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Delivery of a planned cyber business park has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but remains a "key priority" says Cheltenham Borough Council.
The Cyber Central development is still planned to be GCHQ’s next door neighbour in the western part of Cheltenham, comprising of 132 hectares of land and 3,000 homes in a new ‘garden village’.
A primary school, offices, shops, hotels and cafes would also be created under the plans.
Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety at the borough council, said: ‘‘The Cyber Central development is critically important to the future growth of Cheltenham and the wider region.
“Currently a great deal of the council’s day-to-day business is focused on emergency planning, business continuity and supporting businesses and the community through this difficult time. However, the delivery of Cyber Central remains a key priority.’’
Changes to nearby roads such as the £22m revamp of the A40 from Cheltenham to the M5 motorway, and a new M5 junction 10, planned to support the cyber business park will still go ahead despite the pandemic, Gloucestershire County Council said.
A woman from Gloucestershire whose mother died earlier this month says more guidance is needed on funerals - after she was told she wouldn't be allowed inside the crematorium.
Lynda Jenkins has been told only a few people can attend the ceremony at Cheltenham Crematorium in April - and they'll have to remain outside.
Her 96-year-old father will also have to self-isolate in his care home if he leaves to go to the funeral.
Tim Atkins, managing director for place and economic development at Cheltenham Borough Council said:‘’We are continuing to undertake cremations and are currently reviewing the position in relation to ceremonies, in line with government advice.
"We appreciate that this is an unsettling time for many and as Cheltenham is one of the largest crematoriums in the county, it is essential that we continue to deliver the service people expect during a time of national emergency.
"We will continue to do all we can to support our communities.’’
An open-air ice rink will be installed in the heart of Cheltenham next Christmas.
Cheltenham Business Improvement District’s (BID) plan to set up a temporary ice rink in Imperial Gardens in 2020 and 2021, has been approved by the borough council.
The BID were hoping to have the ice rink installed this Christmas, but had to delay the proposal to 2020.
Gloucester is the only district in the county which has an open air temporary ice rink this Christmas, based in The Docks.
A nursery has asked for planning restrictions which allow only five of its children to play outside at any one time, to be relaxed.
Winton House day nursery on Warden Hill Road in Cheltenham also has to keep all of its windows closed to avoid disturbing residents.
But the nursery, which caters for children aged up to five, says the restrictions have become impractical and has applied to Cheltenham Borough Council to allow 12 children to play outside and to be able to open a number of windows.
Neighbours have complained about noise emanating from the nursery, which can accommodate up to 40 children. A decision on the application is expected this week.