Update from County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson

Covid in Gloucestershire 

Whilst infections across the country have gone up markedly since the lowest point at the end of June,  at the present time an average of around 3 covid19 cases in our county each day are being picked up. This is low compared to hotspots elsewhere but there’s no room for complacency and a mobile testing unit is going around the county for anyone who wishes to have a test. Priority is given to those with symptoms. 
The Community Help Hub is still operating and is there for people to contact if they want help or if they want to offer help to others. You can see all the details online here:


Alternatively you can call them on 01452 583519.

Missing Link A417

One piece of disappointing news is that the Missing Link A417 at the project has been delayed by Highways England. Construction is now due to start in 2023 (not 2021) with the road open at the end of 2025. 
This is hugely frustrating as promises were made publicly to get the road open by 2024 and I’m particularly concerned that this is slipping yet again. I will keep pressing the Government and Highways England to ensure this latest commitment is kept to as I know many residents are just as concerned as I am.

 The Old A40/roads

The Old A40 has been worked on for the last few months and is still on track to be reopened this autumn.  Traffic levels are now back to 95% of normal (they were as low was 30% during lockdown).  

Do let me know if there’s anything else I can help with. Stay safe!
County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach Division)
Email: paul.hodgkinson@gloucestershire.gov.uk