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Residents win a 'lotto' money in Forest Lottery’s first big win of 2021

This month saw a lucky winner scoop £2000 in the Forest Lottery making that the first big win of 2021 in the Forest of Dean District Council’s community lottery. 

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Designs for two new public artworks at Lydney Harbour have been released

In 2020 artists Denman+Gould were commissioned to create two public artworks for Lydney Harbour as part of the Destination Lydney Harbour project, funded by the Coastal Community Fund.

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Forest of Dean District Council’s Cabinet agree proposed budget for 2021/22

Last week, the Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet agreed the proposed budget and financial strategy for the 2021/22 financial year which will go to full council on 18 February for consideration.

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Voters encouraged to sign up to postal voting for May local elections

Voters across the Forest of Dean District are being encouraged to sign up now for postal voting at this year's local elections which are due to be held on 6 May 2021.

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Illegal breeders banned from keeping dogs following successful Council prosecution

Three individuals have been banned from keeping dogs and received suspended custodial sentences after a successful prosecution brought by Forest of Dean District Council.

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Forest of Dean Infrastructure project receives government kick-start funding

The Geospatial Commission in partnership with Innovate UK are funding 28 winners of their £2 million transport location data competition which looks at how location data can spark innovation and support the future of mobility for the United Kingdom. The winners have been awarded funding of up to £75k across four themes of mobility as a service, active travel, supply chains and capacity.

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Council pushes forward to reduce use of glyphosate weed killer

The Forest of Dean District Council has brought forward its timetable to reduce substantially the use of glyphosate-based weed killer on council managed land under its commitment to help the environment and to better protect residents’ health.

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Forest of Dean District Council encourages local schools and businesses to sign up to the Business2schools initiative to help get local equipment to children during lockdown

Forest of Dean District Council is encouraging local schools and businesses to sign up the national business2schools scheme to help get more equipment out to families who may need it during lockdown.

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Business grant applications open for January lockdown as applications process is simplified

The application process for all business grants via Forest of Dean District Council has now reopened with individuals encouraged to check their eligibility and apply through the Council website.

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£1,000 boost to new Forest business during Covid

In November, Woodside Distillery were the first recipients of the new £1,000 Start Up Business Grant. Despite a tough year, the new business is booming and their first Gin can already be purchased in various local shops. Over 200 of their larger bottles were sold throughout the Christmas period.

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Housing Strategy agrees to prioritise the right homes for the Forest's future

Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet agrees plans to encourage affordable, environmentally friendly housing to support a growing population.

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Businesses urged to be patient as grants continue to be paid out

Businesses are being urged to be patient regarding Covid-19 grants as the Council finance team continues to assess applications against the backdrop of a rapidly changing national situation.