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Forest of Dean District Council to fund small business loans via FOLK2FOLK

Forest of Dean District Council has become the latest Institutional investor to sign up with FOLK2FOLK, the local lending company. By investing via FOLK2FOLK, the council will be helping to fund business loans to SMEs in the Forest of Dean.

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Forest of Dean leisure centres to begin phased reopening on 1 September

The Cabinet of Forest of Dean District Council has confirmed a plan to reopen “dryside” facilities at four leisure centres in the district, as well as the pool facilities at Lydney Leisure Centre.

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District Council to discuss phased reopening of leisure facilities

The Cabinet of Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) will meet next Thursday  (August 13) to discuss the phased reopening of council leisure centres in the district. 

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High Court supports Forest of Dean District Council planning enforcement

Forest of Dean District Council Planning Enforcement action has recently been supported by the High Court with full award of costs being granted. 

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Consultation for proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme opens

The Forest of Dean District Council are consulting on proposed changes to their Council Tax Support Scheme. The consultation will be open until midnight Sunday 18 October 2020.

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Members of the community have their say on cycling and walking in the District

In May 2020 the Government announced a £2 billion package to create a new era for cycling and walking

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Council to cover the cost for outside eating and drinking applications.

The Forest of Dean District Council has today (23 July) launched its streamlined application process for licences to place tables and chairs outside pubs  and cafes.

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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.