Welcome to Gotherington Parish Council

On the Gotherington Parish Council website you will find the latest agenda and minutes for council meetings, along with local news about planning, roads and much more. The agenda for the next meeting can be found here.


10Feb21 New Business Grants Available for the latest period of lockdown:

For information about the Additional Restrictions Grant, and to make an application, please visit: COVID-19 Additional restrictions grant — Tewkesbury Borough Council | COVID-19

Borough Councillor Vacancy – Cleeve Ward

NOTICE IS GIVEN in accordance with Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the death of Anne Hollaway (commonly known as Anna Hollaway), a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Cleeve Hill Ward. To call an election to fill the vacancy a request must be made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TWO electors for the Local Authority Area. An election where requested to fill the vacancy would normally be held within thirty-five days (computed in accordance with Section 243(4) of the Local Government Act 1972), however if an election is requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as prescribed by the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. If TWO local government electors call an election, this will be held on 6 May 2021 unless the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 are reviewed before that date. If no request for an election is received, the seat will remain vacant and be filled at the ordinary election in May 2023.                                                       Dated 29 January, 2021.

Sara Freckleton, Returning Officer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Rd. GL20 5TT

Malleson Road Closure

From 10th March 2021 the road will be completely closed to traffic (except for emergency vehicles ) between number 94 and 114.  

For up to date information on the local road network please follow this link:


The Meadow Inquiry

The Meadow Inquiry has concluded. The Inspector has allowed permission for the development of further housing. This decision is being challenged by Tewkesbury Borough Council as of 2 March 2021

Location: ‘The Meadow’ off Ashmead Close, Gotherington, Gloucestershire
Planning Inspectorate ref: APP/G1630/W/20/3256319
Application ref: 19/01071/OUT
Appeal Start Date: 17 August 2020

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR Notice of Vacancy for Gotherington 14 January 2021

The Council has a number of vacancies which can be filled by co-option.  There is also a new vacancy as of 8th Jan 21.

Please contact the Clerk if you are interested in becoming a Councillor for Gotherington Parish – if there is insufficient representation more planning applications are likely to succeed and facilities may not be sustained.

New Tennis Booking Process

The Parish Council has been working to improve the Tennis Court booking process. On the 1st September players will be able to use the LTA’s software ClubSpark to make court bookings. To learn more visit Tennis Courts – http://tennis.gotheringtonparishcouncil.org.uk

Council welcomes investment in MOD base

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that it is developing plans for a new programme of investment in its site in Ashchurch … for more information click here

New Parish Council Website

The Parish Council website has a new look, with new content on the restarting of village sports (see below). However the old content is still available should you wish to check previous pages.

Previous News


Village Sports

Details of village sports and services can be seen below or on the right hand side. At present the page is focused on restarting sport as Coronavirus restrictions are slowly lifted.

Parish ServiceStatus
Use of Freeman Field for walkingOpen
Use of PlaygroundOpen
TennisOpen from Monday 29th March 2021
Use of the RollerOpen from Monday 29th March 2021
Use of the Cricket NetsOpen from Monday 29th March 2021
Football PracticeOpen from Monday 29th March 2021
Pilates & FitnessClosed
Use of Freeman Field for ECB Step 4 CricketClosed
Use of Freeman Field for Group SportClosed
Use of the Pétanque PisteClosed
Use of Exercise EquipmentClosed
Use of the Rex Rhodes BuildingClosed
Use of the PavilionClosed

Restarting Tennis

As of Monday 29th March 2021 Tennis will be charged at £2.50 per half hour per court. Tennis Club members will be allowed to book at a reduced rate outside of Club Sessions. Under 18’s are allowed to play without cost.

  • Use of the courts will only be allowed by booking via Gotherington Tennis Club / Gotherington Tennis Club – Home Page (lta.org.uk)
  • You should only play with people from your own household; or with one other person from outside your household (singles only) whilst maintaining social distancing.
  •  No casual play is allowed. This is to support contact tracing should this be needed.
  • Tennis balls; players should mark there own and should not handle any from different households.
  • Benches; these will not be available for use.
  • Net winders; these will not be available for use.
  • Court Access Gate; this will be left open to avoid the need to touch the handle.
  • No access to the Pavilion or any other Parish Council buildings is allowed.
  • Should there be any local spike in cases or should government guidance change, the courts may be closed at short notice.
  • All players must consider their own and other people’s health and safety and maintain high standards of personal hygiene. This includes using hand sanitizer immediately before and after using the courts.
  • Further information from the LTA can be found here.


26th MARCH 2021

From 29 March – Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed. It is understood this will include gatherings in private gardens. Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen and organised adult and children’s sport, such as grassroots football, will also return

4th January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement the council are now obliged to close the Tennis Courts until further notice. We will reopen the courts as soon as we are permitted and it is safe to do so.

No booking of village buildings during this period will be possible.

The children’s playground will remain open for use.

For questions of Coronavirus and what is and is not permitted, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


3rd November 2020

In line with UK Government policy on Coronavirus, the Parish Council will be stopping the use of all sports facilities until further notice. This will come into effect on Thursday 5th November and run until Wednesday 2nd December. During this period no sport may be played on Freeman Field and the Tennis courts will be locked.

No booking of village buildings during this period will be possible.

The children’s playground will remain open for use.

For questions of Coronavirus and what is and is not permitted, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus Mobile Testing

Mobile Testing Unit locations

An important part of minimizing and managing any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur. The mobile testing unit is now available at locations across the county. Please see this week’s locations below.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 can have a test. You must book a test in advance. Please do not turn up to one of the locations without booking – anyone without a booking risks being turned away.

To book a test or for more information on testing, go to the NHS website or call 119.

This week’s locations. Please check the GCC website  for daily updates.


Coronavirus Help

In consideration of new Government guidance to stop non-essential contact with others, all Council meetings are postponed until further notice. This is in line with Tewkesbury Borough Council. The parish council will continue to operate remotely, though for obvious reasons some services maybe scaled back.

As ever, if you feel you need the help of a councillor, our contact details are here or in the back of the latest Topics.

Should you need any information about the virus, please refer to the NHS Coronavirus

Further information is also available from Tewkesbury Borough Council – Coronavirus Advice

Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub – The hub now has a phone line which has been set up for those who do not have internet access. 01452 583519 The lines are open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm.

Should you need local help GOWNS is available here

Coronavirus Information

Here you will find information about local services during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

  • 24th Nov 2020 – Tewkesbury Borough Council Fund for businesses online application form can be found here.
  • 27th May 2020 – New mental health service launched for young people
  • 27th May 2020 – Trial sites announced for better social distancing in town centres
  • 25th May 2020 – A guide to what’s available to help you and others
  • 7th May 2020 –AgeUK Gloucestershire During Covid19 we have adapted our support and we want to let local communities know that we are here to help. We have a variety of resources that we are keen to share with the communities.
    • We have an information and advice line where anyone (older people and their families) with an issue can call and get free advice – 01452 422660
    • We have set up a Freephone line if any older person is feeling lonely and wants a chat with one of our staff or volunteers – 0800 298 0579
    • We are also running an online social group which older people can join, get and share info and ideas on staying occupied, there are quizzes and discussion groups. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gloucestershirespringboard
    • We are promoting a campaign to Greet Your Street at 11am to get neighbours socializing on their doorsteps; we have posters that we can send out for households to show they are involved.
    • There is also a lot of advice and information on our website: www.ageukgloucestershire.org.uk