Map Highlights Fly Tipping in The Cotswolds

Cotswold District Council’s Environmental Services team has recently produced a map that shows locations in the District where fly tipping is most prevalent, with the aim of enlisting the public’s help to crack down on illegal dumping ‘hot spots’.

[Note a red pin on the map near Upper Rissington.]

The Council is urging local residents to study the map and be extra vigilant in the areas marked with a red pin, reporting any suspicious tipping activities to the Council whenever possible.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, CDC’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for tackling fly tipping, explains: “Cotswold District, covering 450 square miles, is one of the largest districts in the country making it difficult to guard against determined fly tippers. We hope that highlighting the areas where this is more common will enable local residents to help identify these criminals and reduce the impact on their environment.

“No-one should put themselves in danger, but it is always useful to be vigilant for suspicious tipping activity. You should inform the Council about suspicious activity ASAP by calling on 01285 623123 or via our online form. The more detail you can provide the more likely it is to have results.

“We are grateful for the help we receive from residents to combat this unacceptable crime, and hope that this new map will generate even more referrals. Rest assured that if we can trace and identify offenders, we will always take steps to prosecute them.”

Via press release from Cotswold District Council on 28/05/19

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 elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

Registering is easy – you can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote 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

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 elections@cotswold.gov.uk.

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 www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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
E-mail: elections@cotswold.gov.uk
Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk

More Information
www.electoralcommission.org.uk
www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Information from Cotswold District Council, 24 Feb 2019.