Statements & Releases Archive

Lydney Town Council

I wouldn’t say I was surprised by the reaction to BLM in Lydney: George Floyd Anniversary | Zac Arnold

‘I wouldn’t say I was surprised by the reaction to the BLM protest in Lydney. I was, however, quite surprised by which people fell on which side of the dividing line. The Forest of Dean is a strange place, stuck in its ways and – largely – quite tribal and old-fashioned in both its beliefsContinue reading “I wouldn’t say I was surprised by the reaction to BLM in Lydney: George Floyd Anniversary | Zac Arnold”

Complaint lodged about alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by the Lydney Town Council Finance Chief | Zac Arnold

Today, I lodged a complaint with the Monitoring Officer of Forest of Dean District Council outlining a number of alleged breaches of the members’ Code of Conduct by the Chairman of the Lydney Town Council Finance and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Roger Holmes. The complaint consists of 3 pages with 7 pages of supplementary evidence andContinue reading “Complaint lodged about alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by the Lydney Town Council Finance Chief | Zac Arnold”

Complaint lodged about alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by the Mayor of Lydney | Zac Arnold

Today, I lodged a complaint with the Monitoring Officer of Forest of Dean District Council outlining a number of alleged breaches of the members’ Code of Conduct by the Mayor of Lydney, Cllr Walter Leach. The complaint consists of 7 pages with 72 pages of supplementary evidence and the allegations are summarised as follows: InContinue reading “Complaint lodged about alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by the Mayor of Lydney | Zac Arnold”

Vote for a future where the people of Lydney are put first on May 6 | Zac Arnold

The past decade has been tough for the Lydney community, and residents had been shut out by a closed shop that didn’t listen to you and did not deal in transparency. At this election, you can make a choice to go back to the way things were by re-electing members of the last administration, orContinue reading “Vote for a future where the people of Lydney are put first on May 6 | Zac Arnold”

The priorities of Lydney Town Council are still not the priorities of the people | Zac Arnold

The decision by Lydney Town Council to award their employees a £500 bonus each is abhorrent as small businesses and the poorest in society suffer the most as a result of this pandemic.These employees who have been working from home, now believed to be on full pay, are already not experiencing the level of sufferingContinue reading “The priorities of Lydney Town Council are still not the priorities of the people | Zac Arnold”

The moral turmoil of the Deputy Mayor cannot be a distraction from the real issue | Zac Arnold

It doesn’t matter whether we are scared, human rights cannot be allowed to be trampled over by people in positions of authority who feel like they can do as they please. Too many times now, the leadership of the Mayor of Lydney has seemed, although good intentioned, often autocratic. The way in which this issueContinue reading “The moral turmoil of the Deputy Mayor cannot be a distraction from the real issue | Zac Arnold”

Lydney Town Council set to backtrack on withdrawal of support for BLM Lydney | Zac Arnold

Today, the Police have confirmed that for Lydney Town Council to prevent the BLM protest in Lydney this Saturday would be a breach of Article 11 of the Human Rights Act and would result in potential ‘legal ramifications against the Council. It is clear, both the decision of the Mayor to interfere with the enactmentContinue reading “Lydney Town Council set to backtrack on withdrawal of support for BLM Lydney | Zac Arnold”

He couldn’t breathe. We couldn’t speak. My resignation from Lydney Town Council | Cllr Zac Arnold

“In January 2019, I was unlawfully arrested for breach of the peace at Lydney Town Council for refusing to allow those in control of our town to escape scrutiny – simply by asking questions. On 14 January 2019, my human right to peacefully protest was ripped away by Lydney Town Council and Gloucestershire Constabulary. ThisContinue reading “He couldn’t breathe. We couldn’t speak. My resignation from Lydney Town Council | Cllr Zac Arnold”

Rooftop Housing Group, you are the master of your own destiny | Cllr Zac Arnold

This morning, I met with the Assistant Team Leader of Rooftop Housing Group’s Young Peoples’ Service in relation to a series of ongoing and unresolved issues that cause concern at the company’s supported accommodation project on Albert Streetin Lydney. Concerns about services: ✓ Increased anti-social behaviour and criminal damage to property;✓ A failure to actContinue reading “Rooftop Housing Group, you are the master of your own destiny | Cllr Zac Arnold”

Why I am resigning from the Labour Party and becoming an Independent | Cllr Zac Arnold

It is with the deepest of regret that I am writing this letter to you this morning, however I have come to the conclusion over an extended period of time that this is both the right and the necessary thing to do. Please accept this letter as formal notification of my resignation, with immediate effect,Continue reading “Why I am resigning from the Labour Party and becoming an Independent | Cllr Zac Arnold”

The Lydney cycle-way improvements are risking lives and property | Cllr Zac Arnold

“The recent roadworks being completed across Lydney as part of the cycle way improvement scheme is a welcome consideration by HM Government and Gloucestershire County Council in attempting to increase the number of both residents and tourists cycling around our market town. Whilst the thought process behind this scheme shows a halfhearted and asphalt friendlyContinue reading “The Lydney cycle-way improvements are risking lives and property | Cllr Zac Arnold”

Lydney Town Council need a full and independent public inquiry | Cllr Zac Arnold

I am pleased that the Independent Complaints Process that investigates Code of Conduct complaints regarding members has found that there is no case to answer regarding a malicious complaint lodged by the former Mayor of Lydney against myself. I would like to unequivocally deny allegations that I have conducted any campaign of harassment against anyContinue reading “Lydney Town Council need a full and independent public inquiry | Cllr Zac Arnold”

