‘Are You Ready?’ Booklet Gives Practical Advice On Responding To Emergencies

Across the District communities are always looking to improve their resilience in the event of an emergency, and a booklet has been produced by the Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum to make the task easier.

The ‘Are You Ready?’ booklet provides clear practical advice to help people prepare for and respond to an emergency. Advice includes: devising a family emergency plan; looking out for neighbours; establishing  emergency friends; community alarm systems; and coping with severe weather, security incidents and loss of power.

“This is an extremely useful resource,” said Cllr Sue Coakley, Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for community resilience. “A lot of the information in the booklet is basic common sense, but bringing it all together has the power to actually save lives.”

‘Are You Ready?’ had been designed so that people can refer to it easily and quickly in a wide range of emergency situations, and it also provides some very useful checklists and contact numbers.

You can download a copy of the booklet now:


Queries about the booklet should be directed to:
Gloucestershire County Council Civil Protection Team
Tri Service Centre, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AX.
Tel: 01452 888764.
Email: civilprotectionteam@glosfire.gov.uk

Via press release from Cotswold District Council.

Monthly Update on Victory Fields, November 2018

Deborah Smith, Case Officer for Planning Application 17/04151/FUL Variation of Condition 1 of reserved matters permission 12/03810/REM … open space provision, writes:

As part of my monthly meetings with the Portfolio Holder for Planning & Strategic Housing, I provide an update on the main activities undertaken either on the ground at Victory Fields or in the background to ensure that we progress towards the ultimate aim of delivering an approved scheme of public open space for the community. We thought it would be helpful if we shared this information with you on an ongoing basis until the works are complete. To that end, shortly after the last Tuesday of each month (which is when I meet with the Portfolio Holder), I will forward on to you a copy of the update presented at our meetings. I shall also post it on the Council’s website under the current planning application (17/04151/FUL) to ensure that we share this information with as many people as possible in the local community.

I hope this is helpful to you.

This is the report for November 2018.

Portfolio Holder’s monthly update on Victory Fields, Upper Rissington – 27th November 2018

Main actions and activities undertaken in November:

i. Public Open Space (POS) application (17/04151/FUL): an amended scheme has been received in response to Officer’s outstanding concerns and queries and subject to appropriate planning conditions, Officers are now supportive of the application proposals

ii. As a result of the amended scheme being received, the Committee report for the planning application has been finalised and will be reported to the 12th December Planning & Licensing Committee meeting.

iii. The POS between the shops and the school has been opened up following testing of soils in September – Merebrooks took soil samples which were analysed for a variety of contaminants including PAHs (coal tar constituents) and all soil sample results were found to be below the assessment criteria (non-detect for asbestos)

iv. In consultation with CDC, the developer has undertaken an exercise to remove cosmetically unsuitable material including black fragments, plastic, etc. from the POS between the shops and the school

v. Samples of the in-situ soils which contained black gravel and considered to be tarmac debris were taken from the area between the shop and the school and from the roadside along Delfin Way, assessed by an independent laboratory for PAHs (coal tar) and the results demonstrate that no results were in exceedance and the soils are considered not to pose a human health risk

vi. The waste material stockpile (removed from the southern playing field) has been taken off site and the appropriate waste documentation has been received

vii. A sample was taken from the southern playing field where the waste stockpile was temporarily placed to ensure no unacceptable PAH concentrations remained. The results indicate the soils were suitable. The field has since been regraded and finished with imported, validated topsoil from Shrivenham

viii. The area where the Linden Homes compound was located has been cleared and finished (no remediation was necessary here)

ix. Bovis have contractors on site removing tarmac from residential gardens under the supervision of Merebrooks

x. Following testing of soil samples around the Calor gas compound, the area has been finished with imported, validated topsoil and seeded.

Download the report:


Previous reports:

An Update on Gritters, Grit Bins & Snow Warden

Brrr! It is proper cold outside today and the Highways gritters have been out salting the roads overnight. This seems like a good time to update residents about winter weather arrangements.

The road from Little Rissington towards Burford is a ‘primary route’, which are the priority routes that will be gritted and cleared by the County Council. This season, we are pleased to report that Highways has agreed to add the Barrington Road to the list of primary routes – which means that the road will now be gritted from the junction at Rissington Road to the roundabout on Mitchell Way.

The County Council does not spread grit on smaller roads (there are too many of them), but helps provide supplies of grit for use on local roads. Green Parish-owned grit bins can be found on Bristol Road, Wright Road, Farman Crescent, and by the garages on Grebe Square (map). A new grit bin has recently been installed at the entrance to Siskin Road, and some more grit bins are on order.

Grit should only be used on the public highway, not on private drives and pathways, unless to aid emergency services. Grit should be spread thinly – a light sprinkle is sufficient – and remember stocks need to last all the way through until warmer conditions return.

The Parish Council is also looking for a new Snow Warden as the current one has moved away. The Snow Warden is a local resident who can report unusual snow conditions – such as drifting that completely blocks the Barrington Road – directly to the County Council Highways team to keep them keep the roads open. If you’d like to volunteer for this role then please write to the Clerk: clerk@upperrissington-pc.gov.uk.

Please see our winter weather advice page for more information.

This Month’s Parish Council Meeting To be Held On Monday 26 November

Regretfully, the parish council meeting that was due to take place on Wednesday 14 November, had to be cancelled as there were not enough councillors available for the meeting to be quorate.

The meeting has now been rescheduled for Monday 26 November and the agenda has been published. Please find a copy below.


Clerk to Upper Rissington Parish Council