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Invitation to tender Oldends Lane Play Facilities

31 August 2018 at 12:47

Stonehouse Town Council invites tenders and designs for the provision and installation of new play facilities at Oldends Lane Recreation Ground, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 2DG.

The aim of the project is to improve play area facilities for children and their carers.  This project is Phase 1 of a series of improvements planned for the area and will include provision of new equipment, some landscaped play features and refurbishment of some existing play items.

Please see Invitation to Tender for further information and details of how to apply. The deadline for submission of tenders is 12pm Friday 19th October.

The contract is also adveristed on the government's Contract Finder website.

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Stonehouse Community Workshop, Old Post Office, High Street

20 August 2018 at 13:02

Stonehouse Community Workshop is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm, Old Post Office, High Street, Stonehouse (next to Town Hall). Bring items to be repaired - workshop members will try to help. More volunteers needed for this new community venture. See poster for more information.

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Heritage Lottery Funding for canal restoration Stonehouse to Saul

24 May 2018 at 12:28

Stroud District Council and Cotswold Canals Trust have received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the derelict canal between Stonehouse and Saul junction.

The HLF picked Stroudwater Navigation Connected as one of four projects across the country for development funding to make sure everything is in place before applying for a further £9 million of HLF money to allow the whole project to go ahead.

For further information see:

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Stonehouse Station Footbridge Removal 17 March 2018

13 March 2018 at 11:11

Network Rail will be temporarily removing the footbridge at Stonehouse Station on Saturday 17th March 2018. It will be modified off site to tie in with the platform extensions and will be reinstalled by mid June 2018.

Use this link to view further information and a diversion map from Network Rail.

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High Street Car Park

12 February 2018 at 13:41

Stroud District Council have given advance notification that between 12th and 14th March the rear left-hand side of the main High Street car park will be closed off to allow resurfacing works and relining to take place. 

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Temporary Road Closure and Restriction Park Road

12 February 2018 at 13:34

Gloucestershire Highways have issued notification of a Temporary Road Closure and Restriction in Park Road from 12th March until 16th March to enable resurfacing works to be carried out.

The temporary closure will be in part of Park Road from its junction with Midland Road to its junction with Elm Road.  In addition to its closure there will also be no parking or waiting permitted at any time along the same length of road.

Alternative Route - as signed on site.

For further information contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514 or visit

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Stonehouse Bus Services During Temporary Road Closure

12 February 2018 at 13:24

Stagecoach Bus Company have advised that their Stonehouse bus services will continue to serve the High Street during the temporary road closure in the High Street.  Whilst the cable works are being carried out buses will divert around Park Estate.  As soon as the bus services will return to normal routes once the road re-opens.

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Temporary Road Closure of Stonehouse High Street

01 February 2018 at 11:00

Stonehouse High Street (B4008) will be closed from Meadow Road to Elm Road for the instalation of a new electricity cable under the railway bridge from 12 Feb 2018 to 16 Feb 2018.

For further information please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514 or visit

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Stonehouse Station Footbridge closure

01 February 2018 at 10:51

Stonehouse Station Footbridge will be closed temporarily from 3 Feb 2018 to 30 Mar 2018 to enable reconstruction of the footbridge.  An alternative route will be signed on site via Burdett Close/High Street/Queens Road/Upper Queens Road

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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

The latest version of the Funding Opportunities bulletin is available on the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website at

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

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.

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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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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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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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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
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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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

The latest version of the Funding Opportunities bulletin is available on the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website at

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

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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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 or call 01453 754424.

For more information about the new service please go to

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Latest meeting minutes and agendas available to view and download

12 August 2016 at 13:19

Meetings and Minutes

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

Meeting Dates and Agendas

MeetingDateTimeDownload Agenda
Development Control Panel

Monday 11th July 

6.15pm Download agenda

Regeneration & Environment Committee

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

Finance & Strategy Committee

Monday 25th July


Download agenda

Full Town Council


5th September


N.B. There are no meetings scheduled during August

All meetings are held in the Town Hall, High Street

Meeting Dates for 2016 - Full list

Minutes of Meetings

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

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

View minutes from past meetings in the Archive

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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.

Until midnight today (12th August) online:

View the plan and supporting documents here

Fill out the online form at
• All Stonehouse residents, visitors, shoppers and businesses
are welcome to submit their comments online to us

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

08 August 2016 at 18:17

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

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Can you volunteer your skills to the Town Council to help complete projects?

29 July 2016 at 20:30

Summer is the busiest time of year for our groundstaff - it is also the only opportunity to give play equipment a lick of paint. So if you are a 'dab' hand with a paintbrush...

