Just in case anyone doesn’t know, the scandal up at Box over the purchase of the Halfway House pub, it’s transformation with state of the art facilities and décor, and subsequent closure has all been due to the activities of the Steiner organisation the Novalis Trust.
The Trust also owns Box Wood (30 acres now fenced off and cctv monitored) for use by the Cotswold Chine School next door, and six properties in the village.
The Trust has been criticised for the way it has used money intended for the benefit of the children in its care.
Exactly what goes on in the large old pub building on the common is a bit of a mystery, although it seems part of it sometimes operates as a kind of café.
Stroud District Council seems powerless to act on behalf of local people who have lost an amenity, and this may be through fear of losing a large sum of public money should there be an appeal against an enforcement notice.