Debbie said "I normally do a scarecrow, but this year didn't have the opportunity and certainly would have not had the imagination that has been shown around the village. This one is my favourite but there are many amazing contributions"
Debbie said "All the presentations were excellent and identified both potential problems and what the end product could look like. I am very pleased to be part of this vision to take advantage of the investment in the canal regeneration. It is important that local people have an input into what will happen rather than rely upon developers to dictate what will happen"
Debbie said "It was great to meet many old friends, who have all worked hard to ensure that Stroud Life succeeds. The steak pie and sausages developed for this party by the Cam Butcher were fantastic and everyone should visit this local butcher"
"Stroud District Council is currently reviewing its sheltered housing service. It has been apparent since I first reviewed the service 3 years ago that we have more people in need of help who live outside of sheltered housing and this is the first time that we have cross party support to delivering that support"
On Thursday 14th March, Debbie had the opportunity to speak with Martin Surl the Police and Crime Commissioner and raised the issue of road safety and speeding on the A419. She highlighted the lack of police speed checks, and lack of police response to issues that the community raised with them. Martin said that he would take this issue back but also made some useful suggestions about how Chalford Parish Council could move things forward. This includes writing to Jon Hall the Fire Chief who now has statutory responsibility for road safety, and to encourage the school to use the Community Road Safety project. Debbie will write to the Parish Council and let them know, what else they can do.
You can view the meeting on the Stroud District Council website by following the link on the homepage
Debbie said "Local provenance is even more important now in the face of the horsemeat scandal and it is really crucial that we support local producers who provide locally sourced food, personally cooked in a sustainable way"
Debbie has campaigned for many years to improve safety at the junction particularly with children walking up to the school. The narrow pavement which is also obstructed is dangerous when children are going to and from Christchurch and numerous incidents have been report of parents being hit by wing mirrors.
Debbie said " There are several issues here, some of which cannot be changed due to the physical constraints of the road and footpath, but some changes can be made. One of those is driver behaviiour and I have urged the school previously to take part in the Police campaign whereby school children admonish drivers for their poor behaviour, as this has been particularly effective in other areas. There are things that can be done and I am happy to take some of these issues forward"