Gloucestershire County Council
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Local Democracy Reporting ServiceCopyright: BBC
Two of Gloucestershire’s tips are set to reopen on Monday.
Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard will reopen for essential visits only and all trips will need to be booked in advance.
The latest government guidance says that residents should only take waste to a tip if it cannot be stored safely at home and no alternative disposal options are available.
The authority added that social distancing at two metres will be “strictly enforced” and that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households must not visit.
Once the initial trial is completed, the county council hopes to open further recycling centres across the county in the coming weeks, but it will be keeping the operating arrangements under review.
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The University of Gloucestershire has donated specialist lab equipment to help with testing capabilities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The equipment, ranging from thermo cyclers, vortexes and freezers, has been donated from research labs from the School of Natural & Social Sciences.
The donation of equipment was led by Daniel Stones, senior lecturer in Biosciences at the University of Gloucestershire.
Last week, academics and technical staff at the university sent thousands of items of protective equipment, normally used in laboratories, to the front-line of the NHS and Gloucestershire County Council.
Staff at Gloucestershire County Council are getting used to changes to their usual roles, with some being redeployed to provide help for vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.
Many have started working on an emergency hotline for people across the county who need support.
Abi Carmichael is a resources manager for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and is based at SkillZone in Tuffley.
She told BBC Radio Gloucestershire how she is now helping a number of the venue's volunteers who are in self-isolation.
"We can offer them support do some things like shopping for them, signposting them to organisations and calling them for a chat on a weekly basis.
"The volunteers say they love coming into the centre and it's a big change for them. They are finding it difficult so to have someone emailing and chatting can reduce that feeling of isolation," said Abi.
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A public consultation into a major road improvement scheme in Cheltenham is being extended because of the coronavirus.
Gloucestershire County Council has decided to give residents more time to comment on the £22million West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme.
The work, which would last around two years, centres around several key junctions along the A40 corridor.
Carriageways would be widened, an extra bus lane added and walking and cycling improvements made.
Residents can now comment on the plans online until 22 April.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “We know giving the council feedback about highways infrastructure is not likely to be at the forefront of people’s minds.
"However because of the timeline in the funding approval process and the positive impact the scheme would have to the local economy, it’s important to keep moving forwards for the long term benefit of the county.
"Its important residents have the opportunity to give us feedback on a scheme which will benefit generations to come."
Local Democracy Reporting ServiceCopyright: Gloucestershire County Council
The £22m upgrade of the A40 from the M5 motorway to Cheltenham will still go ahead this year despite the coronavirus lockdown.
An electronic sign on the A40 and Golden Valley bypass says the work will start in May, but Gloucestershire County Council confirmed it expects the scheme to start by early summer.
The project is designed to ease congestion and will include adding extra lanes to the Arle Court Roundabout and past GCHQ, and increasing capacity at J11 of the M5.
The planned work comes ahead of the development of a £650m cyber business park and thousands of homes on the western edge of Cheltenham.
A plan to add extra lanes to Llanthony Road, Gloucester, to increase capacity will also still go ahead.
And the "missing mile" of the Stroudwater Canal will still be restored, with the county council saying site work is ‘progressing well’.