CDC News

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Cirencester ring road will be made safer after grass cutting and cleaning during 19 -21 September

The verges on the A419 ring road around Cirencester will soon be undergoing a three-day joint operation (19 to 21 September)  to cut grass, clear litter and sweep surfaces.

This will include closing the road from the Kings Meadow roundabout to Preston Tollbar from 7:30am to 5pm for a deep clean on the first day of the work (19 September).  Signed diversion routes will be in place and have been developed to accommodate Heavy Goods Vehicles.  See attached map for details.

As part of the operation, crews from Cotswold District Council’s waste service provider Ubico Ltd are planning to clear litter from the ring road around Cirencester, immediately following the machines cutting the grass verges. A further machine will then be used to empty roadside gullies. Finally, the entire ring road will be swept by Ubico to remove other debris and the end result should be a much safer – and attractive – stretch of highway for users.

Commenting on the forthcoming operation, Ubico Senior Operations Manager Mike Penney said:

“This will be very much a team effort which will include ourselves and Cotswold District Council.  We can assure the public that the work will be well planned and supervised to reduce disruption to motorists and pedestrians. We carried out a similar joint exercise in June and many people have commented on the improvements at the time, especially the enhanced safety for users.”

His remarks were echoed by Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Sue Coakley, who added:

“Long grass on verges can pose great dangers for motorists, especially on very busy routes like the Cirencester ring road, and I am very pleased that work will soon begin to improve visibility.  More generally, I am also very grateful to the Ubico crews for the litter picking that they undertake across the whole District.  Their efforts – combined with those of the public – really do make a difference as we strive to keep the Cotswolds beautiful.”

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Accessing the Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-31

Following the adoption of the Cotswold District Local Plan (2011-31) on 3 August 2018 the District Council has published an online interactive version of the Local Plan on its website.

The interactive Local Plan can be accessed via the District Council’s Local Plan webpage:

www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/planning-building/planning-policy/local-plan-2011-2031

The interactive Local Plan contains the same policies and supporting text that were adopted by the District Council. These are presented in online format and are supplemented with illustrations and an interactive policies map.

Users of the policies map can zoom into their area to see any land that is allocated for development; is protected for a particular use; or is covered by another policy designation. The policy layers can be switched on and off and different base maps can be applied, including aerial photography and Ordnance Survey.

It is also hoped that this new interactive tool will assist public involvement and policy presentation.

Members of the public can buy a hard copy of the Local Plan for £15 (not including postage and packing). Alternatively, they can download the PDF version of the Local Plan or view the interactive Local Plan for free.

Anyone wishing to purchase the Local Plan can do so by contacting the District Council’s Customer Services team on 01285 623551 or by visiting Cotswold District Council at:

  • Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX; or
  • Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AZ.

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Electoral Registration

Residents are being prompted to check that their electoral registration details are correct and to act quickly to make their vote count.

The Council is sending Household Enquiry Forms to more than 43,000 households in the District asking them to confirm their electoral details, preferably online.

Sarah Dalby, Electoral Services Manager at Cotswold District, says:

“It’s quick and easy to respond. Anyone in the household can reply and details of how to do this are on the Household Enquiry Form.  If possible, please reply online or by phone, as this reduces our costs and also means that you don’t need to return the form to us.  However, a pre-paid envelope is supplied for those who wish to contact us by post.

“If new individuals have moved in to the household or a member has turned 18, then they need to be added to the Household Enquiry Form so that we can register them to vote separately.”

Electoral registration is a legal requirement that has to be to done each year; residents must be on the Electoral Register to be eligible to vote.

For more details see https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Any household that has not received an enquiry form by Friday 31 August should contact the Council on 01285 623002 or email elections@cotswold.gov.uk

The Register is used by credit checking agencies, for example when applying for a loan, mortgage or mobile phone contract. Other pitfalls of not being on the Register include not being eligible to apply for certain jobs which require security checks and not being able to open a bank account.

For more information see: /about-the-council/elections/register-to-vote/

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Nominate your Cotswold Champions – Cotswold District Council’s Chairman’s Awards

Announcing the launch of an exciting new Community Awards scheme.  Cllr Julian Beale, Chairman of Cotswold District Council, is inviting you to nominate residents and teams who are Cotswold Champions, helping to make the District a truly great place to live.  Cash awards of £1,000 are on offer for the winners in each of seven categories as follows:

Carer of the Year Award – a person who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour (sponsored by Badham Pharmacy)

Village Hero Award – a person who goes above and beyond for their village (sponsored by Air Salvage International)

Town Champion Award – a person who makes an impact in their neighbourhood (sponsored by Tayler & Fletcher)

Unsung Hero Award – a person who quietly makes a difference to other people’s lives (sponsored by The Barn Theatre)

Community Team Award – a team from a sports club, activity group, health group etc that gives time to assist others (sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management)

Charity Event Award – a team that organises events to raise funds for charities (sponsored by Aura Care Living)

Young Volunteer of the Year Award – a young person (18 or under) who gives time to help others (sponsored by Royal Agricultural University)

A nomination form can be downloaded from Cotswold District Council’s website or complete the online survey  at  www.cotswold.gov.uk/cotswoldchampions.  Alternatively hard copy forms can be picked up from the Council Offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester and the Moreton Area Centre and, once completed, must be sent to:  Chairman’s Community Awards, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX

The nomination process is very simple.  Anyone recommending people or teams will be asked to supply the relevant contact details and also provide a statement outlining why their nominee deserves a particular award.

