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Bogus Neighbourhood Watch calls - beware

18 October 2016 at 13:55

The Neighbourhood Wardens have received reports that a number of residents in Nailsworth and Minchinhampton have been contacted by ‘’Neighbourhood Watch’’ offering them free security surveys on their properties. Please be aware that this is not genuine and under no circumstances should residents arrange any surveys or allow any strangers into their properties.

The only services that offer security surveys are the Police and Stroud District Council, and again if approached by anyone, clarify they have Identification from the agencies they work for.

Like most scams this is mainly targeting the elderly, so please spread the word and make friends, family and neighbours aware, if you have any doubts about who you are speaking to either on the phone or in person please contact 101 and report the incident to the police.

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Youth grant funding programme

18 October 2016 at 13:39

Deadline 24th October

Stroud District Council in partnership with Stroud District Youth Council, are operating a Youth Grant Funding Programme again in 2016/17 with money devolved from Gloucestershire County Council.

What is the Stroud Youth Development Fund?

The Stroud Youth Development Fund is designed to help provide youth work based development programmes in the Stroud district that make a positive difference to young people and supports them to become active citizens in their community. Such programmes will include projects and activities that are based on the needs of young people and applications can cover delivery costs including those related to venue hire, equipment and staffing (but not specific posts). The funding for this and the Stroud Youth Activities Fund, has been devolved from the County Council during the financial year ending March 2017.

What is the Stroud Youth Activities Fund?

The Stroud Youth Activities Fund is designed to help provide youth work based activities in the Stroud district that make a positive difference to young people and supports young people to become active citizens in their community. The funding for this and the Stroud Youth Development Fund, has been devolved from the County Council during the financial year ending March 2017.

For more information, the criteria and application forms
http://www.youth.stroud.gov.uk/general.asp?pid=1&pgid=6448

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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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What challenges do you have regarding accessing funding?

18 October 2016 at 13:28

What challenges do you have regarding accessing funding as a voluntary community sector organisation?

Part of the role of the VCS Alliance is to support the county’s voluntary sector, understand the commissioning landscape, and apply for available contracts and tenders. To do this effectively they need to understand the challenges the VCS has in accessing commissioning opportunities.

Please complete a short, anonymous, survey which they can use to understand the support needs of the sector. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BYDCX73.

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Stonehouse in Bloom in Stroud News & Journal

18 October 2016 at 13:26

Thanks to Stroud News & Journal for coming to Stonehouse to recognise the hard work that the Stonehouse Community have put in to gain a 'Silver Gilt' in Heart of England in Bloom's 'Small Town' category.

You can read their article here

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Cotswold Boatmobility EGM

18 October 2016 at 13:24

Wednesday 19th October 2016 10am - 12 noon
Ebley Mill Council Chamber

All welcome. 

If you can help as a volunteer, help with funding or you'd like more information on Cotswold Boatmobility go to http://www.cotswoldboatmobility.org.uk

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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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Rotary 5 Valleys Fireworks

27 September 2016 at 13:56

24th October - gates open from 6pm

Marling Playing Fields, Cainscross, Stroud, GL5 4HE

The Rotary Clubs of Stroud, Stonehouse and Nailsworth are once again organising the largest professional firework event across the 5 valleys. This is an ever-popular family friendly charity event that has been run for many years. The amazing firework display is designed and choreographed to music by British Firework Champions of Champions Star Fireworks.

BUY ADVANCED TICKETS
We offer advanced tickets that are 33% cheaper than the entrance price on the night, tickets can be purchased at any local Midcounties Co-op store who are supporting the event or on our website at www.fivevalleysfireworks.org.uk

ATTRACTIONS
Attractions include John Coneleys Fun Fair, food, drink and for the third year following poplar demand a covered area for the under 12’s to enjoy a variety of art and creative activities free of charge. 

SUPPORTING GOOD CAUSES
Please come along and enjoy the evening whilst helping us to raise money for the following worthwhile local causes and charities: Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust; Great Western Air Ambulance; Willow Trust; Nailsworth Youth Club; St Roses School; Gloucestershire Young Carers; Stroud Valleys Project; Citizens Advice Bureau; Stonehouse Scouts Group, The Stanleys’ Scout Group, Stonehouse Guides; Homestart and Severn Freewheelers.

