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Stonehouse Library plans to move to Town Hall

11 August 2017 at 16:17

Headline: Councillors agree to move forward with plans which could see Stonehouse library move into the town hall

STONEHOUSE Town Councillors have agreed to begin talks which could see the library move into the town hall.

At a meeting held on Monday 7th August 2017 the Town Council voted to move forward with plans from Gloucestershire County Council, which will now produce a proposal for public consultation.

If approved, the library would be ‘co-located’ within Stonehouse town hall in the High Street from its current site in Elm Road.

Stonehouse Mayor Theresa Watt said: “We look forward to seeing how the proposals develop and welcome the commitment from Gloucestershire County Council to work with us to help improve the services we offer and create a better Stonehouse for all.”

Under the proposals the library would remain in the town hall for a minimum of 25 years with a two-to-three year notice period to move.

“This is the first step in a process that is fantastic news for Stonehouse,” said county councillor for Stonehouse Lesley Williams.

“Better access to the library at the centre of a new community hub is something that I have worked hard for.

“I welcome the joint working between the county and town council and hope that it will bring further benefits for the residents and business of Stonehouse.”

The plans aim to secure the long-term future of the library and could see GCC contribute towards the running costs of the building based on the floor space provided.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member responsible for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, feels that this is a step forward to creating a community hub in the centre of Stonehouse, as well as a chance to improve the library’s services.

“This is an exciting development and I welcome the decision of Stonehouse Town Council to work with us to deliver an improved and more accessible local library service,” he said.

“This is at the moment an option that will now be considered in more detail.

“If adopted the proposals will see the library move to a high street location, and be part of a new community hub in the centre of Stonehouse.

“The proposals will also bring about better opportunities to engage with the community and increase partnership working with the town council."

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Temporary Road Closure - Oldends Lane

19 December 2016 at 19:17

15th - 17th February 2017

Please be advised of the following temporary road closure:

Oldends Lane, Stonehouse

This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 15th February to 17th February 2017. This is to allow for a new water connection by contractors working on behalf of Severn Trent Water Ltd.

If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact the Gloucestershire County Council office on 08000 514514.

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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 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/rail-update-rail-investment-in-the-great-western-route

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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Proposed Gloucestershire On-Street Parking Order 2016

18 October 2016 at 18:13

Consultation closes on 14th November 2016.

This is an administrative change, and no changes to parking restrictions or charges are proposed, and customers will not see a difference on the ground.

 

All on-street parking restrictions (waiting, loading and stopping restrictions) are set out in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO,) which provides the legal basis for the restrictions placed on the highway.

In Gloucestershire, there are currently six separate TROs describing the on-street parking restrictions in each of the six Districts. They were last reviewed in 2007/8.

The County Council intend replace the existing Orders to ensure their content reflects current working practices, and takes account of new technologies such as virtual permits, cashless payment, and electric vehicles. The Plans within existing Orders that describe the parking restrictions on the ground will be incorporated unchanged into the new Order, which will become the single basis for all parking restrictions in the County.

 

Any future proposals to change parking restrictions will be subject to a separate TRO variation process in the normal way.

 

The new Order is subject to a statutory consultation process to give stakeholders an oppourtunity to comment on its content.

 

The proposed Order and supporting documents including a statement setting out the reasons for making this update are available to view at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/on-streetparking2016.

 

The consultation period will close on 14 November 2016.

 

Adverts will appear in the local press from next week. Paper copies of all consultation material will be available at all GCC Libraries from w/c 17th October.

 

Consultation comments can be submitted through the website, or by email to parking@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Please contact the Parking Team in Shire Hall for more information if required on 01452 425610

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Severn Tunnel Upgrade - Update

18 October 2016 at 17:55

The 130-year old structure has been closed for nearly six weeks now to allow Network Rail to install electrical equipment that will ultimately power the new Hitachi electric trains. Work should be completed on from 21st October 2016.

PLEASE BE EXTRA VIGILANT AT CROSSINGS!
Please can you be extra vigilant at level crossings due to increased freight and passenger trains on the diversion route, which passes through Stonehouse. For more information go to the network rail website.
PLEASE NOTE: Level crossing 26, from Rosedale Avenue to Burdett Close, will be shut during this work.
The new fleet of electric trains will mean faster, quieter, greener, more reliable journeys between London and the Thames Valley, Cotswolds, South Wales, West Country and South West. With reduced journey times and more seats, journeys will be more comfortable for passengers.

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Neighbourhood Plan Update - September 2016

18 October 2016 at 14:18

A key stage in developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Stonehouse was reached when consultation on a draft Plan took place from 1 July to 12 August 2016.

The draft Plan aims to reflect the community’s vision and priorities for the future of the town over the next 15 years; it includes local planning policies which will affect the type, quality, design and location of future development. The Plan has been produced by residents and members of Stonehouse Town Council who have volunteered their time. It reflects the issues raised by local people, official bodies and other interested parties through consultation and evidence gathered over the last two years.

Copies of the draft Plan could be viewed on line and at the Town Hall, Library and All Pulling Together. On Saturday morning of 9th July, around 38 people visited a drop in event to find out more about the draft Plan; Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group also ran a stall in the Co-op on the High Street on Friday 29th July to publicise the consultation.

A total of 30 responses were received; 18 from individuals and 12 from consultation bodies such as Stroud District Council. Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group will consider each response and make any changes they consider are needed. A submission draft of the Neighbourhood Plan will be sent to the Town Council and then to Stroud District Council who will hold another six week consultation before the Plan goes for examination by an independent inspector.

In 2017 there will be a referendum and all Stonehouse residents will be asked to vote on the Plan. If more than 50 per cent of voters say ‘yes’ to the Plan it will become part of the statutory framework for deciding planning applications in Stonehouse.

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Funding Opportunities Bulletin

18 October 2016 at 13:35

The Gloucestershire Alliance (an independent voice for the voluntary and community sectors within Gloucestershire) produces the Funding Opportunities Bulletin on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The bulletin provides information on key funding opportunities available in Gloucestershire. This list is not exhaustive and is updated regularly. If you would like to receive an email alert when a new bulletin is available, please email the Alliance at info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk.

The latest version of the Funding Opportunities bulletin is available on the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website at http://www.glosvcsalliance.org.uk/external-funding-opportunities-bulletin/

Please get in touch with them if you have any comments about the bulletin, or are successful in obtaining funds from funders listed. If you know anyone who has a base and operates in Gloucestershire and would like to receive this bulletin, please send their details to info@glosvcsalliance.org.uk.

