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Rudford and Highleadon Parish Council

Rudford and Highleadon Parish Council


During the current circumstances resulting from the Coronavirus Covid-19 virus, we will use this page to place notices of help to the community.  If you have something you would like placed on it, please contact the number or e-mail below.  Similarly, if you think there is something that the Parish Council can helpfully do, again, contact us through the links below.

Many thanks, and stay safe,

Bob Wolfson, Chair, and all your Parish Councillors







Are you self-isolating or restricting your social contacts to protect your health and well-being?


Do you need some help with day-to-day tasks like collecting shopping or prescriptions?


Would it be reassuring to have a daily call from someone to make sure that you are okay?


A team of volunteers are willing and able to help you with these things. You will though understand that volunteers are not able to enter your home or undertake personal care in any way.


Just call 07585158569  or e-mail and we will do our best to organise help or assistance.  For regular assistance please call between 9am and 5pm.  Of course in an emergency call at any time.


In a medical emergency, contact 999; for a non-emergency health issue it is 111 or


If you are willing to offer help please contact the number or e-mail above: your assistance will be appreciated.


We will also make over the two village noticeboards so that any further notices can be posted on them. As the Rudford board has to be locked to stay dry, please place anything you would like put on it in the Village Hall letterbox.


This initiative is coordinated by Rudford and Highleadon Parish Council, Rudford and Highleadon Village Hall and St.Mary’s Church, Rudford.


Do you need a some light entertainment?

Rudford and Highleadon Village Hall are putting quizzes on their website each month.  There is one there for March, and a new one will replaced on Wednesday next, April 1st.  Go to and you can download them from their front page.

Support for businesses where the Council is the landlord

To assist businesses to manage cash flow we have agreed to defer rent for all occupiers for three months and defer all rent reviews for six months. We have written to all tenants confirming these arrangements.

Support for businesses with licensing requirements;

People with premises licenses (e.g. pubs) will be allowed to defer license annual fee payment for six months. This will limit expenditure while premises remain closed and avoid the more costly option of applying for a new license when restrictions are lifted. The relevant contact details for enquiries on this issue are 01594 810000 

For all other types of licence renewals that require a fee (e.g. taxi/private hire drivers, street traders, animal establishments) we will offer a 12 month direct debit scheme for anyone wishing to re-licence in the next six months rather than paying the full fee upfront. Or they can defer renewal for up to six months. (NB - licences must be in place if they are trading) The relevant contact details for enquiries on this issue are 01594 810000

Support and flexibility for those struggling with Council Tax payments;

Anyone who is experiencing difficulty in making Council Tax payments should contact us at the earliest opportunity. There are a number of options we can explore dependent on the individual circumstances of the case. Advice and help is available to people contacting us for the first time or those who may have been experiencing difficulties before the current Covid -19 outbreak whose circumstances have changed. We are here to help. In addition we will be applying the recently announced £150 Council Tax Support Payment (Hardship Fund) for those working age customers already in receipt of Council Tax Support. This will automatically be credited to their Council Tax Account. The relevant contact details for enquiries on these issues are 01594 810000

You can find further information on the Forest of Dean website - - including guidance for business and links to the County Council community help hub.


Supporting Older People to resolve specific issues:

Our Help Team are available Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm to help older people resolve specific problems.  We have up to date information about local resources and support.  Call us on 01452 422660 to access the Help Team, or email to let us know about essential services you are offering locally.

Our Out of Hospital Team continues to support older people recently discharged from hospital who need guidance to stay well at home through in depth welfare calls.

Supporting Older People to stay connected:

We recognise that social isolation and the associated wellbeing issues are a real and serious issue for older people. We have set up a new Freephone telephone number for people who are alone and who want to have a friendly conversation with a staff member or volunteer.  Call us on 0800 2980579, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm

Look out for our Greet Your Street Campaign.  We are encouraging everyone to make a cup of tea, open your windows or front door and Greet Your Street at 11am every day.  Wave, smile, say hello to your neighbours, share a joke, reassurance and stay connected, just remember to stay at least 2 metres apart

We are compiling tips from our Older People’s Springboard Groups about how to stay connected, including virtual ‘Get Connected’ workshops and one-to-one telephone support to help older people make the most of the resources and social opportunities access to technology can offer.  Call 07511 223995 to find out more.

 Support for Communities who want to help

 Signposting individuals to existing local groups, and central hub resources

 Support and advice for local community groups to support older people safely and effectively.


Please share with your colleagues, teams and please do signpost older people you are working with (or know personally) to our website



At the Council meeting , Rudford and Highleadon Parish Councillors:

·       decided not to work to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish, but rather to consult with residents on what their priorities are for Rudford and Highleadon – more below

·       discussed further the planning application for Bovone Farm as a waste recycling transfer site, with particular reference to its continuing use without permission

·       discussed how to improve the safety and ease of access to the bus stops on both sides of the road at Highleadon Green; they agreed to investigate the costs and feasibility of installing a path on the southbound side,

·       in the light of the receipt of a grant for £500 from Tibberton and District Horticultural Society, Councillors agreed to progress with planting trees and clearing the area on the corner of Buttermilk Lane and planting trees to the north of the bus shelter on the southbound side of the B4215

·       agreed that their response to the proposed route of the Three Shires Motor Rally in September should express concern at the potential inconvenience to residents of Highleadon


The full draft minutes are available on the Parish Council Meetings page of this website.


The next meeting of the Parish Council scheduled for Monday 23 March at 7.30pm at Rudford & Highleadon Village Hall, Rudford will not now take place 




The Parish Council is keen to hear residents’ views on the future of the Parish.  In particular, we’d like to know what you think about:


The availability of houses – should there be any new houses built in the Parish?  If so, how many, where and should there be any guidance on style?


The environment of the Parish – what matters to you and what should the Council do to promote or protect it?


Car transport – are you concerned by the traffic on the B4215, or is it just a fact of life?  Should we provide public electric charging points for cars?  


Public transport – are there enough buses?  And can you get to and from them safely?  


Any matters relating to our Parish that we should be taking up with the County Council/Highways Authority for their long term planning?


What else are priorities for you and your family?


Over the summer of 2020, we plan to consult with residents.  We had planned to hold an open event on Monday, 27 April at 7.30 in the Village Hall but this has now been postponed.  We would still be interested in hearing your views, which can be e-mailed to



You can find the minutes of recent Parish Council meetings under the 'Parish Meetings' tab of this website.  If you can't find what you are looking for, or need to contact the Parish Clerk or a Councillor, please use the contact details on the 'Your Councillors' page, or the 'Contact' tab on this website.