There is a Chinese Proverb “May you not live in interesting times” and at the moment we do seem to be living in interesting times. There is much talk of a new normal, but as soon as we figure what that is, it seems to change. As I write this we are facing increased restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid 19. I hope that this is successful. To date we have been lucky in the Stroud area that infections levels have not been high and according to the new NHS Track and Trace App we are an area marked as at “Medium” risk. However we must not be complacent.
There is a comprehensive plan to deal with any future outbreak, which may be geographically based or specific to a location like a school or place of work. There is also an Economic Recovery being developed by both Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
Locally I believe the County and District Council are working well, with most departments working effectively and addressing the inevitable backlog resulting from full lock down. This is particularly true of repairs to the Council’s Housing stock and planning applications.
One consequence of this return to more normal activity is that we can expect to see further progress with the building at Great Oldbury and the updated Local Plan is still being developed and is aimed to be completed early in 2021.
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