Please see below for the latest news from Newent Town Council.... 
 
 
 
Mayor’s Update – Cllr. Christine Howley – Winter 2020 
I am pleased to inform you of some positive success regarding the street cleaning. A meeting took place between the Biffa’s Interim Business Manager, the Recycling & Waste Officer from FODDC and myself. This followed an inspection made of the town previously, with Councillors Duffield, Moseley, Gooch, Vesma. 
It was noticed how much detritus/weeds were growing around the town (amongst other things). 
At the meeting with the Biffa & FODDC Officers, we walked through our town, all of the offending areas were pointed out. Although the contract issued by Forest of Dean District Council, does not allow for any extra attention, I am pleased to say we were able to come to an agreement which allows for the District and Town to work together. Biffa allowed one of his operatives to meet with one of our operatives to pull up weeds and clear through the town from Church Street to the bottom of the High Street (Naylor Powell) this was carried out early December. 
For the future, it is agreed that an operative from the District will meet with our operative, the District operative will clear and pull weeds, our operative will follow him spraying weed killer on the areas. This will hopefully maintain our Town in a tidier position than before, we weed spray through the town every year anyway, so this will just be done in conjunction with FODDC street cleansing team, we may carry this out more regularly to start with, in order to maintain the standard required. 
Just prior to Christmas, Monday the 21st December I was invited to a Christmas zoom meeting by the Mayor of Ross-on-Wye. I was very pleased to meet the Mayor of Hereford, Kath Hey, and the Mayor of Bromyard, Suzette Brunsdon, together with our host Daniel Lister. It was interesting and informative. 
Councillor Duffield and I visited Highfields Care Home and Daffodil Court. We were pleased to deliver biscuits and chocolates for the residents on behalf of the Council. This was very well received, the cost for the items were very kindly met by a private donation. 
We were unable to hold a Mayor’s civic event this year, (carol service) usually part of this service involves meeting members of our community and inviting them to partake in a drink and mince pies, after the service. 
In order to reach out to the community by some other means, and offer some cheer during these unprecedented times, we have been able to support Rev Simon Mason in the purchase of some booklets produced by the Bible Society for the younger children. 
These were delivered to the school and the children from Glebe/Picklenash each received a booklet. 
Thank you 
Christine Howley 
 
 
November 2020 
Travel and Transport Survey 
The organisers of the Newent Neighbourhood Development Plan are collecting information about people’s travel habits, to help future transport planning in and around Newent. 
 
They need as many answers as possible from GL18 1** postcodes, via the anonymous survey form at https://bit.ly/ndp-travel 
 
PLEASE RESPOND. This is your chance to influence decisions affecting our future. 
 
 
 
 
January 2021  
Town Council Sets Budget 
Newent Town Council approved a budget for 2021/2022 at its meeting on 11th January and will raise £302,439 through the Council Tax, which equates to an increase of 8p per week for a Band D property. 
The Council has striven to address all actions that are required in the forthcoming year, balanced against the knowledge that it is funded by the ratepayers of the town. 
Part of the increased funds will be used towards improving youth facilities, as well as supporting local organisations. 
Councillor Mrs Howley, Mayor of Newent said, “The Council was very mindful of the impact the pandemic has had and kept the increase to an absolute minimum, whilst ensuring projects benefiting of the town can still be progressed”. 
 
Library Car Park  
 
The car park behind the library will be CLOSED on TUESDAY 26th JANUARY. 
This is due to use by Newent Doctors Practice that day. 
 
 
 
Forest of Dean District Council - Suspension of Collection Service 
Please be aware that we have taken the decision to suspend all waste collection today (25 January) due to the condition of the roads and pavements for our crews. 
 
We are expecting most services to resume tomorrow. 
 
• Residents due to a refuse collection today should leave their bin out and we will collect it tomorrow as long as conditions improve. 
 
• Residents who have missed a garden waste or recycling collection today should take their containers in and present them on their next scheduled collection. 
 
Please note that the garden waste service will be suspended on Tuesday 26 to enable crews to catch up on today’s missed refuse collection. 
 
December 2020 
New Hospital Consultation 
 
 
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