DISTRICT councillor David Drew has called a public meeting in Stroud in support of a petition to try to stop the coalition government's planned badger cull.

The former Stroud MP and Stonehouse town councillor has invited badger experts and animal welfare supporters along to the gathering at the Sub Rooms from 7pm on Saturday, August 20.

A petition against proposals to cull badgers in response to concerns the creatures spread bovine TB will be available to sign beforehand both in Stroud High Street on Saturday mornings and at the Labour Party office in Lansdown, Stroud.