Category Archives: Cotswold District Council

Cast Your Vote On 2nd May 2019

District and parish elections will be take place across the Cotswold District on Thursday 2 May 2019.

The polling station for residents of the parish of Upper Rissington is the Village Hall, Wellington Road, Upper Rissington GL54 2QW.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on polling day.

Poll cards have been distributed. When voting at a polling station it is helpful to take your poll card with you. However, if you do not have it you can still vote providing you are registered.

In the parish election, there are 13 candidates for 11 seats. Each elector will be able to vote for a maximum of 11 candidates; but they can choose to vote for any number of candidates up to that figure. However, if someone votes for more than 11 candidates, the entire ballot paper will be rejected, and not be included in the count.

Polling station staff will not be able to give out ballot papers to anyone arriving after 10pm, so please arrive in good time.


Post updated on 1st May

Get Ready for the European Election on 23 May

Voting for the European Parliament will take place on 23 May 2019. Cotswold District is part of the South West Region of the UK, which will return six MEPs. The relevant Notice of Election has been published and is available now on the Council’s website.


To be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register. If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at this election, we must receive your application to register by midnight on Tuesday 7 May. You can register online at or contact the Council’s Elections Team for a paper form.

If you are not sure whether you are on the electoral register, please telephone 01285 623002 to check. Similarly, if you are registered to vote and have recently moved, please contact the elections team to ensure they have a record of your new address.

Poll cards will be sent out to all registered electors on 23 April 2019.
If you can’t make it to the polling station on polling day, you can choose postal or proxy voting.

If you want to apply to vote by post at the European Election, then we must receive your completed form by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 8 May. The same deadline applies if you want to make changes to an existing postal or proxy vote arrangement.

If you would like to vote by proxy, you must return your application by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 15 May.

Visit for details on how to register or to apply for postal and proxy voting.

The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process. Contact details are as follows:

  • Telephone Helpline 01285 623002
  • E-mail

Press release by Cotswold District Council on 12 April 2019

Register by 12 April to Vote in the Local Elections!

Release date: 5 April

On Thursday 2 May 2019 people across the Cotswolds will go to the polls to vote in elections for District and Parish/Town Councils.
Cotswold District Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered by 12 April to vote on polling day.

Nigel Adams, Returning Officer at CDC, said: “Residents have to be registered to take part in the elections, otherwise they will miss out on having their say on 2 May.”

If you’re already registered, you don’t need to re-register to vote. If you’ve already received a polling card then you can be confident that you’re registered. However, if you’ve moved house recently or if you’re unsure whether you’re registered you can check by calling the Council’s Elections Team on 01285 623002 or email

Registering is easy – you can apply online at in just a few minutes. You’ll need your date of birth and national insurance number. Alternatively you can apply using a paper form which can be downloaded from the registration site or requested from the CDC Elections Team on 01285 623002.

Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible and by no later than the Friday 12 April 2019 deadline.

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