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Celebrating the 2021 Civic Awards

Cheltenham Civic Society’s biennial Civic Awards ceremony took place over Christmas drinks on Monday 13th December at Pip & Jim’s church, on Grafton Road just off the Bath Road shopping area. Some 70 members, friends, councillors and award winners attended the event.

Organised in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council, the Awards recognised and celebrate the best examples of developments in Cheltenham’s built environment that have been completed in the past two years.

A total of 16 awards were presented by the Mayor of Cheltenham, Cllr Steve Harvey. We have produced a 4-page photo supplement on the awards, which is being inserted in this December’s OurTown. The printed copies of OurTown and the supplement will be sent out by post after Christmas. But PDF copies of both are now available on this website – see OurTown December 2021 and Civic Awards supplement December 2021.

We will endeavour to upload full details of all the awards on our Civic Awards page – see the menu at the bottom of this page – over the Christmas break.

Report issues of concern in just a few seconds

To make it much quicker to identify local street issues, the Society’s Successful Streets Group has created an easy way to report problems to us online.

If you are concerned about ‘grot spots’, roads, pavements, infills, abandoned signs, bins, empty shop fronts or more general items, just click here to tell us about it.

We’ll then put the issue in front of Cheltenham Borough Council or Gloucestershire County Council (whichever is relevant) and regularly follow up their progress with sorting the problems out.

Our latest news

Agora Group

The Society’s Agora Group is working closely with both Cheltenham Borough Council and Cheltenham BID to support appropriate changes of use and to encourage investors and landlords to do more to improve the look of any vacant properties. More details on this work can be found on the Agora Group page.

Successful Streets Group

Fed up with getting nowhere with its previous attempts to draw attention to the poor condition of the public realm in our High Street, the Civic Society’s Successful Streets Group (SSG) is now upping the ante.

SSG sees little point in updating its three-year-old list of 253 issues of concern such as broken paving, grubby bins, cluttered signage and street furniture only to see few – if any – improvements.