Things to think about: Are there enough flood management precautions in place? Is there sufficient support to improve the quality of existing homes and their energy use? Are there suitable policies in place to manage types of energy generation, such as hydro, wind turbine and solar that are of a suitable and affordable scale. How quickly can air quality issues be addressed?
The Lydney Neighbourhood Development Steering Group have created discussion papers to share ideas and to elicit feedback. Below is the Ecology, which were also used in the Community Town Meetings:
Air Quality in Lydney
The air quality in Lydney is being addressed by the Environmental Health Officers at the Forest of Dean District Council. Lydney Town Centre is currently an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). In 2008 an assessment (See copy of the FoDDC Air Quality Assessment Lydney 2008 below) examined the results of the air quality and recommended that an AQMA be declared. The monitoring revealed that levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceeded the annual mean (average level) as specified in the national air quality objectives, with the main source of pollution coming from road traffic. An Order declaring an AQMA came into effect on the 1st July 2010 within Lydney Town Centre.
In January 2013 following a public consultation, the Forest of Dean District Council was successful in a bid for Defra funding for traffic data collection and transport modelling costs. The traffic data has now been collated and the base modelling has been done with present the traffic flows and types of vehicles types. Origin and destination of vehicles will also be looked at. With this information the options can now be looked at including future year demands (up to 2026). This part of the project is currently being looked at (Oct 2013). Up to date information on Lydney’s Air Quality can be seen HERE
Monitoring of NO2 using diffusion tubes continues along High Street, Hill Street, Newerne Street and Bream Road. A map of these areas can be seen HERE
Further details on the management of Lydney’s air quality can be seen on the Forest of Dean District Council’s website or by clicking HERE
Biodiversity In Lydney
At a county, English and UK level there is no longer Biodiversity Action Plans to guide everyone’s work. Instead there are strategies (e.g. Biodiversity 2020 (click HERE to view) and the government’s Natural Environment White Paper approach), opportunity maps (e.g. Gloucestershire Nature Map (click HERE to view) and a list of priority species and habitats (English List S41 NERC Act (click HERE to view)) to take account of. The first action of course is to conserve and enhance sites that already have some sort of designation (statutory and non-statutory) the most significant in the Lydney area being the Severn Estuary European Marine Site (Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Areas (SPA) & Ramsar) but also close by there is also the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Bat Sites Special Areas of Conservation SAC which is another European Site protected by the Habitats Directive/Habitats Regulations.
Conservation Areas In Lydney
Part of Lydney has been a designated conservation area since 2005. The Lydney conservation area extends from Westfield House and the Town Hall to the British Legion Club and also incorporates the Lydney Recreation Trust grounds, Bathurst Park and Bathurst Park Road.
A map of the Conservation Area in Lydney can be seen via the Forest of Dean District Council’s website and by clicking HERE
Listed Buildings & Scheduled Monuments
There are several Listed Buildings within Lydney including the town cross, earthworks, crop marks, the sites of demolished buildings
and the sites of relatively minor finds such as coins and pottery shards.
A section of eastern area of Lydney Harbour is classed as a scheduled monument and includes the swing bridge, which is also a listed building.
Lydney’s Open Spaces
Land designated as Protected Outdoor Recreation Space includes:
- Rugby football grounds
- Recreation ground at Primrose Hill
Land designated as New or Additional Recreation Space includes:
- Lydney Town Marsh
- Land south of boating lake at Lydney Recreation Trust
- Land east of Severnbank Avenue
Land designated as Important Open Area includes:
- A strip of land by the river between the Recreation Trust lands and Bathurst Park
- The cemetery, Church Road
- The St Mary’s church grounds, Church Road
- Land between Lakeside Avenue and the Federal Mogul foundry
- Land at Naas Lane
- Land at Wydean Close
- Land at Manor Road
- Land at Bracken Close
- Land at Queen Street
- Land between Queen Street and Woodland Rise
- Land at Forest Road
- Land at Allaston Road
Land designated as Important Open Area and Recretion Space includes:
- Bathurst Park
- Lydney Recreation Trust land
Equipped play spaces are provided at:
- Wye Dean Close
- Primrose Hill Recreation Ground
- Augustus Way
- Centurian Road
- Bathurst Park
- Beauchamp Meadow
The harbor area, which is a scheduled Ancient Monument also provides a public open space.
Environment – Pertinent Documents
Lydney Air Quality Management Assessment – An Assessment prepared by Forest of Dean District Council in 2009