect from the end of September. Most other City Council car parks are free after 6pm, as is most city centre on-street parking.
A recent joint operation to 'crack down' on scrap metal dealers and waste carriers has been hailed as a success.
The operation between Gloucester City Council environmental health officers and Gloucestershire Constabulary was aimed at 'weeding out' unlicensed operators.
Two events this month at the city's museums will transport visitors from the birth of the motorcycle industry to the surface of the moon.
The first sees the centenary celebrations of the Cotton Motorcycle with their annual rally at Gloucester Folk Museum on Saturday August 23.
Did we make your summer 'sizzle?' – that's the question being posed to people who came to events across the city over the past few months..
Event organisers at Gloucester City Council want to know what people thought about the range of events that have taken place across the city during the summer.
Specialist repairs are well under way on one of the city centre's most visible historic monuments.
St Michaels Tower, at The Cross in the centre of the city's pedestrianised area, is owned by the City Council and is 'home' to a heritage centre run by the Civic Trust.
The origins of phrases like 'night, night…sleep tight' can be found among the exhibitions on display at the City Council's Folk Museum.
A full size reproduction of a Tudor bed – made by a local craftsman especially for the museum – hides the meaning of the phrase.
A Greek restaurant and hotel has had a major facelift – thanks to the help of a City Council grant.
Nicki's Hotel and Taverna in Westgate Street has had all of its 15 timber windows completely replaced like-for-like after receiving a cash boost from a council fund.
Around 200 extra parking spaces will soon be available for motorists visiting Gloucester city centre.
The Barbican site, which has lain unused for a number if years, will shortly be turned into a car park while plans for its longer term future are developed.
Archery and swordplay overseen by a Monarch of the Realm will be in store for visitors to Gloucester.
King Richard III – the Duke of Gloucester – will personally take charge of a weekend full of fun and excitement as medieval re-enactors provide a taste of life in ancient Gloucester.
An exhibition just opening at the City Museum in Gloucester is about to prove to its visitors that truth can very often be stranger, or quirkier, than fiction.
The museum, which has been open for more than 150 years, has raided its archives to produce an exhibition called 'Wow!'
Raleigh Ritchie, Lonely the Brave, Eliza and the Bear and DZ Deathrays are just a few of the rising stars announced to perform at Underground Festival 2014.
The hugely popular event returns to Gloucester Guildhall for the fifth year running on Saturday September 27 and Sunday September 28 with doors opening at 4.30pm each day.
Made in Stroud has been awarded the contract to run the farmers market in Gloucester City Centre for the next three years.
The company, which has been running the popular event on an interim basis, has now pledged to give the market a real boost.
The 'meet and greet' scheme for coach parties coming to Gloucester has been met with a 'fantastic reaction' from visitors.
A “rare” opportunity to hear an internationally renowned art historian talk about one of Gloucester’s important collections will take place this month.
The City Museum and Art gallery is home to a rare collection of 12 Tudor portraits that depict the life and people who shaped the city.
The exhibition featuring the reconstructed head of Richard III in Gloucester has been hailed as a huge success.
Part of a national tour the exhibition at the City Museum and Art Gallery was visited by nearly 3,000 people. And the museum’s website received a total of 17,000 ‘hits’.
News that the USA has qualified for Rugby World Cup 2015 in the UK has been warmly welcomed in Gloucester.
The City has numerous historic links across the Atlantic and is also a popular tourist destination for American visitors.
What do the well known food chain McDonalds and the ‘Scrooge’ character from the Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ have in common?
The character was believed to have been inspired by real-life James Wood who operated one of the earliest private banks in England from a building in Westgate Street in Gloucester in 1802.
Specialist works to protect the magnificent St Michaels Tower on Gloucester’s historic cross are set to begin.
In 2013 fencing went up around the Tower in the centre of the Gate Streets as masonry began to fall from the scheduled ancient monument.
Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) the City Council and partners have put together a fund of a £1.2 million to benefit residents and businesses in the historic Southgate Street area of the city.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will last until 2018 and is geared to regenerating the area and improving properties in one of the key gateways to the city, as well as strengthening links between the Docks and the city centre.
One of the city’s oldest buildings is set to feature in the spotlight.
