Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director, Cheltenham Development Task Force
Jeremy Williamson's talk was fascinating as always, giving
an update on major Cheltenham projects. It was particularly
interesting to hear that plans are going well for the new Tech
Hub near GCHQ, and to learn of the possible upgrading
of Cheltenham Spa Station.
The much-awaited John Lewis should be open in September
2018. Delays had occurred due to the re-location of the adjacent
Next store to allow construction work on John Lewis to proceed.
Next plan to return to the High Street when work is complete.
A new office block, Honeybourne Place, now being built near Waitrose is already fully let, evidence that Cheltenham is a big commercial draw.
Sir John Betjeman
Christ Church, Malvern Road
Heritage Open Days at Parmoor was a great success
Despite the rival attractions of the Festival of Cycling and theCheltenham Paint Festival, we had over 150 visitors on the two days that Parmoor House was open. Most had come to see the exhibition and screening of old cards, and the chimneysweeps exhibition.
The society’s scrapbooks were also popular. There was a talk about Captain Henry Skillicorne, who was largely responsible for the development of Cheltenham as a spa.
Both days were enhanced by music and appearances by Captain Skillicorne and Fanny Burney, a commentator on the attractions of the town. We did embrace the cycling event, as above.
At the November meeting of the Planning Forum, current planning applications discussed included:-