How to tackle flooding this winter

As a resident there is lots you can do to prepare for flooding to ensure it has as little effect on you, your community and property as possible. We would recommend that if your home is at risk of flooding, or has flooded in the past, that you make preparations to protect your home.

Forest of Dean District Council have supplied a small number of flood sax to Kempley to help us prepare for flooding this winter. They have also updated their webpages to help residents find all in the information and contact details you need to prepare for and react to flooding.

More flooding information here

If your home is at risk of flooding please send a message to to request flood sax to protect your property.

Gloucestershire Recycles

Do you recycle in the bathroom?

In the bathroom, we use plastic and other recyclable materials in all shapes and sizes. However, many of these items end up being wrongly put in the rubbish bin. We already brave battles in the bathroom, from blocked toilets to blitzing black mould. The battle against bathroom waste is another one we can win by simply recycling our bathroom products.

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Forestry Operations in Dymock Woods

Updated 10th November 2020

Forestry England will be timber harvesting in Dymock Woods, near Kempley, from November 2020.
The works will impact some of our trails and access points, this page provides more information about the work we are doing and why.

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Climate Change Emergency

The Forest of Dean District Council held an online workshop for all the Parish and Town Councils in the Borough on the 7th October 2020. They confirmed the important role both can play in encouraging their communities to reduce carbon emissions and to help the Forest reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

If you doubt the urgency with which we need to tackle this issue I urge you to view the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) Climate Change Video. The link to the video is as follows:
Please share this with family and friends and across any social media channels you may use.

We often think of climate change as something that will happen long into the future caused largely by activities from the industrial revolution. Neither is true. Over half the increase in carbon in our atmosphere has been emitted in the last 25 years and climate change is now affecting our lives. If our children and grand-children are to avoid catastrophic climate change it is the responsibility of our generation to start moving to zero carbon.

Whilst the UK has made a good start in that direction the easy wins have already been made. The next 52% of emission reductions now need to be achieved by all of use changing our behaviours and adopting low carbon options for the supply of our heat , power, transport and food. All these changes can save money for our businesses and our home budgets. Government grants are now available and we hope as a Parish Council to highlight these opportunities through a series of online webinars over the winter months.

Martin Brocklehurst – Chair Kempley Parish Council

COVID-19 Pandemic

Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, has recently written to all Parish Councils with views on the covid-19 pandemic projections over the winter 2020/21. He paints a gloomy picture both in terms of the next phase of the pandemic and about its economic consequences and highlights that this winter the Forest of Dean will continue to support local communities and will promote :

  • The Flu vaccine and staying well – Exercise / isolation / mental health
  • The Role of Foodbanks and community dinners
  • Healthy eating
  • allotments and growing your own

We have been fortunate so far in both the Forest of Dean and in Kempley that cases of covid-19 have been at a low level. Case numbers have however been rising in Worcestershire and across Gloucestershire (see below) so this is no time to lower our guard in Kempley. The Kempley Parish Council Emergency Response procedures remain in force and I would urge everyone in the village to follow the National Guidelines and keep our village safe over the winter

In Kempley we still have in place our volunteer emergency co-ordinators with whom you can raise any issues of concern, our local food producers who will deliver to your home, collection arrangements for prescriptions if you need to self-isolate this winter or are shielding. Details on all these arrangements can be found on the Parish
Council website

We are also encouraging everyone in the village to download the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing App and the Kings College London covid-19 symptom tracker APP The symptom tracker APP will give you the latest predicted number of cases in the
Forest of Dean. This APP is now supported by the Government and by both Herefordshire and Gloucestershire County Councils and will give you the latest and most up to date information on the disease in our local area.

So please stay safe and if you need help this winter do not hesitate to contact your local community emergency contact point. If you are not sure who your volunteer is, you can look them up here.

Martin Brocklehurst – Chair Kempley Parish Council

Confirmed cases from Public Health England Data.

Casual Vacancies

Notice is hereby given that two (2) vacancies exist in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish of Kempley.

The vacancies will be filled by election if any ten (10) registered local government electors for Kempley Parish submit a written request to that effect in the manner prescribed below.

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