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BBC Points West acknowledges ECLT on New Year’s Day

We were delighted to celebrate the start of work at Puddleworth Close with millions of people watching BBC News on 1st January. It was the “good news” story at the top of the Points West broadcast and featured the ECLT Trustees with their ceremonial Golden Spade, supposedly breaking the turf.   Of course the election had forced the postponement but we celebrated anyway, with representatives from the Parish Council, Stroud DC, Aster Homes, EG Carter and our main benefactor, Homes England.

In the photo above,  the ECLT Trustees all lending a hand here are (left to right):
Tom Morrison (Chair), Muriel Bullock (Vice Chair), Lynne Farnden (Treasurer), Tom Low (Secretary), Alan Brasier (Trustee), Martin Elliot (Trustee), Ed Davies and Georgie Brocklehurst (members).
Trustees absent from the photo are Alison Loverage, Paul Mannings, Sharon Wells and Cllr John Jones.

Celebrations continued with speeches of thanks and the cutting of Mark Chatterley’s ECLT-themed cake.
Lending a hand here  are Stroud DC Leader Doina Cornell, Tom Morrison, ECLT chairman, and Jane Gallifent, Director of Aster Housing Association.


Progress has been to schedule despite the weather. The critical spine road was completed before Christmas (see top pic) and work on the acoustic fence is well advanced. The photo shows the fence posts standing in fast-drying cement with half the panels fixed on 15th January.
On the left centre of the picture, the outline of the footings dug for plots 21 and 22 can also be seen – completely flooded! Again, modern cement formulations were able to cope, drying fast after the water had been pumped out. Overall completion is still expected towards the end of 2020