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Community invited to submit thoughts on Cinderford Northern Quarter

The Forest of Dean community and organisations can put forward ideas on the future of Cinderford Northern Quarter.

The inquiry will gather evidence, formulate a report and make recommendations to Forest of Dean District Council's cabinet on a way forward for the Cinderford Northern Quarter, in conjunction with the council's Local Plan.

Cllr Alan Preest, chairman of the Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: "We welcome the views of everyone in the Forest of Dean. We will take all these views into account when making our final recommendations in a report to be presented to the cabinet."

The Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee will hold evidence gathering days as part of the inquiry into the Cinderford Northern Quarter on Tuesday November 2 10.am-4pm, Friday November 5 10am-4pm, Wednesday November 10 6pm-9pm and Thursday November 11 10am-4pm in the Council Chamber, Coleford, GL16 8HG.

During the days, the committee will look at technical information, as well as taking the views of interested parties into account.

The committee will be asking interested parties to reply to these questions to help them with their deliberations:

1. What interest have you in the Cinderford Northern Quarter?

2. What involvement have you in the Cinderford Northern Quarter?

3. Your thoughts on the Cinderford Northern Quarter now?

4. What do you envisage for the Cinderford Northern Quarter in the future?

5. Do you have any relevant professional qualifications or experience relevant to the site?

At the evidence gathering days the public, local groups and organisations will have 20 minutes, followed by questions from the committee. Anyone wishing to speak, should contact the council's democratic services team on 01594 812625 or email democratic.services@fdean.gov.uk by 12pm on Monday October 18.

The committee would also be interested to hear any submissions in writing by 5pm on Monday October 18.

Written submissions should be emailed to democratic.services@fdean.gov.uk or sent by post to Democratic Services, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG.

A final report with recommendations will be presented to cabinet early in 2022.

Members of the public can observe the sessions via the live meetings link on the council's website.

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