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Garden Fires

This from Stroud District Council.

Bonfire smoke may cause particular problems for people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and heart conditions. We all now know that Covid-19 is a respiratory disease. During the pandemic, more people than normal are at home, working, caring for their family and/or self-isolating. People in your area may already be suffering breathing difficulties due to the virus.

People with underlying health conditions have been advised to self-isolate in their homes for 12 weeks. They need to go into their gardens for fresh air and they need to be able to open their windows for ventilation; they have nowhere else to go.

Breathing difficulties could be worsened due to bonfire smoke inhalation and place a further burden on the NHS. Therefore, during these difficult times we would ask all residents to cooperate in protecting everyone’s health by not lighting bonfires during the Government’s lockdown period.

We understand that you may be tempted to dispose of additional garden waste by having a bonfire. As the lockdown throws up new challenges for us all, we ask everyone to be a good neighbour and to not burn any of this waste.

Thank you for your cooperation in doing all you can to protect the health of your family and that of your neighbours, many of whom may be more vulnerable to the effects of bonfire smoke than ever before and who are presently restricted to their homes.

Any garden waste can be composted or it can simply wait - store it for now until the current emergency is over and do not burn it.

Blue badge parking

During the first lockdown Local Authority Parking Teams did not issue Parking Penalty Notices to individuals using a Blue Badge with an expiry date of 1st January 2020 onwards. This relaxation of enforcement against expired Blue Badges ended on 30th September 2020.  If your blue badge has expired you must now apply to renew it.  There is likely to be a considerable delay processing paper applications for blue badges so you are encouraged to apply on-line as this service is unaffected.

There are more details and links to renew a badge on the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Vale Hospital

The NHS has announced some temporary changes to Gloucestershire's Minor Injury and Illness Units (MIIUs) in order to strengthen staffing at a smaller number of sites. The inpatient hospital services will be unaffected at this time and kept under review:

  • From today (Thursday 26 March) temporary closures include: The Vale, near Dursley (nearest alternative, Stroud) and The Dilke, near Cinderford (nearest alternative, Lydney)
  • The following MIIU will close temporarily from Sunday evening (March 29): Tewksbury (nearest alternatives North Cotswolds, Stroud or Lydney)
  • The following MIIUs will be open from 8am until 6pm, seven days a week, from Monday 30 March until further notice: Lydney, Stroud, Cirencester,  North Cotswolds, in Moreton-in-Marsh