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Hi Please write to the council> Re. Application to build 8 poultry sheds housing 350,00 chickens in Clearwell. To register an objection, you will need the planning application number to do this online. It’s FODDC Planning P1191/18/FUL. Newland Parish Council and local residents have been fighting this since 2015. Briefly, to give you some of the background: The applicant (Hay Farms) originally applied to build 8 poultry sheds housing 350,00 chickens (for meat), but this was refused twice at planning meetings. However, the applicant is very persistent and scaled down his plans to 17,700 turkeys. Although that’s bad enough, if allowed, he’s probably intending to go back to his original plan. Unfortunately back in October, the Planning Committee granted him retrospective permission, but conditional. This has to be reconsidered at one of the future Planning meetings, maybe in March or April. The Parish Council commissioned a report from an ecological consultant, an expert on bats, who said it would be unlawful for the LPA to grant planning permission because of the protected rare bats which roost in Clearwell Caves, directly below the approach road to the proposed development. A report on land stability carried out in 2016 has drawn attention to fissures in the roof of the caves, possibly caused by lorries using the road to the feed mill, the same road as for the proposed turkey farm. However, to our shock and amazement, the Highways Agency have now said they are raising _no objections_ to the application. So we would appreciate it if you could support us by objecting on the FODDC website, using the planning number above. The application could be on the agenda for the next Planning meeting on 12th March, so we need to act quickly. Thank you. Best wishes, Mary Condrad



Severn tolls removed Mon Dec 17th – Who Pays for The bridges Now?



Moving into the unknown? the Severn toll booths disappear are we entering a new era? The Prince of Wales Bridge will close westbound on the penultimate weekend before Christmas to remove the M4 toll booths as the bridge goes toll free. The renamed Second Severn Crossing will shut westbound on Friday, 14 December at 20:00 GMT […]

‘Ten’ writing competition winners revealed!



This evening Jan Royall announced the three winners of the competition, as judged by best-selling author and Coleford resident Andrew Taylor. Our congratulations go to  Rebecca Klassen (3rd) with The Last Kid, Toni Wilde (runner up) with Mad about Potatoes and the winner, Julia Bohanna with Mudlarker’s End. Congratulations again to all our shortlist – […]

Blue Peter award winning author Andy Seed at the Festival



  Family fun, puzzles, games, riddles and jokes with Andy Seed on Saturday 7 July 5.30 pm – tickets here !

Want to write (even better)? Don’t miss our writers’ day school….



Saturday 7 July 10 am to 4 pm at the Main Place, Coleford – meet other writers, learn from those who have been there before, share your own learnings …. we all have stories to tell!! and not just the ones we write about…)  £15 for the day, including lunch and refreshments Book via the […]

GRand Dad Rants…. Comic Moments at Festival of words



So as an avid reader I would grab a copy of the Beano and rush through the stories barely waiting to read the captions stories jokes underneath Desperate Dan- (much later that was a great joke in  Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff) Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, lots of training for tongue twisters and […]

Fiona Stafford and Radio 3’s Into The Forest season



Listen here for a taste of what we can expect when Fiona Stafford, author of The Long, Long Life of Trees, visits the Festival on Friday 6 July. Start with a ramble among ancient trees with Forest Verderer Ian Standing, leaving from the Arboretum carpark (Speech House Road) at 4 pm, then on for cream tea […]

A week (and a day) to go!



The weather promises to hold ….  all kinds of good things happening … the Big Reveal of the ‘Ten’ writing competition shortlisted authors happening Mon 2nd at Coleford Baptist Hall, hosted by Jo Durrant of BBC Radio Gloucestershire … the Quiz – get your table booked at the Coleford Tourist Info Office … followed by […]

Poets and pirates at Taurus



Our thanks to Taurus for sharing their midsummer song festival with us today. We enjoyed Maggie Clutterbuck sharing Full Circle and some even newer material, PIPs with a range of poems – here’s Vicky Hampton reading to us – pirate Bryony Pearce and more … thank you to all those who took part and to […]

Mindsong joins the Festival of Words



The Festival is thrilled to have mindsong join the Festival with poetry readings between songs on Friday 6th July at The Elms, Staunton. Mindsong is a charity working mainly in Gloucestershire providing a range of services for people living with mid to late-stage dementia. Volunteers run  Meaningful Music Singing Groups, working in care homes and day centres in […]