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Christmas Tree Recycling

07 December 2017 at 14:02

If you have a Christmas Tree over the festive period you can recycle it through Longfield Hospice.  For a donation, however big or small they will collect your tree from your doo on 5th, 6th and 7th January 2018.  Stroud District Council will not be providing skips for Christmas trees this year.

The organisation, ‘Just Helping’, working on behalf of Longfield Hospice, will be collecting trees in the Stroud District. All retailers in Stroud selling trees have been provided with literature from Longfield advising residents on how to recycle their tree. The information can also be found on our website  (click here)

Once the trees are collected they will be shredded at the hospice and used on their gardens.

To arrange a collection, residents can visit www.charityxmastreecollection.com or call 01453 886868 where a number of Longfields advisors will be happy to assist.

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Goodwill Fest Thank You

07 December 2017 at 12:53

Stonehouse Town Council would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who helped make the Goodwill Fest on Saturday so enjoyable.  Stonehouse shops, businesses and local volunteers offered their support in many ways and contributed greatly to the success of the afternoon.  We're also very grateful to those of you who turned out on a damp December day to take part in, or to watch, the lantern parade and turning on of the Christmas Lights to round off the afternoon.

This was the first year the Town Council have organised the event and   your constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated so that we can ensure next year's event is even better.  Contact us on customerservices@stonehousetowncouncil.com.

The Christmas Lights are now on and from 11 December until Christmas day there will be free parking in the High Street car park (courtesy or Urbaser Balfour Beatty and SDC) for Christmas shoppers. 

Our best wishes to all in Stonehouse for a happy and successful festive season.

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Free High Street Car Parking 11th Dec-24th Dec

28 November 2017 at 12:34

Stonehouse Town Council have arranged with Urbaser Balfour Beatty and Stroud District Council for free parking in the main High Street car park from Monday 11th December through to Sunday 24th December 2017.  There will be a further period of free parking which is likely to be from Tuesday 6th February through to 26th February 2018 although this may be subject to change.

Further information

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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

07 July 2017 at 11:27

Temporary Road Closure B4008 Gloucester Road, Stonehouse 25 August 2017

Gloucestershire County Council intends to make an Order to temporarily close under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (as amended) part of B4008 Gloucester Road from 20 meters either side of the rail bridge, a total distance of approximately 50 meters.

The reason for the closure is for safety and structural railway bridge examination.

The road is expected to be closed on 24th August 2017 at 23.59 hours until 25th August 2017 at 05.30 hours or until the works have been completed.  

For further information please contact 08000 514514 or visist www.gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Pedestrian access to premises on or next to the road and emergency access will be maintained.

Alternative route as signed on site.

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Lantern Making Workshop 18 Nov

14 June 2017 at 11:25

Join us in the Town Hall for a FREE lantern making workshop from 12.00 to 3.00pm on Saturday 18 November to make some lanterns to carry in the lantern parade on Saturday 2 Dcember at the Goodwill Fest.  No experience needed - we provide materials and instruction and plenty of help to make your lantern - all ages welcome.

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County Council Elections - make sure you are registered to vote

10 February 2017 at 13:33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phone: 01453 754 886

Email: elections@stroud.gov.uk

www.stroud.gov.uk/vote

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Surviving Winter campaign

10 February 2017 at 13:29

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

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

Gloucestershire Community Foundation – ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IF YOU DON’T NEED IT DONATE IT

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

 c/o The Manor Boddington,

Cheltenham,

Gloucestershire,

GL51 0TJ

(You can also donate online)

IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY A NEED FOR FUNDING, PLEASE APPLY

If you want to apply for funding please contact complete the application form, this can normally be processed within a week. Go to www.gloucestershirecf.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/surviving-winter/  

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

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Assessing new nuclear power station designs

10 February 2017 at 13:24

Generic Design Assessment consultation information

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

Background - New nuclear power stations

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

Regulating new power stations

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

Assessing new nuclear power station designs

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

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

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

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

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

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

The UK ABWR design

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

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

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

Assessment of the UK ABWR

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

Our consultation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our preliminary conclusion

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

How to get involved and respond

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

• Online: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/gda-of-hitachi-ge-nuclear-energy-ltds-uk-advanced-boiling-water-reactor

• Email: gda@environment-agency.gov.uk

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

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Gloucestershire's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

09 February 2017 at 13:44

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

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

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

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

The STP sets out priorities including:

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

Have your say              

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

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

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Stonehouse train services diversion 8th February

08 February 2017 at 10:25

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

For more information please go to the GWR website https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/live-network-updates/disruption-information

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Volunteer Advisers Wanted for Stroud and Cotswold District Citizens Advice Spring Training Programme

20 January 2017 at 14:00

Citizens Advice provide free, independent, impartial and confidential advice across the Stroud and Cotswold districts. Advisers are well trained and supported to enable people to use that advice to solve their problems, whatever they may be.

