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Leader's blog 16 March 2022

Published: Wednesday, 16 March, 2022

I'm looking forward this Friday to attending a viewing of the new council homes that have been completed at Summersfield Road in Minchinhampton. Providing good homes for people will always remain a top priority for us as a council, at a time when we have all been moved by the generosity of local people offering to host refugees fleeing the horror of war in Ukraine.

On Tuesday (March 15) we received more information from Government on how people who want to help Ukrainians coming to the UK, can do so.

Like all other councils, Stroud District Council is no longer collating a register of accommodation which has been offered by members of the public for Ukrainian people - all enquiries should now be directed to the Government’s website https://homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk/

I appreciate that a lot of people wish to help, and we are doing our best to signpost them to the place where they can get all the information they need.

Helping in another way, the coming Saturday 19th March marks the 1st anniversary of the Lucky Severn Community Lottery and I'm pleased to see that £49k has been raised for good causes so far. Please do sign up today to support your local good cause at https://www.luckysevernlottery.co.uk

At last week's meeting of Strategy and Resources Committee we had an update on the latest with the Brimscombe Port development, the demolition is due to complete by April or May and meanwhile the procurement for a development partner continues. Three developers have been shortlisted and have been invited to participate in the "competitive dialogue" stage of the procurement process which involves discussions between the developers and the Council to help establish the technical details of their proposals. As councillors we are not taking part in these discussions, which are conducted by officers on the basis of criteria already set by the S&R committee, in order to maintain the impartiality and fairness of the procurement process. Hopefully out of this a preferred bidder will emerge, based on the scores, and this will be considered by councillors at the Committee in July. The successful developer will then consult with the local community and key stakeholders prior to submitting a planning application for the redevelopment in 2023.

And finally, a reminder about the Queens Platinum Jubilee street party deadline, applications for road closures for events during the Jubilee bank holiday (2nd -5th June 2022) should be submitted no later than 22nd April 2022. All the information you need can be found at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/the-queens-platinum-jubilee

 

Cllr Doina Cornell

Leader, Stroud District Council

 

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