Newsletter

19th October 2017

Brimscombe School

Last Friday I was in my car flying around the constituency. I began by visiting Brimscombe Church of England Primary School and Head Teacher Joe Roberts. I answered a large range of questions from the Year 6 pupils under the excellent supervision of Mr Foulds.

This was an absolute tour de force by the children who maintained an hour-long Q&A session full of relevant questions and showed an amazing degree of not only preparation but also excellent concentration and behaviour. The most thought provoking question that I was asked was what achievement am I proud of most.

Minchinhampton Commoners

I then went on to a meeting with the Minchinhampton Commoners led by Edwin Draper. The issue with this Common is that although several hundred people have the rights to graze on the Common, only a few dozen people carry out the hard work of actually organising and managing this.
The Commoners have been through a protracted court case with DEFRA, in which they want to ensure that they, not the larger group, are entitled to farm payments. They are now involved in intensive discussions with Natural England over highly onerous requirements relating to how the Commons should be grazed.
Lastly, the Commoners have requested some form of speed restriction on the Common to prevent a number of serious road traffic accidents with cattle which have recently been killed or mortally wounded.

Stroud District Council

On to a meeting with Council Leader Cllr Steve Lydon, Green Leader Martin Whiteside and Chief Executive David Hagg. All local councils are facing really severe challenges at the moment. Traditional forms of funding from the Rates Support Grant and New Homes Bonus will disappear and they will instead have to rely on Business Rates with even some of this having to be repaid to the Government to support poorer areas.
There is enormous pressure on housing supply and the indicative figures that Stroud District Council have been given show that their housing needs will increase by 40% following the recent publication of the Stroud Local Plan.

Holywell Farm

On to Holywell Farm in Wotton-under-Edge where I met with the Julia Fry and the Holywell Farm Action Group. This group opposes the application for up to 25 dwellings on the perimeter of Wotton, which has gone to appeal.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown with the Holywell Farm Action Group

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown with the Holywell Farm Action Group

The question is whether the wonderfully situated town and the balance between the steep hill behind Wotton and the AONB will be encroached upon by this development.
Development anywhere in Wotton-under-Edge is always difficult due to its topography. It does seem to me, however, that this application is in the wrong place and I will be writing to the planning authority to oppose this.

Stroud Court Care Home

Finally, I visited the wonderful Stroud Court Care Home. I have strongly supported the work that all the dedicated staff do here for many years in caring for some of the most autistic people in society. I heard that they are experiencing difficulties in recruited new staff because of the pay restraints imposed on them by the Local Authority.

Surgery

I held one of my regular constituency surgeries in Cirencester. This is always useful for gauging public opinion and an excellent opportunity to stroll the streets of the town to obtain people’s views.

Surgery Dates

Call 020 7219 5043 or email cliftonbrowng@parliament.uk to discuss the matter you wish to raise and the possibility of a surgery appointment. Appointments are 10 minutes long. A concise synopsis submitted in writing beforehand will ensure a productive use of time.

Next surgery:

Saturday,
2nd December 10am-12noon
Cirencester

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