You don't need specific qualifications or experience to train for the role. You need to be good at listening, have a good telephone manner, be confident using a computer keyboard and searching the internet, and enjoy working in a team. They ask their advisers to volunteer for either one full day per week or two half days.

Our top 5 enquiry areas are money, benefits, housing, employment and family problems. Mary, a volunteer adviser said, ‘I like advising because I enjoy helping people find a way forward and giving them the support and information they need’.

If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved in training and volunteering with them, please come along to the information session they are holding at their Stroud office on Wednesday 22 February at 3pm. If you want to attend please let them know by emailing training@ca-scd.org.uk

If you are unable to attend but would like more information please email training@ca-scd.org.uk

You can find out more information about their service here http://www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk/

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Business Networking Event - all businesses welcome

09 January 2017 at 17:52

Thursday 12th January 9:30am - 12:30pm - £12.50
MRG Systems Ltd, The Mill, Upper Mill Estate, Bristol Road
Stonehouse GL10 2BJ

Join the Association of Gloucestershire Business Groups at this networking and skills sharing event.

The event is promoted with the Association's member chambers and business groups in South Gloucestershire, but is open to any Gloucestershire Business people who would like to meet, get to know and do business across the County.

For more information and to book tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-glos-network-skills-event-stonehouse-tickets-28988297779

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Stonehouse Community Litter Pick - Volunteers needed

09 January 2017 at 17:44

Sunday 15th January 2 - 4pm (refreshments from 3:30pm)
Starts at the Youth Centre, Oldends Lane

We start 2017 as we mean to go on, and that is tackling litter in our town. Local people, a group of Town Councillors and youth leaders aim to make (and are making) Stonehouse a litter free town.

It's a great way of helping to get that New Year's 'Keep fit' regime started by walking around the town in the search for litter. Get your neighbours, friends, family or your community group to help keep your town free of litter. Children are welcome if supervised by an adult. The more pickers we have the more litter we collect!

If you know of a litter hot spot please report it to deputyclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com so we can address it on this litter pick.

To report fly tipping please go to https://www.stroud.gov.uk/report/report-fly-tippingdumped-litter

To report an overflowing litter bin go to
https://www.stroud.gov.uk/report/report-an-overflowing-litter-bin

To report littering as part of anti-social behaviour please go to Stroud District Council's website https://www.stroud.gov.uk/community-and-recreation/community-safety-and-neighbourhood-wardens/anti-social-behaviour

For more information on littering go to http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/Documents/Files/Campaigns/WSOTFAYO-report-web.pdf

62% of people in England drop litter, although only 28% admit to it!

The litter pick dates for 2017 are as follows:
12th March
14th May
9th July
10th September
12th November

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Funding opportunities latest bulletin

19 December 2016 at 19:40

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 Government’s Communities Fund is being launched to help local people who are struggling to manage. Page 18

All Co-operative Bank Community Directplus account holders can apply for support for special projects and fundraising activities. Page 18

The MidCounties Co-operative Community Fund will be open to applications from 23 January to 17 February. Page 19

The Postcode Community Trust will re-open for applications from 23 January to 10 February. Page 24

Stroud District Council in partnership with Stroud District Youth Council, have re-opened their Youth Grant Funding Programme. The deadline is 3 January 2017. Page 30

The Wallace & Gromit Foundation supports projects that improve the lives of sick children in hospitals and hospices. Applications are open until 20 January. Page 59

The National Churches Trust has launched a new maintenance grant programme. 27 February 2017 is the next deadline for applications to its existing Community and Repair grant programmes. Pages 95, 22 and 95.

The Growing a Greener Britain charity helps to fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces. Page 108

The Sodexo Foundation’s Stop Hunger Campaign supports charities which help to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, promote healthy eating and lifestyles or support basic life skills such as cooking. Page 120

The Cheltenham Late Night Levy Fund is open for applications until 31 January. Page 122

The Ministry of Justice has launched a new fund to support local areas to develop a multi-agency approach to improve the support available for female offenders and other women with complex needs who may be at risk of offending. Page 124

The Spirit of Women Changemakers small grants programme will fund activity that improves the wellbeing of women and girls who are subjected to harmful gender norms and stereotypes. Page 163

The Government has launched a new round of its Tampon Tax Fund for projects that address violence against women or work with disadvantaged women and girls. Page 166

Rosa has launched its Woman to Woman fund to support local grassroots women’s organisations. Page 169

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Citizens Advice Stroud District Christmas closures

13 December 2016 at 10:37

Stonehouse Town Hall - Closed on 29th December 
Stonehouse APT Centre - Closed on 29th December 

Our Helpline Number (0808 800 0510) will be closed from 12 noon on 23rd and 30th December and will be closed on 26th, 27th December and 2nd January.

