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Cotswold District To Increase Council Tax By 2%

Members of Cotswold District Council have agreed a 2% increase in the authority’s share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2019/20, following a sequence of reductions and freezes over more than a decade which represented a real terms reduction of about 50% against a 2010 baseline.

The 2% rise means that the average band D charge for District services will increase from £126.40 per annum to £128.93 per annum – in other words less than 5 pence per week.

The Council also agreed:

  • Continuation of the freeze on parking charges at all CDC-owned car parks.
  • Abolishing Sunday parking charges at the Brewery car park in Cirencester (with effect from a date to be confirmed probably in April 2019) and reviewing Sunday parking charges at the Maugersbury Road car park in Stow-on-the-Wold.
  • Extension of the ‘free after 3 pm’ parking scheme until the end of March 2020 at selected car parks across the District, including in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury.
  • Making permanent a previous temporary investment in the Council’s planning enforcement service.
  • Investing for two years in action against environmental crime such as fly tipping and dog fouling.
  • Establishing a fund of £2,500 per Ward Member to enable Members to invest in issues which are a priority in their Ward.
  • Retaining a garden waste collection service over the winter on a fortnightly collection basis.

CDC Leader Cllr Tony Berry said: “After so many years of cutting or freezing the council tax bill for local residents, we have decided that there is a valid case to introduce a 2% rise this year, ensuring that we can maintain our services to the required standards. This actually represents an annual increase of less than £3 for the average Band D taxpayer. I hope that residents will understand why we had to agree this measure against a backdrop of changes to government funding which indicate we will have to make even more savings than we originally anticipated over the next three or four years.

“Despite increasing our share of the council tax bill, we will still have to dip into our reserves to deliver our full range of services. Apparently, over 97% of local authorities are increasing their council tax this year which shows that nearly all councils are facing similar challenges.

“On the plus side, we have frozen parking charges again and I know that many motorists will be pleased to know that we are continuing our ‘free after 3 pm’ scheme in several car parks across the District, including the Brewery and Forum car parks in Cirencester. Our plans also include investment in a multi-storey car park in Cirencester and temporary decked car parking to replace parking spaces while construction of the multi-storey car park takes place.

“Everyone working on behalf of the Council is always trying to keep our costs down, and I am extremely grateful for their efforts as they continue to find savings and efficiencies without any detriment to our services. These people are key to ensuring that we can continue to provide excellent value for money.”

Via press release from CDC on 26 Feb 2019

How to Stand For Election Or Vote On Thursday 2 May 2019

Elections to Cotswold District Council will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. There are 34 councillors to be elected across 32 wards. Elections for all Parish and Town Councils across the District will also take place on the same day, with more than 600 seats to be decided – including Upper Rissington.

Ever thought of being a candidate?

The election process begins with the publication of Notices of Election on 18 March for the District, Parish and Town Councils.

To be a candidate at any of these elections, you must deliver completed nomination papers and supporting documents by hand to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX by 4:00 pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is statutory and cannot be changed. We suggest that, wherever possible, candidates submit nominations a few days before the closing date. To ensure that a nomination is valid, the Elections Team can check the details informally before accepting the papers.

Nomination Packs, and further information about being a candidate, are available from our website on Cotswold District Council’s Current & Future Elections page or contact the Elections Team. The complete Elections Timetable is also available online.

Cotswold District Council will also be holding two drop-in sessions for prospective candidates/councillors, where people can find out more about what is involved. These will take place as follows:-

  • Thursday 7 March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh;
  • Tuesday 12 March, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, CDC Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester.

It is hoped that representatives of Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) will also attend these sessions.

Information for Voters

To be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register. If you are not sure whether you are on the register, or if you have moved house recently, then take a few minutes to check, and make sure nothing stops you from having your say on election day. Contact the Elections Team to check if you are registered, email

If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at these elections, your application/registration must be received by Friday 12 April 2019. The easiest way to register is online at

Can’t make it to the Polling Station on Polling Day?

If you are unable to attend the polling station in person, then you can choose to vote by post or by proxy.

To vote by post on 2 May, you will need to complete an application form and return it to CDC by 5 pm on Monday 15 April. The same deadline applies if you want to make changes to an existing postal vote arrangement in time for the 2 May elections. Postal votes will be issued no later than 17 April.

Proxy voting is an option if you can’t vote in person and do not want a postal vote – under this arrangement, you appoint someone you trust to vote for you at your polling station. If you want to apply to vote by proxy at the elections on 2 May, then your completed form must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. If, however, you want to make changes to your existing proxy voting arrangements, then send your completed application by 5pm on Monday 15 April.

