How we have kept our 2016 promises

We have invested over £50m into the district in the last five years, overseeing two of the largest, most complex regeneration projects in the southwest, at the former Listers site in Dursley and the Cotswold Connected canal connecting Stroud and Stonehouse.

Only Labour-led Stroud District Council’s active intervention at Littlecombe and Brimscombe Port enabled these long term regeneration projects to continue when other agencies or the market was failing.

These projects are bringing complex contaminated brownfield sites and disused waterways back into use for housing, jobs and enhanced biodiversity.

These are exemplar canal, heritage and biodiversity projects, creating post-COVID regeneration, health and wellbeing and bringing economic, tourism and sustainable transport benefits to the whole district and wider area.

NEW HOMES FOR DURSLEY
✅ The former Lister factory site at Littlecombe, Dursley is at 92 acres one of the largest single regeneration sites in the county.
It now has hundreds of new homes already completed, both for private ownership and affordable rent, a business park as well as a NHS community hospital that has been the location of one of the most successful community-led covid19 vaccination programme in the country.

AWARD-WINNING CANAL REGENERATION
✅ Our award-winning canal regeneration project has delivered over £115m of private investment alongside substantial environmental, biodiversity, health and well being benefits to the community,
seeing the restoration of 4.5 miles of canal, nine locks, and six miles of towpath in the first phase with £7m awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the inward investment.

WORKING ALONGSIDE COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST
✅ In partnership with The Cotswold Canals Trust, the second phase of the regeneration project is now underway, Cotswold Canals Connected, connecting Stonehouse to Saul and the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal. A total of £9.7m has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the connection, winning £842,000 of development funding in 2018 followed by a further delivery stage bid for £8.9million in 2020.

RESTORING THE “MISSING MILE” OF CANAL AT JUNCITON 13 OF THE M5
✅ A further £4m was invested by the Highways England Environmental Designated Funds Scheme to help restore the “Missing Mile” at Junction 13 of the M5, completed in 2020.

As well as opening up another 4.5 miles of canal, the new phase will see benefits including the creation of 21 hectares of biodiversity land, planting 30,000 trees and shrubs, generating additional spending of £5.5 million per year in the local economy, bringing health benefits estimated at £8 million a year, preserving the canal archives from the 1730s and involving up to 500 extra volunteers.

JOBS & GROWTH PLAN FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
✅ Stroud District Council’s £1.5m Jobs & Growth Plan concluded in 2018, and in 2019 a £897,000 reserve from the Gloucestershire Business Pilot was allocated for local schemes
that met the following criteria: supporting local businesses, Supporting a zero Carbon District, Local Wealth Building, reducing inequality and poverty, and improving the Council’s long-term financial position.

BUSINESS UNITS FOR SMALL-MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES IN CAM & DURSLEY
✅ The council stepped in to invest in Littlecombe’s 18,500 square foot. units for use by small-medium sized businesses in Cam/Dursley, completed 2018 and now nearly fully let or owned by local enterprises.

AWARDS RECOGNITION FOR SUPPORT AND ADVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
✅ Recognised by the Federation of Small Businesses Local Authority Awards for the support and advice given to small businesses
to cut red tape around licensing, environmental protection and food hygiene.

KICKSTART EMPLOYMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
✅ As part of the Covid19 recovery plan, set up Kickstart scheme so Stroud District Council and local businesses can employ young people: allocated resources and partnered with Stroud college for training and support.

How we have kept our 2016 promises

INVESTED £2.6m IN THE BRIMSCOMBE SITE
✅ Labour-led Stroud District Council has invested £2.6m in the site to ensure it can be de-risked and developed.
Despite some delays due the pandemic, applying for planning permission will go ahead in 2021 so as to be able to appoint a development partner in 2022. The project will eventually deliver a reinstated canal basin, at least 150 homes, community and commercial facilities.

A further grant funding application has been made for £800k and we will know whether it has been successful in February 2021 – this would give further confidence to developers in bidding for the site.

How we have kept our 2016 promises

ACTIVELY ENGAGING AT COUNTY LEVEL
✅ We have actively engaged at the county level to bring inward investment to the district’s infrastructure
, for example through the opening of Gloucestershire Motorway Services and the Five Valleys project (formerly Merrywalks shopping centre) in Stroud.

PARTNERSHIP WORKING ACROSS THE COUNTY
✅ Stroud District Council takes an active part in partnership working at county-level, through GFirst LEP, the Joint Economic Growth Committee and Leadership Gloucestershire,
supporting the development of the Gloucestershire establishment of the City Region board, the Golden Valley Cyber project, the local industrial strategy, a county-wide rail strategy, and key infrastructure investment across Gloucestershire.

SIGNED UP TO THE FILM FRIENDLY PARTNERSHIP
✅ Member of Creative England’s Film Friendly Partnership network.

How we have kept our 2016 promises

MARKET TOWN CENTRES INITIATIVE FUND OF £213,000
✅ Following a 2017 review led by SDC, The Future of Town Centres, a Market Town Centres Initiative Fund of £213,000 fund was allocated
to help local market towns deliver priority regeneration projects from 2018-21.

SUPPORTING ARTS AND CULTURE ACROSS THE DISTRICT
✅ Supported arts and culture across the district through community grants, as well as running the Museum in the Park and other community buildings across the district from Kingshill House in Dursley to Woodchester Mansion.
Helped fund and raise enough for a grant to restore the Museum’s walled garden to create a fully accessible educational space and sensory garden.

COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDING FOR MARKET TOWNS
✅ A covid19 funding plan was agreed to support economic recovery in our market towns in 2020, through the national Re-opening the High Streets Safely fund.
This included the Shop Local and Think Local campaigns as well as practical measures such as signage and temporary road closures.

ONLINE FORUM FOR MARKET TOWNS
✅ Established an online forum for the district’s market towns to meet regularly throughout the pandemic and share common concerns and good practice.

WORKING WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES TO HIGHLIGHT GOOD PRACTICE
✅ Working with local businesses to highlight good practice in food safety, posting high rated premises on social media helps to promote independent food providers.
During the pandemic this has been expanded to businesses stepping up to be covid-compliant, to highlight best practice and support local businesses.

Find out more about how Labour goes #AboveAndBeyond to deliver for the whole of Stroud District

“You can trust Labour in Stroud District to keep our promises, so help us keep up the good work and support us with your vote for LABOUR on May 6.”

Cllr Doina Cornell, Leader of the Stroud District Labour Group

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