District Councillor Report – Jan/Feb. 2021

Can I wish you a belated Happy New Year in the hope that 2021 will be an improvement on last year.

With the roll out of the Vaccine I hope that things will improve although I think this will be a gradual process.

Before Christmas we had some flooding issues in Eastington. Details of the District Council’s response to flooding can be found at www.stroud.gov.uk/flooding. The number for help and support is 01453 766 321, the out of office hours number is 01453 222104. I am aware that there was an issue over Christmas with this number that has hopefully now been addressed.

Construction is now due to start at the Broadfield Road Sheltered Housing Scheme. A contractor has been appointed, Beard Construction. This site will provide much needed housing and I look forward to its completion.

It is also great to see the fast progress at the Eastington Community Land Trust Project and I understand there are plans for further expansion which we will support when they come to Council.

In other news we are expecting the next draft of the Stroud Local Plan in the Spring, the specific date is being impacted by Covid. This will reflect the adjustment down of the required number of Houses required to be built in this area – this was after the Secretary of State reacted to pressure from MPs including from our own MP Siobhan Baillie.  This is good news as it takes some pressure off the Planners to find further local sites for development. The proposed sites are not in the Eastington Parish. **

If you have any questions on this or anything else please get in touch with us, you can contact us on either
cllr.Stephen.davies@stroud.gov.uk (07802 595 307) or
cllr.john.jones@stroud.gov.uk (07808 922 918)