Category Archives: Cotswold District Council

Free Advice From Cotswold District Council To Help You Reduce Energy Bills

Cotswold District Council is holding a drop-in event at its Trinity Road headquarters on Monday 21 January to help residents find out how to save money on their energy bills.

Specialists from Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswold Districts will be on hand throughout the day to promote energy saving, including help with switching tariffs and arranging a free home energy advice visit. There will also be information available about home insulation and heating grants, recommended local installers, and renewable energy options.

The event is linked to the Big Energy Saving Network Week which begins on 21 January and is being supported by Citizens Advice offices in both Cirencester and Stroud, in partnership with the county’s Warm and Well team.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Stephen Hirst said: “It’s important to publicise the help available to make energy savings, and this promotion at Trinity Road is designed to highlight the support that can be provided, especially through the Warm and Well scheme. It will also be of general interest to everyone who is interested in cutting back on energy use and helping to save precious resources. It’s vital that we all keep warm and well at this time of year, as winter can be cruel. Advice regarding the best form of heating and the various cost options are invaluable and I recommend that the free energy advice available at CDC on 21 January is well worth visiting.”

The Warm and Well Project Manager, Rob Hargraves, said:
“Struggling to keep warm and to pay the bills during the winter affects roughly 11% of households in Gloucestershire for all kinds of different reasons. If you are affected, please get in touch with our free advice line for support and possible financial assistance towards keeping your household warmer and healthier. On a free home energy visit our advisors assess each room of a property and give tailored advice on issues such as insulation, heating systems and condensation problems. They can also help you save money by switching your energy supplier or tariff, installing free energy saving devices and assessing whether you are eligible for grants. Last year, we identified an average of £400 annual savings per visit!”

For information about the Warm and Well scheme please see www.warmandwell.co.uk or phone 0800 500 3076.

‘Are You Ready?’ Booklet Gives Practical Advice On Responding To Emergencies

Across the District communities are always looking to improve their resilience in the event of an emergency, and a booklet has been produced by the Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum to make the task easier.

The ‘Are You Ready?’ booklet provides clear practical advice to help people prepare for and respond to an emergency. Advice includes: devising a family emergency plan; looking out for neighbours; establishing  emergency friends; community alarm systems; and coping with severe weather, security incidents and loss of power.

“This is an extremely useful resource,” said Cllr Sue Coakley, Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for community resilience. “A lot of the information in the booklet is basic common sense, but bringing it all together has the power to actually save lives.”

‘Are You Ready?’ had been designed so that people can refer to it easily and quickly in a wide range of emergency situations, and it also provides some very useful checklists and contact numbers.

You can download a copy of the booklet now:

 

Queries about the booklet should be directed to:
Gloucestershire County Council Civil Protection Team
Tri Service Centre, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AX.
Tel: 01452 888764.
Email: civilprotectionteam@glosfire.gov.uk

Via press release from Cotswold District Council.

Please Register To Vote Now!

Over 85% of residents in the Cotswold District have now responded to the Council’s annual canvass to ensure that the electoral register is up to date. The Council sent out electoral registration forms to households at the end of August, and reminders in September. Canvassers are now out and about, visiting properties which have not yet returned their form.

If you receive a visit from a canvasser, please complete the form and return it to them. Alternatively, you can register online www.householdresponse.com/cotswold or return the form by post.

To avoid a visit from one of our canvassers, please return your form to us now. If you are not on the electoral register, you will not be able to vote and may be refused credit when shopping or conducting other transactions.

Residents who haven’t received a form should contact the Elections Team immediately on 01285 623002.

Sarah Dalby, the Electoral Services Manager for CDC, says,
“Being on the register means you can vote and will also help with your credit rating. Please check the details printed on the inside of the electoral registration form. If the information is correct, all you need to do is confirm your registration either online, by text, Freephone or post. If you need to make changes, you can register online or by post.”

For more information or for help or advice, contact the Elections Team on 01285 623002.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 17 October 2018.

Recycling & Waste Collection Changes Over Christmas & New Year

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019.

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on four  Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.)

Week commencing Monday 17 December 2018:

Normal collection day New revised collection day
Monday 17 Dec 2018 No change
Tuesday 18 Dec No change
Wednesday 19 Dec No change
Thursday 20 Dec No change
Friday 21 Dec No change
Monday 24 Dec Will move to Thursday 27 Dec
Tuesday 25 Dec Will move to Friday 28 Dec
Wednesday 26 Dec Will move to Saturday 29 Dec
Thursday 27 Dec Will move to Monday 31 Dec
Friday 28 Dec Will move to Wednesday 2 Jan 2019
Monday 31 Dec Will move to Thursday 3 Jan
Tuesday 1 Jan Will move to Friday 4 Jan
Wednesday 2 Jan Will move to Saturday 5 Jan
Thursday 3 Jan Will move to Monday 7 Jan
Friday 4 Jan Will move to Tues 8 Jan
Monday 7 Jan Will move to Wednesday 9 Jan
Tuesday 8 Jan Will move to Thursday 10 Jan
Wednesday 9 Jan Will move to Friday11 Jan
Thursday 10 Jan Will move to Saturday12 Jan
Friday 11 Jan Will move to Monday 14 Jan
Monday 14 Jan Will move to Tuesday 15 Jan
Tuesday 15 Jan Will move to Wednesday 16 Jan
Wednesday 16 Jan Will move to Thursday 17 Jan
Thursday 17 Jan Will move to Friday 18 Jan
Friday 18 Jan Will move to Saturday 19 Jan

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

[Note: These changes in collection dates have already been included in your local waste collection calendar.]

Additionally, Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break.  Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks.”

“We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year.  I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside.  We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period.  However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week  (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

“North Cotswold district residents should note that we have an agreement permitting the use of the Shipston on Stour recycling centre in Warwickshire. For more information and opening times for that site, please visit Shipston on Stour recycling centre.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time.  For this reason, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

For queries and further information about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 15 October 2018