Key highlights:

The National Churches Trust Community Grants and Repair Grants programmes are now open until 29 November. Page 23 and 98

The Office for Civil Society and Nesta have announced new funding to explore how charities and public services can better tap into the skills and experience of volunteers over 50. Page 46

The Nuffield Foundation has announced that the Nuffield Research Placements will re-open for applications on 24 October. There are up to 1000 bursaries a year, for students to work alongside practising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Page 78

The Heritage Lottery Fund has teamed up with the online giving platform "Crowdfunder" to provide an additional £125,000 for heritage projects. Page 91

The Woodland Trust has announced that it has 3,205 free tree packs available to community groups, resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils. Page 115

Creative England and Nominet Trust have launched an investment fund, iAMDigital, to support companies and projects that are using technology to increase digital engagement and skills. Page 128

Comic Relief have launched a Tech for Good funding programme. This aims to support not-for-profit organisations to take their digital innovation projects forward. Page 145

The Santander Bank has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch a new £200,000 Changemaker fund to support social enterprises and community projects working with disadvantaged people across the UK. Page 148

The New Beginnings Fund, which aims to support refugees joining UK communities is open for applications. Page 161

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Stonehouse News Issue 31 out

18 October 2016 at 13:20

You should start getting copies of our latest quarterly magazine Stonehouse News circulated/delivered starting at the end of next week (14th onwards).

Copies are available in the Town Hall. Issue 31 is available to view and download from our website here... 

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Severn Tunnel upgrade - update

23 September 2016 at 10:42

On Monday 12th September work to transform the Severn Tunnel was started. The 130-year old structure will close for six weeks from 12th September – 21st October 2016 to allow Network Rail to install electrical equipment that will ultimately power the new Hitachi electric trains.

PLEASE BE EXTRA VIGILANT AT CROSSINGS!
Please can you be extra vigilant at level crossings due to increased freight and passenger trains on the diversion route, which passes through Stonehouse. For more information go to the network rail website.
PLEASE NOTE: Level crossing 26, from Rosedale Avenue to Burdett Close, will be shut during this work.
The new fleet of electric trains will mean faster, quieter, greener, more reliable journeys between London and the Thames Valley, Cotswolds, South Wales, West Country and South West. With reduced journey times and more seats, journeys will be more comfortable for passengers.

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Stonehouse High Street - Road closure

21 September 2016 at 12:28

Sunday 25th September - From 8am

On the 25th September Amey will be undertaking the main carriageway resurfacing which will regrettably restrict access onto the High Street for a number of hours in the morning.

Bollards along Laburnum Walk between Regent Street and the Co-op end of Laburnum Walk will be temporarily removed to allow access from the streets that would be closed off from the High Street. This will be controlled by two banksmen from their Traffic Management Contractor, to ensure the public’s safety and avoid any conflict between vehicles.

Once the new surfacing has cooled sufficiently to be trafficked, access onto the High Street will be reintroduced - the time this takes will be dependent on the weather conditions that day.

If you have any questions regarding the works before the 25th please call 08000 514 514 or alternatively email gcchighways@amey.co.uk

On the day of the 25th September your easiest source of further information will be via their Supervisor, who will be on site supervising the laying of the new carriageway surfacing.

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Stonehouse High Street - Road closures

16 September 2016 at 11:41

Sunday 18th & Sunday 25th September - From 8am

So that Amey can prepare the road surface for resurfacing, the High Street will be closed this Sunday 17th from 8am - 4pm. It is assumed that if the work is completed before 4pm then the closure will be removed.

Resurfacing of the high Street will then take place on Sunday 25th September from 8am.

It will be a FULL ROAD CLOSURE with a signed diversion route in place which utilises the A38.

We do not know how many hours on both Sundays, the High Street will be closed for at present.

If you have any questions regarding the works please call 08000 514 514 or alternatively email gcchighways@amey.co.uk

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Stonehouse awarded Silver Gilt for Stonehouse in Bloom 2016

15 September 2016 at 13:17

Big congratulations and thanks to all in Stonehouse, the SIB committee, residents, businesses and community groups who helped the town look so great. We can take pride in the fact that we were awarded a 'Silver Gilt' by the Heart of England in Bloom judges today.

That's silver two years running... next year will be Gold!!

Stonehouse Court Hotel who also entered for the first time under the Hotels and Pubs category also won a silver, so congratulations to them as well.

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Severn Tunnel upgrade - update

15 September 2016 at 10:38

On Monday 12th September work to transform the Severn Tunnel was started. The 130-year old structure will close for six weeks from 12th September – 21st October 2016 to allow Network Rail to install electrical equipment that will ultimately power the new Hitachi electric trains.

PLEASE BE EXTRA VIGILANT AT CROSSINGS!
Please can you be extra vigilant at level crossings due to increased freight and passenger trains on the diversion route, which passes through Stonehouse. For more information go to the network rail website.
PLEASE NOTE: Level crossing 26, from Rosedale Avenue to Burdett Close, will be shut during this work.
The new fleet of electric trains will mean faster, quieter, greener, more reliable journeys between London and the Thames Valley, Cotswolds, South Wales, West Country and South West. With reduced journey times and more seats, journeys will be more comfortable for passengers.

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High Street works update

07 September 2016 at 14:50

As we enter into early September the first three phases have been
completed with phase 5a nearing completion. GCC's programme has remained on course to undertake the carriageway resurfacing on two Sundays - 18th and 25th September. This will be under a full road closure with a signed diversion route in place which utilises the A38.
Whilst GCC undertake the junction area at Phase 4 they will continue to use the 4 way traffic lights to safely control traffic movements and allow the materials “curing” time.
Due to the nature of the construction, they will need to prohibit HGV movements between the hours of 9:30am - 3:30pm, with access being maintained for vehicles under 3.5t in these hours. They have liaised with the Co-op, who have made suitable delivery arrangements during these times
They will continue to make every effort to keep disruption and noise to a minimum. The temporary lights will be manually operated between 6:30 - 8:30am and 3 - 6pm to assist the main High Street traffic flows.
Any queries or for further information, please call 08000 514 514 or email gcchighways@amey.co.uk
Scott Tompkins the Lead Commissioner Highway Authority will be attending the Public meeting next Tuesday 13th September so will be able to answers questions and circulate hard copies of the Works Update Bulletin.
A pdf of the update is available to view and download here.

