Category Archives: 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

Have Your Say On Council Tax Support In Cotswold District

Each year the District Council has to decide whether to make changes to the administration of its council tax support scheme for working age people on a low income in the Cotswolds. This year we are consulting on possible changes to the scheme from 1 April 2019 which would completely exempt our poorest residents from Council Tax payments. In other words, the maximum amount of Council Tax discount will now be100%.

Changes being proposed include:

  • Introducing a banded scheme which would see a simple flat rate percentage discount awarded, depending on a person’s total weekly ‘net’ income
  • For the purposes of calculating weekly income, the Council would ignore all child maintenance payments

Changes proposed will have no impact for those in vulnerable groups or those in receipt of a state pensions.

Comment now on changes to our Council Tax payments – see https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XX32B2P
The deadline for comments is midnight on Friday 9 November.

Since 2013/14 the funding received from central government to support the local working age scheme has continued to reduce in line with other central funding cuts and is expected to continue to reduce over the coming year. The Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced in April 2013, replacing Council Tax benefits and is part of the Government’s major overhaul of the welfare system.

Following this round of consultation, CDC councillors will consider a report before deciding on any changes to the current scheme.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council, 24 September 2018

Nominate your Cotswold Champion By 28 September

An exciting new Community Awards scheme has been launched. Cllr Julian Beale, Chairman of Cotswold District Council, is inviting the public to nominate residents and teams who are Cotswold Champions, helping to make the District a truly great place to live.

Cash awards of £1,000 are on offer for each of the winners in seven categories as follows:

  • Carer of the Year Award – a person who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour (sponsored by Badham Pharmacy)
  • Village Hero Award – a person who goes above and beyond for their village (sponsored by Air Salvage International)
  • Town Champion Award – a person who makes an impact in their neighbourhood (sponsored by Tayler & Fletcher)
  • Unsung Hero Award – a person who quietly makes a difference to other people’s lives (sponsored by The Barn Theatre)
  • Community Team Award – people from a sports club, activity group, health group etc. who give time to assist others (sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management)
  • Charity Event Award – a team that organises events to raise funds for charities (sponsored by Aura Care Living)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award – a young person (18 or under) who gives up time to help others (sponsored by Royal Agricultural University)

Nomination forms for awards are available for online completion and submission on the Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk/cotswoldchampions

Hard copy forms can also be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Council Offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester and the Moreton Area Centre and, once completed, must be either scanned and emailed to chairman.awards@cotswold.gov.uk or posted to:

Chairman’s Community Awards
Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road,
Cirencester GL7 1PX

The nomination process is very simple. Anyone recommending people or teams will be asked to supply the relevant contact details and also provide a statement outlining why their nomination deserves a particular award. The deadline for all entries (hard and soft copy) is noon on Friday 28 September.

Once Cllr Beale has received all nominations, he will convene a panel of judges to draw up a short-list of contenders for each award. Those on the short-list will then be invited to a special Cotswold Champions Awards Ceremony at the Royal Agricultural University on the evening of Friday 9 November. The 2018 winners for each category will be announced on the night and awarded a cash prize of £1,000 each.

Commenting on this new Awards scheme, Cllr Beale says:
“This is the first year of what I hope will become an annual event to thank residents in the District who often go the extra mile in making life better for others. I am indebted to the sponsors who have made the Cotswold Champions Awards scheme possible, and I look forward to receiving a very wide and varied range of nominations.”

Via press release from Cotswold District Council dated 6 August 2018