There is currently a plan to build 31 houses on Middle Hill opposite the allotments. The development will be for 31 houses, 8 for affordable rent (20% below market rent) 8 for equity share (part mortgage and part rent) and 15 for market sale.
the houses are on what is known as a rural exception site which is a site where building would not normally be permitted unless it is for social housing.
there are real concerns about the effect on the local infrastructure, including increased traffic joining the A419, schools and the doctors surgery.
I asked for the application to be called into Planning and for a sites visit. The application was due to be heard on the the 3rd September and together with many parishioners and Parish Councillors we attended the meeting. The application was deferred due to a late response from County Highways who objected to the internal layout of the site and will go to the October meeting.
I have spoken to Planning at District and at present they are unsure as to what is likely to happen.
Lots of volunteers help Debbie deliver her Lunch Clubs and so Debbie thought it was right to return the favour. As well as delivering food surplus to the Long Table, based in Brimscombe Port she also volunteers every Thursday prepping veg for the lunchtime service
Rural and social isolation is a major problem for our older people so Debbie runs a Lunch and Breakfast club each week at the Frith Youth Centre. Debbie takes surplus food from a local supermarket and turns it into a 3 course lunch every Tuesday
"There is also a choice of starter, main course and dessert plus a hot drink and chocolates to follow" Debbie said "The Lunch costs £5 as does the full english on a Friday, but its not just about the food its about the friendship, our motto is come for the food stay for a chat" she continued
The clubs also provide volunteering opportunities for those with learning disabilities enabling people to get into work through work experience and a reference.
Anyone is welcome and can just pop in.
Debbie was shortlisted for the Woman of the Year awards in 2017 for Gloucestershire, the BBC West Food and Farming Awards in 2018 and the Prince of Wales Community award at the Royal Bath and West Show in 2019 for this work.
Debbie together with other local Conservative activists campaigned about the introduction of car parking charges in our Market Towns. She campaigned in Dursley, Stratford Park and Nailsworth where many local residents shop use the facilities and was pleased to see that charges were not brought in thanks to the large petition that was produced
Debbie believes in doing and not just talking so when local groups are running an event she is more than happy to help.
This year Debbie has also helped out at the France Lynch and Chalford Hill Garden Trail and The Scarecrow Trail
Debbie has also cooked each month for the Frith Youth Club car boot sale which runs every first Sunday of the month during the Summer (April to October) raising funds for the Youth Club