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Stonehouse High Street - Public Meeting

06 September 2016 at 12:38

Tuesday 13th September
Stonehouse Town Hall, 6:30 - 8pm

Your County Councillor Lesley Williams has called a public meeting regarding the High Street works. Lesley wishes to hear your concerns and address any questions you may have. Please come along.

WORKS UPDATE
Traffic lights will be controlled manually at peak periods from today. They are also looking at options for removing the lights at night times and weekends. It is hoped that the traffic lights will be removed before 25th September. The resurfacing works are scheduled over two Sundays as originally planned - on the 18th they will plane off the old surface and on the 25th they will lay the new surface. New planters are due to be delivered on the week of the 20th and the final resinstatements of the coloured paving (replacing the black temporary bits) and fixing the studs for the tactile crossing points wlil all be completed by 25th September.

The final week of the job is reserved for picking up any snagging issues with all the works to be completed by 30th September.

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Temporary road closure Oldends Lane, Stonehouse

17 August 2016 at 11:03

This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 17th October 2016 to 30th October 2016. This is to allow for a sewer connection to a new development.

If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Gloucester County Council on 08000 514514.

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Latest meeting minutes and agendas available to view and download

12 August 2016 at 13:19

Meetings and Minutes

Full Council - Every 6 weeks
Committees - Every 6 weeks
Working Groups - As arranged

Meeting Dates and Agendas

MeetingDateTimeDownload Agenda
Development Control Panel

Monday 11th July 

6.15pm Download agenda

Regeneration & Environment Committee

Monday 11th July  7.00pm Download agenda
Amenities Recreation & Tourism Committee Monday 18th July 7.00pm Download agenda 

Finance & Strategy Committee

Monday 25th July

7.00pm

Download agenda

Full Town Council

Monday

5th September

7.00pm

N.B. There are no meetings scheduled during August

All meetings are held in the Town Hall, High Street

Meeting Dates for 2016 - Full list

Minutes of Meetings

Latest Minutes are available here. If you require Minutes of previous meetings then please contact us.

MeetingDateDownload Minutes
Full Town Council 27th June 2016 Download Minutes
Development Control Panel  11th July 2016 Download Minutes
Regeneration & Environment Committee  11th July 2016 Download Minutes
Amenities Recreation & Tourism Committee  18th July 2016 Download Minutes
Finance & Strategy   25th July 2016 Download Minutes

View minutes from past meetings in the Archive

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Severn Tunnel Upgrade

12 August 2016 at 13:05

Between Monday 12 September until Monday 24 October 2016.

Non-stop trains will run through Stonehouse at speeds of up to 90mph for a period of six weeks. These will be passenger and freight trains travelling to/from South Wales and are in addition to the normal timetabled stopping trains. This is because the direct line through the Severn Tunnel is closed for electrification work.

Stonehouse 26 footpath crossing (just the Stroud side of Stonehouse station) will be temporarily closed for public safety for the duration of these additional trains.

Read about the tunnel upgrade here.

For further information, please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 114141.

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Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan feedback deadline midnight today

12 August 2016 at 13:02

Stonehouse Town Council’s six-week consultation on the Neighbourhood Development Plan ends at midnight today. Please have a look at the draft plan and give your feedback – your views are important.

The Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan (the Plan) sets out the community’s vision and priorities for the future of the town over the next 15 years. It includes local planning policies which will affect the type, quality, design and location of future development.

The Plan has been produced by residents and members of Stonehouse Town Council who have volunteered their time. It reflects the issues raised by local people, official bodies and other interested parties through consultation over the last two years.

YOU CAN VIEW AND FEEDBACK COMMENTS
Until midnight today (12th August) online:

View the plan and supporting documents here http://www.stonehousetowncouncil.com/the-council/stonehouse-neighbourhood-plan-consultation-draft/

Fill out the online form at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=146704034459
• All Stonehouse residents, visitors, shoppers and businesses
are welcome to submit their comments online to us

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Footpath between Queen's Road and Town Centre Car Park closed from 10th August for approx. 5 Days

08 August 2016 at 18:17

Work to resurface the footpath between Queens Road and the town centre car park is set to start this week on Wednesday 10thAugust. The footpath will be closed for around 5 days while the work is done and Stonehouse Town Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.  The work is being carried out by Stonehouse Town Council with grant funding from Great Western Railway and Gloucestershire County Council. Network Rail have agreed to clear undergrowth on the embankment to the side of the path although this work will not be done until the Autumn.

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Still time to comment on the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Draft Plan

29 July 2016 at 19:49

Stonehouse Town Council’s six-week consultation on the Neighbourhood Development Plan is well underway. Please have a look at the draft plan and give your feedback – your views are important.

The Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan (the Plan) sets out the community’s vision and priorities for the future of the town over the next 15 years. It includes local planning policies which will affect the type, quality, design and location of future development. 

The Plan has been produced by residents and members of Stonehouse Town Council who have volunteered their time. It reflects the issues raised by local people, official bodies and other interested parties through consultation over the last two years.

YOU CAN VIEW AND FEEDBACK COMMENTS
Until midnight 12th August via

ONLINE
View the plan and supporting documents here 

Fill out the online comments form here 

• All Stonehouse residents, visitors, shoppers and businesses
are welcome to submit their comments online to us

PRINTED COPIES
Read a printed copy of the Plan and fill out a comments form at: 
• Stonehouse Town Council, Town Hall, High St. Mon, Tues & Fri, 9am – 12 noon, Thurs 9am – 1pm 
• Stonehouse Library, Elms Road Mon, Wed & Sat 10am – 1pm, Thurs 2 – 5pm
• All Pulling Together, Park Parade Mon 10am – 12 noon, Tues 10am – 1pm, Thurs 10 – 11am & 1 – 3pm

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Are you seeking to build your own house? Sign up to the self-build housing register

10 June 2016 at 13:40

Stroud District Council is committed to supporting people to build their own home and has developed a register to find out what the demand is for self-build/custom build plots in the area. They will use the information to support negotiation with developers on self-build provision on larger housing sites – see our their Local Plan Policy HC3 and to guide future policy making. They shall also be exploring ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

For your information to be eligible for registration you will need to be:
• 18 or over
• A British Citizen, a National of an EEA State or a National of Switzerland
• Seeking to build a house to occupy as that individuals sole or main residence

You can register online at http://www.stroud.gov.uk/housing/self-build-housing

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Stonehouse shared space surface improvements by Gloucestershire County Council & Amey

05 June 2016 at 22:46

Due to start Wednesday 22nd June for 12 weeks

Traffic flows along the High Street will be restricted by the use of temporary traffic lights, which will be adjacent to each phase of work. Please see the pdf here for more information about the phases of work.

