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Wild Boar desecrate graveyard

September 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

A UKIP Councillor from the Forest of Dean has called for Forest of Dean District Council to arrange a meeting with DEFRA and other agencies after a wild board broke into the graveyard at Parkend Church on Friday and dug up some of the graves. Councillor Richard Leppington,  who represents both the [...]

Local Election Pledges in the Forest of Dean

April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Election draws nearer. You will notice how quiet council election candidates become regarding the local issues that matter. ‘Don’t mention the wild boar, don’t mention the sheep’ etc. etc.   Why? Because politicians need your vote and by discussing emotive issues during an election [...]

Keep Council Jobs in the Forest of Dean

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

UKIP’s “Keep Council Jobs in Forest” motion defeated by Tory block vote At the recent meeting of the Forest of Dean District Council on 4th December, a motion to keep key jobs at Coleford was heavily defeated 24 to 4, while labour’s 15 members abstained. Ukip’s district councillor, Simon [...]

Housing Allocation Plan for Newnham

September 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a packed public meeting,over one hundred and fifty villagers heard Nigel Gibbons from the planning department at the Forest of Dean District Council give details of the Housing Allocation Plan for Newnham. The meeting was called in response to local concerns about the scale of the envisaged [...]

More Local Say in Planning

September 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Alan Preest, UKIP Lydney County and Town Councillor is calling for more local say in planning on the back of Forest of Dean District Council’s decision to refuse the Nibley Mill Solar Farm proposal. The recent decision, overwhelmingly opposed by local people and councillors, may be appealed to a [...]

Planning out of control?

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Like most casual observers, I was not quite sure what to think of the new planning rules, brought in by the coalition over the last few years. I do recall noting the howls of opposition from the usual green activists, the CPRE and the like, and from many town halls at the time, and deduced that [...]

Rubbish in the Forest of Dean District, the EU and Whitehall

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Next year 2015, will see the mandatory introduction of more bins nationwide, as a result of Whitehall gold plating of an EU directive on recycling. Fortnightly general waste collection doesn’t always work (Photo credit: Alan Stanton) If the District Council follow the orders from DEFRA, they [...]

EU energy policy killing European Industry

September 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Japs buy Ribena plant on same day EU admit  “ EU energy policy killing European Industry ” The Glaxo plant at Coleford is being bought by Suntory for £1.35 billion. The successful brands of Lucozade and Ribena, have moved with takeovers, from Beechams, to Smith Kline Beecham, then to Glaxo [...]

UKIP on the District Council

August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Forest of Dean District Council Offices (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Following the by-election on May 2nd with the resignation of  Jim Connell, you now have as your District Councillor for Bromsberrow, a stranger from Kempley, and a UKIP man to boot, and that is me, Simon Roberts. I have been asked, [...]

News from Our Forest of Dean District Councillor

July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bromsberrow Heath (or Bromesberrow Heath) Post Office. In the parish of Bromsberrow, Gloucestershire On the crossroads. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On arriving at the council offices in May, to sign forms accepting office, I was mildly surprised to be told that out of 130 committee seats to be [...]