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Stroud District Council has prepared a draft long-term vision and strategy for the future use of the canals within the District. They want your views on its contents to check they have got it right, before they develop an action plan to deliver it. Please respond by 18 April 2022.

Copies of the draft Canals Strategy documents can be viewed at Stonehouse Town Council offices, 1 Queens Road, Stonehouse GL10 2QA (opening hours Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm) and Stonehouse Library. High Street, Stonehouse (opening hours). All consultation information can be found on Stroud District Council’s website at:

https://www.stroud.gov.uk/canalstrategy

You can email your responses to: canals.strategy@stroud.gov.uk or send your response to: Planning Strategy, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud GL5 4UB.

The Draft Canals Strategy sets out how the Council, its partners, communities and landowners can work together to deliver improvements to make better use of our canals for culture, recreation and leisure, to support the local economy and to enhance the environment and local wildlife. The canals include the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal (running from Hardwicke in the north of the District to Sharpness in the south), and the two Cotswold Canals (from Saul Junction in the west, to Chalford in the east). The intention is to adopt the final Canals Strategy as design guidance to supplement the canal policy ES11 contained within the adopted District Local Plan.