Transport Supremo comes to town

Transport was pushed to the top of the agenda last week, as the Transport Secretary paid a visit to Cheltenham's Railway Station. The Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin MP, was welcomed to town by Conservative MP hopeful, Alex Chalk, to discuss the future of Cheltenham's transport infrastructure.

Chalk launches Fair Votes For All petition

The Fair Votes for All group has welcomed Cheltenham’s Prospective Conservative MP, Alex Chalk, as a patron of their campaign. This group is calling for English votes for English issues to be introduced into the House of Commons as soon as possible. 

Huge win for Cheltenham

The Government has today announced an ambitious £15 billion plan to triple levels of spending by the end of the decade to increase the capacity and condition of England’s roads. Most significantly for us here in Cheltenham, the Government has agreed to fund the £255m ‘Missing Link’ infrastructure project to ease the gridlock at the Air Balloon.


This week is ‘Counter Terrorism Week’. The initiative by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has seen more than 3,000 police officers out and about advising on public safety. There has even been a surge of sniffer dogs at airports hunting money leaving the UK to fund terrorism.

Campaigning to stop Cheltenham buffering

Campaigning to stop Cheltenham buffering

Alex Chalk, the Prospective Conservative MP for Cheltenham, is leading the campaign for faster broadband in Cheltenham. He is working hard alongside residents in areas including parts of Up Hatherley, Warden Hill, The Reddings and Charlton Kings, to find a solution to slow broadband speeds.

£1.7 billion

So, as we all know, the EU has slapped a demand on the UK for an extra £1.7bn. This sum is so eye-watering that it is hard to make sense of it. I find it helpful to think of what it translates into locally. In round terms it means the residents of Cheltenham alone are being asked to stump up £3m on top of the £15m we already pay as a town to the EU each year

The future of our railway station

There’s nothing quite like a sci-fi film to point out the passing of the years. Particularly when the plot is about time-travel. But that’s exactly what some of us Cheltenham 30-somethings might be noticing at the moment. You see, we grew up transfixed by the ‘Back to the Future’ franchise – films about Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and his adventures across time and space in his DeLorean time machine. What we never seriously imagined though was that 2015, the impossibly far-off year Marty travelled to in the second film, would ever actually arrive. And now it is almost upon us.