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SDC Elections 2024

Elections 2024

Elections 2024 – here’s all the dates, deadlines and information you need to know

Elections will take place on Thursday, May 2 for Stroud District Council, parish and town councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and some neighbourhood planning referendums.

Registration

Stroud District Council wants residents to ensure they are registered to vote. In order to vote, please go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your national insurance number, registering only takes a few minutes. Alternatively, residents can register to vote by calling 01453 766321. The deadline is midnight, on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Photo identification (ID)

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for registered electors to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. All electors will be required to present a government approved photo ID document at the polling station in order to be issued with a ballot paper. Residents are urged to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

The most common forms of photo ID are permitted e.g., photo driving licence, passport, and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. Only original documents are accepted. Further details and a full list of acceptable forms of ID are included on the Council’s website at www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voter-id.

If you do not have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply free-of-charge for a Voter Authority Certificate. To apply, visit www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or book an appointment to have a photo taken and complete an application at the district council offices by calling 01453 766321. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.

Applications to vote by post online

You can now apply to vote by post online and will need to provide your National Insurance Number to verify your identity.

Apply for a postal vote at https://www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote. Postal vote application forms are available to download at www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voting-options/postal-voting or can be obtained by emailing elections@stroud.gov.uk or calling 01453 766321.The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024

Proxy votes

To apply for a proxy vote either:

Your proxy will need to vote on your behalf at your polling station and present their photo ID. The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm, Wednesday 24 April 2024.

For more details, and information on emergency proxy votes: www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/local-government-and-police-and-crime-commissioner-elections-thursday-2-may-2024

Swedish Houses Plan

Our Swedish Houses are under threat.

Threat of demolition and redevelopment on The Avenue

You may or may not be aware that our 4 historic “Swedish Houses” situated at the top of The Avenue are under threat of demolition. These are the two pairs of timber clad dormer bungalows opposite the cricket pitch. The right-hand pair is owned by Stroud District Council (SDC) and have been left vacant for 5 – 6 years. Of the other pair, the house on the left (No4) is privately owned and the house on the right has a SDC tenant.
There are similar redevelopment plans for Swedish houses in Uley and Wotton Under Edge.

The SDC proposal

SDC wish to demolish all four houses and replace them with a high density complex of 16 dwellings, a mixture of houses and flats. The plan above is indicative of how they currently envisage the layout. The original plan was to squeeze in 18 dwellings, but this has now been reduced to 16.
The 16 dwellings would comprise 6 x1 bedroom 2 person flats, 3 x 2bedroom 4 person houses and 3 x 3-bedroom 5 person houses = 39 new residents with probably two cars per dwelling.

What we don’t like about the proposal

This plan raises concerns regarding visual impact, (especially with the site being adjacent to the conservation area and within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), road safety, inadequate parking facilities, drainage, and disturbance of wildlife to mention a few. Furthermore, our Swedish houses are an important part of Stinchcombe’s rich history. You can read more about that here.
Redevelopment of the site as a whole will require the purchase of No4. The owners have lived there happily for 27 years and would like to stay.

The Parish Council’s Position

Stinchcombe Parish Council have already met with SDC Housing officers to discuss the plans and held an open meeting for parishioners, which housing officers declined to attend. The Parish Council subsequently wrote to Housing stating their opposition to re development of the site. The wish of the Parish Council is for the council owned Swedish houses to be sensitively restored to modern standard whilst retaining their important historic status.
Swedish houses at three other locations in Stroud District have been or are to be refurbished.

Stinchcombe History Society’s position

Not surprisingly SHS wants to preserve these historic buildings, which we have included in our heritage walk and in our Virtual Village house histories. We’ve tried and failed to get the two empty Swedish Houses listed by Historic England. Historic England recommended looking at local designation options, which we will do in parallel with any other measures for their protection.

What stage has the proposal reached?

At the Stroud District Council Housing committee meeting on the 19/3/24, members voted to add the Stinchcombe, Uley and Wotton Under Edge sites to the new Homes and Regeneration programme and progress redevelopment for the provision of new council homes, subject to planning permission. They agreed for £14.7 million to be funded from capital receipts and from Homes England.

An amendment was approved requiring that an update be brought back to committee as soon as practicable regarding highways safety and other key infrastructures considerations before the submission of planning applications. This amendment will at least ensure we get some insight into what highways and other statutory consultees think before the planning stage.
Housing currently estimates that the feasibility and pre planning stage would take another 12 – 24 months and it would take another 3 – 4 months to get planning permission.

What can we do?

The stated programme means there is still time to prepare a strong case for saving the Swedish houses and preserving our village landscape and history.

