CDC News

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CDC Press Release: Cllr Tony Berry is new leader of Council

Release date: 12 December 2018

Members of Cotswold District Council have elected Cllr Tony Berry as their new leader for the remainder of the Council term (until May 2019).

Cllr Berry, who previously served on the Planning and Licensing Committee and the Audit Committee, has been the ward member for Kemble since May 2015 and recently took over as leader of the Conservative group.  He succeeds Cllr Mark Annett who stood down as the Leader of the Council in late September after a bout of ill health.

Commenting on his new appointment, Cllr Berry said,

“This is a great honour for me and I am very grateful to my predecessor for his much appreciated contribution over a period of eighteen months, even when he was battling with illness.

“We are very fortunate to live in such a lovely part of the country but there are still many difficult challenges we must face as councillors to ensure that residents can enjoy life to the full.  We have two political groups in the Council who have ideological differences on the best course of action at times, but we are all united in the fact that we care for local people and, as Leader I will strive to ensure that we all do our best to meet their needs.”

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CDC Press Release: Demolition proposal will create over 30 additional car parking spaces

Release date: 11 December 2018

Members of Cotswold District Council have today agreed to the proposed demolition of the Old Memorial Hospital building in Cirencester and the creation of an additional 33 car parking spaces in the centre of town.

The building, which is owned by the Council, is located on a site which includes the Sheep Street public car park.  At present the car park provides 80 spaces (including 2 bays for disabled users) and the proposed demolition project should increase this to 113 spaces (including 5 bays for disabled use).  Significantly, the other buildings on the site – cottages and the World War 2 air raid shelter – will remain intact.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the work would begin during the summer of 2019 with a view to making the new spaces available for use by the autumn.

The Council estimates that the cost of the demolition and subsequent car park works will be in the region of £682,000, and it is estimated that these costs will be recouped within ten years through the increase in parking revenue at the site.

Commenting on the plan, CDC Cabinet Member for the Cirencester Parking Project Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington said,

“Cabinet first agreed this course of action back in April 2016, so the Council decision today should come as no surprise.  The Old Memorial Hospital building has been empty for almost six years and the average annual maintenance costs are increasing.  In fact, we believe that the net cost of maintaining the building’s structural stability is likely to be about £230,000 over the next ten years.

“We also investigated the option of refurbishing the building for commercial use, but this would involve extensive and expensive works, including the removal of asbestos.  Moreover, it would take at least 17 years to recoup the estimated £1.83 million refurbishment costs and this would lengthen if some of the rental space was vacant during that period.

“All in all, we believe that demolition is the best option as it will deliver much needed parking spaces in the town centre, and I am sure that this will be much appreciated by many motorists and traders. I should also point out that, together with other plans, this would help mitigate the loss of parking if we gain planning approval for the development of a multi-storey car park at the Waterloo site, and also gives us the opportunity to look at longer term future development opportunities, including parking options.”

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CDC Press Release: New collection vehicles will expand our waste and recycling services

Release date: 11 December 2018

Members of Cotswold District Council have today agreed to procure new state-of-the-art collection vehicles which will come into service during the latter half of 2019.  The new fleet will enable the Council to collect a much wider range of items; this means that residents will be able to recycle used textiles, household batteries, electrical and electronic equipment, and Tetrapak cartons at the kerbside for the first time.  Additional service changes will be introduced, with the most noticeable being:  the separation of food waste from garden waste collections to produce better quality recycled products in line with county-wide practices; provision of bigger and more robust household food caddies and cardboard recycling sacks; and a cross-party proposal to reduce the cost of garden waste licences to accommodate a switch to fortnightly collections and a three month suspension of the service during winter months.

The Councillors noted that current waste and recycling collection vehicles in the Cotswolds are coming to the end of their operational life and voted to replace the fleet on the grounds that it was a very sound strategic decision.  Furthermore, they recognised that the newly procured vehicles will enable the introduction of an enhanced kerbside recycling service when they begin operations in the latter half of 2019.

The meeting also welcomed the proposed introduction of larger and more robust food caddies and cardboard recycling sacks, recognising the demand for these improvements during public consultations.

