By the community, for the community

Once again we seem to be having a mixed summer.  On a visit to the William Morris House Open Day you could enjoy the barbecue in the sun and then get drenched all in the same afternoon!


Since the last contribution the District Council has started it’s new Civic Year. Councillor Stephen Davies has been appointed to the Audit and Standards Committee and the Strategy and Resources Committee while Councillor John Jones has been appointed to Communities and Licensing.


Already there have been issues to address when it was found that the Housing Reserve Account had been inaccurately reported, revealing a shortfall of nearly £1m.  Although this appears a legitimate mistake, it does create challenges for our plans in this area and we wait to see what proposals are made to address this.


More locally we are as ever embroiled with planning challenges. The expectation is that the Ecotricity Proposal will come to the Development Control Committee in the autumn, and we are still in regular conversation with the planners on this.  We understand that there has been some modification to the plan proposed.


Also the proposed development of 3 industrial units at Meadow Mill went before the Development Control Committee at our request.  Councillor John Jones and Councillor Stephen Davies spoke against the Planner’s recommendation to accept the Application but sadly the Committee did not agree with this.  Councillor Stephen Davies is now working with the Parish Council to see what can be done about ensuring that when this development goes ahead, we can ensure that it does not create the flooding threat we fear.

Councillor Davies has also raised with the Planning Review Panel, the issue that the planning officers do not follow their own Local Plan, and lack of recognition of the Eastington Neighbourhood Development Plan.


The final comment we would make is when the referendum to approve the Neighbourhood Development Plan is called please come out and vote to support it so that we can have greater control over planning issues and maybe in future these articles can be about something else.


If you have any questions do let Stephen or John know.

If you want to contact us

you can reach me at or   07802 595 307

or John at             or  07808 922 918 


Letter from our District Councillors

Cllr Stephen Davies  and  Cllr John Jones

No. 158  Aug-Sept   2016

Eastington Community News Magazine.  Community news for and by the people of Eastington, Gloucestershire