In December 2017, Zac was interviewed exclusively by the Guardian about his introduction to the Labour Party, community activism and politics. The full edited interview reads: ‘Zac Arnold is 17 and studying for his A-levels. He is also part of the committee to save the Dilke and Lydney hospitals in the Forest of Dean. HeContinue reading “‘I felt elated that I’d done something’: first-time activists on a year of protest | The Guardian”
In August 2018, Zac was interviewed exclusively by the iNews about his involvement with the campaign to prevent the closure of Lydney and Dilke Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean. The full edited interview reads: “We’ve had two consultations from the CCG and Gloucestershire care services – the first on whether we wanted to close theContinue reading “NHS community hospitals: meet the residents fighting to save ‘vital’ local lifelines | iNews”
In May 2021, Zac was interviewed exclusively by the The Observer about his thoughts on the aftermath of Lydney’s BLM demonstration and the impact it had in tackling racism in the Forest of Dean. The full un-edited interview reads: ‘I wouldn’t say I was surprised by the reaction to the BLM protest in Lydney. IContinue reading “One year on: the BLM event that divided a Gloucestershire town | The Observer”
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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”
“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”
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”
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‘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”
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”
Yesterday (Thursday 25th January 2018) the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust held two back to back meetings in Coleford in the Forest of Dean to discuss and decide whether the proposal to close the two community hospitals in the Forest of Dean would go ahead despite the proposal receivingContinue reading “HOLD announce plans for legal battle against confirmed closure of Forest Hospitals | Zac Arnold”
Launch of HOLD #PetitionStorm gets 450 signatures and 9 in 10 people backing two hospitals | Zac Arnold
“Thanks to everyone who helped with our #PetitionStorm today in Cinderford. We estimate between us all going door to door, outside the Co-op and in the street, we got approximately 450 signatures (exact figure to be confirmed), 9 out of 10 people were eager to sign and many expressed how much they were against the closures andContinue reading “Launch of HOLD #PetitionStorm gets 450 signatures and 9 in 10 people backing two hospitals | Zac Arnold”
‘Our climate is at crisis point and we must act now. We see theclimate changing rapidly. We see the extinction of over 200 species aday. We face huge threats to our lives and the lives of our childrenand our grandchildren. But what can we do about it? ‘Extinction Rebellion Forest of Dean is the organisationContinue reading “Heading for Extinction and what to do about it: a free talk | Zac Arnold”
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