Monthly Update on Victory Fields, February 2019

The Local Planning Authority issues a report each month outlining the main activities undertaken either on the ground at Victory Fields or in the background as they work towards the ultimate aim of delivering an approved scheme of public open space for the community of Upper Rissington.

This is the report for January/February 2019.

Portfolio Holder’s monthly update on Victory Fields, Upper Rissington – 26th February 2019

Actions and activities undertaken in January/February:

i. Negotiations have been ongoing with Bovis to explore the possibility of providing a vehicular access to the allotments. Officers have agreed the optimum route for the access and the application (17/04151/FUL) will be reported back to the Planning & Licensing Committee on 13th March for consideration. The Planning Committee will only be considering this element of the scheme as all other matters were resolved at the December meeting.

ii. Met with Bovis and their play providers (TCL) to discuss various elements relating to the delivery of the play equipment within the formal play areas within the Public Open Space (POS). TCL will implement the designs on site and are currently working on a more detailed programme of work – the plan is to investigate the areas that are not contaminated which can be completed and made usable so that we can deliver some of the POS as soon as possible.

iii. The Validation Report has been submitted for consideration – if the Council’s Land Contamination Officer is content with the findings of the report, the Council will instruct an independent consultant to undertake a peer review of the report. We aim to have reviewed the report internally by 8th March and external consultants will be appointed thereafter.

iv. Assessed and responded to concerns raised regarding minor design changes to the eaves details – the changes are considered to be de minimis and no further action is required.

v. Revised drawing received relating to the amount of POS being provided. This confirms that the developers are meeting the requirements of the original planning permission.

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Upper Rissington Parish Council Will Increase To 11 Councillors From May

At their meeting yesterday, members of Cotswold District Council voted unanimously in favour of the Parish Council being increased from 7 to 11 councillors without warding at the May elections.

Upper Rissington has doubled in size over the past five years, but the size of the Parish Council has remained the same. Typically, parishes in larger villages and towns have more councillors to ensure that the interests of the whole community are represented.

Larger settlements are also busier settlements; having more members on the Council will bring in more people with a wider range of skills and facilitate the formation of committees, allowing the workload to be shared, so the Council can work more effectively.

Following requests from a large number of residents, in January 2018 Upper Rissington Parish Council made a formal request for a Community Governance Review, a legal process whereby the District Council reviews the governance arrangements in the parish. This request was actively supported by the County Councillor.

The increase in councillor numbers was formally approved by members of Cotswold District Council at its meeting on Tuesday 26 February. The new arrangements will come into effect from the next elections on 2nd May when all 11 seats will be up for election.

If you are interested in being part of the new larger council from May, and helping to shape the future of your community, then consider putting yourself forward to be a councillor.

To stand for election, you must be a UK, EU or eligible Commonwealth citizen AND be a local elector in the parish OR have lived or worked in the parish or within 3 miles of its boundary for the 12-month period before your nomination. Nomination papers must be hand delivered to Cotswold District Council’s Cirencester Office between 19th March and 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.

More details about how to stand for election on 2nd May can be found on our website. >>>

If you would like find out more about being a councillor, or the work of Upper Rissington Parish Council, then please speak to any councillor or to the Clerk. Contact clerk@upperrissington-pc.gov.uk.

Cotswold District To Increase Council Tax By 2%

Members of Cotswold District Council have agreed a 2% increase in the authority’s share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2019/20, following a sequence of reductions and freezes over more than a decade which represented a real terms reduction of about 50% against a 2010 baseline.

The 2% rise means that the average band D charge for District services will increase from £126.40 per annum to £128.93 per annum – in other words less than 5 pence per week.

The Council also agreed:

  • Continuation of the freeze on parking charges at all CDC-owned car parks.
  • Abolishing Sunday parking charges at the Brewery car park in Cirencester (with effect from a date to be confirmed probably in April 2019) and reviewing Sunday parking charges at the Maugersbury Road car park in Stow-on-the-Wold.
  • Extension of the ‘free after 3 pm’ parking scheme until the end of March 2020 at selected car parks across the District, including in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury.
  • Making permanent a previous temporary investment in the Council’s planning enforcement service.
  • Investing for two years in action against environmental crime such as fly tipping and dog fouling.
  • Establishing a fund of £2,500 per Ward Member to enable Members to invest in issues which are a priority in their Ward.
  • Retaining a garden waste collection service over the winter on a fortnightly collection basis.

