Stroud District Councillors’ Newsletter 177

The Council has been coming back to life after the holiday period, meetings have been taking place, however the next full Council meeting is not until 17th October.

Interviews for three new Strategic Directors, to form a Management Team with the Chief Executive, Kathy O’Leary, will be taking place in early October, current members of staff have been able to apply for these positions, as well as applicants from outside the Authority.

The Forest Green Rovers Stadium re-submitted planning application. The earliest this is likely to go to the Development Control Committee is believed to be December. Highways have changed their minds on parking issues, and are likely to ask for controls on roads around the proposed site on match days.

There will be 2 new electric cars delivered to the Neighbourhood Warden Service in September, they will be white Nissan Leaf models, with the SDC logo on the front doors. This is the start of replacing the entire fleet of old and costly vehicles currently in use by the Service.

The plans for revamping the Broadfield Sheltered Housing site should be available to view online at the end of September. (**See below)

Works to construct the Canal through Whitminster Roundabout are due to start in October. This will involve, at times, contra-flow traffic management around the roadworks there. Human nature being what it is, drivers heading for Stroud from the A38, or indeed the M5 junction, and vice versa, may be looking for alternative access roads, such as through Eastington. The work is scheduled to last until September next year.

Anyone needing help or advice on District Council matters, please contact:-

Cllr John Jones, 07808922918, email or
Cllr Stephen Davies, 07802595307, email

** Broadfield Road is a sheltered housing scheme owned by SDC. On part of the site there is an existing detached building which provides communal facilities for the site, including a former Scheme Manager’s accommodation. The communal facilities are under-utilised and the scheme manager’s accommodation is no longer required and has been empty for some time. It has been proposed to demolish the communal building and replace it with new affordable Independent Living bungalows specifically for older people. Existing tenants will receive some compensations for loss of facilities and are generally in favour – a final consultation will be undertaken with tenants prior to planning submission. Ed.