Exciting times in Lydney as plans are being developed how to make Lydney a thriving, bustling market town once again, and news that two funding bids have since been awarded to Lydney to support this aim.
Recent changes in the way we shop, our local and national economy and a whole host of other factors have resulted in us believing Lydney needed a boost. It is important that we consider how our town could work more efficiently – how traffic flows, how people shop, where we park our vehicles and how this will help in making the town an inviting destination for locals and tourists alike, increasing foot fall for our businesses and ensuring visitors to our town want to stay in Lydney and invest in our shops. By also preserving our heritage and green spaces we aim to continue to ensure Lydney remains special.
To make the aforementioned a reality we started consulting in 2013 with the town extensively to develop the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan (or NDP Plan as it is known), which gives Lydney the opportunity to decide how it wants to change in the future. Now through Lydney Town Council and the Forest of Dean District Council working together, Wendy Jackson, Regeneration Manager at the Forest of Dean District Council, has secured specialist support to further such changes.
Both funding streams, the Coastal Community Fund and the Community Economic Development fund, will benefit Lydney; providing support so that the town, through consultation and feedback, can further develop its action plan which it aims to complete in early 2016. A series of consultation events and town meetings have been arranged throughout the summer, you can also become involved on-line or by visiting one of the NDP Meetings.