Alternatively you could visit our website at 
www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk

Normal opening hours will resume on Tuesday 3rd January
(see website for details of normal opening hours)

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Notice of Uncontested Election

22 November 2016 at 21:12

Please see Notice of Uncontested Election here.

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Low level vegetation clearance works

18 November 2016 at 17:34

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

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

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

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Recycling Roadshow

16 November 2016 at 11:24

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

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

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

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

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

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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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GWR Car Parks charging increase

15 November 2016 at 22:35

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

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

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

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

Mark Hopwood
Managing Director - Great Western Railway

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Adopt BT Payphone Kiosk Scheme

14 November 2016 at 12:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No Mobile, When Mobile Campaign

11 November 2016 at 18:39

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

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

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

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

1. Promote the ‘My Red Thumb’ campaign to your local school or youth group - http://www.myredthumb.com/

2. Display the campaign posters available soon through the RSP website - www.roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk

3. Promote the mobile phone policy to your local business community - http://www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/drivers/distraction/mobile-phones/

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

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

Some facts that you may find useful:

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

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

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

The law

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Funding opportunities latest bulletin

11 November 2016 at 17:55

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:

1 December is the closing date for applications to the Commissioner’s Fund from the Police and Crime Commissioner. Page 17

Several Gloucestershire charities are seeking your votes to reach the finals of the Aviva Community Fund. Page 17

The GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund re-opened on 7 November. Page 21

Organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000 can use crowdfunding to receive up to £1,000 towards the cost of Christmas lights for their towns. Page 21

Free online training is available to help run breakfast clubs. Clubs that complete the training will be eligible to be assessed for a sustainability grant. Page 39

The Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grant scheme supports not for profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Page 42

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new fund with a dedicated focus on preparing young people to leave care. Page 46
Single academy trusts, smaller multi-academy trusts and sixth-form colleges can apply for funding through the Condition Improvement Fund. Page 72

The Salix Energy Efficiency Fund is available for academies and sixth form colleges that have energy efficiency projects that need capital to invest. Page 73

School pupils at KS2 have the opportunity to take part in the Smarter Power Competition which is being run by British Gas. Page 73

As part of British Science Week, taking place in March 2017, the British Science Association is providing grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own science and engineering events. Page 74

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund has re-opened for applications. Page 96

The next closing date for the Postcode Community Trust’s Community Sports Programme is 17 November. Page 106

The Government has announced a new £40 million programme to provide an innovative approach to tackling homelessness. Page 124

The Baring Foundation has re-opened its Support for the Voluntary Sector programme. The programme is focusing on the use of the law and human rights by the voluntary sector. Page 125

The Power to Change Community Business Fund is now open until 16 December. Page 130

The Bulldog Trust has announced a partnership programme for launch early in 2017. It will provide strategic support and funding to develop, scale or improve the sustainability of the highest quality social impact organisations. Page 133

The Reach Fund is a two year grant fund testing a new model for investment readiness support. Page 138

Applications to the Summerfield Trust are now open until 9 December. Page 168

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Remembrance Parade Road Closure Reminder

11 November 2016 at 17:45

Closures - Sunday 13th November 11:20am - 12:45pm

PARADE & SERVICE
Stonehouse High Street & Memorial Green 11:30am - 1pm

ROAD CLOSURES
A Temporary Road Closure has been granted which will effect the following roads between 11:20am - 12:45pm:

(a) Elm Road from the junction with Quietways to junction with Stonehouse High Street.

(b) Stonehouse High Street from junction with Regent Street to The Lawns (near railway bridge) and Queen's Road at junction with the High Street.

View the road closure notice here.

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M5 Standish Lane Overbridge – closure for 5 weeks from 6th November

07 November 2016 at 13:04

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND/SKANSA WORKS UPDATE:

Initially the bridge was closed between May and July to enable us to complete our first phase of works. The bridge was then reopened in July to enable various key local events to take place, including the Stroud Half Marathon. We still have some further work to complete though, so from Sunday 6th November we’ll be closing the bridge to through traffic once again. The bridge will be closed for five weeks from this date, reopening on Sunday 18 December. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.

The work being done is part of a cluster of works affecting five of the bridges around Junction 13 of the M5. It’s essential, and in relation to the Standish Bridge it is necessary because some of the bridge foundations are subject to Thaumasite Sulfate Attack (a chemical attack on the concrete). If this work was not done now the bridge would eventually have to have weight restrictions applied to it, or potentially face being closed altogether.

During the closure – which will be in force 24 hours a day - a clearly signed diversion route will be in place. Details of the diversion routes can be found on the maps overleaf. Access will be maintained to properties at all times.

Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to it. If this happens, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause you. We will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to the absolute minimum.

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

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Litter pick success and big thanks to those who helped

31 October 2016 at 18:25

We would like to thank the 26 people (including 6 young people) who gave up their time on Sunday to help pick litter at the Stonehouse Community Litter Pick. It was a great turn out!

