FROME BANKS UNDER THREAT
Monday 18th February 2013
Dipper at Frome Banks
The Trust is alarmed at the prospect of Gloucestershire County Council selling Frome Banks to developers in order to provide access to a housing scheme on Rodborough Fields. Both sites are of high conservation value.
"Many of the Trust's 6,741 members in Stroud are concerned and are asking questions." said Head of Policy and Research Dr. Colin Studholme.
For twenty years the Trust held Frome Banks on agreement with the County Council and managed it as a nature reserve. A few years ago the agreement expired and was never renewed. Originally the Council were proposing to transfer the land to British Waterways as part of the canal restoration scheme but this never happened. Now we hear it may be sold to the highest bidder. In a recent consultation the Trust asserted its view that Frome Banks should be reinstated as a nature reserve. Even worse is the prospect that Rodborough Fields - a flower-rich grassland formally identified as a Key Wildlife Site - should be ear marked for housing. No planning application has been submitted but its arrival is imminent.
"Many of the Trust's 6,741 members in Stroud are concerned and are asking questions." said Head of Policy and Research Dr. Colin Studholme. "The Trust will object to any scheme which directly or indirectly impacts on the Key Wildlife Site."