The dark brown timber facade of the Old Bell in Southgate Street will soon benefit from a lighting scheme which will highlight and enhance the main features of the first and second floors.
For the fifth year in a row Gloucester’s tourist information centre team has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
The announcement makes them one of the top four tourist centres in the whole of the UK – and now they just have to find out whether they have won gold, silver, bronze or highly commended.
The city’s Gate Streets are set for a spruce up as part of a city centre Spring clean event on Wednesday 9th April.
Following the success of last year’s BiG City Clean Up, the City Council is once again asking residents, visitors, groups and businesses in the city to come together to ‘lend a hand’ and volunteer some of their time to help spruce up the city.
We must all get behind the positive messages that people keep telling us about our city and truly “Believe in Gloucester” – that’s the rallying call from Gloucester City Council Leader Paul James.
Recently the Centre for Cities cited Gloucester as having one of the best qualities of life in the country. This followed on from a raft of independent commercial reports extolling its business and commercial successes.
Ambitious plans to improve the appearance of some of the City’s less glamorous buildings could transform them from ‘ugly ducklings to very fine swans.’
That’s the idea behind plans by Gloucester City Council to use modern ‘cladding techniques’ on a number of properties around the City.
Consultation on Draft Statement of Licensing Policy and Guidelines for Scrap Metal
The City Council is currently asking residents to have their say on a Draft Policy for Scrap Metal.
Metal theft over recent years has had a significant impact on communities, businesses and local authorities alike.
Gloucester City Council has today (Wednesday March 26th) announced that Julian Wain, Chief Executive will be leaving the council on 31 March 2014.
The change is part of a review of senior management at the council which aims to make additional savings on top of those already achieved.
The operator of a new community centre in Kingsway will be taking on a substantial and well thought out building with the potential to generate extensive revenue streams.
That’s the response from Gloucester City Council to complaints that the planned rental for the building is ‘too expensive.’
Businesses in the city can benefit from free advice in a ‘pop up’ advice centre in Gloucester this weekend.
The City Council’s, Economic Development team have launched the shop to coincide with Residents Weekend (28th -30th March) with the support of the King’s Walk Shopping Centre and Marketing Gloucester.
Latest figures show that the city centre economy is continuing its upturn – with fewer empty shops than this time last year.
Vacant units in the central retail area of Gloucester have dropped from 46 last year to a current figure of 39.
Younger visitors to the meadows on Saturday 12th April, between 1pm and 3pm, will get to take part in an Easter bunny hunt as well as make and take home fun crafts.
Organisers, Gloucester City Council, are also asking those who come along to make the day more memorable by coming along in fancy dress. But remind those who do, to wear suitable footwear for exploring the meadows in search of the Easter bunnies.
The hugely anticipated Richard III Festival is kicking off in Gloucester this week.
A lucky one hundred people will get a sneak peek at what can be expected during the festival at a special preview evening tomorrow (Tuesday March 18th) from 6pm-8pm at the City Museum.
The City Council has recently undergone a corporate ‘peer challenge’ process, facilitated by the Local Government Association (LGA), as part of our commitment to ongoing improvement.
Peer challenges are improvement oriented and designed to complement the council’s own performance and improvement plans.
Applications are being invited from organizations across the city who want help with funding for community activities from Gloucester City Council.
Two sets of funding are available and applications for both are now currently being accepted.
The only boundaries for groups wanting to take part in this year’s Gloucester carnival are “those
of their own imagination.”
City Council organisers are not setting a theme for this summer’s parade – and are leaving it to
the entrants to come up with their own ideas.
Following requests from residents the city council has worked with partners to introduce the use
of corn starch bags to line food waste caddies.
Residents can now choose to line their caddies with paper, kitchen towel, paper bags or the corn
starch bags, which feature the seedling logo.
Historians can delve into the past and discover more about one of England’s most controversial kings in the stunning surroundings of Gloucester Blackfriars.
Two exciting events have been scheduled at the 13th century medieval Priory as part of the Richard III Festival taking part throughout the city from March 19 to March 30.
The highest Civic honour that the City Council can confer is to be awarded to the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Michael Perham.
