News

Boot's Corner

The closure of Boot’s Corner is creeping ever closer. Royal Well Road is being reconfigured. New traffic signs will be going up behind the Muni. Within a matter of months one of Cheltenham’s key arterial routes will be blocked off.

National Health Service

The pressures on our NHS have been front and centre in recent days. But amidst the national coverage I wanted to celebrate one local statistic which, surprisingly perhaps, has received little if any media attention.

Cheltenham in 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful celebration, be it in Cheltenham or elsewhere.

Plastic Pollution

I warmly welcomed the news this week that the Environment Secretary Michael Gove is planning a robust set of measures to dramatically cut plastic pollution.

Tiffin Cup

Some of the country’s top curry chefs will all do battle as the finest South Asian restaurants in the UK fight it out to be crowned the nation’s best.

And the Spice Lodge will be representing Cheltenham.

EU Nationals

This week marked the agreement between the UK and the EU27 on the first phase of the labyrinthine Brexit negotiations. There’s a long way to go – Churchill’s ‘end of the beginning’ quote comes to mind - but this was a crucial and welcome milestone.

The A417 and PMQs

You wait ages for a bus, then three come along at once. The same is true for Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament it seems. I’ve spent months trying to catch the Speaker’s eye. And now this week is the third Wednesday in a row that I’ve been called to quiz the PM.

Cheltenham's Shops

The next few weeks are a crucial time for Cheltenham’s shops, which do so much to give our town its diversity and vitality.