This will maintain access to and through the town but will also allow their contractors a safe area in which to work. Approximate durations have been illustrated so traders are aware of which lay-by's will be available for parking during each phase.

There will be updated bulletins from GCC sent direct to traders and residents along the High Street who should have already/will be imminently receiving this information direct from GCC who are responsible for the work. Every effort will be made by them to keep disruption and noise to a minimum.

For any queries regarding the surface improvement works, traffic management and any closures please contact Gloucestershire County Council direct on 0800 514514 or email gcchighways@amey.co.uk

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Restoration of the old river channel at bonds mill Public drop-in event

17 May 2016 at 14:49

Thursday 26 May 3 - 7:30pm
Leonard Stanley Village Hall GL10 3TB

The Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) and the Environment Agency (EA) are working in partnership to promote habitat improvements along the River Frome for wildlife and people.

As the Frome is such an important tributary of the River Severn SRT and the EA are trying to help fish move up and downstream to feed, spawn and complete their lifecycles. Restoring the old river channel in the floodplain, near Bond’s Mill, is one way to allow migratory and local species to bypass the Mill weirs, which are one of the obstacles to their free movement.

They have been working with a consultant on some options to restore the channel for the greatest benefit to a range of wildlife and the local community.

Staff from SRT and the EA will be available to discuss any concerns and questions on the day. If you are unable to make the drop-in event we would still like to hear from you.

You can contact the Severn Rivers Trust admin@severnriverstrust.com to request further information.

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Two new table tennis tables for Laburnum Park

04 May 2016 at 13:51

The Amenities Recreation and Tourism Committee recently welcomed grants from the Children’s Activity Fund and Active Together Fund towards the provision of two table tennis tables at Laburnum Playing Field.

There has been local interest in the sport following the success of local lad Billy Shilton at international level. The Council agreed that this would be a healthy and social activity for all ages to enjoy. The Field will now provide a range of activities for a fun packed family day out.

This also supports Stonehouse Town Council's strategy to continue to foster health and well being in the town.

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Finance & Strategy Meeting Agenda released

18 April 2016 at 15:58

You can view and download a copy of the next Finance & Strataegy Meeting being held on Monday 18th April at the Town Hall in Stonehouse from 7pm.

Members of the public are welcome however, you will only be allowed to speak for up to 5 minutes regarding an item on the agenda. If you have a query or issue that you would like the Council to consider please get in touch with Gill Jennings on townclerk@stonehousetwoncouncil.com or call 01453 822070.

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Annual Town Meeting Agenda released

18 April 2016 at 15:55

You can view and download a copy of next Monday 25th's Annual Town Meeting held at the Town Hall in Stonehouse from 7pm.

We hope to see some of you there.

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Civic Awards deadline extended - 12 noon Thursday 21st April

18 April 2016 at 06:23

Civic Awards deadline has now been extended to 12 noon Thursday 21st April. This is due to the fact that some of you may not have received your issue of Stonehouse News in time for the original deadline. You can still write an email to Gill Jennings townclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com nominating someone in the following categories:

1) Person Making an Outstanding Contribution to Stonehouse

 2) Stonehouse Business of the Year

 3) Stonehouse Community Group of the Year

4) Vicky Wakefield-Heath Young Person of the Year (up to the age of 25)

The winners of each category will be presented with their Civic Award at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 25th April at 7pm.

When nominating please include the following information:

 Category of award

 Name of person(s) or organisation nominated

 Reason for nomination

 Nominated by

 Address

 Email address

 Telephone No.

Nominations must be made in writing either by email, using the slip contained in the latest issue of Stonehouse News which you can download here or by letter sent to the Town Hall.

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Stonehouse News Issue 29 out

16 April 2016 at 10:39

Our latest quarterly magazine for Stonehouse is now out and being circulated by a dedicated team of volunteers. You can view and download a copy here 

If you are able to help deliver the magazine in the future we would really appreciate it. Please email deputyclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com or call the Town Hall on 01453 822 070. 

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Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan update

11 April 2016 at 17:58

Local residents and Town Councillors are working together to shape, protect and enhance Stonehouse by producing a Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sits alongside Stroud District’s Council Local Plan but is based on local consultation and evidence and provides more local detail. Once it is approved, after a referendum in the parish likely to be in 2017, all planning applications will have to conform to the plan.

Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group have been developing the Plan since the Spring of 2014. Work is now is moving into the final stages before a draft goes to a 6 week public consultation in July-August. 

Since the successful public consultation in October 2015 on emerging policies, the group has been working hard drafting policies on the themes of Amenities and Facilities, Getting Around, Housing, Economic Development and the Environment. A planning consultant, paid for by a grant from Locality, has been advising the group on the wording of draft policies and the evidence needed for them.

The policies aim to support the Neighbourhood Plan Vision:

“Over the next 15 years the strong, friendly community of Stonehouse will continue to develop as a distinctive, thriving town set in beautiful countryside with excellent transport links and employment opportunities.”

The draft policies cover a range of topics including encouraging better community facilities, protecting and enhancing footpaths and cycle paths and improving access for wheelchairs, pushchairs and invalid buggies, supporting local people who want to live in Stonehouse, supporting small and medium sized businesses and protecting open spaces and views. 

The group are working on a Town Character Assessment which will give evidence for various policies including those on design and protection of views and open spaces. Some open spaces will be put forward to be designated as ‘Local Green Space’ which gives protection from development for some green spaces which are special to a local community. A case needs to be made, evidence gathered and owners contacted for each space being considered; the current list is Verney Fields, Boakes Drive Green, Park Estate Greens and Court View Newt Ponds.

A full draft should be completed by May 2016. Watch out for your invitation to the public consultation (dates to be confirmed but likely to be from July to the middle of August) which will be an insert in the June edition of Stonehouse News. The Group will respond to comments from the public consultation and submit a revised draft to Stroud District Council who will take the Plan through the rest of the process up to referendum in 2017.

