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.
Now in its third year, Cotswold District Council’s ‘Great Cotswolds Clean up’ prize competition will get underway on Friday 2 March. The Council is inviting community groups to clean up their neighbourhoods and possibly share in a £1,000 prize fund. There will be three prizes on offer in the CDC competition (£500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third).
From Friday 2 March until Sunday 29 April, schools and community groups are being encouraged to carry out a litter pick in their communities. Applying to enter is very simple – just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01285 623123 and provide the location of your litter pick, together with the name of a community representative who is willing to liaise with the Council. CDC will expect that person to take the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of the area being tidied, and provide details of the size of the work party. When the competition concludes, a panel of CDC judges will draw up a short-list and visit the finalists to assess the work done.
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, looks forward to the event: “There are so many residents who are enthusiastic about keeping the Cotswolds clean and tidy, and last year’s competition entrants clearly had a lot of fun in the process. Running this prize competition is a small gesture to thank everyone for their efforts. We can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and it will help our environmental team if volunteers could stagger the take-up over the duration of the competition so that we can use our resources to best effect. We can also arrange for Ubico Ltd to make special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.”
The launch of the competition coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend which has done so much to raise awareness of this issue nationally.
Via press release from CDC, 5 February 2018
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/.
All Ubico crews are out this morning and the majority have travelled up to the Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold areas first to make the waste and recycling collections missed from yesterday. Please note, however, that householders due a collection today should ensure that their bins and recycling containers are placed at the kerbside ready to be picked up.
The crews have been instructed to proceed with care because there are still patches of snow and ice which could cause problems for the vehicles and under-foot. Anywhere which is inaccessible will be recorded on problem sheets and waste and recycling will be picked up later in the week provided it is left at the kerbside.
NOTE: Residents who were missed on Monday 11 December will be provided with a special collection on Saturday 16 December, and should place their bins and recycling containers at the kerbside by 7 am on that day. They will be able to leave extra waste for collection provided it is bagged and placed by the side of the refuse bin.
We will provide a progress report later today. You can keep up to date with the latest advice on waste and recycling collections by checking the Council’s website: www.cotswold.gov.uk
Via press release from Cotswold District Council