The councillors acknowledged that the change in garden waste collections from weekly to fortnightly – and the introduction of a three month suspension period during the winter months – was not ideal. However, this will offset the considerable cost of delivering this service which is currently heavily subsidised.  When this change comes into effect, the waste service provider will be able to deploy some of the garden waste crews to other collection rounds, reducing the reliance on agency staff at crunch periods.   Having this extra resource will also expedite catch-up collections at times when the service is disrupted due to adverse weather and other unforeseen delays.  To compensate for this reduction in service, the Council will review the cost of garden waste licences with a view to reducing the price.

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, reflects on the Council’s decisions,

“The procurement of a new fleet of vehicles is an essential move at a time when the current ones are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and there is an increasing risk of vehicle failure on the road.  I am delighted that the more technically advanced models will enable us to meet residents’ requirements for a better kerbside collection service and I look forward to seeing an increase in our recycling totals once the new fleet is up and running.  We consulted widely with the public and town, parish and district councillors earlier this year to get a better handle on customer needs, and I am very pleased that we are meeting so many of the priority requirements identified.  In particular, when we asked about ways to increase recycling rates, many people asked us to introduce kerbside recycling for textiles, batteries, small electrical and electronic items and Tetrapak cartons and it is good to know that we will be offering this service when the new fleet arrives.

“I regret that the frequency of the paid for garden waste collections will decline, but a reduction in cost should compensate for this decision to a certain extent.  I must emphasise that our garden waste service will continue to represent much better value for money compared with neighbouring authorities where it costs more than £40 for a fortnightly service.  I trust that many people will continue to subscribe – in fact, our consultation showed that over 70% of residents would still use it in the event of a reduction in frequency.

“More generally, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our service review consultation – we received over 1300 responses from residents alone and they and the councillors we consulted made some excellent suggestions. Overall, the consultation highlighted the importance people attach to expanding our kerbside waste and recycling services so we can reduce the amount of waste and, in turn, help us keep down the cost of Council tax.”

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CDC Press Release: Residents can now recycle Christmas trees and give to a worthy cause

Release date: 10 December 2018

Cotswold District Council is joining forces with Minchinhampton-based Longfield Hospice to take the strain out of recycling Christmas trees for residents.

Even if you haven’t bought your Christmas tree yet you can still make plans to recycle it after the festive period and help Longfield Hospice charity at the same time.

The doorstep collection scheme, now in its second year, will help support people with life limiting illnesses across Gloucestershire.

Every year the Minchinhampton-based charity provides free-of-charge support and care to more than 700 people across the county. A team of volunteers who have signed up to the tree recycling scheme will pick up unwanted trees in return for a donation to help Longfield continue its care.  In the Cotswold District, the trees will be taken to Dobbies Garden Centre for shredding and then composting.

Ali Russell, Chief Executive at Longfield, says,

“By donating your tree to Longfield, you are saving yourself the work involved in recycling while supporting people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. All of our services are provided free of charge and we can only do that with the community’s generous support.”

Commenting on the Longfield offer, Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council, adds,

“With the season of goodwill approaching, it is great to learn that volunteers from Longfield will be able to help recycle Christmas trees and I hope many Cotswold residents get behind this campaign.

The suggested minimum donation is £5.

Please register your tree before 6pm on Sunday 6 January. To book a collection (registrations are OPEN now) and make a donation, visit www.charityxmastreecollection.com(opens in a new window)

Anyone without internet access who wishes to arrange a collection can do so by calling Longfield on 01453 886 868.

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CDC Press Release: Christmas ‘food waste tradition’ is best left in the past!

Release date: 7 December 2018

Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team are asking residents to put a stop to the traditional waste of food over the whole Christmas period, especially on the big day itself.

Estimates show that the equivalent of 4.2m Christmas dinners will be thrown away in the UK comprising: 11.3m roast potatoes; 7.9m slices of turkey; 11.9m carrots; 17.2m sprouts; 7.9m cups of stuffing; and 7.1m pigs in blankets.

Councillor Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council and Chair of the County’s Joint Waste Committee, says,

“The amount of food that gets wasted at this time of year is staggering.  One in five of us admits to buying foods that we don’t like to serve up the ‘perfect’ traditional Christmas dinner – so it is of little surprise that part of the meal will go uneaten.  And with ten percent of all food on the plate making its way to the bin, this is one Christmas tradition that really should be consigned to history.’

“And it’s not just the amount of food waste which is significant.  This year we want to highlight the amount of resources that are lost when food ends up in the bin.  Each step of food production requires a high input of energy to transport the food, perhaps freeze it and eventually cook it.  All this energy is used up before food even reaches our dinner plates and this has a major impact on our environment – even more so when the food goes to waste.