The teams covered areas throughout the town and collected a total of 15 bags of rubbish and 7 bags of recycling (+ the remains of 2 chairs!)

We are going to be holding a litter pick every 2 months on the following dates:

Sunday 15th January
Sunday 12th March
Sunday 14th May
Sunday 9th July
Sunday 10th September
Sunday 12th November

The picks will start at 2pm at the Youth Centre in Oldends Lane Playing Field. Refreshments (very good cakes) and tea served afterwards from 3:30pm.

We appreciate any help from any age/ability as we can dish out routes accordingly. We only ask that children are supervised by an adult if attending.

If you notice any litter 'black spots' that you would like to see tackled then please get in touch with the Deputy Clerk on 01453 822070 or at deputyclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com

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M5 Junction 13 works update - M5 Junction closures

31 October 2016 at 11:37

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 – full closure of the M5 southbound between Junctions 12-14

 

 

All traffic will be diverted to follow the A38 southbound, re-joining the motorway at Junction 14

 

 

Thursday 3rd November 2016 – full closure of the M5 northbound between Junctions 14-12

 

 

All traffic will be diverted to follow the A38 northbound, re-joining the motorway at Junction 12

 

 

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND/SKANSA WORKS UPDATE:

 

 

You will be aware that we have been doing some essential repair work to the bridge structures around Junction 13 for some months. To date, we have completed verge works at Stroudwater Interchange and at Standish and Eastington Overbridges. This has involved exposing and repairing concrete in the bridge supports that have been affected by Thaumasite (a chemical attack on the concrete). It’s been a big job involving a workforce of around 40 people to date.

 

 

As the phase of work changes, so too must the traffic management arrangements. From Thursday 3rd November we will be using two narrow lanes of traffic management around Junction 13 (on both the north and southbound carriageways). These narrow lanes are necessary as they allow us to work in a safe and effective way without needing the close the carriageway entirely. It is anticipated this next phase of work will be completed in December 2016 (while the whole project is on track to finish, as scheduled, in February 2017).

 

 

To reduce the impact of these changes on the travelling public, we have deliberately delayed their introduction until after the autumn half term, when traffic volumes are generally lower. It is possible though that while the two lane traffic management solution is in place, some journeys on the M5 around Junction 13 may be subject to delays.

 

 

A number of night-time closures (between 8pm and 6am) will also be required as we put the next phase of our traffic management solution in place.

 

 

Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to it. If this happens, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.

 

 

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause you. We will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to the absolute minimum.

 

 

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk

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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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Free Maths and English courses

18 October 2016 at 17:43

Mondays 6 - 8pm, Wednesdays 1 - 3pm
APT, 1 Park Parade, Stonehouse

Spaces are available on these South Gloucestershire & Stroud College courses. You must register your interest to participate in one of these courses due to limited spaces.

For more information or to book a place please contact Helen at APT on 01453 822705 or email aptcentral@btconnect.com

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Stop, Think, Check - 'Take Five' Anti-Fraud Campaign

18 October 2016 at 17:41

Take Five is led by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) – urging everyone to do one very simple thing: think before you act.

Before you give away any information, Take Five. Stop, take a step back and make sure what you’re being told makes sense. If you’re ever unsure, don’t go through with it.

Never give out your security details (such as your PIN or full banking password)

A genuine bank or organisation will never ask you for these in an email, on the phone or in writing. Consider what you’re being asked for. Question why they need it. If you aren’t 100% sure who you’re talking to, don’t give them your personal or financial details.

Don't assume an email, text or phone call is authentic

Even if someone seems to know your basic details, it doesn’t mean they’re genuine. In an attempt to gain your trust, fraudsters may claim you’ve been a victim of fraud. They often do this to get you talking, then try and persuade you into giving them your security details.

Don’t be rushed, or pressured, into making a decision

No genuine bank or trusted organisation will, under any circumstances, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Neither would they ask you to transfer money into another account for reasons relating to fraud. If you’re asked to do this, then stop and consider what they are asking you.

Listen to your instincts

Does a situation feel wrong or strange? If so, it’s usually right to question it. Fraudsters will try to manipulate you: they’ll try and lull you into a false sense of security when out and about, or rely on your defences being down when you’re at home. They’ll try to appear trustworthy, but they may not be what they appear.

Stay in control

Be confident. It’s always okay to stop a conversation. You can always refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about the Take Five campaign go to https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

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Can you help with gardening history?

18 October 2016 at 14:19

The topic for the next Gloucestershire Local History Day, to be held at Churchdown Community Hall on March 18th 2017, is “Gardens for Fun, Food and Flowers”.

Stonehouse History Group is preparing a series of display boards on this topic and we are researching for information and photographs of horticultural societies, nurseries and garden centres, vineyards, allotments, the Willow Plantation, High Street trees and flowers, and garden ornaments and sculptures made in Stonehouse.

