Nov 16

Nationwide to open in Glastonbury!

Glastonbury's Green Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins announces: “The Nationwide Building Society is opening a new branch in Glastonbury!

Following our community’s high profile Last Bank Standing Campaign earlier this year, the Nationwide Building Society has spent the last three months exploring the viability of opening a new branch in the town – consulting with various stakeholders, holding an on-line poll, and taking part in the Neighbourhood Plan consultation event on 14th and 15th October in the Town Hall.

On 18th November, the Nationwide issued the following statement:

Thank you to the whole Glastonbury community and those who have joined in showing their support for us coming to the town. We’re delighted to announce that Nationwide Building Society will be opening a branch in the heart of Glastonbury next summer with the location to be agreed early next year.

We’ll work closely with the local community to make sure your branch understands the services and facilities that you need. Above all, we want to provide a branch that works for the community and that will lead to local people actively using the service and opening accounts.

There will be lots of opportunity for the town to influence and help shape the branch over the coming months and you’ll be instrumental in its future and success.”

To find out more – visit the Nationwide’s website HERE.


Sep 16

Council in communications revolution shock!

Since their election in May 2015, Glastonbury’s Green Councillors have been exploring how to improve communications between Glastonbury Town Council and the local residents – championing the development of a “two-way street”, where information flows from the council to the community, and – perhaps more importantly – information flows from the community to the council... !

This revolutionary concept has taken some time to be accepted by some of the ‘other’ councillors, who could not (cannot) see the merit in improving the Town Council’s website; adding feedback forms, providing access via the web to all the minutes of all the committees, producing press releases about the council's actions, or... engaging in social media... !

Newly elected Green Councillors quickly established Facebook 'open groups' for each of the town's four wards, administered by the local ward councillors.

These groups were not embraced by all the Town Councillors, but they did begin to provide a way for Facebook users to directly raise issues and state their concerns - and the groups have proved very effective.

Glastonbury Town Council press release header.

Glastonbury Town Council press release header.

The first formal initiative proposed by the Greens was to convene a Communications Committee following each Full Council meeting, to prepare official press releases about the work of the council.  This has taken a bit of time to ‘bed-in’, but is now a regular feature on the Town Council’s monthly agenda.

However, the real coup has been the agreement – at long last – for Glastonbury Town Council to officially enter the 21st century, and join Facebook!

Glastonbury Neighbourhood Project Facebook Page.

Glastonbury Neighbourhood Project Facebook Page.

We are delighted to announce the creation of official Facebook Pages for:

Glastonbury Town Council

Glastonbury Neighbourhood Plan

...and the formal adoption by the Council of the four Ward Groups!

St. Benedict’s Ward

St. Edmund’s Ward

St. John’s Ward

St. Mary’s Ward

Next stop... Twitter !

Sep 16

Neighbourhood Plan is launched!

Share your thoughts on Glastonbury’s future development (including St Dunstan’s House).
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Come and visit the exhibition at Glastonbury Town Hall on
Friday 14th October 6 pm – 9 pm and
Saturday 15th October 9.30 am – 2 pm

Refreshments available.

Glastonbury Neighbourhood Plan
Our Town – Our Community – Our Plan

Oct 15

Greens lead on Neighbourhood Plan for Glastonbury

Led by Green Councillor Paul Sander-Jackson, a Neighbourhood Plan working group – made up of councillors and members of the public – met between July and September; producing a report, recommending Glastonbury proceeds with a Neighbourhood Plan and develops a Community Plan alongside.

Glastonbury Town Council accepted recommendations, 13th October 2015.

Through developing a Neighbourhood Plan, Glastonbury’s residents will be able to share their ideas on how the town is developed in the future, helping to shape planning strategy and plan the ‘built environment’:

  • Identifying a shared vision; common neighbourhood goals;
  • Defining where new homes, shops, offices, etc., should be built;
  • Identifying and protecting local green space;
  • Influencing what new buildings should look like; setting design standards.

At the end of the process, the local community will have helped produce a document that sets out planning policies for the area – ensuring Glastonbury gets the right types of development, in the right place.

If you’re interested in taking an active part in Glastonbury’s Neighbourhood, please contact Glastonbury’s Town Clerk, and leave your details.

Town Clerk Jane Czornij (pronounced Chorney), Town Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EL.
Telephone: 01458 831769 (10 am to 12 noon Monday to Friday).
e-mail: townclerk@glastonbury.gov.uk