This autumn we are also looking for volunteers to help create viewpoints within Doverow Wood. If you have any landscaping
experience and equipment please let us know.

Businesses in particular are welcome to volunteer their staff for a day helping the community shape up for the winter. Please contact us or call 01453 822070 if you can spare some time and skills - we would really appreciate it!

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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...

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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Stonehouse In Bloom thanks everyone for their efforts in 'Going for Gold'

29 July 2016 at 20:04

There was lots of frenetic activity pre the judges arrival yesterday morning to get the town looking 'tip top'. The judges commented on how lovely the town looked and that they thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Stonehouse (their words).

Stonehouse In Bloom would like to thank it's committee members, residents, businesses, community groups, Town Council and it's staff and Stroud District Council for all their help in making the town look very attractive this summer!

The judges are now in deliberations and we'll get the eagerly awaited result in September. We hope everyone in the town continues to enjoy the 'blooms' over the rest of the summer.

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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.

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 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
or got to their Facebook page

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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

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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

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

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

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Ecotricity's Eco Park Public Exhibition

26 January 2016 at 11:35

Saturday 6th February 9-11am
Stonehouse Town Hall

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

You can find further information at

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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 ( which was finally agreed despite much opposition, as a suitable place to have at least 1350 houses, a new primary school, some more industry and some local shops.

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

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

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Doverow Hill Usage Survey

26 January 2016 at 11:25

Do you regularly use the footpaths to Doverow Wood?

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

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

Following on from development scheduled for West of Stonehouse and Javelin Park we have to protect the rural environment around us. So please take the time to fill in the online survey here or send us your responses by email or letter to Town Clerk, Stonehouse Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 2NG.

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Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Update event

06 October 2015 at 12:40

Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan update event:

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

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

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

Refreshments will be available all morning.

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Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire Prize Draw

19 December 2014 at 11:49

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

All responses recieved before 18 Feburary 2015 will be entered for the prize draw - tell us your views and you could win £100!


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

Tags: Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire Prize Draw

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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:

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:

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


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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Appeal Notification for Javalin Park - Incinerator Latest

17 July 2013 at 15:44

An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of Gloucestershire County Council to refuse to grant planning permission for the proposed development of an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility for the combustion of non-hazardous waste and the generation of energy, comprising the main EfW facility, a Bottom Ash processing facility and Education/Visitor Centre, together with Associated/Ancillary Infrastructure including Access Roads, Weighbridges, Fencing/Gates, Lighting, Emissions Stack, Surface Water Drainage Basins and Landscaping.

The appeal will be determined on the basis of an Inquiry.  The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 (as amended); although, as likely duration of the proposed Inquiry will exceed 6 days, the standard approach to timetabling referred to in the above Rules will be replaced by an agreed bespoke timetable.

As part of the appeal process, The Planning and Development Unit in Shire Hall will be forwarding all the representations previously made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant.  These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at or by e-mailing  If you do not have access you can send three copies to:

Helen Skinner
The Planning Inspectorate
3/02 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square

All representations must be received by 3 September 2013.  Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned.  The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations.  All representations must quote the appeal reference APP/T1600/A/13/2200210.

Please quote the Planning Inspectorate appeal reference in any correspondence.

The appeal documents are available for inspection at Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Gloucester  GL1 2TH between 8.30 am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank or other Holidays) or online at

You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in planning appeals” booklets free of charge from the Planning Portal at or from us. 

The Council is also providing information regarding the progress of the appeal on the following web site

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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 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

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

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

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

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Stonehouse Newt Count success, finding Great Crested and Smooth Newts

22 April 2013 at 09:47

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

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

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

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

Tags: Newts | Stonehouse

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Great Crested Newt Survey in Stonehouse

14 March 2013 at 12:17

Great Crested Newt Survey

Friday 12 April: 7.30pm - 9pm
Saturday 13 April: 7am - 8.30am

Take part in this fascinating annual survey of great crested newts, a protected species. This is a wonderful chance to learn about these curious creatures and to get involved in this vital project. There used to be a sizeable population of great crested newts at this site before most of the newts’ foraging and hibernation space was built on. We’ll put newt-friendly traps into the pond on Friday evening and will empty them on Saturday morning. Please bring a torch for the evening session. This event is free for people who are sponsoring one of these miniature dragons through Stroud Valleys Project’s wildlife adoption scheme.

Cost: £3/adult, £2/child (for those aged 16 or under)

Booking is essential as places will be limited. For more details and to book a place contact Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 or
07718 129358 or email

This project benefits from the kind support of Biffa Award and Stonehouse Town Council.

Tags: Great Crested Newt | Survey

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