‘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.

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

Volunteers Wanted To Plant Spring Bulbs This Weekend

The Parish Council has agreed to plant spring bulbs in the verges around the village. The bulbs have arrived and are now in need of planting. We are now looking for volunteers who are free Saturday and or Sunday from 10am until 1pm to assist.

Anyone wishing to help plant the bulbs, please contact the Clerk as it would be helpful to know how many are coming so that we can provide the right equipment etc. Councillors will be meeting in the old Co-Op car park on Farman Crescent prior to starting.