Community News

A417 Missing Link – what do you think?

Today (15 February) Highways England has launched a consultation into route options for the A417 ‘Missing Link’. The public consultation will run until 29 March 2018 and the council wants you to get involved.

There are a number of events taking place in the county, where information will be available along with an opportunity to speak to Highways England representatives about the project and the consultation.

You will be able to have your say on the two route options shortlisted by Highways England. To make sure as many people as possible have the chance to give their views, Gloucestershire County Council is supporting the consultation by hosting information points in some libraries and at Shire Hall.

This is a very important stage of the project to fix the A417 ‘Missing Link’ and although we need to keep the pressure on to make sure things continue to move forward, this is a key stage of the process to make sure the campaign becomes a reality.

More information on the campaign can be found at

To find out more about Highways England’s consultation and to have your say visit

Consultation events

Saturday 17 February 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • National Star College,Ullenwood, GL53 9QU.

Thursday 22 February 2018, 12pm to 8pm

  • Elkstone Village Hall, Hill View, Elkstone, GL53 9PB

Friday 23 February 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall, Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB

Saturday 24 February 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • St Andrews Church Hall, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP

Sunday 04 March 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT

Thursday 08 March 2018, 12pm to 8pm

  • Henley Bank High School (formerly known as Millbrook Academy), Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QF

 Public information points

  • Crickley Hill Visitor Centre, Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucester GL4 8JY
  • Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT
  • Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT
  • Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ
  • Stroud Library, Landsdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
  • Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT
  • Brockworth Community Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET
  • Coleford Library, The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, GL16 8RH
  • Shire Hall, The Map Room, c/o Main Reception, Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TH

 Deposit locations (Technical Appraisal Report available here)

  • Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2TG
  • Tewkesbury Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5AL
  • Cotswold District Council main offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1PX



As you may be aware the Cotswolds Conservation Board is in the process of reviewing the statutory Management Plan for the Cotswolds AONB.  The Management Plan seeks to define the approach to conserving, enhancing, understanding and enjoying the natural beauty of the AONB.  It aims to inform the activity of a multitude of partners, stakeholders, landowners, businesses, communities and visitors to contribute to the enhancement and enjoyment of this nationally designated landscape. This is an exciting, but challenging time to undertake this review.  The Board also believes it is the ideal time to be ambitious and forward thinking in order to achieve the best outcomes for the AONB into the future.

During the last year we have held workshops and undertaken targeted engagement with our partners on a First Draft Plan.  We’ve carefully considered the comments we received and have now produced a Second Draft AONB Management Plan for wider consultation.

The Second Draft Plan can be viewed on our website at Cotswolds AONB Management Plan – Cotswolds AONB

We would welcome your input and comments on this Second Draft Plan by 29th March 2018.  Please send comments to


Community Wellbeing Service in the Cotswolds.

For more information see leaflet

Fiona Walker has set up the Cotswold Local Information Group on Facebook, she comments:

Village newsletters and websites are a superb resource – now, for anyone interested in connecting with the wider Cotswold area in just one click, there’s a new non-commercial, non-advertising public Facebook group called Cotswold Local Information Group. You might want to find out about a particular pub, or set of roadworks, or one-off event or all sorts of things which aren’t immediately on your doorstep. Four keywords: Ask, Advise, Chat, Recommend.   Locals and visitors to the Cotswolds are all welcome to join and contribute … visit & join up. The more members the merrier!