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Notice of Uncontested Election

22 November 2016 at 21:12

Please see Notice of Uncontested Election here.

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Low level vegetation clearance works

18 November 2016 at 17:34

Low level vegetation clearance works within the highway boundary will be undertaken at the main junctions of the A419 surrounding Stonehouse to allow a topographical survey within the highway extents.

This is part of the enabling works to progress the design works required for the capacity study of the route from the M5 to Stroud.

The works will be around and off all directions from Horse Trough Roundabout and all directions from the roundabout where Oldends Lane joins the A419. See map for details.

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Recycling Roadshow

16 November 2016 at 11:24

Thursday 17th November 10am - 12 noon
Stonehouse Town Hall

Recycling roadshows are taking place across the Stroud district to allow residents to find out more and ask questions about the new waste and recycling service starting in November.

The roadshows are a chance for local people to talk to Stroud District Council’s recycling team and get advice on all aspects of the new service.

From November residents are able to recycle all their food waste in new food waste bins. Grey wheelie-bins have been provided to replace black bags. Food waste will be collected weekly and rubbish fortnightly, whilst the current recycling bins will continue to be collected every two weeks.

SDC would like to hear your views on the new service.

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Lloyds Bank closure

16 November 2016 at 11:22

Following the recent announcement of the closure of the Stonehouse branch there has understandably been a great deal of concern expressed both by personal and business account holders at the loss of the last bank in the town.

Whilst the Town Council will be asking Lloyds to review their decision can we also suggest that people write a letter of complaint to:

Antonio Horta-Osorio
Executive Director & Group Chief Executive
25 Gresham St

It would be appreciated if the Town Council could be sent copies of any letters by the 1st December to assist them when seeking a review.

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Stonehouse blood donation session

16 November 2016 at 11:19

Thursday 17th November 1:25-4pm & 5-7:45pm
Stonehouse Community Centre, Laburnum

To book an appointment please:
Call - 0300 1232323
Go to -
App - NHSGiveBlood

Save a life Give Blood

Facebook - NHSBlood
Twitter - @GiveBloodNHS

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Deferment of Great Western Electrification Programme

16 November 2016 at 11:16

The Minister for Rail Paul Maynard has confirmed that Network Rail will be deferring four parts of the Great Western electrification programme. The full statement can be read here

Schemes affected include the Thames Valley Branch lines (Henley and Windsor), Didcot to Oxford, Bath to Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads.

The changes are of course disappointing. However, we have done a considerable amount of work with the Department for Transport over the past year to find different ways to provide the benefits we promised customers despite the challenges faced by Network Rail.

Although there is some more work to do, we expect to be able to deliver the benefits broadly in line with the timescales we originally expected. In some areas of the network we may even be able to exceed the original expectations, as we have done for example the Thames Valley where all our local electric trains will now be brand new Class 387s, rather than the older trains previously planned.

Of course, we will need to understand today’s news a little more to be completely sure, but we will do all we can to deliver our commitments to customers as close as possible to the dates we promised when the franchise started. 

Mark Hopwood
Managing Director - Great Western Railway

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Supporting the re-opening of Bristol Road station

16 November 2016 at 11:12

Stonehouse Town Council is working to support the re-opening of Bristol Road Station as discussed at the last Regeneration and Environment Committee meeting on 31 October.

The Mayor and Chair of the Town Council, Theresa Watt, is a member of the Bristol Road Station working group, set up by Neil Carmichael MP in April 2016. The working group is made up of representatives of a range of bodies interested in arranging and funding a feasibility study on re-opening the station, including Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Local Economic Partnership and Ecotricity.

Gloucestershire County Council are working with Bristol City Council on a study on increasing the frequency of trains coming from Yate towards Gloucester, including the feasibility of stopping at Stonehouse. The Bristol Road Station working group is waiting for the results of this study, due soon, before commissioning a feasibility study. Cllr. Watt reports any progress to the Council’s Regeneration and Environment Committee.

Consultation for the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan showed considerable support from residents for the re-opening of Bristol Road station.

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GWR Car Parks charging increase

15 November 2016 at 22:35

Since 2011 we have been working with our partner APCOA to maintain the good condition of our car parks without increasing charges. This means we have been able to hold prices for five years. This is no longer feasible and there will be changes from 11 December, when the winter timetable comes into effect. The average daily increase is 0.19p.

