GRCC seeks Forest views on Five Acres redevelopment

Local people living in the Forest of Dean are being asked for their views on the draft plans for the redevelopment of the Five Acres site and Speedwell Building in Coleford.  Forest of Dean District Council has been successful in bidding for funding from the Government's Levelling Up fund, and £9 million of this will be used to regenerate the site for the local community, by providing a new community space and sports, leisure, education and arts facilities.

Individuals, groups and clubs are invited to comment through completion of an online survey which can be found here or by visiting the GRCC website.  Residents are also encouraged to attend the public consultation / drop in event on Thursday 11th August 2022 between 5pm and 8pm at Berry Hill Primary School, Nine Wells Road, Berry Hill, Coleford GL16 7AT, where they can find out more about the proposals and results of the survey, view the draft site plans and share their views.  The plans in advance can also be viewed here.

Local community support charity GRCC has been asked to undertake the survey and consultation on behalf of the district council and looks forward to hearing from as many local people as possible in the weeks ahead.  If anyone would like a hard copy of the survey or to ask a question about the consultation, please contact GRCC on 01452 528491 or email info@grcc.org.uk.  Survey deadline is 4th August 2022.

This is a real opportunity to engage and find out what new facilities are planned and share what is important for the people of the Forest.

Forest of Dean District Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Paul Hiett said: "It's extremely important to us to hear the thoughts and views of the community regarding the redevelopment of Five Acres.

"We want this to be a facility that people of the Forest of Dean can be proud of and we'd like to invite all who are interested to get involved via the online survey and by attending our community event on Thursday, 11th August 2022 between 5pm and 8pm at Berry Hill Primary School.  We look forward to seeing you there."

Barbara Piranty, GRCC CEO added: "We are pleased to be working in partnership with Forest of Dean District Council and planners to carry out what is an important piece of work and give local people the chance to help shape the redevelopment of this community space."