If you have any information on these topics, old photos, adverts or
posters, or if you happen to have a garden sculpture made in Stonehouse, then we would love to hear from you. Email us via info@stonehousehistorygroup.org.uk, phone Vicki Walker on 01453 826334 or speak to any member of our committee.

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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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2018 Constituencies Boundary Review - view, comment & learn

18 October 2016 at 13:58

The Boundary Commission for England is conducting a review of parliamentary constituencies and needs your help.

On their site you will be able to view their proposals, make comments, see what other people have said and learn about the Boundary Commission and the review.

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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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Stroud Ambitions Careers Event

18 October 2016 at 13:52

Wednesday November 9th 4:30 - 7.30pm
Stratford Park Leisure Centre
Free to attend and you don’t need to book

Come along to one of the county’s largest careers events at
Stratford Park Leisure Centre. Stroud Ambitions is a unique interactive event for both students and adults where you’ll be able to speak directly with over 50 different employers from many sectors. 

Find out about career opportunities, what qualifications and employability skills are needed for different jobs and how to take the next step.

Independent careers advisors, apprenticeship providers, local businesses and representatives from colleges, universities and the Jobcentre Plus will be there.

Now in its 4th year, a huge range of skills and interests are catered for at this event. The aim is to give a comprehensive guide to future employment, further study and skills development for young people and adults.

Last year nearly 600 people attended, with one young attendee saying “It was really easy to talk to people & get an idea of what I could do in the future”.

THE FOLLOWING SECTORS WILL BE
REPRESENTED AT STROUD AMBITIONS:
• Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing
• Animal Health & Welfare
• Armed Forces
• Automotive Engineering
• Broadcasting & Media
• Business & Entrepreneurship
• Catering, Food & Hospitality
• Computing & Cyber Security
• Construction & the Built Environment
• Creative Arts & Crafts
• Design & Graphics
• Education
• Emergency Services - Police
• Environmental & Agricultural Sciences
• Financial Services
• Hairdressing & Beauty
• Health & Wellbeing
• Legal Services
• Marketing & Advertising
• Medical & Nursing
• Performing Arts
• Renewable Energy & Power Industries
• Retail & Sales Management
• Science & Mathematics
• Sport & Leisure
• Tourism & Culture

Visit www.stroudambitions.co.uk for a full list of exhibitors.
For further information call 01453 754296
or email ambitions@stroud.gov.uk
@stroudambitions

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London Paddington rail service closure

18 October 2016 at 13:42

Saturday 24 December to Thursday 29 December 2016

This will mean GWR rail services will be starting and finishing at Ealing Broadway, where customers can make a connection to the underground, or scheduled bus services for travel into London.

Ealing Broadway does not have step-free access. We are therefore recommending that customers on the Bristol and South Wales services, who are travelling with heavy luggage, children, or who find steps difficult to change at Reading and use services from there to London Waterloo. This will mean a longer journey and we will be alerting customers to the changes well in advance so they can plan ahead.

Full details can be found at https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/christmas-2016

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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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Stamp it out!

29 July 2016 at 20:21

You can help to stamp out dog fouling in the Stroud District by reporting offences to the Council’s Dog Warden Team. Information provided to the team by members of the local community can assist in the way in which the Dog Wardens carry out their patrols.

When reporting an offence of dog fouling, think about the following:

• Do you know the dog owner?
• Do they usually walk the dog at a certain time?
• Where are they allowing the dog to foul?
• What does the dog and its owner look like?
• If the dog owner is using a vehicle, what is the registration number?

THE FACTS
In Britain 1,000 tonnes of dog’s mess is produced every day by our 7.5 millions pet dogs.

Research has indicated that around 60% of dog owners in the UK don’t pick up after their pets. Which is disgraceful.

Dog faeces are dangerous to public health and can cause serious illness.

Dogs mess is bad for the environment and very anti-social!

WHY SHOULD I SCOOP THE POOP?

Stroud District Council has adopted the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, which makes it an offence if dog walkers do not clean up after their dogs when they foul anywhere to which the public has a right of access. This includes:

• Pavements
• Paths
• Playing fields
• Grass Verges
• Gutters
• Carriageways

Some dog owners think that they can get away with not picking up after their pet if a Dog Warden is not around, but as more and more people come forward to report dog fouling offences, irresponsible dog owners may start to think twice about their actions.

To report offences or for further information you can contact the Dog Wardens in the following ways:

Email environmentalhealth@stroud.gov.uk
Call 01453 754478
Write to Environmental Protection Service Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Westward Road, Stroud, Glos GL5 4UB

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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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Nominations are now open for Lgiu’s Annual Councillor Achievement Awards

29 July 2016 at 20:07

Closing date 22nd August

Nominations can be made by anyone - members of the public, Councillors and Council Officers

This year's award categories:
County Councillor of the Year (including Unitary)
District Councillor of the Year
Parish Councillor of the Year, with NALC
Metropolitan Councillor of the Year
Leader of the Year
Local Trust’s Community Collaborator of the Year
Lifetime Achievement
Young Councillor of the Year
Member’s Choice: Communicator of the Year

Help us celebrate the work of outstanding councillors across the UK by encouraging colleagues and communities to submit nominations, and by spreading the word.