He celebrates ten years as Bishop of Gloucester in May and will retire in November.
He will be admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the City at a special meeting of the City Council on Thursday March 27.
Potential investors keen on moving their businesses into Gloucester are being given a helping hand by the City Council.
Full details of dozens of properties available across the City can now be found on the Council website.
New arrival to Gloucester Park marks prestigious Queen Elizabeth Field II status.
The City Council secured three sites, out of the 1,596 nationally, including the Gloucester Park, Robinswood Hill and Plock Court.
A new festival has been added to the already varied calendar of events for the City.
Gloucester Guildhall has announced Concrete Jungle - Ska and Reggae Festival, which will take place at the Eastgate Street venue on Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24.
The picture is ‘crystal clear’ at Gloucester’s Guildhall - now that its new digital equipment has gone live in the cinema.
Audiences in the 100 seat auditorium are now being treated to ‘state-of-the-art’ picture and sound quality – and the ability to show the latest films on the circuit.
Previously projectionists had to struggle with old fashioned 35mm reels of film and cinema fans were deprived of many current ‘must see’ titles – because they were only issued in digital formats.
Working with local businesses and partners the city council is providing four new sessions to help drive business growth in 2014.
To encourage businesses to get online, especially those in the hospitality and retail sectors the topics are; skills for savvy selling, low cost marketing, facebook and twitter for business, and building your first website.
Hundreds of people have already purchased tickets for the Richard III Festival which will be held at the City Council’s City Museum and Art Gallery, on Brunswick Road in March.
The Exhibition being held from Wednesday 19th March to Sunday 30th March will enable visitors to stand eye-to-eye with one of England’s most controversial Kings and Duke of Gloucester.
Members of the Armed Forces will receive discounted entry to both council run museums in Gloucester.
Gloucester City Council has signed up to the officially endorsed Ministry Of Defence Discount Service to encourage support for the Armed Forces community living or visiting in the city.
Efforts by the City Council to strengthen the local economy and support business has contributed to making Gloucester one of the best places to live and work in the country.
The Centre for Cities 2014 report ranks Gloucester as fourth in the country for life satisfaction.
February’s culture club at the City Museum and Art Gallery will give a fascinating insight into the life of Gloucester’s sporting legend, Lightweight boxer Hal Bagwell.
Visitors to the lunchtime forty minute session on Wednesday 5th February at 1:10pm will be able to find out more about the city’s famous lightweight boxer who complete over 300 fights in a career spanning over three decades.
Film buffs have been used to a solitary film being shown at The Guildhall every evening at 7.45pm. But from Friday January 31 screenings will be at 5.45pm and also at 8.30pm from Monday to Saturday.
The Guildhall will also go back to having one matinee screening on Mondays at 2pm and they will continue to have their 10.45am screening on Saturday mornings and family screenings monthly on Saturdays at 3pm all in its intimate 100-seat cinema.
Next week will see a temporary reception in use at Gloucester City Council whilst refurbishments take place.
The City Council’s main reception at Herbert Warehouse will close on Friday 24th January 2014 for 10-12 weeks whilst refurbishment works take place. From Monday 27th January customers to Gloucester City Council at the Docks will need to use a temporary reception situated at the lock side entrance to the North Warehouse.
During the renovations at the Folk Museum in Westgate Street the city council is offering all those who buy a ticket for either the City Museum or Folk Museum free admission to the other.
The Folk Museum is currently undergoing a refurbishment, one display at a time, and during this time some exhibits will be out of bounds. So council officers have said anyone with a ticket purchased from the 1st January 2014 to the 1st February 2014 will be able to exchange their ticket at the other museum.
Gloucester’s ‘gum-busters’ will be back out in the city centre next week to do battle with their ‘sticky foe.’
On Monday the Council’s specialist steam cleaning machine will be tackling Southgate Street in its ongoing fight to clear local streets of discarded chewing gum.
Visitors to Gloucester City taking advantage of the post Christmas sales will be able to benefit from an extra hour of parking free of charge.
Gloucester City council has teamed up with the Citizen newspaper who will print a voucher in the Christmas Eve edition of the paper which entitles the reader to an extra hour of parking at no extra cost.
