Town Hall, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, Glos, GL6 0JF  Tel:  01453 833592

Clerk to Council:  Mrs Katherine Kearns   email



SDC decide not to impose Parking Charges

Today (Thu 16 Aug) SDC announced that they are "stopping proposals to charge for car parking". This is great news for Nailsworth and the other towns in the review. 

We'd like to thank all those that have taken part in the fight for our town's future; there have been very many people involved and it is the united front that has been most powerful in this.

We will work with SDC in the coming months but this will be more productive in an atmosphere of openness and partnership. We hope that their approach will now be different.

Car Park Charges - SDC Labour group call for a halt.

We have great news tonight (August 9th) in that the Labour group are asking for a halt in the Car Park Charges review.

This is fantastic news for our town, and the Chamber of Trade and Town Council's efforts to fight this flawed proposal. SDC are now saying that they will do a full review of car parks. We offered to help them in the first place, but they did not respond. There has been a huge effort by many people to fight this, including SDC Ward Councillors, neighbouring parishes and our residents. Thank you to everyone.

The Chamber and the Town Council worked together to debunk the flawed review and the evidence was presented at the Public Meeting on 10th July. The research they carried out proved that the ARUP data could not be used to come to the conclusion reached.

We do intend to work with SDC on any review, but we expect honesty, openness and a truly different approach from our district council. 

free-parking-artwork-2-600x600.jpgNailsworth Town Council's Response to the SDC Parking Consultation

Nailsworth TC has formally responded to the Stroud District Council parking consultation. The document can be downloaded here.

This response comes from a thorough examination of the proposal and evidence put forward. It has also been informed by comments and concerns from many people, for which we are very grateful. We are also very grateful to everyone who came to the Public Meeting on 10th July, which gave us a very sound base of opinion to finalise our response. The Chamber of Trade have been fantastic partners in the campaign, and the significant help of Kate Kay, Chair Horsley Parish Council, is noted, as is the effort from our District Councillors. Finally may we thank all those that contributed with time, locations for monitoring cameras, leafletting, survey collection and so on. It has been a fantastic team effort from the Town. 

We sincerely hope that SDC listens to us and are able to take the decision that will be right for our town.

Nailsworth Says NO!

At a packed Public Meeting on Tuesday 10th July hundreds of residents heard why Nailsworth is fighting the imposition of Parking Charges. Mayor Jonathan Duckworth, Chamber of Trade representative Sarah Martin and resident and business owner David Nicholls spoke passionately about the devastating effects parking charges would have on the town.

When asked to vote against charges, this is what the hall looked like


Wednesday 11th July

Latest News

At the Stroud District Council meeting on Thursday 19th July, it was announced that the decision on Car Park charges will go to full council, not just the Strategy and Resources Committee. We have been saying this since before the consultation started, and teamwork with ourselves, you the public, the three Nailsworth District Councillors and Cllr Tom Skinner from Hardwicke have created enough pressure to make this important change. Stroud District Council meetings are videoed and you can see how the meeting went and who said what on their website

The consultation continues, and we are working on our response. when we have completed it we will put it up on this website. Please make sure that you have responded to it on the SDC consultation page. 

Several councillors and representatives of the Chamber of Trade and Residents met with Doina Cornell (Labour leader and SDC Leader) and Martin Whiteside (Green leader) on Wednesday 18th July. It was a constructive meeting, during which we were able to explain to Doina and Martin what the concerns of the town are, both about the effect of parking charges on the town's vitality, and views on the inadequacy of the report recommending charges. we'd like to thank Doina and Martin for coming to see us and Kate Kay (Chair of Horsely Parish Council) for helping to bring the meeting about.

Friday 20th July

Further updates

We have been working with District Councillors and chairs of Parish councils and there is progress.

Firstly, as Cllr Tom Skinner said on Tuesday night, he has a motion to Full SDC Council on Thursday evening. Following his attendance at our meeting on Tuesday night he will amend this motion to ask for the consultation to come to Full Council, and not just Strategy and Resources Committee. Also to ask for free parking in the places, instead of a few hours as in the original motion he proposed. 