The deadline for all entries (hard and soft copy) is noon on Friday 28 September.

Cllr Julian Beale and the independent judging panel will shortlist those with the qualities they feel best match the award category criteria. They will make their decision based on the content of the nomination rather than the number of nominations received.
The shortlisted finalists will be notified and invited to attend the awards ceremony and dinner on Friday 9 November at the Royal Agricultural University.   The winners of each category will be announced on the night and awarded a cash prize of £1,000.

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Bonfire danger and nuisance warning as hot weather continues

Cotswold District Council Environmental Health officials and Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS) have warned against lighting bonfires during the current hot weather.

Every year at this time, smoke produced by the burning of garden and other waste causes countless problems between neighbours. And GFRS has highlighted how quickly bonfires can escalate out of control during hot, dry spells.

General nuisance caused by smoke leads to most disputes at this time of year, and in particular during a heat wave.  People need to have their windows open at certain times of the day and they like to enjoy being in their gardens.

Tempers can fray when smoke from bonfires is a nuisance and the smoke itself may be harmful to health – not only does it contain carcinogenic compounds but it will also make life much more difficult for those suffering with breathing difficulties associated with hot weather.

The speed at which a bonfire can spread during very hot and dry weather can also take people by surprise.

Andy Hermiston, GFRS Acting Chief Fire Officer says:

“During this hot weather that we are currently experiencing, the advice from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service would be for people not to have bonfires.

“We have seen a rise in the number of bonfires becoming out of control during these dry conditions and what we tend to find is that people are not equipped to deal with the speed at which fire can spread in these exceptional conditions.

“We would advise people to use local household recycling centres to dispose of their rubbish and garden waste.”

While it is not against the law to have a bonfire, the smoke produced by burning could  be illegal in that it may cause a smoke nuisance as laid down in the Environmental Protection Act, 1990.

It is also a widely held belief that bonfires are legal after 6pm – this is not the case. In fact, temperature inversion effects in the evening can result in smoke not dispersing and so lingering in the neighbourhood during night hours. Therefore the evening is one of the worst times to light a bonfire.

Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Sue Coakley comments:

“The message is loud and clear – do not light bonfires, especially when there are so many better ways to get rid of your garden waste. These include chipping, composting, kerbside garden waste collection when subscribed and disposal at a Household Recycling Centre.”

Composting: Put the goodness back in your garden by composting your garden waste – see https://getcomposting.com/profile/login  for further information.

Collection: Consider signing up for the Cotswold District Council garden waste collection service.

Disposal: You can also take garden waste to the following recycling centres free of charge:#

Fosse Cross, Cirencester, GL54 4NW
Pyke Quarry, Horsley, GL6 0QA
Hempsted, Hempsted Lane, Gloucester, GL2 6HS


World Jungle Press Release: A summer of fun planned for children and families across Gloucestershire

Details of a fun packed programme of events and activities for children and families to enjoy across Gloucestershire during the school summer holidays have now been released. 

‘Summer off the Streets 2018′ is made up of a wide selection of family fun days, skate park events, drop-in activity sessions and children’s workshops, with many of the events and activities being offered for free.  Local community and arts organisation World Jungle is running the programme again this year, with funding support from Gloucestershire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Activity Fund and Cotswold District Council.

Activities will be taken in to the heart of communities with individual week-long programmes being delivered in Highnam, Pittville, Prestbury, Tetbury, Stroud, and Gloucester.

Each of these programmes will include a variety of activities ranging from cooking, circus skills, drama, arts and crafts to sport, games and climbing sessions.  There will also be larger events including a Stroud Playday on 5 August, an Adam Philby Skate Jam at Tetbury on 12 August, a Cirencester Skratch n’ Skate event on 5 August,  a Chipping Campden Play day on 2 August, Fairford Fun Day on 18 August, Highnam Play day on19August, Barnwood Fun day on 11 August 2018 and more.

Details of the full summer programme can be found on the World Jungle website under ‘Summer off the Streets’:  www.worldjungle.org.uk   –some activities have  limited spaces and require booking; they tend to fill up quickly, so organisers encourage people to visit the website and reserve spaces as soon as possible.

The programme also links in with national campaigns including Love Parks Week and Play Day 2018.

The funding was made available under the ‘Children and Young People’s Activity Fund’, a grant scheme from Gloucestershire County Council encouraging more sport and physical activity across the county.

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email ben@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  www.worldjungle.org.uk .

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CDC Press Release: Going away on holiday and worried about elderly relatives or friends?

“Grandma had a fall just before we were due to go on holiday. Knowing that alarm calls are monitored 24 hours a day enabled us to enjoy our stay.”

As many families prepare to take their well-earned annual summer vacation, their sense of anticipation can often be tinged with concern about elderly friends or relatives that they are leaving behind for a while.

With this in mind, Cotswold District Council is reminding local residents that the Cotswold Careline 24 hour emergency alarm service is available to provide the reassurance that they seek.

The service provides elderly and vulnerable people with round the clock access to a trained operator at the push of a button.  Users can access a professional, friendly and experienced team who are trained to assess a situation, reassure the individual and then call a nominated contact or emergency services if necessary.

The Cotswold Careline team is always happy to have an informal chat about the benefits of the service with potential clients and can even arrange a home visit – without any obligation – if required.

  • Contact Cotswold Careline on 01594 81000 or email cotswoldcareline@fdean.gov.u

More details are available on www.cotswoldcareline.co.uk(opens in a new window).

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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).

Five Simple Steps

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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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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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