It is not something the History Society and Parish Council can do on their own – we need the support of a sizable number of villagers.

If you care about this issue and want to help. Please email stinchcombehistory@gmail.com with your comments.

Please include your full name if it isn’t obvious from your email address, and your postcode. We only ask this in case it should prove to be necessary if your comments are needed to show support against the threat of demolition to Stroud District Council.

Stinchcombe Community Speedwatch

Stinchombe Speed Watch update March 2024

Stealthy Speed Monitoring: The Results

We all paid for the radar speed sign via our Council Tax so it’s only right that there should be a progress report.

Stinchcombe Speedwatch

People asked why the sign wasn’t working when it first appeared. In fact, it was stealthily logging the time and speed of every vehicle in both directions. These baseline data show the “normal” speeds at the four places marked with a red star on the map i.e. the Highways-approved locations where we have a post and mounting bar. Baseline data also enable us to quantify the slowing effect of the sign when illuminated.

Stinchcombe Speedwatch

So, how much of a speeding problem does Stinchcombe have? Here are the results:

Largest number of speeders: Taits Hill Road – Blackthorn Barn

  • over 5,000 vehicles a day in total
  • around 2,800 of those exceed the 30-mph limit
  • about 120 vehicles a day exceed 40 mph, the majority heading towards the A38
  • on average about 4 vehicles a day exceed 50 mph

Worst speeding: The Avenue

  • about 4,000 vehicles a day in total
  • over 2,100 of these exceed the 30-mph limit
  • about 10% of speeders are doing more than 40 mph
  • on average about 13 vehicles a day exceed 50 mph
  • highest recorded speed 73 mph – in the middle of the day!

Less but not trivial speeding: The Street

  • about 4,000 vehicles per day in total
  • around 670 of these exceed the 30-mph limit, mostly by only a few mph
  • this matters in a residential area with village hall, sports fields and soon to be reinstated playground – a pedestrian hit at 30 mph has a 1 in 5 chance of being killed compared with a 1 in 3 chance at 35 mph

Lack of safe crossings: Taits Hill – Vale Vets

  • no real problem with the 30-mph speed limit being broken
  • even at these compliant traffic speeds we’re told that
    • pedestrians find it difficult to cross the road safely
    • residents struggle to pull out of their driveways safely
  • we recommend that Stinchcombe and Cam Parish Councils work together to lobby for road safety improvements

Initial results with the sign illuminated are encouraging!

We’ve only processed the initial results for The Avenue and The Street to date.

The Avenue

Traffic entering the village from Dursley Road encounters the sign. While it was in place, compliance with the speed limit in that direction increased from about 40% to nearly 75%. The mean speed fell from 32.7 mph to 29.0 mph.

The Street

While the sign was in place on The Street, compliance with the speed limit for traffic travelling in the Dursley direction increased by almost 10%, from 82.71% to 92.26%. The mean speed decreased from 27.2 mph to 25.8 mph.

What’s next?

Stinchcombe Speed Watch will continue to move the radar sign around the four locations. Now we know there is a particular problem with vehicles heading towards the A38, we’re going to do 2 weeks in each direction at Taits Hill Road – Blackthorn Barn.

After several complete cycles, we’ll issue a further report looking at the effectiveness of the sign over a longer period. Will the response of drivers diminish, or will there be a progressive training effect? Time will tell.

The report will consider additional ways to maximise speed reduction. Evidence from the Police suggests that their advisory letters to recorded speeders are an effective deterrent. We’ll be looking at the feasibility of measures that generate letters to the worst and most persistent offenders, including:

  • targeted manual monitoring; and
  • deployment of a permanent AutoSpeedWatch camera on at least one of the existing posts.

The Price Tag

There would be costs associated with the AutoSpeedWatch option, which we’ll quantify in the report. Stinchcombe Speed Watch already has funds to purchase a camera and cover the first year’s data connectivity charge. Ongoing operating costs (data connectivity and the Police’s charge for letters) would need to be met from the Parish precept, which comes from our Council Tax.

We’re keen that residents should see the cost data and have chance to express their views on whether the expense would be justified.

Kath
on behalf of Stinchcombe Speed Watch

Stinchcombe Parish Council - A community with Spirit

Clerk to Stinchcombe Parish Council

Stinchcombe Parish Clerk Vacancy

Would you like to become more involved with what goes on in your Parish?

If so and you have 2-3 hours per week to work, the Parish Council is looking to replace its current Parish Clerk who is retiring after providing many years of valuable support.