Useful Contact Details
The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process. Contact details are as follows:-
Telephone Helpline: 01285 623002

More Information

Information from Cotswold District Council, 24 Feb 2019.

Hang On To Your Garden Waste Licence

Residents who subscribe to the Council’s kerbside garden waste collection service should continue displaying their current licences beyond the expiry date (end of March 2019). This will enable them to continue receiving garden waste collections.

Cotswold District Council is delaying its annual call to renew licences until the Council finalises proposals regarding the future service and its cost when it meets on Tuesday 26 February. Once proposals are agreed, the Council will write to all garden waste licence holders about the new offer and inviting them to renew their licences.

The motion to be debated will call for kerbside garden waste collections to continue during the winter months. Councillors agreed late last year to suspend garden waste collections for a three month period during the winter, and supported the move from weekly to fortnightly collections. The planned switch from weekly to fortnightly collections, with effect from late autumn 2019, will go ahead but the winter suspension is being reviewed.

Previously Council said it would consider reducing the cost of the service to offset the changes. However, the motion calls for the garden waste licence fee to continue at £30 for 2019/20 in return for a continuation of collections all year round, albeit on a fortnightly basis. The whole arrangement would then be reviewed before the end of March 2020.

Commenting on the motion, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Sue Coakley said: “I hope that the Council will support this motion because a lot of people have said that they would be happy to pay to retain the service over the winter, even if it means switching to fortnightly collections. If we peg the fee at £30 we would just about break even – at present this amount does not cover the cost of weekly collections and, as this is an optional service, it is important that we ensure the cost is not be borne by all residents. I must add that the annual £30 licence fee is still remarkably good value compared with other nearby authorities who charge more for collecting fortnightly.”

There has been a lot of debate in public about the proposed changes to the waste service. The key points are as follows:

  • Garden waste collections will continue on a weekly basis until we introduce a new fleet of vehicles towards the end of this year – probably during October or November. (Older vehicles are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and are liable to break down more frequently).
  • Once the new fleet begins operations later this year, garden waste collections will move from a weekly to a fortnightly basis.
  • Kerbside food collections will continue on a weekly basis, and, when the new fleet begins operations towards the end of this year, residents will be provided with bigger more robust animal-proof caddies for their food waste.
  • When the larger more durable food caddies are introduced towards the end of the year, residents must refrain from placing food waste in their garden waste bins.
  • Separating food from garden waste will enable us to begin using an anaerobic digester facility for more efficient – and environmentally friendly – reprocessing of food remains. Similarly, we will be able to process the garden waste using a far cheaper and more environmentally beneficial composting method. Additionally, making fortnightly garden waste collections will enable us to reduce our vehicle pollution levels and fuel usage.
  • The new fleet of vehicles will make it possible to introduce extra kerbside recycling options for the very first time – textiles, batteries, small electrical and electronic items and Tetrapak cartons. We will provide the appropriate containers for recycling these new items.

Prior to the new vehicles being introduced later this year, Cotswold District Council will review how waste rounds are organised to maximise the efficiency of collections across the District. This will result in a change to collection days for some residents and they will be informed well in advance of any change. Before any changes are introduced, information will be sent to every household explaining how the new recycling arrangements will work.

Information via Cotswold District Council.

Community Governance Review Drop-In On 30 January

Community Governance Review? What’s that all about then?

You may recall that Cotswold District Council wrote to all households in Upper Rissington last year seeking feedback on the future of Upper Rissington Parish Council. Currently the Council has seven members; a request has been made to increase the number of councillors to nine or 11 and to consider introducing warding.

The initial consultation did not lead to any clear view from residents on either future councillor numbers or the introduction of parish warding. The consultation has now been re-opened for further comment – until 18th February.

In addition, CDC will be holding an exhibition/drop-in session between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday 30th January 2019 in the Community Room at Upper Rissington Village Hall. Nigel Adams, Electoral Services Officer for Cotswold District Council, will be on hand to answer all your questions and listen to your views about the future of the Parish Council.

A letter has been sent to all households in the Parish by first class post – a copy is attached below for your information.

To comment on the review, you may complete the consultation comments form (below), or email or write to Nigel Adams directly, at the CDC Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.

If you have already submitted a response to the review, and your views have not changed, then you do not need to do anything – your views will be taken into account when CDC considers the options.