CDC Leader Cllr Tony Berry said: “After so many years of cutting or freezing the council tax bill for local residents, we have decided that there is a valid case to introduce a 2% rise this year, ensuring that we can maintain our services to the required standards. This actually represents an annual increase of less than £3 for the average Band D taxpayer. I hope that residents will understand why we had to agree this measure against a backdrop of changes to government funding which indicate we will have to make even more savings than we originally anticipated over the next three or four years.

“Despite increasing our share of the council tax bill, we will still have to dip into our reserves to deliver our full range of services. Apparently, over 97% of local authorities are increasing their council tax this year which shows that nearly all councils are facing similar challenges.

“On the plus side, we have frozen parking charges again and I know that many motorists will be pleased to know that we are continuing our ‘free after 3 pm’ scheme in several car parks across the District, including the Brewery and Forum car parks in Cirencester. Our plans also include investment in a multi-storey car park in Cirencester and temporary decked car parking to replace parking spaces while construction of the multi-storey car park takes place.

“Everyone working on behalf of the Council is always trying to keep our costs down, and I am extremely grateful for their efforts as they continue to find savings and efficiencies without any detriment to our services. These people are key to ensuring that we can continue to provide excellent value for money.”

Via press release from CDC on 26 Feb 2019

How to Stand For Election Or Vote On Thursday 2 May 2019

Elections to Cotswold District Council will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. There are 34 councillors to be elected across 32 wards. Elections for all Parish and Town Councils across the District will also take place on the same day, with more than 600 seats to be decided – including Upper Rissington.

Ever thought of being a candidate?

The election process begins with the publication of Notices of Election on 18 March for the District, Parish and Town Councils.

To be a candidate at any of these elections, you must deliver completed nomination papers and supporting documents by hand to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX by 4:00 pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is statutory and cannot be changed. We suggest that, wherever possible, candidates submit nominations a few days before the closing date. To ensure that a nomination is valid, the Elections Team can check the details informally before accepting the papers.

Nomination Packs, and further information about being a candidate, are available from our website on Cotswold District Council’s Current & Future Elections page or contact the Elections Team. The complete Elections Timetable is also available online.

Cotswold District Council will also be holding two drop-in sessions for prospective candidates/councillors, where people can find out more about what is involved. These will take place as follows:-

  • Thursday 7 March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh;
  • Tuesday 12 March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester.

It is hoped that representatives of Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) will also attend these sessions.

Information for Voters

To be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register. If you are not sure whether you are on the register, or if you have moved house recently, then take a few minutes to check, and make sure nothing stops you from having your say on election day. Contact the Elections Team to check if you are registered, email elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at these elections, your application/registration must be received by Friday 12 April 2019. The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Can’t make it to the Polling Station on Polling Day?

If you are unable to attend the polling station in person, then you can choose to vote by post or by proxy.

To vote by post on 2 May, you will need to complete an application form and return it to CDC by 5 pm on Monday 15 April. The same deadline applies if you want to make changes to an existing postal vote arrangement in time for the 2 May elections. Postal votes will be issued no later than 17 April.

Proxy voting is an option if you can’t vote in person and do not want a postal vote – under this arrangement, you appoint someone you trust to vote for you at your polling station. If you want to apply to vote by proxy at the elections on 2 May, then your completed form must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. If, however, you want to make changes to your existing proxy voting arrangements, then send your completed application by 5pm on Monday 15 April.

Useful Contact Details
The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process. Contact details are as follows:-
Telephone Helpline: 01285 623002
E-mail: elections@cotswold.gov.uk
Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk

More Information
www.electoralcommission.org.uk
www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Information from Cotswold District Council, 24 Feb 2019.