SPONSORSHIP
We are grateful to all our sponsors full details of whom can be found on our website www.fivevalleysfireworks.org.uk

If you are a local company and would like to know more about how to be a sponsor and the benefits of being a sponsor then please contact John Jeynes by e-mail john.jeynes@btinternet.com

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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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Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Annual Public Open Day

07 September 2016 at 09:32

Saturday 17 September 10am - 3pm
Gloucestershire Police HQ, 1 Waterwells, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2AN

There will also be a host of zones inside HQ and around the car park where colleagues and partners will be helping to explain to visitors what their job involves, to offer advice and to answer questions.

The zones include:

· Animals in policing
· Safer roads
· Emergency services
· Neighbourhood policing
· Forensics
· Music (the Band of Gloucestershire Constabulary)
· Safer families
· Gloucestershire Constabulary history

In addition there is a zone dedicated to the many projects and charities that the OPCC supports or works closely with to help deliver Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime plan.

A new feature this year are a series of in-depth lectures about a range of subjects that the public are really interested to know more about.

Please have a look at the lectures that will be taking place at different times between 10am - 3pm. You will need to book a place in the lecture marquee as they can only accommodate 50 people at a time. Please note that some of the talks are only suitable for older children or teenagers because of the nature of the subject being discussed.

There’s no charge to attend the Open Day although there will be 
a voluntary collection for the retired police dogs charity called WAGs.

There will be free parking at the nearby Park and Ride (Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, GL2 2AN) and some parking spaces for disabled visitors directly outside HQ. 

For more information and to book a place on one of the lectures go to https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/campaigns/open-day-2016-september-17th/

Keep up to date with details about the event on the website and social media:
www.facebook.com/gloucestershire.constabulary
www.twitter.com/Glos_Police
Live updates will also be posted on the day, so get involved with the hashtag #GPOpenDay16

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Power cut? Call 105 for free

07 September 2016 at 09:29

You can call 105 to report or get information about power cuts in your local area.

You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put you, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, you should call the emergency services too.

105 is a free service, available to people in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can call the number from most landlines and mobile phones.

ABOUT 105

Many people don’t know they should contact their local electricity network operator if they have a power cut. They often mistakenly call the electricity supplier they pay their bills to.

That’s why the electricity network operators have introduced 105 – to give you an easy-to-remember number to call that will put you through to the local people who can help.

You can call 105 no matter who you choose to buy electricity from.

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING A POWER CUT?

• Switch off all electrical appliances that shouldn’t be left unattended, ready for when the power comes back on.
• Leave a light on so you know when the power outage has been resolved.
• Check to see if your neighbours are okay.
• Wrap up warm.
• Contact your network operator to report the power cut, either by calling 105 or via their other available channels.

To check whether your area is affected by power cuts go to http://www.westernpower.co.uk/Power-outages/Power-cuts-in-your-area.aspx

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Funding opportunities latest bulletin

07 September 2016 at 09:27

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 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 Comic Relief Local Communities grants programme has opened at Gloucestershire Community Foundation; the deadline is 5pm on 28 September. Organisations can apply for funding towards projects that aim to advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety. A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available; the average grant is likely to be £5,000. Page 16

The Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund for 2016/17 is now open. It will fund community safety initiatives in line with the six priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan. Page 17

Crowdfunder has launched the Just Act Community Fund giving top up funding to volunteer-led community projects seeking to raise funds through the "Crowdfunder" website. Page 18

The Heritage Lottery Fund will be running workshops to provide more detail about its new Kick the Dust programme for youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people. Page 37

The Department of Health has announced that round 2 of its Improving Health Based Places of Safety Fund is open for applications. Page 59

NHS England has launched its Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grants programme for 2016. Applications open until 21 September. Page 62

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England have launched the Great Place Scheme to pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together. Page 69

UK schools can apply to UK-German Connection for funding that ties into the German Ministry for Education's Year of Science 2016-17 initiative. In addition their Flexible Funding Scheme aims to fund projects that exchange ideas and aid joint learning about World War 1 and Our future in Europe. Pages 84 and 85

Heritage organisations and partnerships of smaller heritage organisations looking to develop an endowment fund can apply to the Heritage Endowments Grant Scheme. Page 88

The Tesco' Bags of Help' Grant Scheme is now open for applications to fund projects that improve the physical environmental or encourage the use and sustainability of outdoor spaces. Page 115

Applications have re-opened for the Cotswold LEADER Programme. They are looking for project outline applications that can apply and deliver quickly. Page 120

The Gannett Foundation is inviting applications to support projects that address the needs of rural communities in areas covered by the newspapers of Newsquest Media. These include the Gloucestershire Gazette, Cotswold Journal and Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard. Page 121