“These issues are not necessarily at the forefront of people’s thinking when they throw away food and this is why we are urging everyone to plan ahead and buy only what’s needed. Not only is this better for the environment but it is usually kinder on the pocket too given that the average UK household still wastes an incredible £470 worth of edible food each year.”

To help residents plan their Christmas and stop the ‘food waste tradition’, there are a number of useful hints and tips on the Recycle for Gloucestershire website, including storage ideas to prolong leftovers, festive recipes and a portion planner to help work out how much food is actually needed in the first place.

Some food waste, however, is unavoidable and inedible.  Instead of putting this in the bin, residents are reminded that CDC offers a food waste recycling service from the kerbside.

Find out more at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com(opens in a new window) .

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CDC Press Release: Annual Rough Sleeper Estimate – Cotswold District

Release date: 7 December 2018

Each year between October and November in response to a request by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) all councils carry out a national count of rough sleepers in England.  They can do this by choosing to conduct a count or an intelligence-based estimate of the number of people sleeping rough on a typical night. This year rural districts in Gloucestershire decided to use the estimate model and complete an intelligence-based estimate of the number of people sleeping rough on a typical night.

The rough sleeper estimate for Cotswold District Council’s took place on the night of Tuesday 13 November. This exercise was carried out in partnership with P3 charity and agencies who may have information on rough sleepers were also invited to take part. The estimate confirmed that there are five rough sleepers who are known to both the support agencies and the Council.

Cllr Stephen Hirst cabinet member for housing at Cotswold District Council said,

“CDC works closely with the outreach team throughout the year to provide solutions for rough sleepers,but we recognise that there are occasions when this is not always achievable. However on 3 December the Cabinet approved a proposal to refurbish a 7 bedroom property in Cirencester  to provide emergency accommodation for homeless people.  This will provide safe accommodation and allow the Housing Team to work more closely with individuals, assisting them to find more suitable settled accommodation.”

Schemes available to assist rough sleepers include the work of ACTion Glos which is a service provided by P3 in partnership with the Addiction Recovery Agency. This service is funded by ‘social impact bond’ funding made available by central Government as part of their 2016 Homelessness Prevention Programme and supports 126 individuals across Gloucestershire who are homeless, have multiple complex needs and face overlapping barriers to accessing and staying in accommodation. Since the service started, 88 individuals have been assisted into accommodation.

To refer anyone who might be homeless to the local rough sleeping outreach team provided by P3, please contact Streetlink via the app, www.streetlink.org.uk(opens in a new window) or call 0300 500 0914. Streetlink is a phone and web based service available to the public to enable them to alert Local Authorities about rough sleepers in their area. It is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to local services and the support available to them.

Residents who have become homeless or are at risk of being made homeless can also get advice and support from Cotswold District Council’s Housing Options team on 01285 623000 or call 01452 614194 (out of office hours) or email at housing.advice@cotswold.gov.uk

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CDC Press Release: New emergency accommodation will be ‘game changer’ for homeless people

Release date: 5 December 2018

Members of Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet have agreed to provide emergency accommodation in Cirencester for homeless people who require a safe and temporary refuge within the District.

Meeting on 3 December, the Cabinet approved an expenditure of £35,000 to refurbish a seven-bedroom property in the town which is already owned by the Council.  Until recently the property was let to a housing association and used as single room accommodation with shared facilities.  The property also has an office and this will be used as work space for advisors to help meet the support needs of the temporary residents and assist them in moving to settled accommodation.

CDC Cabinet Member for Homelessness Cllr Stephen Hirst welcomed the decision to create the new emergency accommodation within the District,

“We are committed to the prevention of homelessness in the Cotswolds, but there are occasions when this is not always achievable.  We currently have very limited access to suitable emergency accommodation when the need arises, and we have had to resort to the use of motel rooms outside the District to fill this void.

“This has meant that homeless people from the Cotswolds have struggled to maintain local connections and good access to support networks, and they have often had no cooking facilities,  causing additional stress for them at a time when they were already at a low ebb.  It has also been more difficult to work with them to find suitable settled accommodation.

“Being able to invest in the provision of good emergency accommodation in Cirencester is great news.  This is a game changer for local homeless people and should expedite moving them into suitable homes.  The new accommodation will also prove to be a much cheaper option than motel rooms.”

