News from your District Councillors 179

Congratulations from both Stephen and John to Mrs Betty Barnfield, on the occasion of reaching the remarkable milestone of 100 years young. May she have many more Happy Birthdays.

On the District Council front, all four Strategic Directors that form the Senior Management Team, along with the Chief Executive, have been appointed. Three are already at work, the other one starts at SDC shortly. This team has been formed as a direct recommendation of the Peer Review, carried out early in 2019 by executive officers from other local councils.

Regarding the Ecotricity/Forest Green Rovers Stadium situation, as you know, the first application was refused by the Development Control Committee, (DCC) in June of last year. The applicants gave notice that they would appeal that decision. In the meantime, a revised application was put in, which went to DCC in December. This time, the Committee decided, on a majority decision (6/4), to go with the Officer recommendation, and Resolved To Grant Permission. A request has been made that this application be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, so that the decision can be made by the Minister, probably after a public inquiry. We now wait for news of that request, and if successful, the outcome of the Minister’s decision.
The appeal on the decision to refuse the first application has been withdrawn.

Empty SDC sandbags have been delivered to Cullimore’s Depot at Netherhills by SDC Neighbourhood Wardens. They can be filled with sand there, which has to be paid for unfortunately, and taken home by anyone who fears they may be at risk of being flooded.

The works to the A38/A419 roundabout at Whitminster are, as expected, causing extra traffic on minor roads in both Eastington and Whitminster villages. Please can everyone take extra care in the areas of Claypits Road, Alkerton, Bath Road, Springhill, and Grove Lane, as well as on the roundabout itself. The works are likely to last for most of this year.

Cllr Stephen Davies can be contacted at 07802 595307
Cllr John Jones can be contacted at 07808 922918