Review of the year - February

Campaigners from Slad Valley Action Group hit out at the developer hoping to build on Baxter’s Field claiming the firm had not provided enough information about the proposals with its planning application

Andy Read and Stroud Town Mayor Amanda Moriarty led the campaign to improve and reopen Stroud’s footpaths. Picture by Thousand Word Media

Barnaby Reid, seven, with his recipe Eggs Barnaby, which featured on ITV’s Food Glorious Food

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VILLAGERS who feared their popular community shop was lost were delighted when it re-opened in a new location.

Chalford Community Stores was forced to close in January but volunteers rallied and were offered the chance to set up at Christ Church until they could find a permanent location.

A full investigation at the former MoD airfield at Aston Down was demanded after it emerged that two former workers contracted a rare form of cancer.

It came to light that two hangars were used to store items which were brought back from Britain’s nuclear testing programme in the South Pacific during the 1950s.

Campaigners were concerned that harmful radiation was still present at the site.

A host of celebrities signed the pledge opposing the £500 million Javelin Park incinerator including author Jilly Cooper, Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert, fashion designer Savannah Miller and Ecotricity founder Dale Vince.

Cooking fever was very much in the air with food programmes dominating our TV screens.

Seven-year-old Barnaby Reid made his debut as a TV chef when his creation Eggs Barnaby featured on ITV’s Food Glorious Food.

The youngster who is a pupil at Eastcombe Primary School, created his dish after suffering health problems which affected his taste.

In other news, Stroud District Council approved the lowest rent rise in the county for its social housing tenants.

Children at Cashes Green Primary School organised a series of fundraising events to help pay for a new wooden climbing frame.

Meanwhile campaigners fighting plans for 140 houses in the Slad Valley criticised developers for not providing enough information about the scheme.

Stroud District Council’s planning team featured on the BBC 2 series The Planners and work was carried out to improve and reopen Stroud’s footpaths thanks to Stroud Town Council.

The council commissioned the Stroud Community Land Trust to inspect each of the town’s 63 public rights of way.

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