Council freezes council tax, garden waste licences and car parking charges
Release date: 20 February 2018
Members of Cotswold District Council have today agreed a freeze on the authority’s share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2018/19, following a freeze for 2017/18 and 2016/17, a 5% cut in 2015/16, a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14. This means that the average band D charge for District services will remain at £126.40.
Taking into account the freeze for 2018/19, the actual amount being charged for a Band D council tax payer – without cutting frontline services – has been reduced by £17.98 per year (12%) over a period stretching back to 2010/11. Even more significantly, the £126.40 charge is on a par with what residents were paying back in 2005 and, taking the average annual inflation rate into account, represents a real terms reduction of about 45%, saving tax payers about £50 per year.
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.”
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.
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.
Garden Waste Collection(added on 28/01/2018)
Cotswold District Council is encouraging residents to sign up to the weekly garden waste collection scheme by 28 February to make the most of the service.
The eleventh year of the service starts on 1 April 2018, and the annual charge for a licence will continue to be £30 per green bin. Residents with a licence will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin. Additional licences can be purchased for a further £30 each.
Alternatively, those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, can purchase 50 compostable brown paper garden waste bags for £30 (available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or at the Moreton Area Centre) and they will be picked up weekly.
Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount on the price of a garden waste licence.
To sign up for this service, please fill in our online form, or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123, to make a credit or debit card payment.