Please see below for more news from Newent Town Council.... 
Mayor’s Message – January 2022 
Hello everyone and if it is not too late may I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Unfortunately, we are still in very difficult times, unchartered territory, all trying to keep our loved ones, neighbours and ourselves safe. We can at least look forward to Spring, when the nights become lighter, this at least may help to lift the spirits. 
 
As Councillors we are still carrying out face-to-face meetings. This may change in the future, should we receive instructions that allow us to carry out our meetings via Zoom. We will keep you all informed of any changes. 
 
Our workload continues and, as always, we have plenty to do. We are looking into setting up a Committee Structure. This is an exciting way forward for the Council. The Committees will allow members of the public to assist Councillors on issues that they feel strongly about and possibly help guide future actions. 
 
Some people may not wish to, or be able to, commit to becoming a Councillor, but their knowledge and expertise on subjects dear to them can only be an asset for the community. 
 
We have produced newsletters to update the Newent community on several Town Council actions and initiatives. We are pleased to say that we have received some funding to enable us to print a hard copy document for people to pick up and read. The newsletters are for and about the community, not solely the Council. If you are a member of a group that you would like to promote/ make people aware of, or any information that you believe relevant to the community please contact the Clerk in the first instance, Michael Greenfield. 01531 820638 or email townclerk@newenttowncouncil.gov.uk. Michael will be very pleased to hear from you. 
 
We are setting our budgets and the PRECEPT; this information is on our website. We encourage you to look at this and contact the Council with any observations etc.  
 
Again, we wish the town a good 2022 and look forward to better times. 
 
From Mayor Councillor Mrs Christine Howley 
Neighbourhood Development Plan 
 
For the latest news on Newent's NDP please visit the website: 
 
 
Town Council Sets Budget 
 
Newent Town Council approved its budget for 2022/2023 at its meeting on 24th January. Please see Finance page for more details. 
 
 
Forest of Dean District Council RESIDENTIAL DESIGN GUIDE CONSULTATION: 
CAPTURING THE CHARACTER OF THE FOREST OF DEAN 17 MAY – 30 JUNE 2022 
 
To have your say please go to: 
 
 
The Women's Tour is coming to Gloucestershire 
 
Gloucestershire will host both the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain in 2022 and Gloucs. County Council want you to get involved as the UK’s most prestigious bike race hits home roads. 
 
On Wednesday, 8 June, stage three of the Women’s Tour will begin in Tewkesbury and finish in Gloucester. The route will see the riders head west into the Forest of Dean before heading back east to finish in the heart of the cathedral city by Gloucester Docks. 
 
This will be followed by stage six of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious men’s cycle race, visiting the county on Friday, 9 September, with the race also starting in Tewkesbury and finishing in Gloucester. The riders will head east into the Cotswolds, before heading south, then coming up through the Stroud district, and finishing by Gloucester Docks. The start and finish of both races will be separated by a little over ten miles, allowing fans to easily attend both on race day. 
Get Involved 
 
GCC want people from across the county and beyond to come together to support the riders as they ride through the glorious Gloucestershire scenery. 
With large parts of the county being covered by either the Women’s or Men’s races, it is a brilliant chance for our residents to get on the roadside and watch as some of the world’s top cyclists race through Gloucestershire. 
 
The Women's Tour 
With the Women’s Tour just a few weeks away, we would encourage all residents to take the opportunity to support the race as it passes through and watch world class sport on your doorstep. 
GCC website will give you details of the route, road closures and a timetable of when the race is expected to pass through your community. It also features a downloadable community activation pack which gives suggestions of how your community can get involved with the event. 
 
Keep your bunting up 
GCC would encourage you to leave any bunting and decorations from the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II up for the Women's Tour. The race will take place the Wednesday after the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend. 
The county council’s commitment to supporting the economy, tourism and active travel will see it sponsor both races. It will be the first time either race has held a stage start and finish in Gloucestershire. 
 
The 2021 Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain delivered a net economic impact of £35million to the UK economy, with 1.3million spectators watching the races at the roadside, and 60% of fans inspired to cycle more. 
 
For more information on the event and details on Gloucestershire’s Women’s Tour stage and Gloucestershire’s Tour of Britain stage visit 
 
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