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Forest of Dean resident pleads guilty to animal welfare offences

A Forest of Dean Resident has pleaded guilty at a hearing in Gloucester Crown Court today for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  The Chaxhill resident, Mr Edward Rafferty pleaded guilty to offences of failing to meet an animal’s needs, causing unnecessary suffering to dogs, selling dogs without a licence and boarding dogs without a licence. In addition, he pleaded guilty to an offence relating to the Fraud Act 2006.

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New electric van drives greener and cleaner community transport

Members of Tidenham parish gathered at the weekend to celebrate the launch of a new community resource which is enabling residents to make local journeys that are less harmful to the environment and cost free. 

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Residents and business come together to discuss tackling the climate emergency

The Council recently joined over 40 local stakeholders and industry experts to take part in the first of a series of innovative rural ‘Climathons’ to develop key solutions which could help the Forest of Dean become a Net Zero District.

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Council orders demolition of property in Cinderford

Forest of Dean District Council has today commenced action to demolish and remove a building in Cinderford that was erected in 2014 without planning permission.

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128 affordable homes delivered across the district in the last financial year

2023-24 saw the Forest of Dean District Council have another strong year in delivering affordable housing with 128 new affordable and eco-friendly homes delivered across the district. 

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Are you ready for the General Election? Voters encouraged to make sure they are prepared so they can vote in the election

Voters across Forest of Dean District are being encouraged to make sure they are prepared for the general election ahead of the deadlines so that they can vote on 4 July. 

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College awarded £39,000 in UKSPF funding to deliver green skills training

Forest of Dean District Council has recently granted South Gloucestershire and Stroud College £39,453 of the council’s Shared-Prosperity funding for them to deliver green skills training.

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Zero-emissions travel on route to the Forest

Forest of Dean District Council has awarded over £63,000 of Rural England Prosperity Funding to help Lydney Dial-A-Ride purchase their first electric minibus and offer residents of the Forest a zero-emissions travel option. 

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Council awards AccXel £20,000 of UKSPF funding to deliver digital skills training

Forest of Dean District Council has recently granted Cinderford-based construction school, AccXel, £20,000 of the council’s Shared-Prosperity funding for them to deliver free digital skills training courses for residents.

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Council receives nearly £200,000 of funding to install EV charging points across the district

The Forest of Dean District Council has received £199,853 of funding to install thirty-three electric vehicle charging points across the district in council-owned car parks.

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Cabinet agrees to proceed with Our Plan strategy

At a meeting for Cabinet Members on 16 May 2023, Councillors have agreed to proceed with the new local plan strategy for the Forest of Dean - Our Plan. The decision means that it will now be heard at the Full Council meeting to be held on 30 May 2024 and if approved, will then go out to consultation with the public. 

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Funding available for community groups across the Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean District Council is offering not-for-profit voluntary and community groups the opportunity to apply for one off funding to help develop and support the forest's thriving community.