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Pavilion extension complete

11 April 2016 at 17:51

The Town Council are pleased to announce the completion of an extension to the Pavilion changing rooms at Oldends Lane Playing Field. Members of the Town Council, Stonehouse Town Football Club and Stonehouse Junior Football Clubs together with designer Russell Elliott of MDHP attended the official opening on the 26th March.

Funding for the facility was achieved through S106 contributions from Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes with a top-up from the Town Council.

The facilities are available to hire for sporting activities. Hopefully the facilities will boost the Town’s football club place in the league tables. This is the first phase of improvements planned for Oldends Lane facilities.

 

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Bristol Road Station - case being considered again

07 April 2016 at 10:21

Stonehouse Town Council are delighted that their campaign to have the Bristol Road station opposite the Stonehouse Court Hotel, considered again. The local MP, representatives from the District Council, County Council, Town Council and local businesses are meeting today to progress the idea which we think would benefit Stonehouse, the surrounding communities and Stroud itself.

It will still be a long process, but it is one that the majority of respondents to the Neighbourhood Plan in Stonehouse are in favour of.  We hope all partners will work together to make this a reality.

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Council & Trader engagement

05 April 2016 at 15:46

As usual at this pre-election time of year there is a little excitement caused by comments on Facebook and other social media sites. 

The Council would like to take this opportunity to remind traders that they do not collect the business rates but have in the past year tried to assist in forming a Chamber of Trade to give the traders a voice. 150 invitations were sent out (by post & hand delivered) to local businesses but the uptake was very poor. The Chamber of Trade event had the President of Gloucester Chamber of Commerce and two representatives from local networking groups to help facilitate networking in the town.

The Council cannot guess the needs of traders but is naturally interested in ensuring the town keeps a wide range of small shops and a vibrant economy and that is why the Council is involved in providing Christmas Lights, Festivals and other events to increase the footfall during the year and will continue to consult on the Neighbourhood Plan. We will also investigate schemes and funding to assist where possible.

If you have an issue as a trader or resident may we remind you our door is always open and you can write to the townclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com or by post in the first instance. Your issue can then be passed to the relevant committee for further discussion.

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Stonehouse High Street improvement works

05 April 2016 at 15:45

The Regeneration Committee meeting of the 4th April was attended by a small number of traders and a candidate standing for election. The traders raised their concerns about the impending High Street improvements.

The Council have explained that the County Council will consult on their plans for resurfacing the shared space area in due course.

The Town Council have made the County Council aware that there is a need to keep Stonehouse open for business at all times and we have been told that the work will take place on Sundays. 

Traders were also concerned about the parking review due to be carried out by the County Council. Please note this is not a Town Council consultation. The Council will only be a consultee. There will be more information on this matter in due course which will be reported through the Town Council’s website.

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New Recruits Welcome - Town Council Elections in May

15 March 2016 at 19:43

Have you ever considered becoming a Town Councillor?

Date of Election: Thursday 5th May 2016

Nominations deadline 4pm on Thursday 7th April 2016.

Most people’s impression of what a Councillor does is that they just attend Council meetings and nothing could be further from the truth. The duties and responsibilities of being a local Councillor are many and varied.

Town Councillors represent local people, helping to provide local amenities and facilities and are consulted regularly by County and District Councils. They have an active interest and concern for their local community and are not paid. 

Listening: One of the most important tasks of a Parish or Town Councillor is listening to and understanding the views of people in their community.

Meetings: A Councillor agrees to attend all meetings (reasonably possible) that he or she is summoned to. Most meetings are held in the evening but some committees and group representation may be during the day. 

Representation: Town Councils also need representation at other local government meetings or on local bodies/organisations and Councillors may be asked to serve on certain groups or attend functions on behalf of the Town Council.

Ceremonial Duties: In some larger councils there will be times when councillors are asked to attend civic functions as part of their duty to the community. e.g. Remembrance Parades etc.

Extra skills: Through all of these functions Councillors will draw on their own skills and experiences and it is the sharing of these skills that makes a strong team. Town Councils provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects and endeavour to solve them locally themselves. 

Responsibility: All Councillors are expected to abide by the Town Councils Code of Conduct.

The Election Procedure:

Ordinary elections of local councillors take place on the first Thursday in May every four years. Reorganisation of local government may cause alteration of the Election Day and election year in some cases.

1. Publication of the Notice of Election.

The Chief Executive of Stroud District Council is the Returning Officer and therefore has the duty to call an election. Election staff in the SDC's Elections’ Office have all the papers you will need and will be able to give advice and may check nomination forms.

2. Getting the nomination forms

You will need to contact Stonehouse Town Council or Stroud District Council's Elections Office to ask for the appropriate forms. 

3. Completing the nomination forms

You will need to fill in all your personal details and those of the people nominating you (one as a proposer and one as a seconder). You and those nominating will be asked to fill in your Electoral Register Number.

4. Checking the nomination forms

The Returning Officer will carry out an informal check of your Nomination Paper before you submit it. It is a good idea to have your Nomination Paper checked as soon as you can. This will allow time in case any corrections need to be made of if a completely new Nomination Paper must be completed.  

5. Sending the nomination forms back

It is imperative that you submit your forms in accordance with the Timetable of Proceedings. Failure to do so will render your application null and void! The deadline for nominations is absolute and you must have a correctly completed nomination submitted by 4pm on Thursday 7th April 2016.

As part of your application to be a Town Councillor you must sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and thereby undertake to observe an ethical Code of Conduct when dealing with matters on behalf of the community. A Councillor also completes a register of interests.

If you wish to be nominated as a Town Councillor please pick up your Nomination Papers from the Town Hall.

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Stonehouse Town Council Receives 'Quality Status Award' in National Scheme

15 March 2016 at 17:01

Stonehouse Town Council has received a prestigious 'Quality Status Award' as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover, Stonehouse Town Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

The Town Council is only the second Council to achieve Quality Status in the County, the other Council being Tetbury.

The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual Councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.

Stonehouse Town Council’s Chair Theresa Watt is delighted by the award...

“We have continually tried to improve our policies, procedures and services to our community, and we are delighted that this has now been recognised by a national governance organisation. It does not mean we will rest on our laurels though and we intend to ensure that we continue to consult with our community and bring forward schemes that will benefit our community here in Stonehouse."

