Please Register To Vote Now!

Over 85% of residents in the Cotswold District have now responded to the Council’s annual canvass to ensure that the electoral register is up to date. The Council sent out electoral registration forms to households at the end of August, and reminders in September. Canvassers are now out and about, visiting properties which have not yet returned their form.

If you receive a visit from a canvasser, please complete the form and return it to them. Alternatively, you can register online www.householdresponse.com/cotswold or return the form by post.

To avoid a visit from one of our canvassers, please return your form to us now. If you are not on the electoral register, you will not be able to vote and may be refused credit when shopping or conducting other transactions.

Residents who haven’t received a form should contact the Elections Team immediately on 01285 623002.

Sarah Dalby, the Electoral Services Manager for CDC, says,
“Being on the register means you can vote and will also help with your credit rating. Please check the details printed on the inside of the electoral registration form. If the information is correct, all you need to do is confirm your registration either online, by text, Freephone or post. If you need to make changes, you can register online or by post.”

For more information or for help or advice, contact the Elections Team on 01285 623002.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 17 October 2018.

Recycling & Waste Collection Changes Over Christmas & New Year

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019.

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on four  Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.)

Week commencing Monday 17 December 2018:

Normal collection day New revised collection day
Monday 17 Dec 2018 No change
Tuesday 18 Dec No change
Wednesday 19 Dec No change
Thursday 20 Dec No change
Friday 21 Dec No change
Monday 24 Dec Will move to Thursday 27 Dec
Tuesday 25 Dec Will move to Friday 28 Dec
Wednesday 26 Dec Will move to Saturday 29 Dec
Thursday 27 Dec Will move to Monday 31 Dec
Friday 28 Dec Will move to Wednesday 2 Jan 2019
Monday 31 Dec Will move to Thursday 3 Jan
Tuesday 1 Jan Will move to Friday 4 Jan
Wednesday 2 Jan Will move to Saturday 5 Jan
Thursday 3 Jan Will move to Monday 7 Jan
Friday 4 Jan Will move to Tues 8 Jan
Monday 7 Jan Will move to Wednesday 9 Jan
Tuesday 8 Jan Will move to Thursday 10 Jan
Wednesday 9 Jan Will move to Friday11 Jan
Thursday 10 Jan Will move to Saturday12 Jan
Friday 11 Jan Will move to Monday 14 Jan
Monday 14 Jan Will move to Tuesday 15 Jan
Tuesday 15 Jan Will move to Wednesday 16 Jan
Wednesday 16 Jan Will move to Thursday 17 Jan
Thursday 17 Jan Will move to Friday 18 Jan
Friday 18 Jan Will move to Saturday 19 Jan

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

[Note: These changes in collection dates have already been included in your local waste collection calendar.]

Additionally, Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break.  Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks.”

“We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year.  I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside.  We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period.  However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week  (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

“North Cotswold district residents should note that we have an agreement permitting the use of the Shipston on Stour recycling centre in Warwickshire. For more information and opening times for that site, please visit Shipston on Stour recycling centre.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time.  For this reason, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

For queries and further information about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 15 October 2018

Midweek Closure Days For County Recycling Centres

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed. On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed. On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

Gloucestershire County Council has collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. This closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy periods at the sites.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for household recycling centres at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I would like to reassure residents that we have considered a wide range of options. We need to make sure tax payers’ money is spent wisely, while making sure our HRCs are open when people need them.

“We have made sure residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. We will be monitoring the new opening arrangements and how the sites are used.”

More information on the closure days, new seasonal times and your nearest alternative site can be found online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.gov.uk

Issued by Gloucestershire County Council Communications Team

Have Your Say On Council Tax Support In Cotswold District

Each year the District Council has to decide whether to make changes to the administration of its council tax support scheme for working age people on a low income in the Cotswolds. This year we are consulting on possible changes to the scheme from 1 April 2019 which would completely exempt our poorest residents from Council Tax payments. In other words, the maximum amount of Council Tax discount will now be100%.

Changes being proposed include:

  • Introducing a banded scheme which would see a simple flat rate percentage discount awarded, depending on a person’s total weekly ‘net’ income
  • For the purposes of calculating weekly income, the Council would ignore all child maintenance payments

Changes proposed will have no impact for those in vulnerable groups or those in receipt of a state pensions.

Comment now on changes to our Council Tax payments – see https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XX32B2P
The deadline for comments is midnight on Friday 9 November.

Since 2013/14 the funding received from central government to support the local working age scheme has continued to reduce in line with other central funding cuts and is expected to continue to reduce over the coming year. The Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced in April 2013, replacing Council Tax benefits and is part of the Government’s major overhaul of the welfare system.

Following this round of consultation, CDC councillors will consider a report before deciding on any changes to the current scheme.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council, 24 September 2018