The Prince’s Countryside Fund will re-open for applications on 19 September. Page 121

Insurance company AXA has joined the crowdfunding website 
Crowdfunder to enable local communities to source funds for road safety initiatives. Page 126

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation is giving disabled entrepreneurs in the UK the chance to win a share of £70,000 to fund the further growth of their business, and become Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Page 129

The UFI Charitable Trust, a grant making trust focused on delivering an increase in the scale of vocational learning, will open its Manufacturing Skills Fund on 26 October. Page 129

Seedbed from South West Investment Group is a loan fund for social enterprises in the South West. Page 134

Military and emergency services charities and other related good causes are being invited to apply for funding coming from banking fines. Page 160

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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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Local communities grant opportunity through Gloucestershire Community Foundation

05 September 2016 at 23:09

Deadline for applications 5pm on 28th September

The Comic Relief Local Communities Grants Programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. £4.5 million is being made available to fund projects across the UK, working with UK Community Foundations and Gloucestershire Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners.

Organisations can apply for funding towards projects that aim to advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.

Applications have now opened. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 will be available. (Please note that the average grant award is £5,000.)

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 28th September.

Who can apply for the Comic Relief Local Communities Grants Programme?

• Community Groups
• Resident Associations
• Community Centres
• Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies
• Credit Unions

Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

For further details, including types of activities that may be funded (as well as exclusions from funding) and details on how to apply, please go to the Gloucestershire Community Foundation website at http://www.gloucestershirecf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/comic-relief-local-communities-grant/ or call 01242 851357.

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Young persons survey please take part

05 September 2016 at 22:53

8+ years

Stroud District #YouthVoice need your views and input into a survey about what young people aged 8 and over feel about issues that may affect them. The survey covers everything from thoughts on local transport, social issues, personal safety etc.

If you are a young person or an organisation that works with young people who can pass this on then please take the time to respond to the survey. The results will help determine what's important to young people across the Stroud District including Stonehouse.

The survey can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SDCYouthVoice2016

For more information on how as a young person you can join your local Youth Forum text 'I'm in Stroud' with your name and postcode to 07921 907210 or go to www.youth.stroud.gov.uk or
Facebook Stroud-District-Youth-Council
Twitter @SDYouthCouncil
Instagram sdyouthcouncil

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Stonehouse Citizens Advice Outreach closed for 2 days

05 September 2016 at 22:23

Thursday 8th & 15th September

The Stonehouse Citizens Advice (CAB) outreach in the Town Hall will be closed for the next 2 consecutive Thursdays. It will re-open on Thursday 22nd September. The Town Hall will be open as usual on those days.

The Stonehouse APT outreach (1 Park Parade, Stonehouse) will remain open on these dates between 1-3pm.

Citizens Advice apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however, the closure is unavoidable due to volunteer advisers being on holiday.

If you have internet access you may find the answer to your query on their public information website which can be found at www.citizensadvice.org.uk

You can also call the helpline number on 0808 800 0510 between 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday (Closed Wednesday).

Details of how to contact CAB by email and the opening times of other outreaches can be found at www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk

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Stagecoach bus changes 61, 64 and 66

23 August 2016 at 13:41

From 5th September 2016

There are no route changes in Stonehouse. Services 61, 64 and 66 have all been re-timed to improve punctuality. Service 61 runs at new times to better accommodate Stroud school movements. 

61- Dursley & Stroud to Cheltenham

• New route via Thirlestain Rd, College Lawn and Sandford Rd to serve Cheltenham Hospital
• New route beyond Dursley Bus Station to serve Woodmancote estate
• All journeys retimed to improve punctuality
• Stroud schoolday journey via Uley will now run as Service 65
• Journeys running as Service 61A will now run as Service 61 and will not serve Cam & Dursley Station
• Saturday evening journeys after 1830 withdrawn due to poor patronage

64 - Bussage to Stroud & Stonehouse

• Most daytime retimed to improve punctuality
• 0703 from Stonehouse to Stroud will no longer run (a bus on Service 61 departs Globe Inn at 0705)
• 1805 from Stonehouse to Stroud on weekdays will no longer run (a bus on Service 66E will run at 1801)
• 1826 from Bussage will run only as far as Bowbridge, not Stroud
• 1905 from Stroud to Bussage will depart at 1935 and run approximately 30 minutes later throughout