LGiU is a think tank and local authority membership organisation as well as a registered charity; and what we are about is pretty simple. We are all about people and the places where we live: we are about the everyday essentials that make life work – health, schools, homes, jobs, support, open spaces and the rest. And the thread that weaves through all our work is our core belief that all these essentials are best when they are designed and delivered locally.

To nominate a Councillor please go to http://www.lgiu.org.uk/project/lgiu-cllr-achievement-awards-2016/

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Home-Start Charity Volunteer Training Course

29 July 2016 at 20:02

From 22nd September
Quedgeley Village Hall

Home-Start are a local charity, based in Bond's Mill Stonehouse, that offers emotional and practical support and friendship to families and young children who are experiencing a difficult time. Volunteers are matched with a family and visit each week for a few hours. Volunteers might offer a listening ear to a mum who is struggling with post-natal depression, help an isolated family access services, or provide an extra pair of hands to a family with twins.

Before they can offer that help, they need to recruit volunteers. They would really like to hear from parents, grandparents or people with parenting experience who have 2-3 hours spare a week.

Please telephone 01453 297470 for a chat or email enquirieshomestartsd@gmail.com

For more information about the charity please go to http://homestartsd.org

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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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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 11-18 years old? If so Stroud District Youth Forum needs you!

29 July 2016 at 19:40

Hi!

We are a group of young people from across Stroud District (including Stonehouse). We run campaigns, events and projects to improve your community.

What's in it for me?
• Fun!
• Free food and a hoodie
• Representing young people's views
• Meeting new people
• Accredited training in leadership, confidence and communication skills
• Changing things for the better in your community
• Looks great on your CV

Come and join us!

Interested?
Text, 'I'm in Stroud' with your name and postcode to 07921 907210
Facebook: Stroud-District-Youth-Council
Twitter: @SDYouthCouncil
Instagram: sdyouthcouncil
Web: www.youth.stroud.gov.uk

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Free Career Development Workshop for 14 - 24 year olds

29 July 2016 at 19:38

Thursday 11th August 10am - 1pm at Ebley Mill

Stroud District Council are running a FREE career development workshop for people aged 14 to 24 who want to:
• understand their unique personal strengths
• use these strengths to be more confident
• build phrases for a winning CV
• build a strategy for personal success

To reserve a place and take advantage of this excellent opportunity, please reply to skillsforstroud@stroud.gov.uk, providing a few key details about yourself.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited to book early!

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Traffic delays possible on M5 and around Iron Acton - Sunday 24th July

19 July 2016 at 14:29

Stonehouse Town Council is working with National Grid to ensure local residents are aware that on Sunday 24th July National Grid will transport large, new equipment to their substation in South Gloucestershire, which may impact the local road network.

For National Grid to continue to provide a reliable supply of electricity for homes and businesses, they must upgrade some equipment at the substation near Iron Acton. National Grid will deliver a new transformer from Avonmouth docks on Sunday 24 July to the substation in Iron Acton. The lorry carrying the equipment will leave Avonmouth at 8am and the delivery is expected to be complete between 2:30-3pm 

The lorry carrying the new equipment is 55M long by 5M wide and will weigh 235 tonnes. It will travel between 10 - 15 miles per hour and will span across two lanes for the entire journey. The lorry will be followed by a police escort to help manage traffic and to ensure public safety.

Due to the size of the lorry, it must take an indirect route to Iron Acton substation to avoid hazards, such as weak bridges and narrow turning points. The police escort will halt traffic for a short time at certain places, such as when the lorry needs to straddle two road lanes, turn or travel along narrow roads.

The lorry will leave Avonmouth via the M49 before joining the M4 eastbound. The lorry will then travel north on the M5 before turning southwards. The Lorry will exit the M5 at Junction 14 where it then then travels down B-roads towards its final destination.

Thomas Penn, Project Manager at National Grid said, “I’d like to thank people for their patience in advance of our work. By letting people know in advance, we hope that people will be able to plan their journeys on Sunday 24 July to avoid any disruption.

“National Grid regularly do deliveries like these and we take every precaution to ensure the safety of the public and our colleagues. Our last transformer delivery to Iron Acton substation was successful. We pick Sunday mornings because the roads are quietest at this time.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact their Community Relations Team on 0800 073 1047. They are available 7 days a week 7am – 7pm.

A map of the route taken can be viewed here.

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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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Restoration of Bonds Mill paleo channel - consultation

05 June 2016 at 22:20

Deadline for feedback Friday 10th June

If you missed the public drop-in event on the 26th May but you would still like to feedback your views on the project please download the pdf feedback form and post it back (address details are on page 3 of the pdf) .

