Lack of democracy: Affected Parishes notified only when plans are published and provided with no opportunity to contribute or comment on how to improve the heart of the Forest of Dean.
Whilst Councillors assure us that 3 or more possible settlement options are under consideration, thus far, all evidence points clearly towards one ‘preferred option’ named throughout documentation as Churcham, with no proof of economic, traffic, and environmental analysis of any other site under consideration.
We are left challenging one option that appears a ‘done deal’ rather than considering and commenting on several proposals.
Covid-19: Inability to meet, discuss and inform during the 8-week consultation period.
In a District in which 25% of Parishioners are aged 65+, the reliance on internet and digital methods of communicating and consulting, forced upon us due to the timing of this consultation period during the pandemic, serves to isolate, exclude and marginalise the views and comments of a large proportion of the District