The touring gallery at Gloucester City Museum, Brunswick Road, will be showcasing one of the best collections of landscape art in the country in the New Year.
Gloucester City Museum has one of the best collections of British landscape painter Richard Wilson’s work. To celebrate three-hundred years since his birth, the City Museum will be displaying all of their paintings together for the first time in more than thirty years.
City residents are being asked for their views as Gloucester City Council faces tough decisions on how to make savings in the coming years.
The council spends £16.6 million a year providing services from parks to planning, from business support to emptying bins.
The sale of the controversial ‘Golden Egg’ building in Kings Square in the heart of the city has been completed.
Legal documents were signed yesterday (Thursday December 12) leaving the way clear for demolition to get under way early in January
Gloucester City Council (GCC) and Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) have reaffirmed their commitment to a prosperous and thriving airport in Gloucestershire.
Members at both councils have now approved recommendations to put their full support behind future plans for Gloucestershire Airport Ltd. The recommendations come from an independent review, commissioned by GCC, which was asked to consider the airport’s future and to understand the potential of the business and the land it occupies.
Residents are being thanked for having their say as part of a major consultation looking at how much housing and employment will be needed, and where it
will be located, in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough.
The consultation, which ran from 15 October to 13 December 2013, received thousands of responses, and was part of the production of a Joint Core Strategy
(JCS), which is being developed by Cheltenham and Tewkesbury borough councils and Gloucester City Council to guide housing and employment development up to
Gloucester has broken into the top 20 rankings of the most competitive cities in the UK.
Listed at 19 it comes in ahead of locations such as Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff and Newcastle.
Following reports that Father Christmas has lost some of his reindeer who were last seen in the vicinity of Hucclecote Meadows, City Council rangers are looking for helpers to find them in time for deliveries on Christmas Eve.
On Saturday 21st December between 10am – 12pm, children and adults are being asked to help in the hunt for Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and their friends.
Residents in the city, who have not yet returned their electoral registration forms, will now get a visit from a canvasser to ensure they are registered.
The electoral registration forms, which were sent to all households in the city in October, need to be returned to ensure resident’s details are up to date in readiness for the next election.
The city council is asking residents to give their views on improvements to the Westgate Leisure Area, a large open space on the western edge of the city centre.
The park covers an area of 9 hectares (22 acres) and is bounded on two sides by the Rivers Severn and Twyver.
The current housing needs of travelling showpeople in Gloucester are well met – but demand will increase over the next 18 years.
That’s the finding of a county-wide survey that has just been published that looks at the requirements for housing among the travelling showpeople
For those who love Christmas but don’t like wrapping presents the City Museum may just have the answer with its free gift wrapping service.
For two days only, Saturday 7th December and Saturday 14th December, shoppers can take their items to the City Museum on Brunswick Road from 10am-4pm to get gifts wrapped up in time for Christmas.
This month’s line-up for the Big Laugh comedy night really is a Christmas cracker.
Headlining the comedy night on Saturday 7th December is Junior Simpson, with his infectious energy and huge stage presence Simpson is a well known favourite on the comedy circuit.
A boost to the number of excursion coaches that will be visiting Gloucester is expected following a recent visit by industry representatives.
Members of the Coach Tourism Council were invited for a ‘showcase’ visit to demonstrate why the City is becoming a top ‘coaching’ destination.
Internationally acclaimed singer Mary-Jess will be returning to Gloucester to complete her tour in her home city.
Mary-Jess will conclude her Christmas tour at the Gloucester Guildhall on Monday 23rd December at 7:30pm. And will perform a range of classically inspired tracks, as well as some Christmas favourites with help from Ribston Hall Senior Girls Choir.
The City Council has been working with partners to prepare the bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). In September HLF announced an award of £897,400 in order to deliver the Initiative.
This has been topped up by the City Council (£300,000), enabling those living and working in the area to take advantage of nearly £1.2 million to carry out improvements on this key entrance to the city.
Parking will be free in a number of Gloucester car parks as the City Council pitches in to play its part in a national campaign to support small businesses.
Small Business Saturday is a national campaign taking place on Saturday December 7th. It is aimed at giving a boost to small traders in the run up to Christmas.
