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Latest WILD Project Newsletter is now available

The latest WILD Project Newsletter is available to download, it was sent to all 21 parishes in the project area in early June. To find out more about this innovative project to improve the water environment in the Cotswold Water Park  since 2013 (funded by the Envionrment Agency), and more recently in Cirencester (funded by Thames Water), click the link below.

WILD Project Spring-Summer 2017 Newsletter

What is the WILD Project?

Between parishes, wildlife populations can vary hugely. The Water with Integrated Local Delivery (WILD) Project aims to provide communities with an insight of what is on their doorstep and how they can be involved in managing and enhancing the wildlife that inhabits nearby water courses.

The WILD project has three elements: community engagement linked to parish planning and Neighbourhood Planning by GRCC; land owner engagement by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and ecological support from the Cotswold Water Park Trust (CWPT). The project is evaluated by the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI).

A short film entitiled 'WILD Works' focussing on the benefits of the WILD approach to the community and individuals was completed in 2017 and can be viewed here.

To find out more contact Helen Richards

GRCC's Neighbourhood Development Plan event

'Relax.  Have a party' was the advice given by Neighbourhood Plan Examiner Liz Beth to groups at GRCC's Neighbourhood Plan event on 10th July.  This was the first step in her summary of action to take once you have completed your NDP.  Attendees at Liz's workshop learnt how to make bet use of their NDP and how to review and modify it to ensure its effective use to determine planning applications in their area.  That is, after all, the whole purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan.

Over 50 attendees joined this GRCC event at the University of Gloucestershire on 10th July and with around 25 Gloucestershire NDPs represented, as well as those 'bubbling under', there were plenty of experiences to share.  Workshops followed presentations from John Wilkinson from Locality, who provided an overview and showed an introductory YouTube video on NDPs, and James Derounian's lively presentation on his NDP experiences as an examiner, Principle Lecturer in Community Engagement and Local Governance, and as a member of a steering group.  Liz Beth also provided examples of evidence gathering to support policies in Neighbourhood Plans and answered questions about 'how much evidence is enough?'

Other workshop topics included defining the design character of an area and the basics of Neighbourhood Planning.  

Attendees obviously valued the event and our thanks to presenters and attendees for making it so worthwhile.  Comments from attendees included:

I valued listening to real experiences of Neighbourhood Planning and hearing direct from Examiners.

The event helped me to understand the process so much better.

You can download PDFs of the presentations here:

You can also download GRCC's handy 'On a page' guide to the NDP Process and Support.

Don't forget that GRCC offers a FREE community-led planning presentation/workshop to communities to support collective understanding of the process, benefits and concerns involved in undertaking a NDP or any form of community-led planning.  Contact if you would like more details.

Around Gloucestershire - June 2017

The June edition of GRCC's 'Around Gloucestershire' enewsletter is available to view online here.  

This month there's information on:

  • Rural England and the Rural Services Network are looking for your views on issues facing rural area;
  • The Hashpoint Project in the Forest of Dean;
  • Stroudwater Textile Trust;

plus many more festivals and events listed.  

If you would like to be added to our enewsletter mailing list please click here and fill in the form.  

Please note, we will also occasionally send out additional ealerts in between these two newsletters depending on the subject matter and deadlines.

GRCC & Fastershire Broadband Event – next steps

Following the successful GRCC & Fastershire Broadband event held on 12th June at The Pavilion, a copy of the presentation from Matt Smith of Fastershire is available to download below.

The presentation outlines the aims and challenges of the Fastershire Project, the progress so far and the plan for delivery of the next two stages of roll out in Stage 3.

Click here to download the Fastershire presentation (3.3MB, PDF file)

The data on premises included in Stage 3 of the project was launched at the end of the event. To find out if your home or business is included in Stage 3 use the line checker on Fastershire's website:

GRCC is continuing to work with the Fastershire team to support communities in this next phase and more information will follow. Keep an eye on GRCC’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information.

GRCC Enewsletter June 2017

GRCC's latest enewsletter is out now.  You can read it online here.

This month includes:

  • details on our CEO vacancy
  • volunteering opportunities with GRCC
    • People For You, our befriending service in the south Cotswolds
    • Connecting Advisers - volunteers helping older people gain confidence in using computers
  • information about Phase 2 of the Fastershire rural broadband rollout, announced at our event in Cheltenham 
  • details of GRCC's Neighbourhood Development Plan event in partnership with University of Gloucestershire

If you would like to be added to our enewsletter mailing list, click here and fill in the form.