66 - Stroud & Kingsway to Gloucester
• Revised timetable throughout to improve punctuality
• Buses will at an even 15 minute frequency between Waterwells P&R and the city centre
• All journeys will run via Rudloe Drive and Thatcham Avenue or Valley Gardens in Kingsway
• Journeys on Service 66Q will run via Newhaven Rd and Woodvale between Waterwells P&R and Matalan
• Journeys on Service 66F will now run direct from Pilot Inn via Field Court Drive to Waterwells P&R

A summary of the changes are listed below the new timetables are available on the Stagecoach website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/

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Stroud Half Marathon – road closure schedule

17 August 2016 at 16:33

Sunday 23rd October 2016

Road No. A419 Cainscross Road – between Merrywalks and Cainscross Roundabouts for its total length of 1.2km between the hours of 8:30am - 1:30pm

Road No. 3/214 Standish Lane between Standish Church and the junction with A38 for its total length of 2km, between the hours of 10:20am - 11:45am

Road No. 3/226 Grove Lane, Whitminster – from its junction with A419 Chipmans Platt to its junction with A38 for its total length, distance of 2km, between the hours of 10:30am - 12:00noon

Road No. 47564 Paganhill Lane – from its junction with Stratford Road to its junction with Cainscross Road for its total length of 600m. (Access to be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles from Fire and Ambulance Stations and access for bus service), between the hours of 10:50am - 12:30pm

Road No. 3/209 Oldends Lane – from its junction with A419 Bristol Road to its junction with Midland Road, a total distance of 1.15km, between the hours of 10:35 - 12:30pm

Road No. A419 Dudbridge Road, from its junction with Cainscross Road to its junction with A46, a total distance of 380 metres, between the hours of 9:45am - 12:30pm

A temporary 30mph speed restriction will be in place on the A419 Bristol Road, from its junction with Grove Lane to its junction with B4008, between the hours of 8:30am - 1:30pm

See the road closure schedule map here.

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New waste and recycling collection service - bin delivery

12 August 2016 at 13:24

What's happening?

As well as the items that you currently recycle, you will be able to recycle all your food waste in new food waste bins.

Wheelie-bins will also be provided to replace black bags for your rubbish, which will be collected fortnightly, instead of weekly. Not everyone will be receiving a wheelie bin. There will be some exceptions dependent on type of property/access etc.

When will I get my new food waste and wheelie bins?

Your bins will be delivered to your property in Stonehouse between 15th August - 3rd October.

Stroud District Council will do their best to deliver within these dates but should there be any unforeseen circumstances/delays we will keep you informed.

As a point of reference, for those residents receiving a wheeled bin for their rubbish (landfill waste), their food waste bin and kitchen caddy will be placed inside the bin along with an information leaflet detailing the new service. There will be a sticker on top of the wheeled bin advising you NOT TO USE THE CONTAINERS UNTIL 1ST NOVEMBER.

For residents receiving sacks instead of wheeled bins, the sacks will be left with the food waste bin, kitchen caddy and information leaflet as close to the property as possible.

IF YOU HAVEN'T RECEIVED YOUR CONTAINERS BY 20TH OCTOBER please email recycling@stroud.gov.uk or call 01453 754424.

For more information about the new service please go to https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/bins-rubbish-recycling/your-new-waste-and-recycling-collection-service

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Are you able to vote? Are your Electoral Register address details up-to-date?

12 August 2016 at 13:17

Fill out and return your forms.

During August, the Stroud District Council Elections Team will be sending out Household Enquiry forms to 52,600 properties in the district asking you to confirm or update your details for the electoral register which will be republished on the 1st December 2016. 

The annual canvass is important because if you are not on the register you will be unable to vote in any future elections. Your credit score may be affected if you are not registered at your current address and you may have difficulty obtaining credit or opening a bank account.

IF YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHANGE YOUR DETAILS

If you do not have any changes to your details please respond either by telephone, text or online (where changes can be made using a unique security code) as detailed on your form.

To ensure as many people register as possible, legislation requires Stroud District Council to employ canvassers during October and November to visit those properties which do not return their canvass forms or who do not respond where no changes are required.

Please make sure you return your canvass form to avoid a visit!

To register to vote please go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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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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New bus services In Cotswold and Stroud districts from 16th August

08 August 2016 at 19:14

Community Connexions are introducing new bus services in Stroud and Cotswold Districts from 16th August to enable those affected by changes to rural bus services to access essential services.

Concessionary bus passes will be valid on new, door-to-door pre-bookable shopper services.

