Rubbish, rivers and cycle routes – there is something for everyone on SDC’s Environment Committee meeting this week. Committee members will hear an update from UBICO, who’ve kept waste and recycling services running throughout the pandemic.
There is also a presentation on the Severn Estuary Recreation and Mitigation Strategy, adopted by the council in 2017. We’re fortunate to have such a precious natural habitat in our district, of international significance for its populations of overwintering birds, and estuarine habitats. The strategy aims to address the conflict between new development and the need to protect rare species and habitats by requiring a £385 contribution per net dwelling. The Council works closely with partners such as Natural England, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Wetlands & Wildfowl Trust, and the Environment Agency to ensure the strategy is implemented, and the committee will hear an update on how funding is being used to support specific projects in order to ensure this unique habitat is protected.
Contributions like these from developers are important to allow investment in local schemes, and the committee will also hear a report on the recommendations for spending allocations from the Community Infrastructure Levy. SDC was the first council in Gloucestershire to adopt CIL in 2017, as a way to fund the infrastructure required to deliver Local Plan growth strategies.
All seven bids this year have been recommended to proceed, including funding for Hardwicke Youth Centre, investment in improving cycling facilities in Cam and Dursley, Cainscross, Frampton and between Stroud and Nailsworth.
Applications are now open for businesses at stroud.gov.uk/businessrates