RAF Brize Norton and London Oxford Airport (LOA) at Kiddlington have both launched airspace change proposals (ACP) to establish more controlled airspace. There are two separate consultations running in parallel and two sets of documents.
The proposal for RAF Brize Norton would see the northern boundary of the controlled airspace extended close to Upper Rissington, which could therefore impact local residents and those using the neighbouring airfield for recreational flying.
Within the village we have many residents who are involved in the flying arena – military, civil and general aviation (GA) – who are far better placed to provide informed comment on the proposals and their impact on the village. The Parish Council would be very interested to hear from residents who have flying knowledge who could attend the consultation drop-in sessions and then brief the Parish Council at our next meeting on 14 March 2018.
The drop-in sessions at RAF Brize Norton will be held on Tuesday 20th February, and Wednesday 28th February, where project members will be on hand to answer questions. Full details including timings, car parking and security arrangements can be found on the RAF Brize Norton consultation website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/bznacp.cfm. Please note that visitors are asked to register in advance for security reasons and to ensure there is capacity to host everyone who wishes to attend.
Cotswold District Council has received several calls from residents in the Cotswolds who have received an unsolicited letter from Manchester-based company Energy Saving Grants Ltd.
The letter is headed ‘Important: we need a response from you’ and informs the recipient that they have not registered their property for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding to improve its energy efficiency. The letter states ‘please respond by 28 February’. In the small print it acknowledges that the company is not a Local or National Authority.
The style of the letter implies to the casual reader that Cotswold District Council may have been involved in this mail out. This is not the case. We have had NO dealings with this company and have NOT been asked to endorse this scheme.
Now in its third year, Cotswold District Council’s ‘Great Cotswolds Clean up’ prize competition will get underway on Friday 2 March. The Council is inviting community groups to clean up their neighbourhoods and possibly share in a £1,000 prize fund. There will be three prizes on offer in the CDC competition (£500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third).
From Friday 2 March until Sunday 29 April, schools and community groups are being encouraged to carry out a litter pick in their communities. Applying to enter is very simple – just email email@example.com or call 01285 623123 and provide the location of your litter pick, together with the name of a community representative who is willing to liaise with the Council. CDC will expect that person to take the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of the area being tidied, and provide details of the size of the work party. When the competition concludes, a panel of CDC judges will draw up a short-list and visit the finalists to assess the work done.
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, looks forward to the event: “There are so many residents who are enthusiastic about keeping the Cotswolds clean and tidy, and last year’s competition entrants clearly had a lot of fun in the process. Running this prize competition is a small gesture to thank everyone for their efforts. We can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and it will help our environmental team if volunteers could stagger the take-up over the duration of the competition so that we can use our resources to best effect. We can also arrange for Ubico Ltd to make special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.”
The launch of the competition coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend which has done so much to raise awareness of this issue nationally.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, writes:
Dear A417 ‘Missing Link’ supporter,
When I last wrote to you I mentioned that Highways England would be running a route options consultation early this year and I’m now delighted to let you know that the consultation will run from February 15 to March 29.
The consultation is being led by Highways England; you will get the chance to have your say on the shortlisted route options and I want as many people as possible to be able to take part.
This is a very important stage of the project to fix the A417 ‘Missing Link’ and although we need to keep the pressure on to make sure things continue to move forward, this is a key stage of the process to make sure our campaign becomes a reality.
The county council is supporting the consultation by hosting information points in some of our libraries and we will be making the plans available at Shire Hall. There are a number of events taking place in the county, here you will be able to get information and speak to Highways England about the project and the consultation.
Please get involved in this route options consultation, have your say and spread the word with family and friends and urge them to get involved. I want to send a loud message that as a county we are united in our determination to make sure that the A417 ‘Missing Link’ is consigned to history.