They have services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays taking people into either Nailsworth or Stroud covering the following areas:- Shortwood, Newmarket, Woodchester, Amberley and Nympsfield, Minchinhampton, Avening, Horsley, Hampton Fields, Tiltups End, Barton End, Box, Balls Green, Nailsworth, Slad, Randwick, Edge, Paganhill, Whiteshill, Ruscombe, Pitchcombe, Painswick, Stonehouse, Leonard Stanley, Brimscombe, Frocester, Ebley, Selsley, Kings Stanley, Rodborough, and Thrupp.

They urge people to ring and book to ensure their place as many routes are already proving very popular.

For more information or to book call 0845 680 5029 or go to www.communityconnexions.org.uk.

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Save 'N' Borrow need volunteers

29 July 2016 at 20:31

Save ‘n’ borrow, Stroud Valleys Credit Union, is planning to open a branch at Stonehouse Community Centre to help local people build up secure savings and, when needed, take out affordable loans.
With a target opening time of September, we are currently looking for volunteers to then contribute 2-3 hours per week or fortnight to help run the branch after training.
If you might be able to help or would like more information please phone 01453 298785 to give your details or email admin@svcu.org.uk

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Stonehouse Youth Club for 11 - 18 year olds

29 July 2016 at 20:28

Pod Youth Centre, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse GL10 2DG
Tuesdays 7 - 9pm, Thursdays 5 - 7pm, Fridays 7 - 9pm 

Pop into your local Youth Club. Young Gloucestershire is a countywide charity that supports disadvantaged young people who are facing challenges in their lives.

For more information email matt.jones@youngglos.org.uk call 01452 501008 visit www.youngglos.org.uk ?#‎yginspire?

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Billy Shilton opened new table tennis facility

29 July 2016 at 20:17

Stonehouse’s new table tennis facilities were officially launched on the 2nd July by young table tennis champion, Billy Shilton, and the Mayor, Theresa Watts. Billy's talent shone out and with his brother Stanley played an impressive demonstration game. Some spectators also took part.

The two outdoor tables in Laburnum Field were funded through Gloucestershire County Council’s Activity Fund. They can be used free by local residents with no need for booking.

Residents can bring their own bats and balls or borrow them from the nearby Woolpack Inn (£2 deposit). Alternatively, bats and balls can be purchased from Hurn’s Hardware in the High Street.

The launch was attended by local residents and Councillors with refreshments provided by our Youth Leader Matt Jones from YG (Young Gloucestershire).

Why not set up a Stonehouse table tennis club? It's a fun sport for all ages and abilities...

TABLE TENNIS FACTS
1) Table Tennis was invented in the 1880s in England.

2) Table tennis was banned in the Soviet Union from ca 1930 to 1950. The sport was believed to be harmful to the eyes.

3) Table tennis became a medal Olympic sport in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

4) Early table tennis paddles were normally made of cork, cardboard, or wood, and covered with cloth, leather or sandpaper.

5) Table tennis is the most popular racquet sport in the world and ranked second overall in terms of participation. Over 10 million players compete in sanctioned tournaments each year.

6) A modern table tennis match at the elite level lasts on the average about 30 minutes. Top players often smash the ball at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

7) How many balls can two players hit back and forth in 60 seconds? The current record is 173 set by Jackie Bellinger and Lisa Lomas in 1993.

8) A modern table is 9 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 2.5 feet high. The net is 6 inches high.

9) China, Sweden and South Korea are currently the world powers in table tennis.

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Public views needed on revised opening hours for Minor Injuries and Illness Units in the county.

29 July 2016 at 20:12

Gloucestershire Care Services is currently seeking public views on revised opening hours for Minor Injuries and Illness Units (MIIUs) in the county.

This public engagement process began on July 13, 2016 and will run until August 31, 2016.

You can download their 'Review of Minor Injuries and Illness Units in Gloucestershire' information booklet by going here 

If you wish to participate in the survey by picking a preferred choice from one of the three options presented in the information booklet, you can do so online by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3KNMJ9G

Please be aware that you can only participate in the survey once.

