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Council to waive planning fees for outside eating and drinking.

The Forest of Dean District Council will waive fees for local pubs, cafes and bars applying for licences to outdoor seating.

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Forest of Dean social distancing barriers to be removed

Forest of Dean District Council and the four Forest Town Councils have decided to remove barriers placed in town to preserve social distancing, after only 10 percent of residents felt they made them feel safer.  Work on removing the barriers will begin on Friday (17 July) and will be completed by early next week. 

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Give us your view on the Town Centre temporary changes

The Government's lifting of lockdown restrictions to enable non essential shops to reopen was based on a set of guidelines aimed at making pedestrian use of our High Streets as safe as possible. We have made a series of temporary changes to town centres in consultation with town councils. These changes follow those government guidelines on opening business while preserving social distancing. Our challenge is that we don’t just want businesses to reopen, we want them to stay open. The district cannot afford a second lockdown.

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Artist sought to deliver public artwork for Lydney Harbour in the Forest of Dean

An artist will be recruited to deliver two landmark public artworks for Lydney as part of the £2.1million Destination Lydney Harbour project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Coastal Community Fund.

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Council outlines £1.1 million grant payments to 160 small businesses

Forest of Dean District Council has made payments to 124 small and micro businesses under the Government’s “Discretionary Business Grants Scheme”. The payments come just three weeks after the scheme opened. A further 36 businesses have been allocated grants which the council will pay when it receives further information. 

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Car Parks Update

The FODDC officers and Cabinet continue to meet with representatives of our Towns in order to assist the best recovery from Covid-19 for our High Streets. All starting from government guidelines this is still a fluid and changing action plan that adapts as we find opportunities and issues.

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£2.1M Lydney Harbour Regeneration Project begins

Locals who have been taking their daily exercise at Lydney Harbour may have noticed that construction work has recently begun.

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Council owned public toilets across the Forest of Dean reopening

Forest of Dean District Council has announced the reopening of its eight public toilet sites.

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Reopening of car parks.

Cllr Tim Gwilliam speaks on the Forest of Dean District's car parks.

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Council plans for the safe reopening of High Streets

Forest of Dean District Council is working alongside retailers and small independent shops across the District to safely reopen and welcome local people back into town centres, with customer safety paramount.

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Council to launch Discretionary Business Grants on 1 June

Forest of Dean District Council will launch the localised version of the Government's latest small business grant scheme on June 1.

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Council seeks local landlords with property for let

The COVID-19 crisis has left more people than ever living in temporary accommodation around the district so Forest of Dean District Council is looking to team up with local landlords to help those in need.