The Conservative group is meeting on Monday evening, it would be very good to let the Conservative councillors know that Nailsworth would be hugely grateful for their support for Tom's motion on Thursday.

Secondly we are looking to meet with senior members of the ruling coalition soon, more details will follow, but we’d like to thank those who have been working hard to arrange this and are fighting for our town's future,

Sat 14th July

Car Parking Charges - the battle is on!

On Thursday, 14th June 2018, despite strong and vehement arguments from many, the Strategy and Resources committee of Stroud District Council voted to go to statutory consultation on parking charges for locations across the district, including Nailsworth. They will consult from 16th June until 29th July. 

We are committed to fight these plans: we believe they are based on flawed evidence; the process is about income, not management; there are no alternative options considered; but most importantly the future of our town is at risk.

On Tuesday 19th June we agreed:

  • to set aside £20,000 to start a fighting fund to challenge charges should SDC agree to them
  • to hold a public meeting (Tue 10th June)
  • to have comprehensive information in the next Nailsworth News
  • to place banners in highly visible places to raise awareness
  • to let you know how you can help
  • to keep you informed here

...more to come

Nailsworth Town Council

Nailsworth Town Council works to maintain, develop and enhance the Town's unique character. Please use this site to find out about your Councillors, Council Meetings, Council Responsibilities and Activities.

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Nailsworth is a special place that has pulled itself up by its bootstrings and become successful through the endeavours of its people. It has done this with scant help. Nailsworth gets little from SDC, and yet it supports activities that the larger councils should provide, such as Youth Club, Library and Children's Centre.

Nailsworth has no secondary school, no museum, no canal, no Sub Rooms, no railway station, no sports centre, no swimming pool, no shopping centre for SDC to invest in. Nailsworth is different.

Stroud District Council are looking to consult on the introduction of charges for car parks across the district. On Thursday 14th June, at 7pm in Ebley Mill, the SDC Strategy and Resources Committee is deciding whether to introduce charges in a number of towns. 

Papers for the meeting can be seen here.

Nailsworth Town Council will rigorously oppose these charges. We feel that the proposal laid out in the papers is fundamentally flawed, and lacking in detail. We followed the information on the Agenda paper and sent in questions, which are available here. We were told that we were only allowed to send three questions, so this is what we asked:

1 The officers’ report confirms that legal powers to set parking charges are to ‘secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicles and other traffic in the locality’ along with air quality, amenity, access to premises, access for emergency vehicles. (2.4), why is no direct evidence provided to demonstrate that any of this is a problem in Nailsworth?

2 Given there is a lack of supporting information, such as details of the Car Park Surveys and their methodology, assessment of the nature of visits to Nailsworth, the importance of car borne shoppers to the town, the effect charges would have on on-street and private car parks, the effect parking charges would have on vehicle movements as drivers search for free spaces, the effect on non-retail and catering activities, any evidence of an impact assessment, how can the Committee make a decision to go for consultation without this information being available to them?

3 In Nailsworth a substantial proportion of the population lives at the top of a long steep hill and public transport is derisory, the likelihood of charging significantly influencing modal split in favour of walking and cycling is very small, in addition there is no station or commuter hub, or major publicly provided facility such as swimming pool, music/arts venue, museum, sports, leisure centre etc. however in this report most of the limited evidence presented derives from different, much larger places, it is not demonstrated that this reads across to Nailsworth, so why have the specific and unique circumstances of Nailsworth not been considered?

Councillors will be attending the meeting. If the SDC Committee decide that they wish to go ahead with the consultation charging then there will be 6 weeks in which to respond. NTC is likely to hold a public meeting. Further information will be posted here.

Mural Art Competition


Nailsworth Town Council are hoping to brighten up an area in the Town Centre by inviting the residents of Nailsworth to take part in a design competition for the newly plastered wall in the Bus Station.  Suggestions for a theme could be ‘A celebration of Nailsworth through the ages’.  One idea already submitted is ‘Nailsworth in Bloom’.  Councillor Sally Millett said ‘We would like the completed artwork to become a tourist attraction for Nailsworth’. Submitted designs will be displayed for local people to choose the one they would like to see on the wall and we will then look for a local artist to create the mural.  Please submit your ideas with full illustrations in writing to:

Nailsworth Town Council, Town Hall, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0JF  for the attention of Cllr Sally Millet.  Closing date is Friday 14th September.

