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County Council Elections - make sure you are registered to vote

10 February 2017 at 13:33

Ahead of the County Council Elections taking place on Thursday 4 May 2017, Stroud District Council is urging its residents to get involved by registering to vote.  

Since the law changed in June 2014, every individual is now responsible for their own registration, rather than registering as a household.

Anyone who has changed their address or is a new voter needs to make sure that they are registered. Not being on the electoral register could also affect your credit rating.

Registering to vote is easy and can be done online by visiting Those registering will need to provide their date of birth and national insurance number.  Anyone without internet can contact the elections team.

You can register to vote at any time, but the deadlines for registration ahead of the election are:

  • Last date for Registration – Thursday 13 April 2017
  • Last date for Postal Vote Applications – Tuesday 18 April 2017
  • Last date for Proxy Vote Applications – Tuesday 25 April 2017

The publication of candidates standing in the elections will be available from Tuesday 4 April for the County Council Elections.

If you would like to know more about electoral registration, or request registration forms, please contact the elections team.

Phone: 01453 754 886


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Surviving Winter campaign

10 February 2017 at 13:29

Each year the Surviving Winter campaign raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months. Since November 2011, they have successfully raised £5.2 million and helped over 70,000 people survive winter. 

The campaign began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter. Community foundations have excellent local reach and distribute all donations to people in need. 

Gloucestershire Community Foundation – ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign

Data from the South West Public Health Observatory indicates that death from causes attributable to the cold and poor living conditions has increased. The majority affected were over 75 years old. Older people living alone are most at risk. So, our appeal this year is as important as in previous years.

This does not reflect the real figures. Over 40,000 households live in fuel poverty Gloucestershire. Many suffer in silence during the coldest months often hidden from view, withdrawn from the world around.

Surviving Winter 2016 is a plea for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to Gloucestershire Community Foundation, who will use it to boost the capacity of voluntary organisations, who provide invaluable help and advice to people who need extra assistance in preparing for, and dealing with, the costs of the winter months. Parish councils can apply for funding too.

Funding from donation has been used in several ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, supporting homeless shelters, providing winter food parcels, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes, negotiating with local firewood/coal merchants for a better deal, providing a group with transport to keep them connected during the Winter.

It could also include education on how to say warm, community capacity building, and intergeneration activities; as well as support to Housing Associations to identify/work with tenants that can benefit from the fund

“For some people in our borough, they have to make a choice of whether to heat their homes or whether to eat. This is something which must be tackled at a community/parish level. We need to work hard to find, and then help those most at need.”

Last year, Surviving Winter raised over £4,500 to support fuel poverty projects across the borough.

Local examples include a befriending service to support older people in their homes, which tackled isolation and ensured older people could access local services. Another was a regular lunch club providing hot meals for older people during the colder months.

Through Surviving Winter, we can collectively pool the resources of the community to make a difference to those most in need. By supporting our campaign, you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. This is a choice that no one should have to make, and if you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to Surviving Winter.”


You can donate by sending a cheque to: -Gloucestershire Community Foundation

 c/o The Manor Boddington,



GL51 0TJ

(You can also donate online)


If you want to apply for funding please contact complete the application form, this can normally be processed within a week. Go to  

 If you want to know more about the Surviving Winter appeal or how to support those in need, you can call Gloucestershire Foundation Director, Catherine Kevis on 0755 747 8855, or email her at

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Assessing new nuclear power station designs

10 February 2017 at 13:24

Generic Design Assessment consultation information

This briefing provides information about consultation on our assessment of Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) nuclear power station

Background - New nuclear power stations

The government has outlined its commitment to new nuclear developments in the UK. It states that nuclear power, together with gas and renewable energy such as wind and solar power, will help meet the country’s energy needs in the future, while also meeting its commitment to reduce carbon emissions. As it encourages the development of new nuclear power stations, it has asked regulators to assess the safety, security and environmental impacts of new reactor designs before they are built.

Regulating new power stations

As regulators of the nuclear industry, we are working with the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to ensure that any new nuclear power stations built in the UK meet high standards of safety, security, environmental protection and waste management.

Assessing new nuclear power station designs

Our assessment process - ‘Generic Design Assessment’ (GDA) - enables us to scrutinise new nuclear power station designs before they are built. It means we can identify any potential design or technical issues early and ask the reactor designer to address them. The assessment of a design takes around four years. At the end of the process we will say if a design is acceptable or not.

GDA's technical assessments are primarily carried out by ONR and EA, with EA and NRW working as partners on environmental aspects of GDA.

Any company that wants to operate a nuclear power station has to show that it can build, operate and decommission it safely, protect the environment and manage radioactive waste.