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.

More detailed information about the project vision, restoration and minutes of previous public engagement can be found here http://severnriverstrust.com/projects/gloucestershire-frome/

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Are you missing healthcare appointments because of transport issues?

31 May 2016 at 12:17

Gloucestershire County Council, alongside NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, wants to know how residents in the Stroud District find getting to healthcare appointments.

The Stroud District transport to health survey will be sent out to residents across the Stroud District in June to find out about their transport needs in getting to healthcare appointments and how well these are being met by existing services.

The council and NHS trust hope the survey will help them understand whether some residents in the Stroud District are struggling to get to health care appointments resulting in them not attending or not booking appointments at all.

Following the survey, which will run from 6th June – 20th June, the feedback from local people will help sculpt services in the future.

The survey will be sent to one in ten houses, and residents who receive the survey are asked to provide their input, even if people in their household drive or don’t use public transport.

The survey is available for all Stroud District residents over the age of 18 and is also available online and in paper form in Stroud District GP surgeries and Gloucestershire community hospitals.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning, infrastructure and planning, said: “Communities need to be able to access vital health appointments. I hope this survey will give us a better idea of how we can help more people to reach their appointment, which in turn will lead to a happier and healthier life.

“Difficulty with transport should not be a reason why people aren’t accessing these appointments.”

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “Accessing health care appointments is so important. If you receive one of these surveys in the post, I urge you to complete it and give us your honest feedback, regardless of whether you have access to a car or not.”

For more information and to complete the survey online, please go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/totaltransport.

 

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Latest funding bulletin from the Gloucestershire Alliance

26 May 2016 at 08:01

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
Key highlights:
Charities and community organisations, including those in Gloucestershire, are invited to apply to Bath Building Society’s Charity Awards for 2016.Charitable organisations must have an annual income of £250,000 or less. Page 18
The Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant scheme is now open until 31 May 2016. Page 18
The grassroots giving programme from the Skipton Building Society is open until 29 July. Please note registered charities are not able to apply. Page 19
Biffa Awards has made some important changes to its funding criteria. Pages 29 and 107.
Grants are available from the Ministry of Defence Aged Veterans Fund for projects that support non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs of UK veterans over 65 years old. Page 47
Applications for hospice grants from the Masonic Charitable Foundation re-opened on 16 May. Page 57
The Community Radio Fund is open for applications until 5pm on 26 May 2016. Page 63
Music for Alice helps groups and organisations buy musical instruments or equipment and is open for applications until 31 May. Page 64
The Royal Society's Partnership Grant Scheme re-opens on 30 May. Grants are available for STEM projects for UK schools or colleges. Page 74
The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund from the Arts Council is now open. Page 89
The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund has funding available to enable communities to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable. Page 110
The Money Saving Expert Charity is running a special Innovation Round whilst undergoing a strategic review. It is open until 10 June for applications for new ways of delivering financial capability. Page 120
Tigerfish is giving away 52 websites to registered charities, one a week for a year. Page 132
Applications are open until 22 June for the Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services priority of the Armed Forces Covenant. Page 134.
The People Postcode’s Trust Small Grants programme is open for applications until 30 May. Page 156

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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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Councillors 2016 - 2017 positions, committees & representations announced

24 May 2016 at 19:17

At the Stonehouse Town Council AGM last night the Chair (Mayor), Vice Chair (Vice-Mayor), committee members and representations were voted for (in the case of Chair/Vice Chair) and decided on by Councillors between them for committees and representation.

You can view and download a pdf of all Councillors positions here.

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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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Going for Gold 2016 - Stonehouse in Bloom Committee Meeting 10th May

09 May 2016 at 17:50

The next meeting of the Stonehouse In Bloom Committee is taking place on Tuesday 10th May at 6pm in the Town Hall, High Street  - everyone welcome. 

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PCC, Stroud District & Stonehouse Town Council Election Results

09 May 2016 at 13:45

Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner 

Martin Surl - Independent

For the full list of votes counted for the PCC Election go to the Stroud District Council website

Stroud District Councillors

Stonehouse - Chris Brine, Gary Powell and Mattie Ross - Labour

Stroud Valley Ward - Martin Baxendale

Hardwicke Ward - Dave Mossman, Gill Oxley and Tom Skinner - Conservative

Painswick and Upton ward - Nigel Cooper, Julie Job and Keith Pearson - Conservative

Coaley and Uley - Jim Dewey - Green

Thrupp ward - Martin Whiteside - Green

Trinity Ward - John Marjoram - Green

Stroud Farmhill and Paganhill - Haydn Sutton - Conservative

Uplands Ward - Chas Townley - Labour & Co-operative

Stroud Slade – Simon Pickering - Green

Berkley Vale - Gordon Craig, Haydn Jones and Penny Wride - Conservative

Cam East - Marinda Clifton - Labour & Brian Tipper - Conservative 

Randwick - Jonathan Edmunds - Green

The Stanleys - Nigel Studdert-Kennedy and Labour Party Steve Lydon - Conservative