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CDC Press Release: Why we are not pursuing a park and ride scheme for Cirencester

Release date: 3 December 2018

Cotswold District Council’s Cirencester Parking Project has concluded that a park and ride transport scheme for the town would generate increased traffic and pollution.  As a result, they will not be pursuing this as a sustainable parking option.

Chairman Cllr Mark Harris explains,

“Several people have suggested that Cirencester might benefit from a park and ride facility but specialists in this field have advised that in rural areas of Britain there are serious downsides to these schemes.  In particular, the emissions produced outweigh the emissions prevented because many motorists have to go out of their way to use park and ride sites.   Furthermore there are significant environmental issues in creating a carpark on what is likely to be a greenfield site.

“What this all means is that a small reduction in urban traffic is offset by the generation of extra traffic beyond town boundaries – and a marked overall increase in emissions.”

Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, the CDC Cabinet Member overseeing parking in Cirencester, adds,

“We know that people continue to be concerned about the parking problem in Cirencester and we plan to meet the extra demand by erecting a multi-storey car park at the Waterloo site as soon as possible.  Latest estimates show that, subject to planning permission, work could start on site in early 2020 and could be completed within about one year. This is a more sustainable solution compared with park and ride, and I can assure residents near the Waterloo that we are committed to addressing concerns about issues such as environmental risks, traffic management and design impact.

“In the meantime, we are pleased that so many motorists are using the ‘free after 3 pm’ offer in the Brewery and Forum car parks to help spread demand.  We are also encouraging people to take up the free parking offer for weekends and public holidays at the staff car parks for Cotswold District Council (GL71PX) and St James’s Place (GL7 1 PX), especially during the busy Christmas period.”

“We continue to welcome feedback on our plans.  For updates on progress, please see  www.cotswold.gov.uk/parkingproject(opens in a new window) If you have any queries about the project please email parking@cotswold.gov.uk, call us on 01285 623000 or write to Parking Team, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.”

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Please don’t place broken glass in your kerbside recycling box

Over the last few weeks, crew members working for Cotswold District Council’s waste service provider, Ubico Ltd, have sustained cuts when emptying recycling boxes containing broken glass.

This is a significant health and safety hazard and Ubico has instructed crews not to collect boxes when they see that they contain broken glass.  However, there may be times when the hazard is not apparent and we are urging the public to help avoid this risk.

Please follow these five simple steps to ensure that recycling is presented safely and considerately:

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 at the other).

Step 2 – Use a second black recycling box for all glass bottles and jars – no broken glass please. (Order a second box if you need one).

Step 3 – Use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, aerosols, 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.

Residents with broken glass are advised to wrap it in newspaper and place it in the grey waste bin for collection.

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Hempsted Household Recycling Centre

From Monday 3 to Friday 21 December, Hempsted Household Recycling Centre, near Gloucester, will be temporarily closed to allow some important upgrades to the site.  This work follows a similar upgrade completed at Pyke Quarry HRC, near Stroud last summer.

We are changing the method used to compact some types of waste and recyclable materials.  A mobile materials handler will replace the existing static compaction equipment. The existing equipment is old, breaks down frequently and has become expensive to maintain. The new method will save money and also give more operational flexibility.  We are also investing in new waste collection containers and improved signage.

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Arise our new Cotswold Champions!

Public-spirited local residents were honoured at Cotswold District Council’s first ever Cotswold Champions Community Awards ceremony and celebration dinner which took place at the Royal Agricultural University on Friday 9 November.

This date was chosen specifically to coincide with the ‘We remember 1918’ weekend when the Cotswolds commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1

CDC Chairman Cllr Julian Beale, had asked people to nominate residents and teams in the District to be chosen as Cotswold Champions, and many applications from all parts of the District were received across seven categories.

Short listed candidates were invited to the 9 November awards ceremony and the following were announced as the winners, each receiving a prize of £1,000 courtesy of the award sponsors:

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

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

Community Team Award – people from a sports club, activity group, health group etc. who give time to assist others (sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management) BEAM Gymnastics

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

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

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

Unsung Hero Award – a person who quietly makes a difference to other people’s lives (sponsored by Ian Carling, Founder of The Barn Theatre) Kate Lee

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Christmas Waste collection

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019.

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on four  Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.)