Engagement events

In addition to the information booklet, there are a number of engagement events about the MIIU opening hours proposals being held throughout August:

Monday August 1, 3 - 4pm
The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford

Tuesday August 2, 3 - 4.30pm
Stroud Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Road, Stroud

Thursday August 4, 10 - 11.30am
Outside the Post Office, Silver Street, Dursley

Friday August 5, 10 - 11.30am
Information bus at Spring Gardens, Oldbury Road, Tewkesbury

Monday August 8, 10 - 11.30am
Information bus at The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold

Tuesday August 9, 11am - 12.30pm
Corinium Museum, Park Street. Cirencester

Thursday August 18, 10 - 11.30am
Friendship Cafe, Gloucester

Thursday August 18, 1.30 - 3pm
Information bus at the Clock Tower, Coleford Market Place, Coleford

Friday August 19, 10 - 11.30am
Information bus in High Street, Cheltenham

Monday August 22, 10 - 11.30am
Information bus at 11 King Street, Stroud

Friday August 26, 1.30 - 3pm
Information bus at Cirencester Hospital

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Stonehouse Parkrun every Saturday

29 July 2016 at 19:58

9am every Saturday - Oldends Lane Playing Field

PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE YOUR FIRST RUN - you will need the barcode contained in your registration email to get a time.

What is Stonehouse parkrun?
It is a 5km timed run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?
Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?
The event takes place at Oldends Lane Playing Fields, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, GL10 2DG. See Course page for more details.

Parking
Please park in the Oldends Lane Car Park in-between the Magpies Social Club and railway line. If you are forced to park in residential areas due to lack of space in the car park do so considerately and without causing obstructions. We encourage people to walk/run/use public transport where possible.

What does it cost to join in?
Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please go along and join in whatever your pace!

Stonehouse parkrun needs you!
It is entirely organised by volunteers - email stonehousehelpers@parkrun.com to help.

They're friendly!
Every week they'll be grabbing a post parkrun coffee in the High Street please come and join them!

For more information about park run please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/stonehouse/
or got to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Stonehouse-parkrun-483564528521543/

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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 Town Councillor Vacancy for Ebley Ward

25 May 2016 at 09:27

Stonehouse Town Council have a vacancy for a Town Councillor to represent the Ebley Ward. To view the co-option notice please view it here.

If you would like to apply for co-option onto the Council please see the criteria and download an application form here or pick up a hard copy from the Town Hall (see our contact us page for opening hours).

The closing date for applications is Monday 20th June.

To read what is involved in being a Councillor and 'What we do' go to the relevant links on our website.

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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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Autism Awareness Week Coffee Morning

23 March 2016 at 09:24

Monday 4th April - 11am - 12 noon
Stroud Library, Lansdown Road, GL5 1BB

Show your support & help raise awareness!
Pop in to Stroud Drop In

For more information about Autism and the Awareness Week go to http://www.autism.org.uk

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Pedestrian awareness: keeping each other safe

21 March 2016 at 17:58

 

43% (10 out of 23) of all killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in the tri-force area in January were pedestrians. The area includes Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Four of the ten collisions with pedestrians in January happened in Gloucestershire, with one being fatal.

One of the most important aspects to remember is that when crossing a road, make sure you have turned off any music you are listening to, stop texting, focus on the road and always use a safe crossing point.

All pedestrians are also being reminded that visibility is important, and wearing reflective and fluorescent clothing in the dark will help drivers see them more clearly.

Texting, eating or dealing with animals or children whilst driving can lead to distractions. Drivers are being reminded to pull over and carry out any action that may distract them from focusing entirely on the road, and therefore aware of any pedestrians that may be wishing to cross.

When a collision occurs between a pedestrian and a vehicle it is always the pedestrian that comes off worse. Often, these collisions are easily avoided if drivers keep their eyes open for pedestrians and avoid distractions when driving.

Pedestrians, of all ages, should do their bit to be safe too, by using safer crossing points and looking and listening for approaching traffic – any road can be crossed safely if due care is taken.

Being aware of potential dangers on the road is a responsibility for all who share it. Residents in Gloucestershire are being asked to commit to being a responsible driver and pedestrian by demonstrating safe and social road use to everyone.

Drivers must ensure that their windscreens are clean and free from mist or ice before they set off, they must make sure they ‘clear the screen and see the whole scene’ a pedestrians life could be in your hands, and if you can’t see them you may not be able to avoid them, so please give yourself a few vital moments to prepare for the road. And pedestrians remember that the Green Cross Code is not just for children – always stop, look listen and think!

For more information about road safety visit:

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Physical disability and sensory impairment needs survey

21 March 2016 at 17:37

The survey can be completed by the person with a disability, or on their behalf by a person who supports them.

Gloucestershire County Council is carrying out an all age Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Needs Analysis to map need and trends for people with physical disabilities and impairments. The results of the survey will form the creation of a report which will help to inform future Council policy.

The survey covers topics such as access (to buildings, the outside environment and public transport), accommodation, education, employment, care and support and healthcare and health and wellbeing.

Closing date Sunday 8 May.

