Bus Journeys

Ruspidge & Soudley

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November 2022

County council saves 350,000 bus journeys


Following an exercise to find new providers for bus routes cut by Stagecoach Gloucestershire County Council have today announced the results.

The county council acted quickly to try and ensure that no one would be left isolated. The success of our efforts has protected around 350,000 of the journeys that the Stagecoach cuts would have lost, had the county council not acted so decisively.

However, not all the routes could be replaced, and in those cases alternative ways of getting around are being promoted. This includes making use of more innovative modes of transport such as dial-a-ride, community transport and ‘The Robin’ which has recently been launched in the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds. In addition, personal transport planners will be on hand to talk to anyone who needs extra help.

Notably, a provider has been found for the route that serves the Arle Court Park and Ride, which is having a £20m upgrade to encourage sustainable transport and reduce congestion.

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transport, said: “I promised communities across Gloucestershire that we would work tirelessly to avoid people being left isolated when these routes were cut by Stagecoach. In an extremely challenging context, the team have been able to save 350,000, about 70%, of these journeys. Where no bus provider could be found, we are promoting alternative transport solutions such as dial-a-ride, community transport and the new ‘Robin’ service.

“Stagecoach have left many communities across the county high and dry. This is unacceptable to the county council and it’s one of the reasons why I reported Stagecoach to the Traffic Commissioner. We are not prepared to let Stagecoach get away with treating communities this way. The people of Gloucestershire deserve better, and I will remain steadfast in my commitment to them and my efforts in delivering public transport that works.”

What next?

A full list of the service changes is here November bus service changes - Gloucestershire County Council. Personal transport planners are also on hand by calling 0871 200 22 33

Having your say

As part of the process the county council asked residents to provide their feedback on the proposals made by Stagecoach. The county council appreciate residents taking the time to do this. We have reviewed the feedback which was made by hundreds of residents. We have used the comments submitted as part of our FAQs page, which will be regularly updated.

Keep up to date:

Frequently asked questions

Why are these services being withdrawn?

Stagecoach say they have taken the decision to withdraw these services due to a lack of drivers. They plan to take the drivers from the cut services and reallocate them to the rest of their network. This decision has led to the disproportionate cutting of rural infrequent services in favour of protecting urban services which threatened to leave the most isolated without alternative means to get to hospital, doctors, education or just everyday activities like going shopping.

Does the council support this?

No. The county council vehemently disagrees with this approach as it disadvantages the communities served by these routes. We have made this very clear to Stagecoach and we worked tirelessly to try and get this decision reversed. Unfortunately, our efforts to convince Stagecoach to explore a different solution, one that did not leave communities isolated and cut off from vital services, education, and employment, were unsuccessful.

Can the county council stop this?

The county council does not have authority to prevent these withdrawals from taking place. Stagecoach have fulfilled their obligation to inform the Office of the Traffic Commissioner of these withdrawals, and now they are free to implement them. Councils do not have regulatory authority over the bus network.

How is the county council holding Stagecoach to account?

In addition to our numerous communications that detail our opposition to this approach, we have also written to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner to highlight both our concern over the poor reliability of current services, and of the negative impact these November service changes will have on many Gloucestershire communities.

Are the council trying to replace these lost services?

Yes, we are doing everything we can to secure replacements for as many of these lost services as possible and have already secured replacements for 70% of the affected journeys. However, due to the driver shortage and increasing cost of delivering bus services, it is a very difficult time to procure bus services. Replacement in full of the lost Stagecoach services will not be possible, however, alternatives have been put in place and long-term solutions will be continued to look for.

ENDS

Flood Alert

Ruspidge & Soudley

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November 2022

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.


Flood Alert in force: Rivers in the Forest of Dean.
Flooding is possible for: River Lyd and Cinderford Brook.
Be prepared.


River levels are forecast to rise at the Parkend river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible between this evening 15/11/22 and tomorrow afternoon, 16/11/22. We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Gloucester to Chepstow. Other locations that may be affected include Westbury and Lydney.
River levels may remain elevated over the next two days, as further showers are expected.
We are closely monitoring the situation. Please call 999 if in immediate danger.

