Have Your Say On County Council Spending 2018-19

We have been asked to make you aware of the county council’s budget consultation, via the following press release from Gloucestershire County Council, on 20th December 2017.

Council welcomes Local Government Finance Settlement

Proposed changes to the way local government is funded have been announced by Sajid Javid MP in the House of Commons.

This afternoon the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government discussed plans to consult on proposals for a new way of funding local government from 2020/21.

The speech recognised that the way councils receive funding needs to be updated to reflect the changing communities that local government serves. This would give local authorities the freedom they need to make decisions in the best interests of local people.

In his speech the MP also acknowledged the need for local councils to have greater control over the money they raise. As part of that, pilot schemes for 100% business rate retention have been announced in ten authorities, including here in Gloucestershire.

The full details of the proposed changes have yet to be published, but they would not come into effect until 2020/21.

The county council’s own public consultation into the budget for 2018/19 is currently live, giving residents the chance to inform how the council uses its £407.16 million budget.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We welcome this announcement from the Secretary of State and look forward to seeing exactly how this will benefit Gloucestershire when full details are published in due course.

“News of a review of the fairness of government funding for councils is particularly welcome – for a long time Gloucestershire has lost out when compared to other areas.  It is very good news to hear this will be addressed.

“By having more control over how we use the money available to us, we can continue to deliver the vital services that really matter to our residents.”

Residents can have their say on the county council’s proposed 2018/19 budget until Wednesday 17th January at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/budget2018.

 

Christmas 2017 & New Year Opening Hours

The Parish Council office will be closed between Christmas and New Year, and telephone messages may not be picked up until 2nd January. For non-urgent enquiries, please email the Clerk as usual.

You’ll find details of seasonal changes to services provided by Cotswold District Council (including waste and recycling collections, and leisure centres) here.

Gloucestershire County Council has provided information on changes to its services and opening hours over the holiday period (such as libraries, roads, and registry offices) here.

Upper Rissington Parish Council would like to wish all residents a merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2018!

The first Parish Council meeting of 2018 will be on Wednesday 10th January, 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Parish Council Grounds Maintenance Contract 2018-2020

Tenders are invited to provide Grounds Maintenance Services on a three-year contract, to Upper Rissington Parish Council in Gloucestershire. The scope includes recreation ground, gardens, hedges and verges; mowing, strimming, tidying, and weed control.

It is anticipated that the contract will start in March 2018.

Please register your intention to submit a tender by sending an email to clerk@upperrissington-pc.gov.uk to include all contact details. This will enable us to inform you of any alterations or additions to the specification.

Tender responses must be received by Friday 19 January 2018.

Site visits may be arranged in January 2018.

Please see the attached Invitation to Tender for further details.

Waste & Recycling, Missed Collections & Holiday Calendar

Ubico crews will be carrying out scheduled rounds today (Monday 18th December) and are aiming to catch up on any outstanding collections from last week as soon as possible.

Residents who have been missed should leave waste and recycling at the kerbside until it is picked up. The Ubico crews will get to you as soon as practicable, and will pick up extra waste that has accumulated during the delay provided it is bagged and placed by the side of the refuse bin.

If your waste has not been picked up by the end of Wednesday 20th December, please contact the Waste Hotline on 01285 623123 to report a missed collection.

Christmas Waste Collection Schedules

Recycling and waste collections will otherwise continue as normal until 22nd December. Following the Christmas and New Year bank holidays, your regular collection day will change as crews catch up.

Upper Rissington is on Route 2b-Tuesday. The holiday changes are highlighted on the calendar, which you can download from the link.

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 15 January 2018.

Please continue to keep up to date with the latest advice on waste and recycling collections by checking online www.cotswold.gov.uk.

All your questions about waste collections in winter weather are answered here: www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/qa-waste-collection-in-severe-weather/.