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Following the resignation of Bill Gibbs as Councillior for the Sling & Ellwood ward of the parish, the residents of the ward will be invited to claim an election to fill the vacancy. Details to follow.
THE NEXT MONTHLY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE WEST DEAN CENTRE, HIGH STREET, BREAM AT 7.00pm WEDNESDAY 29th JANUARY 2014
West Dean Parish Council
Here you will find information about what’s happening in West Dean as well as details of the council’s work and how you can contact us.
The Council is fully committed to representing and serving the people and communities of West Dean.
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WEST DEAN PARISH COUNCIL NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Area of Christchurch, Edge End and Berry Hill has been designated a Neighbourhood Area under the Localism Act, 2011, and local residents can now have a say in how their community develops. The first major public consultation took place at Lakers School, Five Acres, on 3rd and 4th October, and we were delighted to see around 200 people attending and giving their views. The very useful information that we received is now being analysed.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are conducting a parallel survey about the future of the Five Acres site with the local community.
•We are delighted to report that our Neighbourhood Development Plan for Berry Hill and Christchurch has been awarded a grant of £6,780 by the Community Development Foundation. This will help fund the series of consultation events that we plan to hold over the next few months to give local residents the opportunity to influence the way in which their villages will develop. Please check here for details as they are arranged.
Here is a message from Chairman of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee, Parish and District Councillor, to residents of the development plan area: NDP open letter 130913
•Village web sites: for information about West Dean villages and what’s on, please visit one of the following web sites.
4 Villages (Clements End, Ellwood, Little Drybrook, Sling) click here
Yorkley click here
•West Dean Parish Council Newsletter: The Parish publishes its newsletter 4 times every year. The newsletter is also published on this web site. The last edition was published in early September. It was provided as an insert in all copies of the ‘Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review’ delivered to addresses in the Parish on Wednesday 11th September. Copies should be available in shops and community areas, but if you do not have the opportunity to get your own copy please contact the Parish office, or download here. The next edition is published on 4th December.
•Highways: The Parish Council’s Public Safety have responsibility for all highways matters. If you have a complaint or comment about any highways issues, please contact the Clerk. A register of highways faults, including road surface and drainage concerns, signage, speeding concerns and other safety issues is maintained in the parish office, and a regular meeting every has been initiated between the Parish Council and the Gloucestershire County Council Highways Department. If you would like to report a problem, you can report direct to GCC Highways (08000514514) or through the West Dean Parish Council.
•The West Dean Centre hosts Bream Methodist Church. See ‘West Dean Centre and Gosling Cafe’ link to the left.
•23 BUS SERVICE TO COLEFORD AND LYDNEY/GLOUCESTER
For the timetable from 1st September 2013 please click here
•Parish Plans: The Council has embarked on an extensive programme of community consultation to develop a Parish Community Plan. With support from the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, five Neighbourhood Steering Groups have been set up to find out local views, through questionnaires, public meetings and presentations.
The five groups are (i) Bream, (ii) POVY (Pillowell, Oldcroft, Viney Hill, and Yorkley), (iii) the 4 Villages (Ellwood, Little Drybrook, Sling and Clements End), (iv) Berry Hill & Christchurch and (v) Whitecroft & Parkend. The first four groups have reported and Whitecroft & Parkend will report soon.
Responses will be consolidated into an overall Parish Plan, to help determine the Council’s objectives and priorities over the next few years.
•Snow Wardens: Volunteers in Whitecroft, Ellwood, Sling, Pillowell and Berry Hill have been issued with West Dean Parish Council grit spreaders and supplies of grit to keep streets and footpaths passible and safe in snow and ice. Volunteers are still required for Yorkley and Parkend. Please contact the Parish office if you can help.
•The next Council meeting is on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at The West Dean Centre, Bream. Please watch this space for details of future venues and dates. For details of the agenda, please click on ‘Council Meetings and Minutes’ link to the top left of this page. Agendas are usually published around 5 days before the meeting.
This site was last updated 21st November 2013.