If you need a hard copy of the survey instead please email sam.howe@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

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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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Successful Stonehouse Community Litter Pick

14 March 2016 at 10:41

 

The sun came out, as did young and old(er) members of the Stonehouse Community to support our regular 'Litter Picks'. On Sunday 13th March as on previous picks we tackled our usual areas plus sites that had been earmarked as being 'litter' hotspots from our residents feedback. At least 25 bags of rubbish and recycling were collected.
Well deserved free tea and cake was in good supply afterwards.
We will be publicising our next one in a couple of months, so again if any residents/businesses are aware of areas that need tackling please get in touch with Liz Lawrence at the Town Hall deputyclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com.

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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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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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Stroud Community Transport needs volunteers

26 January 2016 at 11:40

Stroud Community Transport is a service provided to accommodate the needs of the communities within the Stroud, Dursley and outlying areas. They run a not for profit Car and Minibus Service, it is essentially for the use of the elderly, frail, wheelchair users and those who may be rurally isolated or have a problem using public transport. They undertake all sorts of journeys from: Medical, Day Centres, Visiting, Outings, Shopping (why not group together and have a dedicated day of the week that could be your shopping day to the local Supermarkets) they look at each booking on an individual basis. Volunteering in your community can be hugely rewarding and good for the soul, you could make new friends, learn new skills and be part of making a difference to others’ lives.

They have a need for Volunteer Drivers both within the Dursley and Stroud Area as well as Volunteers to man the phones and take bookings at the office in Stroud. Should you have a few spare hours and would like to help, Please contact them on 01453 759005 between 9am - 1pm.

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Stroud Citizens Advice needs volunteers

26 January 2016 at 11:38

Volunteer Information Session - 3rd February at 3:15pm
Citizens Advice Stroud Office

Stroud District Citizens Advice are calling for new recruits to join their volunteers and make a difference in the local community. Citizens Advice are holding an information session for prospective volunteers on 3 February at 3:15pm in the Stroud office.

Chief Officer, Sally Pickering said “The Stroud District Citizens Advice simply couldn’t function without the time and dedication of our volunteers. Our volunteers are a real asset to the bureau, and they get a lot out of working with us too. Volunteering can be a chance to use or develop your skills to help people resolve their problems.”

Mary who has been volunteering for nearly 3 years said, “I am proud to be a CAB adviser; we provide a professional service and I am always learning and looking up new information. I know if I am not sure about something I have lots of great support from the team.”

The CAB are looking for people who can spare 9 hours a week to join their adviser training course on the 16th March. The training is very comprehensive and travel expenses are paid. If you would like more information about volunteering for the Citizens Advice, contact Sandi Sorell on 01453 7582852 ext 202 or email Sandi sandi.sorell@stroudcab.org.uk

For more information go to http://www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk

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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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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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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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Canal Project Latest - January 2014

06 January 2014 at 15:00

Dudbridge: Work on refurbishing the two locks was completed just in time for Christmas and the towpath was reopened. Unfortunately, flooding on 23rd December seriously damaged the new towpath. This was followed by further flooding on New Year’s Day which caused a collapse of the facing brickwork on the lower lock. The problem is being caused by debris washing down Slad Brook and Painswick Stream, which is blocking the protective grid covering the culvert inlet. Although we have been clearing the grid, it becomes blocked during high flows, when it is too dangerous to work. We are now examining possible solutions to the problem.

Good news was the opening of the upper lock on 7th December by 10 year old Crystal Hulls, of Stroud Canoe Club. She led a flotilla of 15 canoes through the lock. The event was well received and attracted regional TV coverage. On 23rd December, Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers took the workboat Wookey Hole through the lower lock, becoming the first vessel in over 60 years to ascend it. An official opening of both locks is being planned for March, which will coincide with an event at The Lawns.

Griffins Mill Lock: Our volunteer team has now taken the lead in refurbishment of the lock, as the Cotswold Canals Trust was unable to muster sufficient resources. Most major work had already been completed. However, work here has now slowed due to the large amount of water in the canal.