Stinchcombe Parish Council has five councillors, three of whom are new to the role and two who are experienced, so a good mix. We are looking to engage more with the Stinchcombe Community as we take the Village forward.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone able and interested in joining us. You do not need to have specific experience as training can be provided.

If you would like an informal chat for further information, please contact Charlie Macfarlane on 07976 353325 or Tracey Legg on 07790 389467.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Chair of the Parish Council
Charlie Macfarlane

Voter ID

Elections 2024 – Voter ID

Elections and Photo ID

Remember, on all Elections like Thursday 2 May 2024 – electors must present photo ID at the polling station before a ballot paper can be issued.

Here’s all you need to know about voter ID:

• The full list of acceptable photo ID can be found at www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voter-id
• Only original copies of documents can be presented in the polling station.
• Photo ID can be expired as long as it resembles you.
• Postal voters will not need to present photo ID.
• For electors who have appointed a proxy to vote on their behalf, the proxy will need to bring their own photo ID.
• If you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID, you can apply free-of-charge for a Voter Authority Certificate at www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/voter-id It is valid for up to 10 years as long as the photo resembles you. Make sure you have applied by Wednesday 24 April 2024.

For further information and questions? Email elections@stroud.gov.uk or call 01453 766321.

Stinchcombe Village Hall Logo

Stinchcombe Village Hall Autumn Update

Extension and Improvement Project

Following several public consultations earlier in the year The Village Hall Trustees have made changes to the design of the Hall extension and prioritised the installation of acoustic panels which were highlighted concerns from a few local residents. Full Planning permission was obtained for this improvement project, and we have obtained quotations from 4 local Builders. We are currently applying for Grant funding and planning several Fundraising events; details of events will be announced shortly. Subject to raising sufficient funds we hope to commence work in around 12 months.

Stinchcombe Village Hall Classes & Clubs

At the consultations it became apparent that a few people were not fully aware of current events and activities at the Hall, these are all listed on the Hall website and listed below.

Better Balance

About Better Balance

Tuesdays, 12:45pm-1:45pm.

Our classes are designed for those who have had a fall or are concerned about their balance. Classes consist of a mixture of chair based and standing exercises.

Anyone who feels the classes could benefit them are eligible to attend. You can either self-refer or be referred by a health professional to participate in the classes. Please complete referral form here.

The Better Balance scheme promotes balance and confidence while helping to:

  • Prevent falls and improve stamina
  • Increase strength, mobility and flexibility
  • Lower the risk of osteoporosis
  • Improve blood pressure and cholesterol

Blood Donors

Regular sessions are held in the main Hall, Book online. Telephone 0300 123 23 23

Boogie Shoes Line Dancing

Every Thursday with classes for all levels

  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm Beginners
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm Improvers
  • 9:00pm – 10:00p Intermediate

We hold line dance classes on a weekly basics to learn all the new dances coming out.
Our club is made up of people of all ages and gender who enjoy making new friends and just simply like having fun!!!
They enjoy spending time together at our Classes and Events.

Cam & Dursley Table Tennis Club

Tuesdays at 7.30pm

The Club is open to anyone interested in the game of table tennis.

Visitors are always welcome but to ensure the Club is open and there are table available, it is preferable to ring NIGEL MEREDITH (tel 07884435122 or 01453 546795) or email tt2u2013@gmail.com. Table subs are £4 a night for normal club nights, and membership is £17 a year if you decide to join.

The Club has three teams in the Stroud Table Tennis League and have home matches on Tuesday evenings from September to March. However, there are usually practice tables even when matches are being held.

Cook Stars

Kids Cooking Classes

Tuesdays 3:45pm-5:00pm Minis and Juniors, ages 2-11

At Cook Stars we take care of all the preparation to make it easy for your Children to simply come along and enjoy our sessions. All ingredients, cooking equipment, an apron, packaging and cooking know-how is provided! Everyone takes home their lovely dish along with a recipe card to cook again at home. We even see to the clearing away and washing, we provide everything you’ll need to cook we also treat children to a craft activity and a snack to keep them entertained during cooking time.

There’s lots of opportunity to experiment with different preparation methods….weighing, measuring, shape cutting, decorating, rolling and much more! We learn about different ingredients, try new foods and develop useful life skills. We believe the secret to pleasurable learning is though ‘play’ so we keep our class sizes small to tailor our support and encourage individuals whilst we cook up a wide range of delicious dishes.

Claire Langran

  • Tel: 07947 906246
  • email: claire@cookstars.co.uk
  • Website

Dance Classes for children aged 2 years & up!