Kingswood - Richard Reeves - Conservative

Amberley and Woodchester - Philip McAsey - Conservatives 

Severn - Stephen Davies & John Jones - Conservative

Cainscross - Jenny Miles, Rachel Curley and Tom Williams - Labour

Wotton-Under-Edge - Catherine Braun - Green, George Butcher & Ken Tucker - Lib Dem

Bisley - Tim Williams - Conservative

Stroud Central Ward - Skeena Rathor - Labour

Rodborough Ward - Nigel Prenter & Karen Mckeown - Labour

Minchinhampton - Nick Hurst & Dorcas Binns - Conservative

Chalford Ward - Chas Fellows, Liz Peters & Debbie Young - Conservative

Cam West Ward - Paul Denney - Labour & Jessica Tomblin - Conservative

The New SDC Council consists of:
Conservative: 23
Labour: 18
Green: 8
Liberal Democrats: 2

For the full list of votes counted for District Elections go to the Stroud District Council website

Stonehouse Town Councillors

Gwen Atkinson - Independent

Jo Byrne

John Callinan

Ray Clegg - Conservative

Deborah Curtis

Neil Gibbs

Timothy Jackson

Carol Kambites - Green

Gary Powell

Ginny Smart - Conservative

Paul Stephens

Pamela Swain - Independent

Theresa Watt

For the full list of votes counted for the Town Council Elections go to the Stroud District Council website

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Make sure you are registered to vote in the EU referendum on 23rd June 2016

06 May 2016 at 10:49

The referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23rd June 2016. If you have been already registered to vote in local and national elections before 18th April 2016 you do not need to re-register. Register to vote here.

For more information on the reasons why we should remain in the EU and reasons why we should leave go to a selection of the main campaigns below:

STAY

UK Government website

Britain Stronger in Europe

In Facts

 

LEAVE

Vote Leave

Get Britain Out

Leave EU

 

BOTH SIDES

The Commons Library and Lords Library

Full Fact

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Closure of M5 Standish Lane Overbridge - 24 hours a day 9th May - 30th October 2016

26 April 2016 at 11:14

Skansa will be carrying out essential works on the Standish Lane overbridge, which carries traffic over the M5 between junctions 12 and 13. The works will involve repairs to the bridge foundations due to the presence of Thaumasite and will include hydro-demolition works to the concrete bridge piers.

Due to the type of work taking place and to ensure the safety of both the public and their workforce, they will be closing Standish Lane overbridge to through traffic for the duration of the works, 24 hours a day, from the 9 May - 30 October 2016. There will be day and night time works on the overbridge. 

During the closure, a clearly signed diversion route will be in place and details of the diversion can be found on the maps here - marked in blue. Access will be maintained to properties as shown overleaf. 

Please note that whilst they always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to the programme. If this happens, they will do their best to notify the Council as soon as possible.

They have said they will make every effort to ensure that the impact of their works is kept to a minimum. They understand their works may cause some inconvenience and disruption to you, and they would like to apologise in advance and kindly ask for your patience whilst the works are taking place.

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please call the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

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Congratulations to our Stonehouse Civic Award winners

25 April 2016 at 22:26

The Town Hall was full of community spirit and recognition of the commitment and hard work carried out by individuals, community groups and businesses as the town celebrated the Stonehouse Town Council Civic Awards tonight at the Annual Town Meeting. These awards are judged by an independent panel.

The awarded were:

WINNERS

The Person Making an Outstanding Contribution to Stonehouse

Jacky Edwards

The Stonehouse Community Group of the Year

Stonehouse Day Centre

The Stonehouse Business of the Year

Stonehouse Holistic Centre

The Vicky Wakefield-Heath Young Person of the Year

Jaz Smith, Levi Painter, Chloe Sargent, Bailey Crowther, Liam Crowther & Charlie Webb


HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Person Making an Outstanding Contribution to Stonehouse

Sheila Brown

The Stonehouse Community Group of the Year

Stonehouse Community Partnership

The Stonehouse Business of the Year

Wynn’s Café

The Vicky Wakefield-Heath Young Person of the Year

Greg Jennings

Many thanks to all those who took the time to nominate and we look forward to celebrating Stonehouse's achievements in 2017.

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Your vote matters! - make sure you’re registered by 18th April

11 April 2016 at 18:27

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire election and the local government elections across the whole district take place on Thursday 5th May 2016. Registering to vote is easy and can be done online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Those registering will need to provide their date of birth and national insurance number. For more info on electoral registration or the elections on 5th May 2016 go to www.stroud.gov.uk/elections call 01453 754 886 or elections@stroud.gov.uk

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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.

Follow on twitter @StonehouseNP

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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

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