A series of individual rugby posts are currently appearing in parks and open spaces across Gloucester.
They are part of the national 'Posts in the Parks' project which marked the official two-years to go landmark for the start of Rugby World Cup 2015 - and is part of the Rugby Football Union's 2015 Lead up and Legacy programme.
Economic Development staff at Gloucester City Council have been thanked for their role in helping new businesses get started in the city.
The majority of cash given out across the county in the Government's Start-Up Loans Scheme has come to new businesses in the city.
Gloucester Folk Museum is set to be the festive destination of choice on Saturday 14 December 2013, as it celebrates Christmas in Victorian style with a host of special activities and entertainment.
Visitors will be able to pay a visit to the St Nicholas Wishing Tree, discover how the Victorians celebrated the season; wonder at the re-enactors; and take part in themed quizzes, trails and activities.
The city council is getting behind the national campaign to raise awareness of different faiths in the city with a range of activities taking place throughout Inter Faith Week 2013.
Now in its fifth year, Inter Faith Week 2013 will run from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd November in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Thousands of people across Gloucester are being asked to put aside a couple of minutes – and register to vote.
A total of 33,000 in the City – a return rate of 60% - have already made sure they can vote in any forthcoming elections.
Extra street cleaning has been arranged to tackle falling leaves during autumn and winter in the city.
The City Council has unveiled a new street cleaning timetable to deal with the falling leaves from city trees.
FREE trees are being given away by Gloucester city council in the run up to Christmas.
Now in its seventh year, residents, schools and local groups in Gloucester can receive free trees to help combat climate change, change the way an area looks, and help wildlife.
Members of the public are being given more time to have their say on a document outlining future development sites for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough.
The consultation on the draft Joint Core Strategy was set to run until 26 November but following an internal review of the consultation to date, the decision has been made to extend the deadline to 13 December.
Gloucester's historic Folk Museum is to get a major makeover during the next three months.
During that time all of the galleries will be painted, display cases will be freshened up and there will be a complete change of many of the displays and exhibits – along with a new approach to labelling them. And, depending on the results of a public consultation, the museum could get a new name.
If you’re looking for a gift with a difference why not buy the Tudor calendar available from the City and Folk Museums?
The 2014 Tudor calendars have been made to help raise funds to preserve the museums collection of twelve Tudor civic portraits for the future, with £1 from each sale being used in the conservation of the aging paintings.
The November Culture Club talk at the City Museum will give visitors the chance to learn about some of the exotic exhibits on display during the Victorian period.
On Wednesday 6th November from 1.10pm until 1.50pm museum curator, David Rice, will discuss some of the intriguing objects that were enjoyed by Victorians and what happened to them.
Everyone can go 'Halloween Crazy' this Halloween at the City Museum.
On the 31st October from 6 – 9pm, ghosts, ghouls, wizards and witches can do the monster mash at the museum's Halloween themed disco.
One of the city’s cheese moulds was recently used to prepare an extra special cheese to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Folk Museum, in Westgate Street, has over the years acquired a number of moulds dating back to the early nineteenth century.
The City Museums, Community Gallery will be hosting an exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Severn Railway Bridge disaster of 1960.
Visitors to the museums will be able to learn about the disaster and its aftermath from the 19th October until 30th November.
Gloucester City Council has agreed in principle to approve a proposal for the stock transfer of its 4,800 homes to a Council and Community Owned Organisation (CoCo), at a meeting of the Full Council last night.
The Council also agreed to accept the recommendation of the Customer Forum, which represents the City Council’s tenants, to select Gloucester City Homes as the new standalone landlord in the event of a transfer going ahead.
In the run up to Christmas the City and Folk museums will be hosting a fantastic line up of workshops this October and November.
The River Severn Quilt workshop will be at the City Museum on the 23rd October and takes place all day, from 10am – 4pm.
During October the City Museum and the Civic Trust will be hosting a tour about Gloucester’s famous historical characters.
Visitors to the City Museum on 22nd October, from 2pm, will be taken on journey in to the lives of Gloucester’s most famous historical people and characters.
A set of special tours at the City Museum will allow visitors to delve in to the unseen world of the museum, giving people a chance to see what it is like to work in a historic museum.