Annual Governance and Return 2017/18

Notice of public rights and publication of unaudited annual governance and accountability return for the year ended 31 March 2018

The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) and the dates for the notice of public rights for 2017 2018 are now available on the Documents page.

Civic Centre Project

The project looking at moving Town Council activities into one central location has been progressing. This has been a dream of Council since the early 1990s' and is in the Town Plan of 2005.

A steering group made up of interested TIC Volunteers, the TIC manager, Library volunteers and the Library manager and Councillors has been chaired by former Mayor and TIC Volunteer John Nicholson. This group has been looking at the reasons for the suggested changes, the history, the implications and concerns, and will be reporting shortly to Council.

Showcasing Nailsworth


Nailsworth displayed what it has to offer.

On Saturday 28th April the Annual Town Meeting hosted groups and organisations from across the town. The event  opened at 10:00am, and finished three hours later at 13:00pm. 

The Town Awards took place at 11:00am, followed by the Auction of a Nailsworth Town Sign. The Town Sign auction raised a wonderful £960 which has gone to NYCE, the Sub Rooms. There was also be the opportunity to question the Mayor and Town Council about Council activities. 

Twinning Update!

Please see the Twinning link under activities for a full update of Twinning News.

In 2018 (4th - 7th May)  the Association will host visitors from Leves. There will be a program of activities and entertainment organised to give them a flavour of the Nailsworth area and all it offers. If you'd like to get involved please contact Rachael as below.  In 2019 there will be a return visit.   

Contact Rachael Locke on 835518 or email.

 Find us on facebook "Nailsworth and District Twinning Association" to keep updated on our activities

Mobile Banking


Our last bank branch closed earlier this year and this has made life quite difficult for businesses and those who rely on access to a bank. Our wonderful Post Office provides a great service, but this cannot always replace the services of a bank.

We are asking those that might use a mobile service in town to sign the petition here.

Thank you.

Previous news items are available here.

Upcoming Meetings, Events and Tenders and our Grant Policy.

Tender for Gardening Services

Nailsworth Town Council invite applications for the Town Gardening contract, for more information please see the Council Tenders page

Miles Marling Field

Nailsworth Town Council invite proposals for an exciting park refurbishment project. 

Situated on the edge of town, in the Forest Green area of Nailsworth, Miles Marling Field is a large, sloping park with lovely views to Woodchester and beyond. The Town Council is inviting proposals from landscape companies who can see the potential to turn Miles Marling Field into a welcoming, community park for all residents. 

Deadline 4pm, Monday 8th October 2018

For further details contact Katherine Kearns, Town Clerk, clerk(at) or call 01453 833592


Change of Meeting times

Please note that as from July 2018, our meetings will start half an hour earlier, 18:30 for Council Meetings and 19:00 (or when the previous Council Meeting finishes) for Committees.

Aug 25th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Full Council
Sep 04th 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Town Hall
Sep 04th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall
Full Council
Sep 18th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall
Sep 22nd 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Full Council
Oct 02nd 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Town Hall
Oct 02nd 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Full Council
Oct 16th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall

Latest Council Agendas

All agendas can be found on the agenda page.

Latest Council Minutes

All minutes can be found on the minutes page and Committee minutes can be found on the appropriate Committee page

Grants for the Town

Council has a new Grants Policy, which has been designed with the intention of making it easier for residents to apply for grants. We don’t have a minimum amount and we are hoping that the Grant Budget is used to really improve the town by helping residents with projects, however small. We expect the recipients of NTC grants to complete a Monitoring Form afterwards, so we can see the benefit that the grant money has brought to the town.

Grants will be considered for projects that improve or enhance the town, for example:

  • quality of life
  • recreation, sports and well being
  • arts
  • local environment
  • neighbourhood communities
  • Nailsworth’s history

Links to the relevant documents are below: the policy document should answer most questions about our Grants, however feel free to speak to a councillor or call the Clerk’s office for more information.

Click below for the documents

Grant Policy and Application
Grant Monitoring