CDC News

Please follow ‘five simple steps’ to pre-sort your kerbside recycling

(added 22 June 2018)

Cotswold District Council is launching a ‘five simple steps’ campaign which asks residents to pre-sort their recyclables before they present them for collection at the kerbside.

At the moment, residents tend to use: a black box for all used paper, magazines, glass items, cans/tins; a white sack for mixed plastic bottles, pots, tubs & trays; and a blue sack for cardboard.

However, the Council is now encouraging people to keep paper and magazines separate from glass items – either within the confines of one black box (if they only have only room for one) or by acquiring a second black box at no cost. To make life easier, residents can now place tins/cans and aerosols into their white sacks with plastics as these can now be separated at the recycling plant.

The ‘five simple steps’ are as follows:

Step 1 – Use one black recycling box for paper and magazines. (If you only have room for one box – put the papers at one end and the glass, jars and bottles at the other).

Step 2 – If you can accommodate a second black recycling box use this for all glass bottles and jars – no broken glass please. (You can order a second box for free if you need one).

Step 3 – You can now use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, aerosols as well as for plastic bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots and other types of mixed rigid plastics.

Step 4 – Use the blue recycling sack for corrugated (brown coloured) cardboard or light (grey coloured) card.

Step 5 – Use the green caddy for food waste (or you can also pop your food waste into your garden waste if you subscribe to this service).

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Ullenwood resident fined £800 for pruning protected trees without permission

(added 22 June 2018)

Cotswold District Council (CDC) is urging people to make sure they obtain appropriate permission before pruning or felling protected trees after a man was fined £800.

Mr. John Beer was fined £200 for each of four trees that were pruned at his home in Ullenwood. The trees were protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) in 2014, and CDC Tree Officers noticed in 2017 that several trees on the property had been disfigured by poor pruning and no consent had been given.

Cheltenham Magistrates fined Mr. Beer £800 and ordered him to pay a contribution towards the Council’s costs of £120 along with a £30 victim surcharge after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, CDC Cabinet Member responsible for Heritage and Design, said:

“This prosecution clearly demonstrates the Council’s commitment to protecting the character of the Cotswolds. We will have no hesitation in prosecuting those who disregard Tree Preservation Orders.”

If you plan to prune or fell a tree protected by a TPO you must obtain an appropriate permission from the Council before you carry out the works. If you want to prune or fell trees growing in a Conservation Area that have a trunk diameter of 75mm or over (measured at 1.5m above ground level), then you are required to give six weeks notice to the Council. Failing to obtain the appropriate permission or not giving appropriate Conservation Area notice can result in a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £20,000.

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Council freezes council tax, garden waste licences and car parking charges

 

This is the 21st lowest District Council charge in the country and represents a rise from 63rd in the ratings just a few years ago.

The Council also agreed the following:

  • Continuation of the freeze on parking charges at all CDC-owned car parks.
  • Continuation of the freeze on the cost of garden waste licences.
  • Extension of the  ‘free after 3 pm’ parking scheme until the end of March 2019 at selected car parks across the District, including in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury.
  • An initial allocation of up to £300,000 to extend the network of Electronic Vehicle Charging Points in the Cotswolds.
  • Each Ward Member will receive an allocation of £1,000 to help fund local youth activities.
  • No cuts to frontline services.

CDC Deputy Leader Cllr Nick Parsons commented:

“Nearly all the local authorities in the UK are increasing their share of the council tax bill, but I am delighted to say that we can maintain our price freeze in the Cotswolds.  I am sure that residents will be very pleased to hear this news.

“Those working on behalf of the Council are always mindful of the need to keep our costs down, and I am extremely grateful for the efforts of the CDC staff as they continue to innovate and find savings without any detriment to our services.  Working with partner councils, we are on target to share in collective savings of £5.6 million per year by 2020 –these savings are vital to ensure that we can continue to provide excellent value for money.”

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Consultation on Local Plan Main Modifications begins on 19 February

Release date: 16 February 2018

The Cotswold District Local Plan was examined in public towards the end of 2017.  The District Council will now be consulting the public on ‘Main Modifications’ to the Plan over a six week period beginning on 19 February 2018.

The Modifications are considered necessary to ensure that the Local Plan is a ‘sound’ and legally-compliant document. They propose changes to the wording of certain policies and supporting text, as well as adjustments to the policies map and some of the insets.

Cabinet Member for Forward Planning Cllr Nicholas Parsons explains:

“The consultation will invite the public to submit representations solely on these Modifications and not on any other parts of the Plan, which have been independently and exhaustively examined over the past seven months or so.”

When the consultation begins, the public will be able to download copies of the Modifications, associated papers and representation forms – as well as make representations online – on the District Council website www.cotswold.gov.uk.  Documents can be also inspected at CDC’s offices in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh, or at libraries across Cotswold District.  Registering online is the easiest way of making representation(s) to a specific Main Modification.   If you would like to do this please register and submit your comments at: http://consult.cotswold.gov.uk (NOTE: will be activated on 19 February).

Representations must be made on a standard form and should focus on whether the Modifications meet ‘tests of soundness’ which will be explained in the consultation document.  Representations must be submitted to CDC by no later than 5 pm on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

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Energy saving grants letters are NOT endorsed by CDC

Release date: 8 February 2018

We have received several calls from residents in the Cotswolds who have received an unsolicited letter from Manchester-based company Energy Saving Grants Ltd.

The letter is headed ‘Important: we need a response from you‘ and informs the recipient that they have not registered their property for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding to improve its energy efficiency. The letter states ‘please respond by 28 February‘.  In the small print it acknowledges that the company is not a Local or National Authority.

The style of the letter implies to the casual reader that Cotswold District Council may have been involved in this mail out.  This is not the case.  We have had NO dealings with this company and have NOT been asked to endorse this scheme.

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