Not so - we have just been extremely busy putting together a bid for a Community Grant from the Forest of Dean District Council amongst other things.
With the help of the Community Engagement Team, we are hoping to get a grant to cover the costs of setting up the residents' association this year and also to start some of the projects we would like to do.
We would like to have a Community Kitchen Garden where we could produce our own sustainable food and also run a children's gardening club. We have the offer of a shipping container as well, to convert into a meeting space that could be in joint use with partner organisations. The trouble is, we need somewhere to put it!
We have somewhere in mind, so are starting to talk to people about this. Lydney as a town needs more allotments, so if the garden project went ahead, it would be adding value both to this neighbourhood and to the town.
Looking ahead, we have important decisions being made for Oakdale at the next FoDDC Planning Committee meeting. Asda and the Foundry have submitted plans that show all site traffic being routed through the site and would like to shut off the exisiting access road to do so. As this would also be along the path of our only pedestrian route off or onto the development, we don't think this would be a good idea and are talking to Asda about that, as well as about some positive input that we could have as a residents' association.
If you would like to come along, you are very welcome to come and find out more about Oakdale Links and how you can get involved when we hold our first social event. This is a guided walk, led by Dave Street, who is a local footpath expert. We will have membership forms there if you would like to join as an ordinary member, or register an interest in becoming a committee member. The public meeting, where we elect our officers, will be in the Autumn time, depending on work and child care commitments that the steering group have and also on availability of a venue.
With the summer holidays here, we are very pleased that the Street Wardens have offered to come down and do some fun activities with the children, offseting somewhat the lack of play equipment for them. That's something we are really looking forward to!
Have a great summer, and hopefully I will be doing more regular updates now the tasks we have been tackling in the last two weeks are nearly done.
Guided Walk: 4th August, 2.30pm, meeting by the blue Foundry gates at Cambourne Place.
Please wear shoes you are comfortable walking in and bring sun hats, sun block and water, especially for children.