Conclusion of Audit for Year Ended 31 March 2019

The external audit for 2018-2019 has now been completed. The auditor’s final report and certificate have been issued, and can be viewed here alongside the completed Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) – Sections 1,2 & 3.

 

Please also see the Notice of Conclusion of Audit, which details local electors rights to inspect the AGAR.

 

Notice of Uncontested Election, September 2019

Two nominations were received for the four vacancies on Upper Rissington Parish Council, so the two are elected unopposed. We look forward to welcoming Sam Broadhurst and Kelvin Walker as members of the council.

 

Cotswold District Council will need to re-run the elections process for the remaining two vacancies, and new dates will be announced in due course. If you are thinking of putting yourself forward as a member of parish council, or have any questions about being a councillor, then please let us know.

Community Activities Support Grant Round 2 is Open

Cotswold District Council’s Community Activity Support Grant scheme is inviting applications from groups across the district, with a deadline of midday on Monday October 14th.

Grants are available to support a wide range of community projects that bring people together in the Cotswolds and contribute to the quality of community life. A pot of £2,500 is on offer to each ward.

All applications must come from:

  • Constituted voluntary organisations
  • Town and parish councils
  • Registered charities
  • Excepted charities
  • Registered museums
  • Community Interest Companies

Only projects which contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents and the quality of community life are eligible.
Grants awarded will normally be between £100 and £1000 but in exceptional circumstances, or where the project benefit will be across multiple wards, larger grants may be considered.

Thirteen projects have been supported by the scheme, including the Avening Cafe Project, which aims to tackle social isolation amongst older residents and other groups in their community, and Cirencester’s Ozone Hub, a one stop shop for young people which offers volunteering opportunities for all ages along with employment support and training, has also been awarded a grant. Each project received £1,000.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Mike Evemy said, “We hope people from across the whole district will apply for funds to support events, activities or projects which will enhance the quality of life for local people. I’m particularly keen to support projects involving young people and those which will improve the quality of our environment by taking action to combat waste and climate change.”

To find out more and apply for a grant visit https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/communitygrants.

 

Upper Rissington By-Election: How Can I Become A Councillor?

Residents have been asking for more information about what is involved in being a councillor and how to stand as a councillor in the Upper Rissington by-election on 17th October.

What does a councillor do?

A councillor’s primary role is to represent the interests of the parish and the people who live in it. In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to engage with you and the council. Good communication and engagement are vital.

Below are two documents that describe the work of parish councils and councillors that we hope you find informative. You will also learn a great deal about the work of the parish council by checking our website and minutes of past meetings.

 

Completing the nomination papers

The important first step is to be nominated for election. Nomination packs are available now, and completed papers must be hand delivered to Cotswold District Council’s offices in Cirencester by 4pm on Friday 20 September. The window for submitting nominations is always rather short, and the deadline is laid down in statute – late nominations cannot be accepted – so don’t delay in coming forward.

The pack includes nomination and consent forms. To stand in the election, a candidate must be nominated by two people on the electoral register for the parish. The consent form requires your name, address, electoral roll number and a declaration of eligibility. If you don’t already know the relevant electoral roll numbers, then Cotswold District Council’s elections team can provide them. The Electoral Commission has published guidance on how to complete the declaration, which is reproduced below. It is advisable to complete as many sections of the declaration that apply.

While this may appear onerous, it isn’t as difficult as it seems. The elections team will assist where they can, and are usually happy to check the validity of your form electronically in order to save wasted journeys  – just scan and send a copy to elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

 

Any other questions, please contact the parish office.