To celebrate this achievement, the Council is planning to have the Quality Status Award presented to the Council at its Annual Town Meeting on Monday 27th April at 7pm by the Chief Executive Officer of GAPTC -Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils.

Currently the Council is working on producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan and looks forward to developing further community engagement through this process. Going forward the Council will refine and update its strategy to ensure that it delivers value for money with  facilities and services secured for the future.

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Stonehouse Town Council awarded £6,000 for Stonehouse Station Link Path

11 March 2016 at 19:48

GWR offers £6,000 to support areas of real social need in Stonehouse.

A scheme in Stonehouse will benefit from a share of £750,000 in the first year of a Great Western Railway communities improvement fund to support areas of real social need.

Designed to help boost local communities, up to £750,000 a year is available for three years as part of a £2.2 million Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), and today successful bids for April 2016 have been announced.

The fund will see:

Stonehouse Town Council awarded £6,000 for Stonehouse Station Link Path

Improvements to existing path to station from social housing area. For one of most deprived areas of Gloucestershire, increase access to station and wider employment opportunities offered by rail network

Stonehouse Town Council’s Mayor and Chair said:

“We welcome the award of £6,000 funding from the GWR Customer and Communities Fund which will enable Stonehouse Town Council to improve the footpath linking the Station to the town centre car park.

 “The grant will contribute to the cost of resurfacing, improved visibility and signage so the footpath is easier to use and more obvious. We want to improve access to the station and relieve pressure on the small station car park.”

 

With match funding, the total investment for Stonehouse scheme is £9,000.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

 “We are committed to improving the journeys of our passengers, as well as the economic prosperity and social footprint of the regions and communities we serve.

“We had many responses from those in our communities looking for help, and I am delighted to be able to announce the schemes that have been successful in this first year of funding; helping to put our people, our customers, at the forefront of what we do.”

All the proposals were presented to a panel of representatives from GWRs Customer Panel (made up of local customers), the Advisory Board (made up of local stakeholders), and the executive management team. Final recommendations were then put to the Department for Transport (DfT) for approval. 

So that GWR could start the scheme in April 2016, proposals for the first round of bids were requested in the Summer of 2015.

With match funding a requirement of successful bids, over £1.2 million has been committed to good causes.

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Standish House invitation to tender deadline 26th February

03 February 2016 at 16:03

Standish House in Stonehouse is being offered as a freehold conversion and development opportunity. 

On the instructions of the Homes and Communities Agency Standish House:

Is a vacant former hospital set in approximately 13 ha (32 acres) within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• Is Grade II listed house with stables

• Has further buildings in a variety of architectural styles

• Has potential for conversion to a number of end uses

• Has approximately 7,597 sq m (81,774 sq ft) of principal buildings

• Is in a parkland setting with far reaching views

Development Proposals

Proposals for the freehold purchase of the entire site are invited on the following basis:

1. A Development Agreement and subsequent Building Lease will be entered into with the HCA.

2. The purchaser is to restore and/or convert the existing listed buildings for a compatible land use.

3. Demonstrate through submitted appraisals that the delivery and conservation mof the listed buildings can be delivered through only the minimum necessary enabling development.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 26th February 2016.

The format for submission of proposals is outlined in the Invitation to Tender that compliments these sale particulars is available from Bilfinger GVA on request.

The vendor is not obliged to accept the highest or any of the offers received.

Prospective partners may be required to attend an interview.

Further Information

A technical information pack is available at the property’s dedicated online data room:

www.gva.co.uk/standish

The site includes information in respect of planning, services, property floor plans,Historic England guidance and surveys undertaken.

Please log on to the site for access.

Please note that due to the nature of the property all viewings must be escorted and all interested parties must be booked on to a tour of the property organised by Bilfinger GVA.

Not all buildings are available for inspection.

Please contact Bilfinger GVA to pre-register for a viewing. A question and answer session will be arranged for interested parties during the course of marketing.

Contact

Gordon Isgrove MRICS Senior Director

T: 0117 988 5304 E: gordon.isgrove@gva.co.uk

James Petherick MRICS

T: 0117 988 5331 E: james.petherick@gva.co.uk

To apply

If you wish to apply please read the 'Invitation to Tender' document here.

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Neighbourhood Plan update

26 January 2016 at 11:42

Local residents and Town Councillors are working together to shape, protect and enhance Stonehouse by producing a Neighbourhood Plan. Once it is approved, all planning applications will have to conform to the plan.

Around 70 people attended a Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Update event on Emerging Policies in October 2015. There was a very positive response to the policy ideas which were presented under the themes of Housing, Environment, Economic Development, Amenities and Facilities and Getting Around. 
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group members were on hand to answer questions and attendees marked up whether they liked or disliked each idea. The policy ideas were developed by the group in response to the findings from previous public consultation events and to meetings with local groups, businesses and organisations.

Key points from the response to the consultation included strong support for:
• Keeping the library and post office.
• Improving paths and cycle ways.
• Protecting space around the edge of the canal and riverside.
• Use of materials sympathetic to the area in new buildings.
• Re-opening of Bristol Road station.

More detail on the consultation results from October and from all other Neighbourhood Plan events can be found at http://ow.ly/WVg6k

The Neighbourhood Plan pages of the Town Council website are being updated to provide more information on how the Plan is being developed. The Group are currently working on a ‘Character
Assessment’ of Stonehouse as evidence for some important policies, for example, on protection of views and design of new buildings. They are researching designating some areas as Local Green Space to protect them from development.

The Group made a successful bid for £7,985 of Locality funding to cover the costs of planning consultancy advice and designing and printing a Draft Plan which should be ready by March 2016.
A 6 week public consultation on the draft is scheduled for May and the Group look forward to hearing your comments.

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Ecotricity's Eco Park Public Exhibition

26 January 2016 at 11:35

Saturday 6th February 9-11am
Stonehouse Town Hall

Ecotricity is, in conjunction with Forest Green Rovers FC, holding a Public Exhibition about its Eco Park proposal.Located by Junction 13 of the M5, the 100 acre Eco Park includes state-of-the-arts sporting facilities, a new stadium for Forest Green Rovers, and a green technology business park. Representatives will be on hand to discuss the submitted proposal and talk through the environmental assessments undertaken as part of the application. There will also be information available on how you can have your views heard by Stroud District Council. If you’re unable to make the event, please get in touch with us or visit our website for further information and the dates of our other events.

