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Hesters Way Park, Cheltenham

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Hesters Way is an area in the western part of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. It is home to Gloucestershire College's Cheltenham campus (formerly Gloscat) and Pate's Grammar School. According to the last Census the district has a population of 5,605 and an average unemployment rate of 4.75% of people who are of economically active age (16-74). Hesters Way is also the generic name for a larger area which includes the council wards of Hesters Way, Springbank and some of St Peter’s and St Marks. This larger area has a population of about 15,500 and includes the largest social housing area in Gloucestershire. The first Anti-Social Behaviour Order in the UK is believed to have been issued by Cheltenham Borough Council (through the courts) for a resident of Hesters Way.RetailHesters Way has a relatively large retail centre within it named Coronation Square which includes a supermarket, an optician, a dental practice, a newsagent, charity shops, betting shops and a variety of fast food outlets. After a number of years of decline, a regeneration programme for the shopping centre was started in 2013. More recent signs of new life include the opening of innovative new business Create on the Square. There is also a public library with free internet access and DVDs for hire.HistoryIt was originally built as a Wimpey no-fines council area in the 1950s and 1960s to house people working for GCHQ and local engineering companies. Changes that took place over the following thirty years adversely affected the area and reflected changes in society in general. Owner occupation, structural changes in the economy and the make up of the housing stock and subsequent housing allocations led to a concentration of relative poverty in this area of predominantly social housing.
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  • Nice place to go for a walk with or without the kids also there are football pitches where local teams play throughout the wk/wkends also there is a doctors surgery at one end also at the other end...  more »
  • There are only a half dozen or so stones but it's something different. There is a play area for kids.  more »

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