Mondays 5:15 – 6:15pm for Tap & Jazz for 8+
Thursdays 10:00am – 10:45am for Pre-schoolers 2-4 years

Tap & Jazz for ages 8+

This class is all about learning brand new skills in tap dance & jazz. From beginners to children with some experience we welcome you all! Each class focuses on exercises to better your technique in both genres followed with a routine at the end of the class that you will continue to work on for a few weeks.

Pre-schoolers class

Our preschool class is all about learning new dance moves & techniques, making new friends, building your little ones confidence & most of all, having fun! We want to encourage children to be themselves and to always make learning new things fun! Grown-ups are welcome to stay in class & watch.

ALL CLASSES OFFER A 2 WEEK TRIAL PAY ON THE DAY!

Dursley & District Flower Society

Every 2nd Monday in the Month

Learn to arrange and enjoy flowers. Watch demonstrations by experts. Visit shows and festivals. Sales Table with containers and accessories. Meet every 2nd Monday in the Month 1.45 p.m. for 2.00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join – modest subscriptions. You do not need to buy flowers regularly. You may attend as a visitor before joining the Society.

  • For further information contact: Margaret Wannell 01453 546200

Dursley Rugby Minnows

Dursley Minnows Rugby is a rugby-based play program aimed at pre-school children from ages 2-school entry. The sessions focus on building motor skill development and confidence for pre-school children to develop a love and enjoyment of exercise as they progress to school. We run separately to Dursley Rugby Club, however, maintain a close association to support the transition of players and parents to Dursley Rugby Club for under 6’s.

Contact: Arron

Dursley Karate Club 

Every Wednesday from 8pm

The club is an adult only club.

We accept new beginners at the start of each month. You can visit our Facebook page to leave a message. https://www.facebook.com/dursleywadokarate

  • Contact: For more information Tel: 07768 241522

Fit Fix Exercise Classes

Every Monday at 6.30pm

Our classes are martial arts & boxing to motivating & empowering music designed to tone muscle & burn fat. It challenges all parts of the body with high & low impact options to suit your personal fitness ability. We warmly welcome men & women wanting to make improvements to their health & well-being and of course have some laughs along the way. Mondays at 6.30pm. Yes, you can just drop in.

Contact:

  • Please phone Sam Cairns on 07793 755240 for any additional information.

Floating Lotus Yoga

Wednesday’s 6:30 – 7.30pm

The village hall has a wooden floor and is within easy access of Dursley, Cam and surrounding areas. Its rural location guarantees a peaceful place to practice yoga.  Ample on-site parking is available.

  • Contact us Tel: 07932 113893

Palette Club

Wednesdays 9.30 – 12.30 in the Committee Room

We meet to paint together 9.30 – 12.30 every week. We enjoy occasional demonstrations, workshops and outings to sketch or visit exhibitions.

Stinchcombe History Society

Stinchcombe History Society hosts talks and exhibitions which are advertised on the Village Hall calendar, Stinchcombe e-news, Stinchcombe newsletter, local Facebook pages and local notice boards.

Tiny Toads Stinchcombe Playgroup

Mondays 10:00am – 11:30am

A welcoming stay and play group for babies and toddlers (0-4s) and their parents/carers. . This is a community run traditional playgroup, all are welcome! Come and join us for some fun with the little ones. Meet other like-minded parents whilst the Children play. Tea, Coffee and snacks included. Booking is essential – search Eventbrite ‘Tiny Toads Playgroup’.

Zumba with Ali

Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm

Latin dance inspired fun fitness classes for any age and ability. Beginners very welcome. £5 pay as you go.

Contact

Stroud District Council

Disposal of batteries

Safe disposal of batteries (a further reminder!)

Residents are being warned not to discard batteries at home after a fire was started in a recycling truck.

The incident occurred when a crew from Stroud District Council’s waste and recycling partner, Ubico, was collecting recycling in Stonehouse earlier this month. After the contents of a bin had been deposited and then compacted, the crew heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the back of the truck.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire. It is thought that the cause was a discarded battery or an e-cigarette. Hundreds of fires are caused by crushed or damaged batteries and gas cylinders incorrectly discarded in waste and recycling trucks and recycling centres across the UK every year.

Batteries, vapes, and electrical items should never be put in household waste or recycling containers. They can explode and cause fires when crushed, so they need to be disposed of separately. They can be disposed of at various locations across the district, including most supermarkets and household waste and recycling centres.

Use the Stroud District Council’s Waste Wizard to find out how to dispose of batteries, vapes and all electrical items safely.

A video by campaign group Recycle Your Electricals and the National Fire Chiefs Council reiterates the importance of recycling batteries separately from household waste and recycling. 
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