Email ecopark@ecotricity.co.uk
You can find further information at www.ecotricity.co.uk/eco-park

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West of Stonehouse approved and will be built

26 January 2016 at 11:32

The land between the Oldends Lane Industrial Estate and the Chipman’s Platt roundabout at the Eastington turning, will be a new settlement. This site has been identified in the Stroud District Local Plan (www.stroud.gov.uk/localplan) which was finally agreed despite much opposition, as a suitable place to have at least 1350 houses, a new primary school, some more industry and some local shops.

The new town in its first stage will be about half the size of Stonehouse which has around 3,300 houses. Stonehouse Town Council and Eastington and Standish Parishes have objected to the proposed site for a number of reasons but primarily because
of traffic issues along the A419, Oldends Lane and the B4008. Stonehouse is also concerned about the connection that people will have to the schools, shops and services in Stonehouse, which will be mainly across the difficult level crossing at Oldends
Lane and along the already congested A419.

The plan has now been approved and substantial objections will not be heard any more. The new town will be built with minor modifications although we will keep ensuring that the issues of transport and traffic are kept to the fore.

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Doverow Hill Usage Survey

26 January 2016 at 11:25

Do you regularly use the footpaths to Doverow Wood?

We would like to hear from all our residents about their enjoyment of this amenity to understand how often the footpaths are used, whether accessibility is a problem, which route is taken, and the reasons for their visit to the wood.

This information is required to support a Nomination of Verney Fields as a Community Asset (See link for explanation http://ow.ly/WTocS). We believe the woods provide rural recreation away from the busy streets of town and it would be a great shame if the woods could not be maintained due to change of use of the fields.

Following on from development scheduled for West of Stonehouse and Javelin Park we have to protect the rural environment around us. So please take the time to fill in the online survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SC65RQC or send us your responses by email townclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com or letter to Town Clerk, Stonehouse Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 2NG.

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Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Update event

06 October 2015 at 12:40

Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan update event:

Saturday 17th October, 9.30am-12.30pm, Stonehouse Town Hall

Drop in to find out how the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan is taking shape: have your say on the emerging plan and the future of Stonehouse.

We want to hear your views on policies we are developing on housing, community facilities, getting around, the local economy and the environment.

Refreshments will be available all morning.

Download poster

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Standish Hospital Consultation Meeting

28 April 2015 at 10:48

Speakers from Stroud District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency will be talking about the draft Planning Concept Statement produced to guide re-use and redevelopment of the former hospital site, Horsemarling Lane, Standish.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th May in the Town Hall, High Street from 4.30pm-6.30pm.

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Local Plan Update-West of Stonehouse

27 January 2015 at 11:09

In the interim of reconvening the Local Plan Hearing, Stroud District Council have now decided to consult residents about a decision they have already taken to increase the housing numbers from 9500 to 11200.

On the 9th December 2014 Stroud District Council adopted West of Stonehouse as the only sustainable site.

In justifying this decision they have produced a further Sustainability Assessment dated February 2015 to sit alongside the main modifications to the Plan.  Note this includes a prediction of 3550 houses for West of Stonehouse by 2031 as one scenario.  It is important that everyone responds to this consultation on planning grounds and the *Strategic Planning Alliance* are working on an example response.

The period for submissions of representations will run for 6 weeks from 11th February until Wednesday 25th March 2015.

Please see documents at www.stroud.gov.uk/consult or visit the Town Council office to view the paper copy.

Please make sure you respond!

*The Strategic Planning Alliance is a newly formed alliance of Parish Councils (Eastington and Standish), Town Council (Stonehouse) and community groups (Keep Eastington Rural; Don't Strangle Stroud and Avoca PLD).  Meetings of the Alliance have listened to the views of Parish Councillors, Ward Councillors and two prominent local District politicians.  Funding has been pledged to obtain expert planning advice to challenge Stroud District Council's flawed, developer-focused plans for our District.  The Alliance will put forward an alternative plan that protects run-away development through a sound 5 year land supply and addresses sympathetically the needs of the elderly.

The links for for further information -

strategicplanningalliance.wordpress.com

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Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire Prize Draw

19 December 2014 at 11:49

Based on consultation to date we have now drafted Vision and Objectives for the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan which we would like your view on.

All responses recieved before 18 Feburary 2015 will be entered for the prize draw - tell us your views and you could win £100! www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHNPDEC

 

Note: Prize draw is not open to Cllrs, Employees of the Council and members of the Working Group.

Tags: Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire Prize Draw

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Standish Hospital Site Updates

06 October 2014 at 15:00

  1. Standish Hospital Community Design Meeting 9th-13th October at Standish Village Hall. 

The Homes & Community Agency (HCA) invites you to a Community Design Event for Standish Hospital.

Event Summary:

Thursday 9th October - 6pm-8pm (extra evening event)

Evening meeting and presentations

Community workshop to discuss aspirations for the process and agree objectives for the design event.

Friday 10th October - 9am-4pm and 6pm-8pm

Technical presentations and workshop sessions throughout the day to develop and test ideas for the site.

Council officers and key stakeholders will be in attendance to help address any questions and explore the issues.

Summary 6pm-8pm - drop in and view the work from the day and find out how you can get involved in the weekend events.

Saturday 11th October - 10am-4pm/Sunday 12th October 2.30pm-5pm

Call in to see what has been said so far and speak to the team.

Attend a site walkabout and test the design concepts.

Understand and review the concepts being developed with the Design Team.

Monday 13th October - 9am-4pm and 6pm-8pm

Design Team preparation for the event event.

Final Community Presentation 6pm-8pm - Final review session presenting the consensus materplan and outputs of the weekend with opportunities for questions and answers.

For more information, detailed workshop timings and to obtain a briefing pack please contact:

Ben Murphy   t:01179 377 820    e:ben.murphy@hca.gsi.gov.uk

Jo Davis         t:0117 988 5224    e:Jo.Davis@gva.co.uk

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Bristol Road Train Station

10 January 2014 at 14:11

The Gloucestershire Local Transport Board (GLTB) Prioritised Schemes

GLTB was formed in response to the devolution of funding for local major schemes by the Department for Transport (DfT).

After an initial "call for schemes" exercise, the GLTB has adopted a priority list of schemes, the Train Station on Bristol Road in Stonehouse being one of them.

