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Severn Estuary Resilience Programme update
Network Rail will carry out phase two of the programme to secure the future of the critical railway line that runs along the Severn Estuary between Gloucester and Newport.  A three week closure of the line between Severn Tunnel Junction and Gloucester is expected from 31 July – 18 August 2023.
Forest of Dean Local Plans 2021 –  2041
Temporary Road Order to close the road for carriageway resurfacing
A48 Junction at Woolaston Grange for approx 7 nights from TUESDAY 19 JULY TO WEDNESDAY 27 JULY between 1900 and 0700.
Full details can be found at A48 Jct at Woolaston Road closure Letter
Consultation- Capturing the Character of the Forest of Dean. 17 May – 30 June 2022

A new initiative is being spread across the whole of the Forest of Dean District.

We (FODDC)  are undertaking an engagement exercise which will help shape the development of a new Residential Design Guide. The new Guide will make it easier for the council to ensure the design of new homes, and other residential development such as extensions, meet the standards residents expect from developments in their area so they add to the highly distinctive character of the Forest of Dean.

The exercise involves a survey and the submission of photographs through which we are hoping to capture what contributes to the character of the Forest of Dean. If  members of the community do not want to take part in the exercise, but are still interested in keeping up to date with the development of the Residential Design Guide, there is an opportunity to submit personal details in the survey without having to complete the other questions.

More information can be found in the attached introduction note from Place Studio and at

M48 Severn Bridge cable inspection works – 22 June 2022

I hope this email finds you well. National Highways operates, maintains and improves the Strategic Road Network in England. As part of this remit, we ensure that structures on our network are kept in good condition and remain safe for the public who use them.

In order to do that we need to conduct regular checks to monitor how they are performing and repair any damage that is found. One of these structures is the Severn Bridge carrying the M48 over the River Severn, where we are required to inspect the suspension cables.

To carry out these cable inspections and to ensure the safety of both the travelling public and our workforce, long-term lane closures will be put in place.

The inspection works will involve the closure of one lane westbound from the 22 June 2022 until around January 2023, and one eastbound starting from July 2022 until around November 2022, with the overall programme of works lasting for around eight months.

During the period of lane closures, vehicles over 2.9 metres wide will be prohibited from using the M48 Severn Bridge, and the bridge will also be closed totally over three weekends to enable the lifting of the inspection gantries to a high level on the suspension cable. We will communicate these well in advance.

The first full closure is planned for the weekend of 25 and 26 June, with motorists being diverted across the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge.

To minimise any future disruption, maintenance work will also be undertaken during the closures, including refurbishment and maintenance of many bridge expansion joints, carriageway surfacing repairs, reinstatement of some under bridge gantry bogies and wheels, sweeping and litter picking, blasting and painting of parapets and lighting column bases, weld repairs, carriageway inspections, and gulley and drain cleaning.

The full details and press release can be found here:

To follow the progress of the works and to keep up to date, please visit the webpage:

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes to it.

If you would like more information about this work, please contact the National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 open 24/7, who will direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person, or email:

For information on all of our works in the South West please follow us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST

Kind regards


Katy Macdonald

Regional Communications Manager – South West

National Highways | Brunel House | 930 Hempton Court | Aztec West | Almondsbury | BS32 4SR


Gigaclear Proposed works June 2022

Details of Road Works  for Gigaclear works in Woolaston between 1st June to 12th June 2022 can be found at the following link – Road works bulletin 1 – 12 june 2022

Temporary Road Closure

Please be advised of the following temporary road closure:

• Severn View Rd Woolaston

This road will be closed (as per the attached plan) 2109 Netherend Lydney GL15 6NN-Plan from 5/9/22 to 27/9/22 to allow under grounding of overhead cables for  Western Power.

Emergency and pedestrian access will be maintained.

If you require any further information regarding this closure, please contact Streetworks at



John Ambrey

Streetworks Co-ordinator West

01452 328963

07484 720602

National Dementia Awareness week  (14th-21st May)

A new service, ‘Mindset’, which aims to provide emotional and psychological support following a dementia diagnosis. This is a pilot and is funded by the NHS CCG. It’s basically an 8 week course for the person with dementia, with a pre and post session added in for family member to attend as well, and looks at gently supporting people who are coming to terms with/trying to get their head around a dementia diagnosis.

People can self-refer or be referred by professionals.


Dementia Gloucestershire 2022 Survey   – developed to support the new Gloucestershire Dementia Strategy – the more feedback they get the better this will be for people living with dementia and their loved ones.  Please note the survey closes at 9.00am on 1st June.


NB: paper copy attached which has a freepost address (they have asked for this to be returned by 27/05)

Mindset Leaflet Feb 2022 for participants

Dementia survey – paper

It would be great if you could complete too if you feel able.

Storm Eunice

See the details from Forest of Dean District Council regarding the expected Storm.

Storm Eunice – Prepare for flooding and waste collections suspended (


Keep your dogs on a lead during Lambing Season

Dog owners are asked to keep their dogs on a lead and under control at all times when walking through farmland around livestock.  Owners are requested to ensure farm animals are kept safe particularly during lambing season.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

Temporary Road Closure

Notification of Temporary Road Closure of Park Hill Road, Near Higher Woolaston – 1 March 2022

Temporary Closure of Park Hill Road


Latest Roadworks

For up to date information on the local road network please follow this link:


Forestry England would like your views –

  • They ask a few questions about the Forest of Dean, and its built, natural and cultural heritage.
  • Your answers will help us find out what difference the Foresters’ Forest Landscape Partnership Programme has had on the heritage and people of the Forest of Dean, over the past 5 years. We will be publishing a final report that will be shared locally in the New Year.
  • Completing the survey gives you the chance to enter our prize draw.  There are two great prizes on offer!