On 3rd March, our second quarterly Zoom meeting saw over 20 Society members hear from, and talk with, several elected members of the Town Council (from all parties), together with officers of the county and town councils, representatives of the Forest of Dean, and Transition Chepstow. We share common causes with all of them, in seeking to protect the town’s interests and its environment into the future, and it is good to see the role of the Chepstow Society increasingly being recognised.
We heard from MCC officers about the closure of the High Street during the pandemic, and the changes being brought in on a temporary basis, including the narrowing of Station Road and the removal of the crossing lights coupled with raising the road surface to make it more pedestrian-friendly.
We were assured that there would be a full public consultation before any changes were made permanent. Clearly, that would have effects both on the attractiveness of the town centre and on wider traffic movement, and there exist very different opinions on where the balance should lie. Let us know your views!
The Town Council has now started work on the Chepstow Place Plan. The Society intends to play its full part in this process.
For further information please contact Guy Hamilton.
The Society now has a small and informal group of members looking at current planning applications, and at policy documents on planning and amenity issues. We are also continuing with our occasional exchanges and meetings with local councillors and other groups concerned about the future of the area.
On 2nd December, the Society held the first of what are likely to become regular quarterly Zoom meetings, with members of the Society joined by elected representatives and officers of local councils, together with other local groups interested in protecting and improving the town and its surroundings.
The meeting was very positive, and discussed various ways forward in terms of improving liaison and working arrangements.
We hope that, over the next few months, we will establish new ways to make sure that the views of Society members can play a prominent role in helping to secure the future of the town and the protection of its environmental assets.
The Society needs you!
Since it was set up over 70 years ago, the Chepstow Society has been active in monitoring the changes taking place in the town, helping to protect what is valuable, and seeking improvements to the town’s environment.
We need to continue to carry out this vital function. One way would be to set up a small group of members, who can keep each other informed (virtually if preferred), follow local media, and coordinate inputs to other organisations – like the town and county councils, and local groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, Transition Chepstow, and others.
This need not be an onerous responsibility for anyone – the responsibilities can be shared. Expertise and past experience would be invaluable – but what is most important is an interest in the town, and in ensuring its wellbeing and the protection of what makes it so special.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Guy Hamilton – via email or 07786 500609.
Current policy documents and statements
COVID-19 – March 2021 town centre update