For further information on the schemes please visit: http://www.gltb.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=115293

The list contains 14 schemes in total. Based on the existing DfT financial allocation of £9.8 million, it would only currently be possible to fund the top four schemes.  However, more funding may become available in the future.

We would like to know your views on the individual schemes so please submit one complete questionnaire for each scheme you would like to comment on.

If you wish to leave your comments and/or support for the scheme then please visit the following website:

https://gloucestershire-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/trp/travel/majorschemefunding/gltb/gltb_prioriitised

Tags: GLTD | Bristol Road Station | Department for Transport | Stonehouse | Prioritised Schemes | Gloucestershire

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UPDATE -Urbaser Balfour Beatty Appeal in respect of Javelin Park

09 January 2014 at 11:30

UP TO DATE INQUIRY NEWS

The Inspector has issued a note to assist Third Parties who wish to speak at the Inquiry. You can read it here.

Please find a list of  the Third Parties who wish to speak at the Inquiry on 14 January here. They are also listed on the latest Programme.

The statements for the session on 14 January can be downloaded here.

Cllr David Drew will be attending to give evidence on behalf of Stonehouse Town Council and the Council remains concerned about the County Council’s lack of consideration to residents views.

The County Council does not appear to be able to quantify the need for the Incinerator but rather follows UBB’s business need for the facility.

Tags: Javelin Park | Incinerator

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Planning application employment site and homes west of Stonehouse

22 November 2013 at 16:58

We apologise for the late posting of the details below, due to holiday this was the earliest we have been able to post details on the Town Council website.

Download - Robert Hitchins Stonehouse West Consultation Flyer - PDF (193kb)

The outline proposal would help Stroud District Council to fulfil its obligations to meet its full, objectively-assessed housing need for new homes and provide a five-year housing supply and, in so doing, would help to protect other more sensitive locations, including the Stroud Valleys from future development.

It offers the added benefit of 25 acres of employment land, to be developed simultaneously with the residential element, and the prospect of real job opportunities for the people of Stroud District.

The plans include provision for a primary school, sports pitches, children’s play areas and a local centre, as well as a ‘green’ buffer zone to protect the hamlets of Nupend and Nastend.  Thirty per cent of the homes would be affordable, in accordance with the requirements of the Stroud Local Plan.

The development team would like local feedback before submitting an outline planning application to Stroud District Council. In particular, we should like to hear the views of councillors who represent Stonehouse, Eastington and Standish, and representatives from the local business community.

We should therefore like to invite you to a preview session before the public consultation events, to take place as follows:

  • Thursday November 21, Stonehouse Town Hall, 12-2.30pm
  • Saturday November 23, Stroud Subscription Rooms (Kendrick Room), 10-11am

In attendance will be representatives from the project team who will be happy to go through the proposals and do their best to answer any questions you may have.

If you are unable to attend at the above times, you are very welcome to attend the open sessions of the public consultation events which are as follows:

  • Thursday November 21, Stonehouse Town Hall, 2.30-8.30pm
  • Saturday November 23, Stroud Subscription Rooms (Kendrick Room), 11am-5pm

Attached is a copy of a leaflet about the events which is being distributed to approximately 4,750 local householders in and around Stonehouse and Eastington.

We hope that you will be able to make one of the dates above. If you are unable to do so and would like to know more, please get in touch with the planning consultants in charge of the consultation Pegasus Group on 01285 861717. Alternatively, please contact me on the numbers below and I’ll do my best to help.

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Stonehouse Library Survey Results

09 October 2013 at 16:19

This survey was carried out by Stonehouse Town Council in response to a request from the library serviceto explore the possibility of relocating the library from Elm Road to the Town Hall on the High Street.

The survey ran for 6 weeks from 18 July to the end of August 2013. 162 responses were received (althoughsome people did not answer all the questions). 86 people completed the survey online and 76 completedpaper copies which were available at the Stonehouse library, the Post Office, the Town Hall and in APT.

View the Library Survey Results

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Pre-Planning Public Consultation Elms Road Site

03 June 2013 at 17:32

There is going to be a Pre-Planning Public Consultation regarding the Elm Road Site in Stonehouse.

Downloadable Documents:

Comments are invited to david@davidbarnesarchitect.co.uk and we ask that comments are received on or before Friday 21st June if possible please.

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Stonehouse Newt Count success, finding Great Crested and Smooth Newts

22 April 2013 at 09:47

The Newt count  last week was very successful with 35 newts found, 5 of which were Great Crested Newts, 2 males beautiful creatures, one was a gravid female, and the remainder 30 were Smooth Newts. It was well worth the early rise. There was a good turnout of people and it was very exciting. The newts live in the ponds opposite Stonehouse court where we are adopting the piece of land.

If you are interested in further wildlife events then join Stroud Valleys Project on a Bat Walk Saturday 27th April from 8pm-9.30pm at Lake at The Lawn, Cainscross. We will listen for bats using bat detectors, and hope to spot some flying. Please bring a torch and dress warmly.

Booking is recommended - 01453 753358 or email ivi@stroudvalleysproject.org  The Lake at The Lawn is on Cainscross Rd (A419) just after Cainscross roundabout, opposite DA Cooke Heating and next to Marlimg School playing field. Visit www.stroudvalleysproject.org or call 01453 753358

On Sunday 28th there is a Bluebell walk in Standish woods. Experience Spring Magic and learn about the difference between our native English Blueball and the Spanish Hybrids then come along for this Spring treat.

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Public Consultation - Plan to redevelop the Old Station Yard

05 April 2013 at 10:38

GRAFTON GROUP PLC IS PROPOSING TO REDEVELOP THE OLD STATION YARD, BRISTOL ROAD, STONEHOUSE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

As part of the process of preparing proposals for the site, Graftons are keen to obtain the views and opinions of the local community.

Local residents are invited to view draft plans which will be on display at a public consultation exhibition. This will take place at The Stonehouse Community Centre, Laburnum Walk on Wednesday 10th April between 2.30pm - 7.30pm.

Several members of the development team will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have relating to the development.

For those unable to attend, plans will be available to view at www.brookesmithplanning.com/consultation from Wednesday 3rd April and any comments/questions can be forwarded to consultation@brookesmithplanning.com by 5.30pm on 19th April.

All comments will be very much appreciated and will be taken into consideration when the proposals are finalised for submission to Stroud district council.

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