 

Normal collection day New revised collection day
Monday 17 Dec 2018 No change
Tuesday 18 Dec No change
Wednesday 19 Dec No change
Thursday 20 Dec No change
Friday 21 Dec No change
Monday 24 Dec Will move to Thursday 27 Dec
Tuesday 25 Dec Will move to Friday 28 Dec
Wednesday 26 Dec Will move to Saturday 29 Dec
Thursday 27 Dec Will move to Monday 31 Dec
Friday 28 Dec Will move to Wednesday 2 Jan 2019
Monday 31 Dec Will move to Thursday 3 Jan
Tuesday 1 Jan Will move to Friday 4 Jan
Wednesday 2 Jan Will move to Saturday 5 Jan
Thursday 3 Jan Will move to Monday 7 Jan
Friday 4 Jan Will move to Tues 8 Jan
Monday 7 Jan Will move to Wednesday 9 Jan
Tuesday 8 Jan Will move to Thursday 10 Jan
Wednesday 9 Jan Will move to Friday11 Jan
Thursday 10 Jan Will move to Saturday12 Jan
Friday 11 Jan Will move to Monday 14 Jan
Monday 14 Jan Will move to Tuesday 15 Jan
Tuesday 15 Jan Will move to Wednesday 16 Jan
Wednesday 16 Jan Will move to Thursday 17 Jan
Thursday 17 Jan Will move to Friday 18 Jan
Friday 18 Jan Will move to Saturday 19 Jan

 

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

Please also note that Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

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Everyone’s Ageing: Let’s Do It Better!

Age UK Gloucestershire are running a series of roadshows around the county in early November to listen to older citizens about their personal experience of living in the county.  They are looking to capture, celebrate and share the positive opportunities that exist for older people in local communities. They also want to understand what is missing or what impacts negatively on the experience of ageing in Gloucestershire, as well as identifying what changes would make a positive difference.

A number of sessions are scheduled including the following in the Cotswolds:

– Ingleside House, Beeches Road Cirencester – Weds 14 November 0930 to 1100 and 1100 to 1230

– Cotswold Leisure Centre, Bourton-on-the-Water Weds 14 November 1530 to 1700

There will be time at each session for tea, coffee and cake.  They will be interactive with the onus on listening to what those who come have to say about their real, everday experiences and their thoughts on growing older.

The events are free. To reserve a space, please call 01452 422660 or send and emai to enquiries@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk

More information

Please note that Age UK do not wish to hear from representatives of local organisations at these forums – they will  have that conversation  separately.


Please go easy on cardboard recycling at the kerbside – or it will not be collected

Deliveries of large items purchased on-line, such as televisions, washing machines and furniture, can result in residents having to dispose of large amounts of cardboard packaging. Many people put out all of their cardboard on their scheduled recycling day even when they have an extra  large amount, and this can cause problems for crews working hard to complete their rounds.

To make sure everyone has the opportunity to have a reasonable amount of cardboard collected each fortnight, Cotswold District Council has instructed crews from its environmental services provider Ubico Ltd. that they should only collect the equivalent of four blue recycling bags of cardboard from each household.   In future, when larger amounts of cardboard are left at the kerbside for collection, the crews will affix a blue sticker to show that the limit has been exceeded.

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, explains,

“Once the cardboard compartment on a recycling truck becomes full, the vehicle has to go back to the depot to off-load, even if the other material compartments on the vehicle are relatively empty.

This can lead to delays, potential missed collections and disruptions to services.

“To address this problem, we are asking residents to only present a maximum of four blue recycling bags of cardboard – or an equivalent volume of loose cardboard – for kerbside collection.  Please flatten boxes and cut up large sheets into pieces no larger than 1metre square, so that the material can fit through the slot on the vehicles.

“If people have a larger amount of cardboard to dispose of, we would recommend taking it to a local Household Recycling Centre.  The HRCs have cardboard skips that can cope with bigger sheets, larger boxes and greater amounts (provided the material is flattened). For those who cannot access an HRC easily, please try to lessen the load by storing any excess cardboard and putting it out for kerbside collection over a number of weeks.

“We would also recommend re-use whenever possible. As an example, allotment users or keen gardeners, are often very grateful for large sheets of cardboard, which they can use as a weed suppressing mat.  Sturdy boxes and packaging are also in demand by those moving house. You can advertise the materials on your local Freecycle or ‘Freegle’ internet group, community noticeboard or an equivalent group on Facebook.”