Visitors can join museum curator David Rice on an access-all-areas tour of the City Museum on the 19th October and 30th November.
A special tour from the City Museum and the Civic Trust will offer an insight into the life of Robert Raikes.
On Friday 18th October, from 2pm, visitors will be taken on a story telling tour of Robert Raikes’ life.
A new exhibition celebrating the sporting heritage and achievements of Gloucester’s sports teams and sporting heroes is coming to the Folk Museum.
From the 12th October people visiting the Folk Museum will be able to discover more about local sports in the city at the ‘Sporting Gloucester’ exhibition.
Following the Believe in Barton Campaign the city council is urging all residents to look at what they are discarding in the bin and to see what they could be recycling.
During the six week campaign, which focused on the Barton area of the city, a large amount of the waste collected could have been recycled.
BAFTA and Ivor Norvello award winning songwriter Emily Barker to perform at Gloucester Blackfriars with the Red Clay Halo Wednesday 16th October. Many will have heard Emily’s songwriting capabilities without realising it as she is the writer behind well know themes such as Kenneth Brannagh’s acclaimed adaptation of Swedish crime drama Wallander and the BBC hit drama The Shadow Line.
Having released three critically acclaimed albums, played a string of sold-out UK dates the remaining tickets for the Blackfriars venue are sure to go quickly.
Around 100 businesses in Gloucester City Centre will receive Gull Proof bags for their trade waste.
The move to these bags has been made by the City Councils streetcare partner Amey to help prevent waste being scattered across the City Centre Streets, following reports of Gulls, birds and other animals opening waste bags left in the streets for collection.
New exhibition by upcoming local artist HollyMae Gooch comes to the City Museum touring gallery throughout October and November.
From Saturday 5th October visitors to the museum can view the 'Fashion and Feminine' exhibition.
A special tour from the City Museum and the Civic Trust will offer an insight in to Beatrix Potter’s world.
On Wednesday 2nd October, from 2pm, visitors to the City Museum on Brunswick Road will be transferred to the hidden world of Beatrix Potter.
Today Gloucester City Council and partners have received news they have secured funding to help rejuvenate the Southgate Street area of the city.
The City Council has been working with partners to prepare the bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). News has today come in that it has secured £897,400 from the HLF.
For those who would like to find out more about our eight legged friends, the spider, then this month’s Thursday Allsorts talk at the Folk Museum is for you.
Allsorts talks take place each month and give those who attend the chance to learn from experts on a variety of topics.
Following previous success, Gloucester Guildhall is excited to announce that Underground Festival, Gloucester’s FREE festival for the best emerging talent will return this weekend. (28th & 29th September 2013)
Now in its third year the Underground festival is a platform for emerging and unsigned bands to showcase their talents and for those who haven’t been to the Guildhall for a while to see what’s going on.
The first half of the year saw a record number of new businesses set up in Gloucester, according to figures in the latest Duport Business Confidence Report for the area.
New research from Duport.co.uk reveals that there were 448 new companies set up in the January to June period - more than any other half year on record and a 10% rise on the same period in 2012.
The Annual Civic Service will take place at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 29th September, but this year visitors will be in for a surprise.
For this year’s ceremony the Mayor of Gloucester, Chris Chatterton and the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Reverend Stephen Lake have put their heads together to make some additions to the day to help open up the event, making it more accessible and interesting for people to enjoy.
The popular sewing circle returns to Gloucester City Museum Wednesday 2nd October.
Every first Wednesday in the month, from 2:30pm-4:30pm keen sewers, knitters and embroiders join together.
Officers are visiting properties in the Barton area to help them manage their waste as part of the Believe in Barton Campaign.
The campaign follows on from the Believe in Gloucester campaign, helping communities to take pride in their area and tackle any issues they have.
A new festival showcasing amazing new theatre and performance from local talent will take place in the city from September 21st – 27th.
During the weeklong festival, named after the Moreland’s match factory in Bristol Road, visitors will be able to witness world class theatre and entertainment.
"Mouth Open, Story Jump Out" is an energetic and inspiring new free of charge performance at the Ed Shed, Gloucester Folk Museum, on the 26th and 27th of September.