Details for each station are on the parking information page of our website…/journe…/travel-connections/car-parking and will shortly be displayed on signage in our car parks and we will be issuing a media release. We have also written to annual season ticket holders, offering them the opportunity to renew their season parking permit at the current rates regardless of the season tickets expiry date. 

Making these changes will mean we can support a series of car park investments such as upgrading our pay and display machines and our payment card systems, additional automatic number plate recognition and a car park extension programme which will add an extra 2,100 spaces to car parks across our network. 

It is never easy to ask customers to pay more, however, it is important that we maintain and improve our car parks and I thought it important that you should know about the increases and the reasoning behind the changes.

Mark Hopwood
Managing Director - Great Western Railway

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Adopt BT Payphone Kiosk Scheme

14 November 2016 at 12:18

BT has recently sent the Local Planning Authority correspondence in regards to the removal of 80 payphone services in Stroud District. This is as a prior warning before the specific notifications are sent, and we do not know which boxes will be affected yet. A leaflet detailing why BT are removing payphone services is available at

Communities can adopt a kiosk for £1. They have been used to house defibrillators by Communities Heartbeat Trust, as a grocery shop or as a wildlife information centre. Details of adoption are available at

At the last Town Council Regeneration and Environment Committee meeting, three phone boxes in Stonehouse were considered: 

1) Outside the Town Hall
2) On the Park Estate
3) In Bridgend

The Committee decided to adopt the phone box outside the Town Hall; its likely use would be for plant displays, sales and Stonehouse In Bloom activities. All Pulling Together have been informed in case there is interest in adopting the phone box on Severn Road.

Are any community groups interested in using the phone box at Downton Road, Bridgend?

If you have any ideas for the reuse of this phone box, please contact Rachel Russell, Committee Clerk, Regeneration and Environment Committee at or call 01453 822070.

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No Mobile, When Mobile Campaign

11 November 2016 at 18:39

Will you help make using a mobile phone when driving socially unacceptable?

The Road Safety Partnership is seeking everyone’s help with this brand new road safety campaign. Its aim is to change people’s attitudes about mobile phones and driving through a blend of engagement, education and police enforcement. The national campaign will run between 14th and 20th November, but we would like the engagement to continue for as long as possible.

The Partnership will support these measures with local action to keep our roads safe but drivers must also take responsibility for their behaviour behind the wheel. Using local community action we need your help to exert some social pressure on family and friends who take these risks.

There are many ways to support this campaign, but here are three simple ways you can help your community:

1. Promote the ‘My Red Thumb’ campaign to your local school or youth group -

2. Display the campaign posters available soon through the RSP website -

3. Promote the mobile phone policy to your local business community -

The tragic deaths of four members of the same family on the A34, killed by a driver who was using his mobile phone and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, illustrates how vital this campaign is.

Using mobile phones is one of the most dangerous behaviours for motorists, putting drivers, passengers and others on the road at risk of death and serious harm. And it is a behaviour seen too frequently on our roads but together we can help to make it socially unacceptable.

Some facts that you may find useful:

Using a mobile phone, sat nav or any similar device whilst driving means that the driver’s attention is distracted from the road. Research shows using a mobile phone while driving can make you four times more likely to have a crash. Reaction times for drivers using a hand-held phone are 50% worse than when driving normally

Using a hands-free phone while driving does not significantly reduce the risks because the problems are caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of taking part in a phone conversation at the same time as driving. Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards. Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse
in concentration could result in a crash.

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. In 4.6 seconds a car travelling at 30mph would have travelled 61.7 metres (202.4 feet) that’s about the
wingspan of a 747 Jumbo Jet!

The law

It’s illegal to use a handheld mobile when driving.
This includes using your mobile phone to follow a map, read a text or check social media. This applies even if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

You can only use a handheld phone if you are safely parked or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop.

If you’re caught using a handheld phone while driving, you’ll get 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100. Points on your licence will result in higher insurance costs.

If you get just 6 points in the first two years after passing your test, you will lose your licence.

You may use a hands-free phone while driving but you can still be prosecuted if you’re not in proper control of your vehicle. The penalties are same as being caught using a handheld phone.

The penalties for driving carelessly or dangerously when using a handheld or hands-free phone can include disqualification, a large fine and up to two years imprisonment.

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