PUBLIC NOTICE CULLIMORE BRIDGE WORKS

Ruspidge

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October 2022

WORKS TO COMMENCE ON CULLIMORE BRIDGE RAILWAY ROAD RUSPIDGE

Ruspidge & Soudley Parish Council would like to inform you and make you aware of works taking place at Cullimore Bridge on Railway Road Ruspidge.

During the week starting Monday 14th, through to Friday 16th of November, Cullimore bridge sited on Railway Road and Crossing Cinderford Brook will be being replaced with a new bridge.

This will undoubtedly cause some obstruction to Railway Road from the Ruspidge Road entrance through the dates noted above.

In particular, Monday 14th of November as two heavy vehicles carrying the new bridge and for the removal of the old bridge will require access during the day.

We request any vehicles that regularly park adjacent to Cullimore bridge make alternative parking arrangements throughout this period, heavy work vehicles will require access.

Ruspidge & Soudley Parish Council would like to apologies for any inconvenience caused to residents during this time.

For further information, please feel free to contact the clerk of Ruspidge & Soudley parish Council.


Rheola House, Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford. GL14 2AB

email: info@clerkrspc.co.uk

Tel: 01594 825 343

TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURES

Ruspidge & Soudley

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October 2022

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF VARIOUS FOOTPATHS FOR
WYEDEAN STAGES MOTOR RALLY 2022
(CINDERFORD TOWN AND VARIOUS PARISHES) FOREST OF DEAN DISTRICT

NOTICE is hereby given that Gloucestershire County Council intend to make an

Order to close temporarily under Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the Road Traffic

Regulation Act, 1984 (as amended) part of the footpaths as described in the

schedule below.

Cost Of Living Support

07

October 2022

Help if you’re struggling with living costs

Many residents are currently struggling with rising living costs. That’s why it’s important to know what help and support is available now – that could benefit you, a relative, friend or neighbour.

Here are some practical actions that could help you or someone you know.

Please refer to the PDF bellow.

Casual Vacancy Ruspidge (West)

Ruspidge

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August 2022

PARISH OF Ruspidge & Soudley

West WARD

CASUAL VACANCY

Notice is hereby given that due to Resignation of Cllr. Bernadette Wood


A vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish of

Ruspidge & Soudley (West)


The vacancy will be filled by election if any ten registered local government electors for the said parish ward submit a written request to that effect in the manner prescribed below.

Any request for an election to be held to fill the vacancy must be in writing and must reach the Returning Officer, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street Coleford Glos GL16 8HG within fourteen days following the date of this notice.

If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Dated 19th August 2022

Road Closure St Whites - Buckshaft.

Ruspidge

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August 2022

TEMPORARY CLOSURE 40100 BUCKSHAFT ROAD (CINDERFORD TOWN) FOREST OF DEAN DISTRICT

Gloucestershire County Council has made an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to temporarily close part of 40100 Buckshaft Road from its junction with St Whites Road for a distance of approximately 30 metres back from the said junction.

The reason for the closure is to carry out surfacing works.

The road is expected to be closed from the 15th August 2022 until the 26th August 2022 only or until the works have been completed. For further information, please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514 or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk.

Alternative Route – as signed on site.

Emergency and pedestrian access to adjacent properties will be maintained.

Latest Parish Road Closures - Soudley

Soudley

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August 2022

TEMPORARY CLOSURES VARIOUS ROADS FOR GIGACLEAR WORKS (VARIOUS TOWNS AND PARISHES) FOREST OF DEAN DISTRICT Gloucestershire County Council intend to make an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to temporarily close and restrict part of the roads as detailed in the Schedule avaliable to download.

Viewpoint October 2021

Parish

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October 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 01594 825 343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint September 2021

Parish

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September 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 01594 825 343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint August 2021

Parish

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August 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint July 2021

Parish

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July 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Jun 2021

Parish

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May 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Apr 2021

Parish

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March 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Feb 2021

Parish

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January 2021

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Dec 2020

Parish

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December 2020

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Oct 2020

Parish

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October 2020

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Aug 2020

Parish

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August 2020

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge:The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley:Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint Jun 2020

Parish

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June 2020

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge: The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Viewpoint April 2020

Parish

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April 2020

Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to the editor.viewpoint@gmail.com.

The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

Ruspidge:The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road. The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road. Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley: Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events. Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.