Lydney Area in Partnership (LAiP) was formed in 2001 under the Market and Coastal Towns initiative to develop a community strategic plan .  The partnership area encompasses the rural area around Lydney town including all the villages as far south as Woolaston (including Aylburton and Alvington) and as far north as Awre (including Blakeney) and an arc around the town encompassing Bream, Whitecroft, Parkend, Pillowell, Yorkley, and Viney Hill. For full details of the development of the strategy and the aspirations of the community are summarised in the document “Turning the Tide.

Today, the Partnership has over 200 shareholders and the board is formed from volunteers from within the community elected annually.

The Board meets bi-monthly or more frequently depending on the amount of business to be transacted.

Press release 12th Jan 2016

Lydney Area in Partnership

All change at Lydney Area in Partnership

Lydney Area in Partnership (LAiP) at its AGM last week elected a new chair, Kathleen (Kathy) Kilbey M.R.I.N.A. Kathy has been a director for over a year and has played a significant part in the LAiP organisation and the Lydney Harbour Partnership (a sub-group of LAiP) since 2009. Her professional background is Marine Surveying and sailing and until quite recently she was vice commodore of Lydney Yacht Club. Her professionalism and experience will thus benefit Lydney during the period of change for the Lydney Docks and Harbour caused by the potential forthcoming sale by the Environment Agency.

Kathy Kilbey said

Let me first pay tribute to the former chair Derek Biddle, who has served the organisation well for many years but now feels it is time to move on. Derek is remaining on the board. The LAiP organisation has played a part in introducing many successful schemes which benefit the area.
With the currently intended sale of the docks and canal, LAiP on behalf of Lydney will be making sure that any changes due to the new ownership will not adversely affect this historic public amenity.

We would also like to see the introduction of a toilet and café in the harbour area – a much needed amenity, we all believe! We will also be looking for other schemes which will enhance Lydney (gateway to the Forest of Dean) and its harbour for residents and visitors – both by road, rail and sea. LAiP will be working closely with other local and national organisations in this respect. If you have a suggestion or would like to join us and contribute your expertise, please do get in touch.

END of press release.


Lydney Area in Partnership Ltd (LAiP) is an unincorporated company whose principal activity is to benefit the community, in particular Lydney and surrounding areas, by co-ordination and facilitating the regeneration of the area economically, environmentally and culturally.

LAiP is owned by its shareholders and anybody with a connection with Lydney can buy a share. Shares cost £1 each

The company is managed by a board which is always seeking new projects to benefit the area.
Contact numbers
Chair: 0845 680 1989
Press & Publicity 01594 840316

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