The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
The Parish Council is made up of volunteers who live in the village, who give up some of their free time to help make the village a better place.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
The street names give a clue to the village's former life, having names such as Sopwith Road and Avro Road.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
The village is the most populous area of the 'Rissingtons' electoral ward.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
There is also a village green, children's play area community hall, hairdressers and gym.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
This ward starts in the south at Great Rissington and stretches north to Icomb.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
The total population for Great Rissington taken at the 2011 census was 2,103.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
Our official population from the 2011 census was quoted at 1,046.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
Attractions such as the Cotswold Wild Life Park near Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water are all within easy reach by car.
The Official Upper Rissington Parish Council Website Cheltenham
Upper Rissington Parish Council website
Much of Upper Rissington is a conservation area and the village lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Competition: Help Keep the Cotswolds Beautiful

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 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

A417 Missing Link Update & Consultation

Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, writes:

Dear A417 ‘Missing Link’ supporter,

When I last wrote to you I mentioned that Highways England would be running a route options consultation early this year and I’m now delighted to let you know that the consultation will run from February 15 to March 29.

The consultation is being led by Highways England; you will get the chance to have your say on the shortlisted route options and I want as many people as possible to be able to take part.

This is a very important stage of the project to fix the A417 ‘Missing Link’ and although we need to keep the pressure on to make sure things continue to move forward, this is a key stage of the process to make sure our campaign becomes a reality.

The county council is supporting the consultation by hosting information points in some of our libraries and we will be making the plans available at Shire Hall. There are a number of events taking place in the county, here you will be able to get information and speak to Highways England about the project and the consultation.

Please get involved in this route options consultation, have your say and spread the word with family and friends and urge them to get involved. I want to send a loud message that as a county we are united in our determination to make sure that the A417 ‘Missing Link’ is consigned to history.

More information on the project can be found at

Once the consultation opens on 15 February you will be able to take part by visiting Highways England’s website.

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.

GCC: Why Your Council Tax is Going Up This Year

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council on 23rd January:

The council tax in Gloucestershire is set to rise 2.49 per cent in 2018-19 with the average band D household paying an extra £52.95p per year.

But the county council says the increase is below Government guidelines – it includes £27.9 million for business support. The total council budget is now £412.9 million.

Over 1,700 comments were made by local people when the county council asked for feedback on next year’s draft budget.
Seventy four per cent of people agreed with the overall draft budget. Eighty-nine per cent of people agreed that protecting the most vulnerable people in our county was important to them.

As a result, the council is now proposing an extra £5 million, bringing the total additional investment to £16.3 million to help the most vulnerable children and young people in the county, funding more social workers, as well as services like foster care and adoptions. £30m of capital funding is also included to pay for a new secondary school in Cheltenham.

The authority says councils continue to face pressure on social care with more and more people requiring support later in life. The government is allowing councils to increase the adults social care levy they collect to pay for things like social and residential care.
The council says it remains committed to £150 million investment in highways, and the budget also includes £2.74 million to support Highways England’s safety improvements to the A417, plus continuing the Local Highways Scheme which will provide £10,000 for every county councillor to spend on improving highways in their area.

A new Growing Our Communities Fund will also offer £30,000 over three years for each county councillor, allowing more flexibility to spend money where it is needed.

Since the draft budget was published, the government has also allowed councils to increase council tax by up to 3 per cent without a referendum. However, mindful of the burden council tax can place on Gloucestershire families, the council says it is only proposing a 2.49 per cent increase, in addition to the two per cent Adult Social Care Levy – 0.5 per cent more than the draft budget.

This means for an average band D household the proposed total increase would be £52.95 per year or £4.41 per month. Gloucestershire currently charges £46 per year less in council tax than the average county council, including the levy and £173 per year less in council tax than the highest charging council.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, said: “Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback. We have listened and made some difficult decisions. Government gave us the green light to increase general council tax by up to 3 per cent this year without a referendum. By staying well below that limit — 2.49 per cent — We have tried to find a balance that provides enough investment to protect our most vulnerable people, but also limits the financial impact on our hard working communities.”

The updated budget proposals for 2018/19 are:

  • Adult services – £133.172 million (incl. help for people with learning disabilities, older people, vulnerable adults)
  • Children & Families – £102.924 million (incl. schools, children’s services, prevention & wellbeing)
  • Communities & Infrastructure – £79.896 million (incl. highways, libraries, trading standard, fire & rescue, waste)
  • Public health – £24.271million (ring fenced grant)

The balance covers £27.917 million for business support and £44.720 million of technical and corporate (including cost of funding infrastructure investment) – a reduction of £12.867 million compared to 17/18 budget.

If approved at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, the budget is subject to a final decision at full council on 14th February.
Both meetings can be watched live at