It must obtain a number of site-specific permissions from regulators and government. These include a nuclear site licence and relevant consents from ONR and environmental permits from the EA or NRW. The company will also have to obtain planning consent and other approvals from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's Secretary of State.

If we, ONR and EA or NRW, receive applications for development of new nuclear power stations at specific sites we will carefully consider those proposals and take into account the work we have done on GDA when making decisions about whether the proposals are acceptable at each site. We won’t issue a site licence or environmental permits unless we are satisfied that the site-specific proposals and the proposed operating company meet our high standards.

Consultation on our assessment of Hitachi-GE’s UK ABWR nuclear power station

The UK ABWR design

There are various types of nuclear reactors around the world, with over 400 in operation. One of the most common types is the boiling water reactor (BWR), of which the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) is the latest design in operation. Capable of producing around 1,350 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 2 million homes on average, the ABWR is already operational elsewhere in the world.

BWRs work by passing the steam that has been generated inside the reactor directly to the turbine. This makes the turbine spin and it drives a generator producing electricity.

Horizon Nuclear Power proposes to build the UK ABWR at its sites at Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey, and Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire.

Assessment of the UK ABWR

Hitachi-GE submitted its UK ABWR design for GDA in April 2014. We completed our initial assessment and published our report in August 2014. Since then, we have been carrying out our detailed assessment.

Our consultation

• We are consulting from 12 December 2016 to 3 March 2017. 

• The consultation seeks your views on our preliminary conclusions following our detailed assessment of the UK ABWR new nuclear power station design, and on the environmental aspects of the design.

• Our consultation does not relate to a specific site, even though the UK ABWR is proposed at two sites in the UK. It is not about the need for nuclear power, the siting of nuclear power stations, or the safety and security of the design.

• We’ve published 11 assessment reports and an independent dose assessment alongside our consultation document, summary and addendum.

• All comments and matters raised will be carefully considered and can help inform our assessments.

• We will publish the issues raised during our consultation in a report on GOV.UK in April 2017.

Our preliminary conclusion

We have found that the majority of the environmental aspects of the design would be acceptable and have included a draft ‘Interim Statement of Design Acceptability’ (iSoDA) with the consultation documents. However at this stage of the detailed assessment we have identified some areas where more work is required to resolve on-going issues before we would consider issuing a full Statement of Design Acceptability (SoDA) for Hitachi-GE’s UK ABWR. We are confident that the issues are capable of being resolved to our satisfaction by Hitachi-GE within its existing target timescale of completing GDA by December 2017.

How to get involved and respond

We want to hear from the public, industry, non-Governmental organisations or any other organisation.

• Online:

• Email:

• Post: Declan Roscoe, Environment Agency, Ghyll Mount, Gillan Way Penrith 40 Business Park, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9BP

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Table top sales every Saturday - Starting 25th Feb

10 February 2017 at 12:47

Starting on Saturday 25th February 10am - 2pm 
Stonehouse Town Hall
Charge per table is £5 – booking fee payable at time of booking

There will be bric a brac, books, toys, clothes, plants etc. In aid of Stonehouse in Bloom. Please come along and support the 'Gold Rush' campaign.

First come first served due to limited space. To book a table please call 01453 822070 or email

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Gloucestershire's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

09 February 2017 at 13:44

Health and care partners have been inviting people living in Gloucestershire to share their views on the county’s five year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), since it was published in November 2016.

Thank you to those of you who have already taken the opportunity to have your say.

The Gloucestershire STP sets out the very significant challenges that exist and the opportunities to ensure that local people can access high quality, sustainable and safe physical and mental health care into the future.

The main challenges facing the county include a growing population with more complex needs, increasing demand for services, escalating drug costs, recruiting enough staff with the right skills and expertise and considerable pressure on NHS and social care finances.

The STP sets out priorities including:

  • Placing greater emphasis on prevention of illness and self-care, with investment to support this
  • Providing more joined up care and support in people’s homes and in the community
  • Exploring options to bring together some district general hospital services into ‘centres of excellence’ to ensure safety and quality
  • Developing a ‘best use of medicines’ programme and priority fund the drugs and treatments that have the greatest health benefit for the population
  • Developing a sustainable workforce
  • Making the most of new technologies

Have your say              

We want everyone to be able to have their say and know that their voice will be heard. Your feedback will enable us to develop detailed proposals for change for discussion over the course of next year.

You are invited to provide feedback by 24 February 2017, and there are a number of ways which this can be done:

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Stonehouse train services diversion 8th February

08 February 2017 at 10:25

Following the serious collision with a road vehicle at Frampton Mansell level crossing near Kemble yesterday Stroud & Stonehouse services to London are being transported to Bristol Temple Meads by bus. The line is currently closed between Swindon and Gloucester.

For more information please go to the GWR website

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