The performance is part of the "Strike a Light Festival", a new festival of theatre and performance coming to Gloucester on 21st – 27th September in partnership with Create Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Council and theatre producers at Battersea Arts Centre.
The Annual Electoral canvass is about to begin.
Gloucester City Council urges you to update your details as soon as possible so you do not lose your right to vote.
The October Culture Club talk at the City Museum, will give visitors the chance to learn about Gloucester’s pin making industry during the 17th and 18th centuries.
On Wednesday 2nd October from 1.10pm until 1.50pm, Brain Jowett will discuss how the pin industry helped to shape Gloucester.
Following the success of this summers Eastgate Chamber and Roman Gloucester tours there is another chance to see Gloucester’s 2,000 years of history.
Both based around a Roman theme, the first tour will take people under the city street into the East Gate Chamber (outside Boots in Eastgate Street) while the second tour will be a leisurely stroll around the City itself taking in the important Roman features.
Members of the public will be asked for their views on a document that outlines where future housing and employment sites will be located in Gloucester city, and Cheltenham and Tewkesbury boroughs.
The consultation is part of the production of a Joint Core Strategy, which is being developed by Cheltenham and Tewkesbury borough councils and Gloucester City Council to guide housing and employment development up to 2031.
A review of the documentation covering the need and reasons for declaring the Southgate Street area of Gloucester as a conservation area is being carried out by the City Council.
Conservation areas are an important element in helping to protect and preserve the ‘essential character’ of a local district. This can include historic elements, important architecture or event the amount and type of open space.
Today, 18th September, marks just two years to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off in England, and as one of cities set to host the tournament we can’t wait to welcome Rugby and the world to Gloucester.
To mark the occasion, Gloucester, along with the other host cities will receive single rugby posts to go up in open spaces as visible symbols of the RFU’s commitment to broadening the appeal of rugby and reaching out to new audiences.
Following a petition to the city council regarding a piece of open space in Tuffley, the council is looking to local residents to come forward to form a "Friends Group."
The aim of the group would be to work with the city council to make the best use of the valuable piece of open space at Slimbridge Road Triangle.
To celebrate Gloucester History Festival the City and Folk museums are offering reduced annual membership.
From the 7th - 28th of September visitors to the City and Folk museums will be able to benefit from discounted memberships, giving unlimited access to both museums for the year.
Gloucester’s City and Folk museums are celebrating after being rewarded for playing their part in being green.
Both of the museums have achieved the prestigious Silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, recognising the museums’ commitment to sustainability.
The picture on Gloucester’s ‘High Streets’ is getting brighter – with the number of empty units in the city centre steadily decreasing.
Since May empty units have fallen from 48 to 38 and the City Council’s policy of providing advice and cash help has played a big part.
Help to clean up the city centre in time for the Gloucester History Festival this September.
As part of the City Council’s Big Clean campaign, residents and businesses are being urged to join forces to come out and clean up their patch in time, before the start of Gloucester History Festival which runs from 7th – 20th September.
Barton Street is one of the most vibrant areas in Gloucester. It is a fantastic cosmopolitan part of the City that thrives on the diversity of its residents and businesses.
But like any area – almost anywhere in the country – it suffers from occasional mindless acts of vandalism. These random incidents are probably fuelled by an excess of alcohol and unfortunately local shops and businesses are the ones that suffer.
Young people are being encouraged to be creative and get sewing at two special sessions being held at Gloucester Museums.
The workshops are part of the wide range of events taking place in the City during the summer.
Gloucester’s links to King Alfred the Great, described - ' as not just the greatest Briton, but one of the greatest rulers of any time or place' – are to feature on a BBC TV series next week.
In the series historian, Michael Wood, tells the story of King Alfred including his famous victory against the Vikings.
Community groups have rallied to support Gloucester’s Summer Festival and make sure it has a "rousing finale."
Key events being staged in Gloucester Park had to be cancelled last weekend after a fatal stabbing in a nearby street led to the closure of the Park by the Police.
Wood sculptures have appeared in another of the city’s open spaces.
Following the positive response from residents and visitors at the wooden sculptures at Robinswood Hill and Hillview Gardens, Abbeydale is the latest area of the city to see new sculptures arrive.