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  Douglas Ogle  1934 - 2019

Douglas Ogle died peacefully on 3rd December 2019, aged 85. A celebration of Douglas’s life will be held at Pittville Pump Room at 3.00pm Friday 3 April 2020.

Douglas has been a longstanding and active member of the Civic Society, freely giving his time and professional expertise as an architect and gallerist to further the aims of the society. Whether as a member of the Executive Committee, the Civic Awards Panel or the Planning Forum, his insightful contributions were much valued; and for many years he has brought renowned speakers to Cheltenham for the annual Paterson Memorial lecture. It is fitting that his final contribution was to ensure the Grade II listing of Cheltenham's Hepworth sculpture.

 Cheltenham Cyber Park November 2019


Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director Cheltenham Development Task Force, gave another spirited presentation at Parmoor House on 5 November in his annual update. This year he focussed on the specifics of the West Cheltenham Cyber Park. The nature of the cyber sector means that Cheltenham’s net outflow of younger people could well be stemmed, although the cost of housing in Cheltenham is still likely to challenge many would-be residents. Whilst the proposals are exciting and address a number of overdue issues, the success of West Cheltenham Cyber Park will be defined by its ability to integrate ‘old Cheltenham’ with ‘new Cheltenham’, especially the transport system. The town centre and retail centres around it must be updated, rejuvenated and properly integrated to ensure Cheltenham’s longer term prosperity and vitality.  

 Hepworth Sculpture Saved

"Theme and Variations" 1969-72, bronze, 3.4m x 7.6m 

CCS Winter Party

Winter party banishes the blues

About forty-five members and prospective members enjoyed a delicious array of canapes, savoury and sweet, on Sunday 12 January at Parmoor House. Vice Chair Peter Sayers welcomed the guests and outlined preliminary plans for talks and visits during the year. Watch for details on the Events page of our web site. Thanks to Richard and Hilda de Carteret for arranging the party and to Pat and Aiden Rose for so ably assisting.

Boots Corner


Friday 20 December 2019

After 18 months of protests, fines and debate throughout the town, Boots Corner will be re-opened to all traffic on 28 December after Gloucestershire County Council overruled the Liberal Democrat-run Cheltenham Borough Council today.

The flawed experiment, which contrary to its title, did not actually close Boots Corner but only banned private cars and commercial vehicles, was implemented without proposing alternative routes for displaced traffic, has finally been rejected. It also appears that no prior traffic counts nor air quality surveys were carried out in the areas most likely to be affected by the displaced traffic, thereby rendering any objective assessment impossible.

We all hope to see improvements in the qualities of our towns and cities, and perhaps local councillors could have gained inspiration on how to achieve this by attending the recent Paterson Memorial Lecture given by Charles Landry. 

 Paterson Memorial Lecture Dec 2019

Charles Landry with Civic Society Chair, Andrew Booton

Charles Landry, renowned cultural urbanist and inventor of the Creative City, held the packed audience spellbound at this year's Paterson Memorial Lecture, as he expounded his philosophy on The Creative City in a Nomadic World. At dynamic pace, accompanied by an eclectic, yet perfectly synchronised slideshow, Charles whizzed us through the return of the nomads, the city in motion, the end of ownership and the impact of the digital world, and finally to creative bureaucracy. It was a tour de force of hugely important ideas for the future of our cities, including Cheltenham, and a profound message for us all to absorb and in some small part, implement. 

A must read is Charles' new book The Civic City In A Nomadic World available online here.

Upcoming Events


Cheltenham's Roads & Pavements

Tuesday 4 February 2020

7.30pm Parmoor House
A talk by Chris Riley, Area Highways Manager, Glos CC

Planning Forum


Planning applications considered at the Planning Forum meeting on 17 December 2019 included:-

5 new houses at 334 Gloucester Road

A new replacement house at 17 Charlton Park Gate

2 new houses at Fiddlers Green Lodge, Pheasant Lane