Public Open Spaces Update – 30 January 2020

Please find below today’s update from Bovis Homes on completion of the public open spaces in Upper Rissington. Changes since the previous update are highlighted:

Area 1 – Officers Mess Playing Fields

  • All trees and planting to POS land complete, still to be secured by stake, this will be complete next week.
  • Soil backing up of footpath boards to tidy and seed. This will be done when the seed has a better chance of taking. Bulb mix in tree line will be done after seeding

Area 2 – Officers Mess Surround

  • Rear now complete with the exception of seeding. This will be complete when seed has a better chance of taking.
  • Front still to rotovate, stone pick and seed. Currently being held up by consistent wet weather. We are monitoring the forecast and speaking to TCL regularly so that we can commence works when it’s most suitable.

Area 3 – Allotments and tennis courts

  • Allotment footpaths are all established, ground prep still to complete for allotments, main gate to install and water feed to finalise. Awaiting water feed completion.
  • White lining to tennis courts will be completed closer to handover. Same applies for the nets.
  • Water feed expected to be completed next week. Awaiting confirmation from Albion water on meter connection date.
  • We are still hoping to have this area complete by the end of March at the very latest.

Area 6 – LEAP 4

  • Estate railing delivery was short on quantity, awaiting delivery of extra panels. Willow tunnel still to install, I am chasing TCL on this.

Area 8 & 9

  • Area 9 paths progressing well.

TCL

  • I will endeavour to have a new programme to issue with the next update.

EMG & Pond

  • Foul line very close to completion, there may be a slight delay due to delivery lead times (relating to raised pipe element of the diversion). EMG will continue to work on other items whilst waiting on this.

Areas referred to are shown on the map below.

New Council Tax Support Scheme

Information from Cotswold District Council:

Cotswold District Council has adopted a new Council Tax Support (CTS) scheme for 2020/21 that will safeguard vulnerable groups and those on the lowest incomes. Residents on lower incomes are set to be better off thanks to these changes.

A new banding scheme addresses the need to have different bands for different types of households. As a result, it will be able to support more residents, in particular disadvantaged groups such as lone parents.

The upper limit for savings when considering relief has also been increased to £10,000 from £6,000. The two child limit has also been removed to ensure larger families have more disposable income.

Should a household move into a higher band, there will now be an 8-week transition period when the original rate of relief will still apply.

Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “The results of our public consultation showed residents were in favour of these changes. We’re incredibly happy to be able to take the most disadvantaged residents of our district out of paying council tax. It’s vital that we ensure those on low incomes are protected and receive the maximum support to which they are entitled.”

The Council worked closely with Cotswold Citizens Advice, who helped the Council make these welcome changes.

Mary Cobbett, Benefits Adviser at Cotswold Citizens Advice, said: “We are delighted CDC has taken this issue seriously and redesigned their CTS scheme to target those most financially vulnerable in our community. Council Tax Support is the highest underclaimed benefit nationally with over 50% of entitled residents failing to claim the benefit.”

The largest section of CTS under-claimants is working householders who are also homeowners. At Citizens Advice we are aware that householders who do not access the financial assistance that they are entitled to, have an increased risk of getting into debt. In 2019-20, the second largest debt issue faced by our clients is Council Tax Arrears.”

Cotswold District Council unanimously approved the new CTS scheme at its meeting on 22 January 2020.

The changes will come into effect from 1 April.

Read more: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/council-tax-and-benefits/

Get Ready For Your New Recycling Service

Information from Cotswold District Council:

From March 2020, your recycling collections are changing.

New containers and an information pack are being delivered to households in February 2020.

What is changing

Collection days for some residents may change; details of your collection days will be in the information pack delivered to you.

Until March 2020 the postcode checker will have your current collection dates in. Once the new service goes live, the checker will be updated.

The changes mean that you:

  • will get a new cardboard bag to give you more capacity;
  • can recycle extra items including textiles and shoes, batteries, cartons and small electrical items; and
  • need to keep food waste separate and put it in your new outdoor food waste bin which is collected weekly.

Refuse and recycling will still be collected fortnightly. Garden waste will switch from weekly to fortnightly.

What you need to do

From March 2020, you will need two recycling containers: one for paper and another for glass.

Contact Cotswold District Council now if you only have one box so another one can be ordered for you before the new service starts.

Order another recycling box

Watch the video to find out more about these changes:

Public Open Spaces Update – 14 January 2020

Please find below today’s update from Bovis Homes on completion of the public open spaces in Upper Rissington. Changes since the previous update are highlighted:

Area 1 – Officers Mess Playing Fields

  • Playground now open.
  • Planting ongoing, to be finished w/e 24/01/20
  • Soil backing up of footpath boards to tidy and seed. This will be done when the seed has a better chance of taking.

Area 2 – Officers Mess Surround

  • Rear will be completely tidied, top soiled and seeded to make good.
  • Front will be rotavated and seeded.
  • This is an area of priority for us and we hope to have this done by w/e 07/02/20.

Area 3 – Allotments and tennis courts

  • Allotment footpaths are all established, ground prep still to complete for allotments, main gate to install and water feed to finalise.
  • White lining to tennis courts will be completed closer to handover. Same applies for the nets.
  • Final decision on water feed issue expected this coming Friday, 17 January.
  • This is another area that is a priority for us. Again, we are hoping to have this area complete by early next year.

Area 6 – LEAP 4

  • Estate railing commenced, gates now on site. Awaiting willow tunnel install, expected next week. Completion expected by end of January.

Area 8 & 9

  • Area 9 paths progressing well.
  • Area of trees cleared to allow installation of post and rail to segregate development land.

TCL

  • Hoping to have an updated programme next week.

EMG & Pond

  • Foul line very close to completion, there may be a slight delay due to delivery lead times (relating to raised pipe element of the diversion). EMG will continue to work on other items whilst waiting on this.

Areas referred to are shown on the map below.