Public Open Spaces Update – 30 August 2019

Work to complete the public open spaces is continuing.

Bovis Homes has today shared the following update:

  • There is good progress to Area 1 [around the playing fields]. LEAP 3 has had the play equipment placed and the team are progressing with the stone edging surround for the wet pour. The topsoil strip has had the heras fencing removed and will be re-seeded within the next few weeks, weather dependant.
  • The allotment access track is almost complete with works continuing on to the allotments.
  • The tennis courts are due to be re-surfaced in the next few weeks dependant on the final few brambles dying off.
  • The trim trail has been opened to the public, with the exception of one piece of equipment which is awaiting replacement parts, due within the next two weeks.
  • Area 2, to the rear of the officers mess, is nearing completion, and we are hopeful of opening this up within the next few weeks. There will however still be planting to complete later in the year.


Are You Concerned About Climate Change?

Gloucestershire County Council is seeking input on how to tackle climate change and become a carbon-neutral county by 2050.

Until 23rd September, people will be able to respond to the consultation via the council’s website, either by completing the on line survey, downloading a hard copy or by emailing the climate change team directly. In addition, 1000 residents and 200 businesses will be asked to complete a phone survey, providing the council with a representative sample of the county’s views on climate change related issues.

All responses received during the consultation will be used to inform the creation of a revised Climate Change Strategy, supporting the county to become carbon neutral by 2050, which is key aim of the council in response to the ‘climate emergency’.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning, said, “Climate change will affect everyone so we are calling on Gloucestershire to help us prioritise how we take action.

“Everyone will play a part in helping us to achieve our targets on carbon reduction, and assist in responding to the climate emergency, contributing to a carbon neutral county.”

The council has already had huge success in reducing its emissions since 2005, when the first Carbon Management Strategy was published. The Government’s voluntary target for public sector organisations is to reduce emissions by 30 per cent in eleven years (by 2020/21). Gloucestershire County Council has more than halved its carbon emissions over the same time period; 52 per cent reduction in eleven years, which is significantly ahead of the national target.

Complete the online climate change consultation.

The consultation will close on 23rd September.

More information:

  • If you are aged 16 – 25 you can apply to be part of the Youth Climate Panel – the deadline for applications is midnight 9 September 2019. Apply now >
  • You can find out more about what the council is doing to tackle climate change. Learn more >
  • On 15 May 2019 Gloucestershire County Council declared a Climate Emergency, unanimously agreeing to tackle Gloucestershire’s carbon footprint. Read the council minutes >.

Based on a press release from Gloucestershire County Council

Appeal for Witnesses, Bourton Post Office Break-In

Shortly before 1.45am today (Thursday) police received a report of an attempted burglary in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Offenders were using a vehicle to try and force entry to the post office on the High Street. They were disturbed by a member of the public and then left the scene soon afterwards.

Inspector Simon Ellson, from the Cotswold Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Extensive damage was caused to the post office and although nothing appears to have been stolen, crimes such as this can have a huge impact on the local community.

“The neighbourhood team will be taking part in reassurance patrols over the coming days while the investigation continues.

“Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to please call us or anonymously call independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of this morning, or has any information which would help them with their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 quoting incident 29 of 29 August or submit information to us online:

Message Sent By
The Appeals Team (Police, External Communications Officer, Gloucestershire)

Notice of Vacancy – 29 August 2019

Another vacancy has arisen on the parish council due to the resignation of Kirsten Johnstone.

The process is that if 10 residents request an election by Wednesday 18 September, then that is how the seat will be filled. If an election is not called then the Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option.

Requests should include each elector’s name, address and signature, and should be sent to the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX.

The district council said that if any requests for election could come through to them quickly, they would be able to tie all three current vacancies together on one election date.

Please see the attached notice for details.