Statement regarding the resignation of the Mayor of Lydney | Cllr Zac Arnold

Unfortunately, last week, the Mayor of Lydney made the decision to resign from Lydney Town Council. This morning, in the local press, the former Mayor made comments that in my opinion must be addressed. In May, I was elected to Lydney Town Council with a mandate to create the real change necessary to undo theContinue reading “Statement regarding the resignation of the Mayor of Lydney | Cllr Zac Arnold”

Lydney’s challenging issues set to be tackled | Cllr Zac Arnold & Cllr Brian Pearman

‘On Monday 8 July 2019, Lydney Town Council laid the foundations to tackle two of the most serious and challenging immediate problems that Lydney faces. These being the lack of provision of services for young people aged up to 25 and the ever-increasing risk of imminent climate catastrophe across the globe. ‘At its Full CouncilContinue reading “Lydney’s challenging issues set to be tackled | Cllr Zac Arnold & Cllr Brian Pearman”

No hesitation in working to fulfil our promises to voters | Cllr Zac Arnold

Since my election in last month’s local elections, myself and our Labour Group have been working on radical and innovative proposals to rebuild Lydney into the thriving market town and gateway to the Forest of Dean that it once was. Lydney needs action to follow up on our words in order to ride the waveContinue reading “No hesitation in working to fulfil our promises to voters | Cllr Zac Arnold”

Thank you for lending me your vote for Lydney Town Council | Zac Arnold

“I am humbled by the level of support the voters of Lydney East gave me in the local elections, unfortunately we didn’t quite manage to grasp hold of a district council seat but we are making real progress and I think that is because Labour are the only party offering real change both nationally andContinue reading “Thank you for lending me your vote for Lydney Town Council | Zac Arnold”

Who is Zac and what are his commitments in today’s Town Council elections? | Zac Arnold

Zac has lived in Lydney his whole life and is a member of the core group of the campaign to protect our hospitals and has been standing up for Lydney on issues such as youth provision and council spending. Standing up for Lydney. Labour’s team are ready to rebuild Lydney. Between them, our team ofContinue reading “Who is Zac and what are his commitments in today’s Town Council elections? | Zac Arnold”

The Oakdale bus link and the messiah, Alan Preest | Zac Arnold

I write in response to the letter by Lydney Town Councillor Claire Vaughan in Vol 42 No 9 regarding the classification of the Oakdale Bus Link by Cllr Alan Preest as “sorted.” I find this letter amusing to say the least. The isolation of the Oakdale Estate, amongst various other issues within the development, hasContinue reading “The Oakdale bus link and the messiah, Alan Preest | Zac Arnold”

Letter to the CEO of Lydney Town Council regarding continued personal data disclosure | Zac Arnold

In a letter to Ms Jayne Smailes, CEO of Lydney Town Council, Zac said: I am appalled by the decision taken by Lydney Town Council to re-publish the press pack previously published on Thursday 21 February 2019. You have at least made the effort to remove the personal email addresses of some individuals, however someContinue reading “Letter to the CEO of Lydney Town Council regarding continued personal data disclosure | Zac Arnold”

Response to the removal of the press pack released by Lydney Town Council | Zac Arnold

In a letter to the CEO of Lydney Town Council, Zac said: Firstly, I would like to thank you for the removal of the press pack published on your website on Thursday 21 February 2019 containing confidential and personal data as a result of my letter to yourself earlier today. Unfortunately, the swift removal ofContinue reading “Response to the removal of the press pack released by Lydney Town Council | Zac Arnold”

Concerns about the disclosure of personal data by Lydney Town Council | Zac Arnold

In a letter to Ms Jayne Smailes, CEO of Lydney Town Council, Zac said: I am writing to you with regards to a selection of documents released to the press and public on Thursday 21 February 2019 by Lydney Town Council. These documents including a series of confidential emails, screenshots from social media platforms andContinue reading “Concerns about the disclosure of personal data by Lydney Town Council | Zac Arnold”

Response to Lydney Town Council’s press pack detailing complaints against me | Zac Arnold

This morning (Thursday 21 February 2019) Lydney Town Council released apress pack in response to recent events regarding the Clerk to the Council, Jayne Smailes, likening myself; another member of the public and an elected member of the council to the far-right terrorist responsible for the tragic murder of Jo Cox MP in an emailContinue reading “Response to Lydney Town Council’s press pack detailing complaints against me | Zac Arnold”

Response to the resignation of Councillor Kevin Greening

In response to a letter in a local newspaper by former Councillor, Kevin Greening, post his resignation from Lydney Town Council, Zac said: “I found the letter published in last week’s edition from the former Lydney Town councillor Kevin Greening regarding my “negative views” rather amusing to say the least. Firstly, I would like toContinue reading “Response to the resignation of Councillor Kevin Greening”

Lydney Town Council back down on threat to skatepark due to pressure | Zac Arnold & Cllr Roger Holmes

This evening (Monday 28 January 2019) Lydney Town Council’s Recreation Trust backed down on their consideration to demolish Lydney Skate Park due to a reluctant and active campaign led by our Youth Officer, Zac Arnold and Labour’s only current town councillor, Cllr Roger Holmes. “This is great news for the young people of Lydney whoContinue reading “Lydney Town Council back down on threat to skatepark due to pressure | Zac Arnold & Cllr Roger Holmes”

We must all condemn the actions of the few, and work to improve things for the many | Zac Arnold

Zac Arnold, Youth Officer for Forest of Dean Constituency Labour Party, said: “Yesterday (Friday 25 January), it was reported that the newly refurbished bridge across Dean Forest Railway from Lydney Boating Lake to St. Mary’s Church had been hit by an arson attack suspected to have been committed by young people. This is the latestContinue reading “We must all condemn the actions of the few, and work to improve things for the many | Zac Arnold”