Labour, Green and Lib Dem Councillors are now co-operating to run the District Council with a Labour leader, Geoff Wheeler. They are working on plans to create more jobs; to build more affordable housing as well as better environmental protection and more emphasis on health & well-being.
The Council has a new contract for recycling starting in 2016 - it will make a big difference to recycling rates. The Council is totally opposed to the incinerator planned for by Gloucestershire County Councillors and have offered financial support for an independent report into alternatives to the incinerator. They have just announced that they will be seeking a Judicial Review of the decision to go ahead with the incinerator.
Labour councillors attend County Health Scrutiny Committee and have raised issues repeatedly about NHS Gloucestershire’s plans to put carious parts of our health services out to tender - and about problems in delivering the privatised services.
After County Council Tories cut funding for all youth work, the District Council has come up with a Youth Strategy for the District and is working on plans to get youth work back, targeting areas where there is currently no youth work provision at all.
Labour Councillors are also working on sorting out outstanding issues for sheltered housing for pensioners. They are looking at how to get more affordable housing without ending up with large greenfield sites - and they have just opened the first new council houses to be built in Stroud District for many years.