Council secures prosecution for fly-tipping

Gloucester resident Christopher Paxton was fined at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on 8 October after pleading guilty to dumping waste in a field  in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (near Kingscote) while masquerading as a registered waste contractor.

Cotswold District Council officials learned that Mr Paxton collected the waste from aTetbury resident who had engaged Mr Paxton’s services through Facebook.  When first questioned, Mr Paxton lied to evade prosecution but changed his plea to guilty when confronted by the evidence.

Due to his poor financial circumstances he was fined only £150 when he appeared at the Magistrates’  Court, but the Council was awarded a contribution of £400 towards legal costs and he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, bringing the overall total to £580.

Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at CDC, comments:

“I hope that Mr. Paxton’s prosecution sends out a message to other rogue waste collectors who attempt to flout the law in this way.

“Facebook is a very useful resource but it does have its limitations, and I must stress that anyone who engages a third party to remove waste must check that they have a valid licence before they undertake the work. A lot of people do not realise that they can be prosecuted for failing to exercise this duty of care should the third party subsequently commit a fly tipping offence.

“There are good arrangements in place for everyone to dispose of their waste legally so there is absolutely no excuse for fly tipping.  The magistrate noted that fly tippers are killing the countryside, and we will continue to use every means at our disposal to reduce the number of incidents in the Cotswolds. We are always grateful for tip-offs from the public who can call us directly on 01285 623123 to report any suspicious activity.


Local man pays penalty for pruning protected trees

Cotswold District Council is urging people to make sure they get appropriate permission before pruning or felling protected trees after a man was ordered by Cheltenham Magistrates Court to pay a total of £650 for pruning trees without permission.

Mr. Kamran Khazai acknowledged that he had pruned trees illegally at his home in Cirencester even though they had been protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) in 2015.   Tree officers of the Council identified in 2017 that the trees had been disfigured by poor pruning and that Mr Khazai had not sought consent.

Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, CDC  Cabinet Member for Development Control, 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 need to obtain the appropriate permission before you carry out the works. The penalties for not getting the appropriate permission or giving appropriate Conservation Area Notice can be a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £20,000.”

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Cotswold Careline service celebrates providing peace of mind for 30 years

Cotswold Careline is celebrating 30 years of providing peace of mind for the local community through its 24-hour emergency monitoring service that assists with living an independent lifestyle.  The service offers support and reassurance to those that need it most, simply at the touch of a button.

Traditionally aimed at the elderly the service now provides support for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations such as recently being discharged from hospital , those with a disability or those who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Our professional, friendly and experienced team are available to offer guidance and advice and can visit you at home to discuss individual needs.  Over the next month, local leisure centres will house displays, with a wealth of information and free commemorative cotton shopping bags will be given away free so do pop along and find out more!

From humble beginnings 30 years ago, Cotswold Careline now keeps over 800 clients safe in and around the area.  A recent client said: “The service provided is invaluable in allowing Mum to live independently in her own home; it’s so reassuring to know that help is available at a push of a button.  The police-approved key safe also ensures there is a secure way for help to enter her home in an emergency”.

Deb Hughes, Operations Manager commented: “From an idea 30 years ago about how best to keep the elderly in our local community safe, the service has now grown and prospered and provides a vital link to keeping many vulnerable people safe by simply pressing a button”.

Cllr Stephen Hirst, Cabinet member for Health issues said: “This service has expanded to embrace anyone in the community who is vulnerable and needs added peace of mind.  As well as helping elderly residents, we can help people who have divorced and are suddenly living on their own; victims of crime; disabled people who want to live independently; people escaping domestic violence; and others who  are terminally ill”.

“Anyone who is interested in Careline, whether for themselves or a loved one, can call us for a free no-obligation appointment.  There is no pressure at all.  Our aim is to keep our community safe and provide them with reassurance and support to live their lives independently “.

For an informal chat about our service or to arrange a home visit please call a member of the Cotswold Careline team on 01594 810000 or email cotswoldcareline@fdean.gov.uk.

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Child Exploitation Awareness

Cotswold Community Safety Partnership has been working with Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Home Office to raise the issue surrounding Child Exploitation.  In Gloucestershire including the Cotswold District we are not immune from children from being exploited for whatever reason. Please see the information poster about what to look for.

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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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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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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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