Please read the Notice of Election for details of how to submit your nomination. Paper copies can be also obtained from the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council offices in Cirencester.
If you are passionate about what happens in your community and want to make a difference, then being a councillor could be for you. The Parish Council meets monthly to consider and make decisions about matters affecting the parish. To find out more about the role, then please contact the Clerk or one of the current councillors, who will be pleased to tell you more.
Details of the candidates who have been nominated will be published on CDC’s website after 4pm on Friday 2 March.
Applications to register to vote at this election must be accepted by midnight on Tuesday 13 March 2018. www.yourvotematters.co.uk.
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.”
Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 20 February.
RAF Brize Norton and London Oxford Airport (LOA) at Kiddlington have both launched airspace change proposals (ACP) to establish more controlled airspace. There are two separate consultations running in parallel and two sets of documents.
The proposal for RAF Brize Norton would see the northern boundary of the controlled airspace extended close to Upper Rissington, which could therefore impact local residents and those using the neighbouring airfield for recreational flying.
Within the village we have many residents who are involved in the flying arena – military, civil and general aviation (GA) – who are far better placed to provide informed comment on the proposals and their impact on the village. The Parish Council would be very interested to hear from residents who have flying knowledge who could attend the consultation drop-in sessions and then brief the Parish Council at our next meeting on 14 March 2018.
The drop-in sessions at RAF Brize Norton will be held on Tuesday 20th February, and Wednesday 28th February, where project members will be on hand to answer questions. Full details including timings, car parking and security arrangements can be found on the RAF Brize Norton consultation website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/bznacp.cfm. Please note that visitors are asked to register in advance for security reasons and to ensure there is capacity to host everyone who wishes to attend.
Cotswold District Council has 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.
Via press release from Cotswold District Council.
The Official Parish Council website for the People of Upper Rissington