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  • John Taylerson
    Article: Jul 21, 2021
    By Cllr Vilnis Vesma

    The food standards and supply landscape changed when we left the European Union. We are pleased to have John Taylerson presenting a talk about the implications on 11 August at 7:30 pm. John is an MBA and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, He has had a long career in food and drink, working at every stage of the supply chain from agriculture, processing and marketing to product development. He has started food and drink companies from scratch that sold to major retail and on-line, businesses, as well as fine food retail and food service. He has acted as a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture, HMRC and the private sector and now assists food and drink companies grow and raise capital.

  • 20 mph limit in Culver Street, Newent
    Article: Jul 5, 2021
    By Cllr Vilnis Vesma

    Newent already has a 20mph limit in the town centre but the conservative-led County Council has successfully opposed a motion to set the same safer limit in more town and village centres.

    Liberal Democrat councillors Gill Moseley and Roger Whyborn put forward a motion to introduce the reduced speed limit in streets and roads at Gloucestershire County Council's meeting on 30th June. They say their group wants to give control back to communities so that they can have their say over speed in their local neighbourhoods. They wanted the County Council to work with district councils, parish and town councils to identify all those roads which should adopt the new speed limits. Councillor Whyborn said it was about reclaiming the streets for those who own them so that they can live walk and cycle and feel that children are safe on the streets. "If you are hit at 20mph as a pedestrian you will probably survive, but that's much less likely at 30mph or 40mph," he said.

  • Article: Jun 30, 2021
    By Cllr Vilnis Vesma

    A resident on the outskirts of Newent complained to me that a green waste reccyling bin that he ordered in March still has not been delivered. I took this up with the relevant contracts manager and Cabinet member. Apparently the problem has arisen because Covid restrictions have prevented people collecting any kind of recycling container in person, so everything is now having to be delivered. This, together with increased demand because of lockdown, meant that the system could not cope with the March/April surge in green bin orders. However, they have finally "found the resources" to accelerate deliveries. I don't entirely buy the explanation: they have been working under Covid restrictions for over a year now and the contractor should have foreseen the surge. I'll be asking awkward questions on this and keeping an eye on performance.

  • Gill near lake balustrade
    Article: May 24, 2021

    Lib Dem elected for Newent Division … and Tories lose three seats in the Forest of Dean of the seven they previously held at the County Council.

    Gill Moseley took the Newent Division for the Liberal Democrats in a straight contest with the Tory candidate on May 6th in the local elections for the County Council.

  • Gill with ornage berries
    Article: May 5, 2021

    "Thank you to everyone who is giving me their support on Thursday May 6th as a candidate in the County Council election for Newent Division," say Gill Moseley.

    "We believe in being fair and honest in what we say and write but we are not afraid to call out when we think something is wrong. We expect other parties and individuals to do the same. Sadly the Conservative leaflet for Newent does not match this standard of honesty and if some of you are wanting further information about some of its content, then this may be useful: