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Get Ready for the Cold Winter Weather

The MET Office has issued weather warnings for snow and freezing temperatures in the South West, covering Upper Rissington, with more significant snowfall possible overnight and temperatures down as low as -6°C.

As the snow starts to fall, the Parish Council is urging residents to be prepared, and has put a Winter Action Plan into place. The plan is as yet untested, but we hope it will make life a little easier for everyone in this extremely cold winter weather.

Please read this complete post as it contains important information for the village this week.

Gritting

The road from Little Rissington towards Burford is a ‘primary route’, which are the priority routes that will be gritted and cleared by the County Council. The Barrington Road is considered a ‘secondary route’ which will only be treated in periods of prolonged cold weather and when resources allow. The County Council does not clear the smaller roads (there are too many of them), but helps provide supplies of grit for use on local roads.

The green Parish-owned grit bins on Bristol Road, Wright Road, Farman Crescent, and by the garages on Grebe Square have been filled up today and should be ready for action (map).

Bovis Homes has installed 3 yellow grit bins for use by residents to clear roads on the new development; by the bus stop outside the shops; by the school and by the south entrance to Mitchell Way.

There is also a grit bin on Wellington Road; this is locked because it contains a private supply, and Margaret Flint will open it as required.

Grit should be spread thinly – a light sprinkle is sufficient – and remember stocks need to last all the way through until warmer conditions return that will be at least a week away. Grit should only be used on the public highway, not on private drives and pathways, unless to aid emergency services.

Snow

The Parish Council now has a designated Snow Plough Operator, who can be called upon to clear the adopted roads when required. Your Parish Snow Warden is Marc Buffery, who will be responsible for keeping Highways updated about local conditions and calling out the Snow Plough Operator.

Please avoid parking on the public highway, as parked cars make it much harder for the snow plough to get through. This leaves the Snow Plough Operator with a dilemma; don’t clear the road, or risk scratching cars with the edge of the snow plough blade! Neither of these are desirable outcomes.

Park your cars in a forward-facing position at the end of drives before the snow falls (i.e. from Tuesday lunchtime onwards). It is far easier to pull off forwards than turn a vehicle around on the snow and far easier to walk down any drive to your car than spend hours clearing it.

Soft, uncompacted snow is easier to clear than snow that has been driven on – please avoid driving on top of fresh snow. It is advised that the snow is cleared from wheel tracks and grit placed down before driving. If you are hale and hearty, then please join forces with your neighbours to help to clear the roads around the village. Many hands make light work, as the saying goes.

Only drive if your journey is essential, and please drive with extra care around the village! If you do need to drive then ensure that you have a full set of warm clothes, wellies or walking boots, a shovel, a bucket to collect grit in, a fully charged phone, torch, drinks, snacks and a blanket in case you get stranded.

Be Prepared

All residents are advised to get themselves ready:

Stock up now with food and any necessary medical supplies now, ideally enough to see you through until this time next week.

Check on any vulnerable family, friends and neighbours who may not wish to venture out into the snow, to check that they have the supplies and help that they need.

There is a risk of power cuts caused by the extreme cold weather so ensure all gadgets are charged and that you have spare batteries for torches and the like.

Familiarise yourself with the location of your nearest grit bin and get any shovels out of the shed/garage now and put it out ready.

Winter weather advice

Local authorities have provided a collection of useful links about winter weather preparation, including missed waste collections, closed schools, how to stay warm, and more.

Cotswold District:
http://www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/get-ready-for-winter/

Gloucestershire County Council:
http://gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.

Brrrr!

Kind regards,
Pauline, Parish Clerk

Nominations Open For Parish Council Election on 29 March 2018

An election for a Parish Councillor for Upper Rissington Parish Council will take place on Thursday 29 March.

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate at this election must complete and return a nomination paper by 4 pm on Friday 2 March 2018. These are available to download.

 

Please read the Notice of Election for details of how to submit your nomination. Paper copies can be also obtained from the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council offices in Cirencester.

If you are passionate about what happens in your community and want to make a difference, then being a councillor could be for you. The Parish Council meets monthly to  consider and make decisions about matters affecting the parish. To find out more about the role, then please contact the Clerk or one of the current councillors, who will be pleased to tell you more.

Details of the candidates who have been nominated will be published on CDC’s website after 4pm on Friday 2 March.

Applications to register to vote at this election must be accepted by midnight on Tuesday 13 March 2018. www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

Cotswold District Freezes Council Tax For 2018-19

Members of Cotswold District Council have today agreed a freeze on the authority’s share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2018/19, following a freeze for 2017/18 and 2016/17, a 5% cut in 2015/16, a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14. This means that the average band D charge for District services will remain at £126.40.

Taking into account the freeze for 2018/19, the actual amount being charged for a Band D council tax payer – without cutting frontline services – has been reduced by £17.98 per year (12%) over a period stretching back to 2010/11. Even more significantly, the £126.40 charge is on a par with what residents were paying back in 2005 and, taking the average annual inflation rate into account, represents a real terms reduction of about 45%, saving tax payers about £50 per year.

This is the 21st lowest district council charge in the country and represents a rise from 63rd in the ratings just a few years ago.

The Council also agreed the following:

  • Continuation of the freeze on parking charges at all CDC-owned car parks.
  • Continuation of the freeze on the cost of garden waste licences.
  • Extension of the ‘free after 3 pm’ parking scheme until the end of March 2019 at selected car parks across the district, including in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury.
  • An initial allocation of up to £300,000 to extend the network of Electronic Vehicle Charging Points in the Cotswolds.
  • Each Ward Member will receive an allocation of £1,000 to help fund local youth activities.
  • No cuts to frontline services.

CDC Deputy Leader Cllr Nick Parsons commented: “Nearly all the local authorities in the UK are increasing their share of the council tax bill, but I am delighted to say that we can maintain our price freeze in the Cotswolds. I am sure that residents will be very pleased to hear this news.

“Those working on behalf of the Council are always mindful of the need to keep our costs down, and I am extremely grateful for the efforts of the CDC staff as they continue to innovate and find savings without any detriment to our services. Working with partner councils, we are on target to share in collective savings of £5.6 million per year by 2020 –these savings are vital to ensure that we can continue to provide excellent value for money.”

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 20 February.

RAF Brize Norton & Oxford Airport Public Airspace Consultations

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.

Controlled airspace before.
Controlled airspace, proposed.

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.

The consultations close on Thursday 5 April 2018.