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Graham Wildin loses appeal against prison sentence

Today (Wednesday 1 March 2023), The Court of Appeal heard Graham Wildin’s appeal against the decision made by HHJ Jarman KC on 12 August 2022 to commit him to prison. The judge had activated a suspended sentence imposed in 2021, because Mr Wildin had failed to comply with most requirements of the suspended sentence imposed on him in 2021 when he was found to have breached the injunction against him.

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Council invests in new litter pickers made from recycled NHS face masks and ocean plastic

School children undertaking a litter pick aided by the Forest of Dean District Council’s street warden team, could soon find themselves collecting rubbish with kit made from recycled NHS face masks and marine plastics.


Couple receive £4700 fine for failing to comply with planning enforcement

Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) has prosecuted a Forest of Dean couple for offences relating to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.


An explanation of exempt business at Council

There have been some questions recently about why the Council sometimes holds meetings without the public in attendance. We would like to explain the reasons for this so we can be as transparent as possible.

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Forest of Dean District Council agrees budget plans for 2023/24

Forest of Dean District Council has agreed its budget for the next financial year, with the Council looking to manage the increased costs of inflation to continue to deliver local services and investment for residents across the district.

Carbon Community

Forest of Dean District Council working with partners to build energy community

Forest of Dean District Council is working with partners from the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol (CSE) to deliver workshops to local residents, organisations and businesses to help form a community energy group in the district.

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Community Grant recipients show ‘Together We Can’ in the Forest

‘Together We Can’, a charity based in Cinderford, recently received £1,500 through the Forest of Dean District Council’s Community Grant scheme. which they used to fund some  of the equipment and materials they use on their weekly activity nights. The community grant is a one-off payment that aims to support projects being carried out by community groups.

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£314,777 to prevent homelessness in Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean District Council will use the £314,777 Homelessness Prevention Grant to reduce the need for expensive short-term, emergency accommodation and minimise uncertainty for individuals and families. 

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Forest of Dean District Council calls for potential housing and employment sites

Forest of Dean District Council is inviting interested parties, landowners, and developers to suggest sites that they consider suitable for future housing and employment to be assessed as part of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

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Planning application process improved to help tackle the climate emergency and plan for a greener future

The planning application process has been updated by the Forest of Dean District Council to ensure any new applications better consider the local environment and biodiversity of their area; while also making the process more user-friendly for residents. 

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Council to receive £1,000,000 from UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Forest of Dean District Council has been allocated funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) as part of the government’s Levelling Up Agenda. The funding will be used to build communities, support local businesses and improve employment and skill-building opportunities.

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Forest of Dean District Council supporting residents through cost of living crisis

Forest of Dean District Council is working alongside partners to deliver funding, including over £165,000 in supermarket vouchers in the past 12 months, as well as advice and support to communities across the district.