In the pipeline for 2014:

  • Creation of a bypass channel at Wallbridge to carry river water around the Lower Lock. This will permit the lock itself to be restored in the summer.
  • Clearance of the channel at Cheapside. This may involve creating a structure to retain the slope above.
  • Clearance of the channel between Wallbridge and Lodgemore – very much a ‘missing link’
  • Erection of a retaining wall below Bowbridge Veterinary Surgery. This will permit restoration of Bowbridge Lock by volunteers.
  • Beginning of work by volunteers at Ham Mill Lock once Griffins Mill Lock is completed
  • Installation of interpretation panels
  • Planting and landscaping at Capels Mill

 

This leaves:

  • Replacement of Lodgemore Bridge. This is dependent on the compulsory purchase currently underway
  • Replacement of Bowbridge Bridge. This is at the tail end of the restoration length and is dependent on funding being available

Tags: Canal Project | January 2014 | Dudbridge | Griffins Mill Lock | Wallbridge | Cheapside | Cotswold Canals Trust

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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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Housing and Support for Older People in the Stroud District

29 October 2013 at 17:50

Your opportunity to shape

HOUSING AND SUPPORT FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN STROUD DISTRICT

Stroud Subscription Rooms

7th November 2013

Lunch at 12.30pm

Event Commences 1.15pm – 4.00pm 

Aim of the day:

How can we work together to ensure that we have the right services, for older people, that are high quality, are in the right place, so that our older people can sustain independent living

Facilitators: Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
Dress: informal  Contribution: active participation

RSVP:

Please reply to John Bloxsom at 01453 754 146 or john.bloxsom@stroud.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

Please let us know if you have any requirements about hearing, access or any other requirements to enable you to fully participate

What is Positive Engagement?

Positive Engagement events are rapidly becoming recognised as an effective, and engaging option that enables a wide variety of people to work together to discuss and explore possible ways to improve whatever it is they have chosen to explore.    

Positive Engagement events encourage people to focus on what is currently working well and to use the workshop as an opportunity to begin to build a joint vision of what might realistically be possible for the future in terms of the chosen subject area.

The approach provides a way for everyone involved to identify and celebrate what is already working well, collectively envision the desired future, and identify practical ways to get there.  It has an impressive track record – and has been used all over the world by a wide range of orgainsations, including many local authorities and public sector orgainsations.

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Declaration of Results of Poll Stonehouse Town Council North Ward

22 August 2013 at 13:02

We have received the declaration of result of the recent poll for the Election of a Town Councillor for Stonehouse (North Ward) Town Council.

David Hagg, being the Returning Officer at the above election, has hereby given notice that the number of votes for each Candidate at the said election have been counted and has declared that Paul Stephens is duly elected.

We welcome Paul, as our newly elected Town Councillor, to attend his first official duties at the next Full Town Council Meeting on Monday 2nd September at 7pm.

Of the 2,708 strong electorate a turnout of 14.6% was recorded.

The official Declaration of Result of Poll here - 33KB (PDF)

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Stroud District Council Improves Recycling Facilities

25 April 2013 at 09:52

Stroud District Council has made further imporvements to its seven existing recycling facilities. With the exception of Cainscross, each recycling site now:-

  • has a large easy to read coloured banner identifying all the materials that can be recycled
  • offers residents the ability to recycle household electrical items – known in the waste industry as ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ or ‘WEEE’.

Please note! A ‘WEEE’ bank and sign will be sited at Cainscross within the next two to three weeks – unfortunately the delay could not be helped

Details of the types of the items that can be accepted at these banks can be found on our website www.stroud.gov.uk/recycling but examples would include hair dryers, electric toys, electric kitchen appliances, remote controls, toasters, kettles and irons. The banks will be emptied every 2 weeks by a subcontractor to Veolia called Computer Salvage Solutions (CSS), who will also be fully responsible for the maintenance of the banks at no extra cost to the Council. The WEEE collected from the banks will be recycled by CSS at their facility in Newbury. The items will be shredded to recover precious raw materials which are usually exported to Europe or Asia where they are used to manufacture new products. CSS does not export whole items, only raw materials.

Just to clarify, this scheme will be run alongside the Council’s free bulky collection service; WEEE items collected through this service will also be recycled.  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me at Richard.coole@stroud.gov.uk

The seven bring sites that we run are listed below. With the exception of Cainscross which does not have a WEEE bank currently, every site has the same facilities.

  • Berkeley, Marybrook Street car park, GL13 9DB
  • Cainscross, Stroud District Council car park, GL5 4JW
  • Cam, Stroud District Council car park beside Tesco, GL11 5PS
  • Dursley, Kingshill Parade, GL11 4EJ
  • Stonehouse, High Street car park, GL10 2NG
  • Stroud, Cheapside car park, GL5 2AD
  • Nailsworth, The Old Market, GL6 0DU

Tags: Stroud District Council | Recycling | Stonehouse | Cam | Dursley | Nailsworth | Stroud

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