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Nominations Open For Parish Council Election on 29 March 2018

An election for a Parish Councillor for Upper Rissington Parish Council will take place on Thursday 29 March.

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate at this election must complete and return a nomination paper by 4 pm on Friday 2 March 2018. These are available to download.


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.

Be Aware! Energy Saving Grant Letters Are Not Endorsed by CDC

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.

Upper Rissington Community Liaison Group is Launched

Following the call for nominations, the Upper Rissington Community Liaison group has been created. The group will form a link between the residents and stakeholders to guide the joint developers, Linden Homes and Bovis Homes, as they finalise their development on Victory Fields.

The group will comprise:

  • Chairman – Philippa Lowe, Head of Planning and Strategic Housing
  • Member of Parliament – Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  • Planning – Deborah Smith, Team Leader Development Management
  • Developer – Representative(s) of Bovis Homes
  • Developer – Representative(s) of Linden Homes
  • Parish Councillor – Marc Buffery
  • Parish Councillor – Martin Johnstone
  • Resident – Margaret Flint
  • Resident – David Oliver
  • County Councillor – Nigel Moor
  • District Councillor – Mark MacKenzie-Charrington

The group is planning its initial meeting, where they will aim to set the parameters of how the group will operate and what it hopes to achieve. More information about the group will be published on the Parish Council website in due course.

Sponsor a Hare for the Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail 2018

You may have come across the original Cirencester Hare Trail in recent years. This year it is expanding again and partnering with the Cotswolds Conservation Board to become the Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail. A new website has just gone live with all the details:

For the first time in 2018, the trail will branch out from as far as Stratford-upon-Avon and Bath to the Forest of Dean and almost Oxford; giving thousands more an opportunity to marvel at the March hares along a variety of routes designed for those travelling in cars and public transport, by bike or on foot.

As in previous years, scores of spring hare sculptures and leverets will be sponsored by local businesses, attractions, schools, colleges and community groups, and decorated by inspired local artists, before being dotted throughout the Cotswolds in a unique art installation for all to enjoy for almost four and a half months.

At the end of the trail, the sculptures will be gathered in for a public Farewell to the Hares event, before being auctioned off to raise money for a good cause. The Cotswold Conservation Board stands to benefit greatly from the trail in terms of overall awareness of the AONB and two projects (Caring for the Cotswolds and Glorious Cotswolds Grasslands) securing finances from the final auction of the hares. In its first year the trail raised circa £60,000 for good causes.

Festival founder and Director, Florence Beetlestone, said: “Over the years our hares have really brought the Cotswold community together and innovative ideas for next year’s trail are already underway to ensure we really showcase local creativity, as well as remind us all of the constant need to preserve and protect our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

There are still a limited number of sponsorship packages available for local businesses, attractions, schools, colleges and community groups. Organisers are looking for environmentally-aware businesses in the region, whether large or small, to share their vision. If you wish to sponsor a hare yourself or know someone who would like to do so, then you can  “get involved” via the Hare Trail website.