What is fracking?
Fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) refers to the method used to extract gas or oil from shale rock by injecting large volumes of water containing a number of additives. This includes sand and lubricating fluids into the rock under high pressure. In order to undertake such activities oil and gas exploration companies need a license.
The 14th licensing round
In July 2014 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round. A total of 95 applications were received from 47 companies covering 295 ten by ten km square Ordnance Survey blocks across the Country.
In December 2015, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) – the UK’s oil and gas regulator- announced that it would issue licenses for 159 blocks in England, including 4 blocks across the Forest of Dean. One of these blocks, SO51a, covers the entire Parish of Staunton.
Ordnance Survey block SO51a covers approximately 75 square kilometers of land between the River Wye in the west and Lydbrook in the east. It stretches from Coleford in the south to Goodrich in the north.
A Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) for SO51a has been awarded to South Western Energy Ltd.
You can find out more about the 14th round of Oil and Gas licensing using the links below:
We look after land for the community.
Staunton Meend – The Parish Council owns and manages the common to benefit people and wildlife. Find out more…
Other open space – As well as Stauton Meend Common we own and manage a number of other public open spaces in the village including the Pound, the Butts and Castle Ditch.
The Parish Council owns the village hall and car park. It is leased to a community group who are responsible
for the everyday running of the building including bookings.
In additional we are responsible for the cutting of verges along the A4136 within the village.
Street furniture – The Parish Council owns and maintains a number of benches on land in its ownership, several notice boards and a bus shelter within the village.
What is Fastershire?
Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties, with funding from central government’s Broadband Delivery UK matched by the local authorities. The ultimate aim is that by 2018 there will be access to fast broadband for all who need it within the project area. Fibre optic cable and new cabinets have already been installed in the area which means that some Forest of Dean homes and businesses can now benefit from download speeds up to 330Mbps and upload speeds up to 30Mbps
Will I benefit from Fastershire?
Unfortunately many people who live and/or work within the Parish are connected to lines that are too distant from the nearest new cabinet to support a worthwhile fibre broadband connection. It means that many local homes and businesses continue to experience frustratingly slow broadband speeds.
What if I’ve still got a very slow or non-existent broadband service?
Fastershire aims to ensure that 100% of all premises in the Forest of Dean, including those in Staunton, are at least capable of accessing a minimum of 2Mbps. It can’t achieve this through fibre broadband in Staunton but may be able to through alternative technologies. Click here to check your broadband speed
If you have very slow (less than 2Mbps) broadband you may be eligible for a subsidised satellite solution. Click here to register now
Update on Fastershire February 2018
Fastershire has bid for funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to extend superfast broadband further.
What is the Parish Council doing?
The Parish Council continues to monitor the situation and is actively engaging with Fastershire to explore opportunities that will increase broadband speeds for people living and working within the Parish.