Category Archives: Gloucestershire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council’s Budget 2019/20 Consultation is Live

Gloucestershire County Council is asking residents to give feedback on next year’s budget proposals which focus on vulnerable children and adults, as well as better roads in Gloucestershire.

The draft 2019/20 budget includes proposals to invest £11 million into children’s services as part of a £15 million overall revenue budget increase and further capital investment of £179 million for schools, community facilities and our highways. The budget also allocates funding for the second year of a three-year £30,000 commitment per councillor to allow each councillor to make community-based investments.

All budget proposals and recommended council tax levels are subject to the final decision of the County Council on 13 February 2019 – which will be webcast online.

Give feedback on these proposals here: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/budget2019.

You can read more information about the County Council’s budget proposals on its website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/mtfs.

The consultation will be open until 5pm on 21st January 2019.

It’s important that Gloucestershire residents, community groups and organisations have their say – so please share this information as widely as you can.

 

Midweek Closure Days For County Recycling Centres

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed. On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed. On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

Gloucestershire County Council has collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. This closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy periods at the sites.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for household recycling centres at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I would like to reassure residents that we have considered a wide range of options. We need to make sure tax payers’ money is spent wisely, while making sure our HRCs are open when people need them.

“We have made sure residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. We will be monitoring the new opening arrangements and how the sites are used.”

More information on the closure days, new seasonal times and your nearest alternative site can be found online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.gov.uk

Issued by Gloucestershire County Council Communications Team

Street Lighting Improvement Works To Take Place in August

Gloucestershire County Council has been undertaking a major project to upgrade streetlighting, with the main aim being to meet its carbon reduction target of 60% by 2020.

Skanska UK PLC has been engaged to carry out these works.
Work to upgrade the lighting in residential areas has been taking place during the last 24 months . Skanska is now returning to the local area to complete these conversions along with traffic route lighting. This remaining work will include wall brackets and wooden pole-mounted units as well as heritage lanterns in some areas.

Work in Upper Rissington is expected to take place during August.

This work may necessitate the need to temporarily reduce the pavement width and to use barriers to ensure work can be carried out safely. Where wall-mounted units on private properties are to be converted, we will inform the individual owners of the necessary works, prior to starting.

During this period, on-street parking may be affected. Residents and pedestrians are asked to be patient and Skanska will do their best to minimise any inconvenience to you.

For more information about Gloucestershire’s LED street lighting programme, please visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-rights-of-way/major-projects/led-street-lighting/

Have Your Say On Expansion Of The Rissington School

Gloucestershire County Council and The Rissington School are consulting on plans to expand their intake of pupils from the 2019/20 school year.

The school currently has one form of entry, which provides places for 210 pupils. Adding another half form of entry would see that increase to 315 over the course of six years until 2025.

As part of the county council’s statutory duties, the council must make sure that there are enough primary school places to meet demand.

The new housing development in The Rissington School’s catchment area has meant there are now more under-fives living nearby. To help meet this demand in the short term, an extra 15 places were created in Reception for September 2018 on a temporary basis but the growth is expected to continue.

Now, the county council in agreement with the headteacher and governors of The Rissington Primary School, is consulting on proposals to permanently expand the school from September 2019.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for growth, skills and the economy at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s important that we have enough good and outstanding school places available, and by expanding popular schools we can help to meet the demand. These proposals would help us to do that.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible. Whether you’re the parent of a current pupil of the school, or if you have children that would be starting school in the coming years – have your say.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, county councillor for Stow-on-the-Wold, said: “This is exciting news for The Rissington School, and I’m pleased expansion is being looked into. This is the chance for local people to have their say on the proposals. You can do it online or get hold of a paper copy from the school.”

The consultation launch runs until Friday 22nd June 2018.

You can leave your views here:  www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/rissington/.

The Rissington Primary school will be holding a drop in session for anyone who would like more information on Tuesday 5th June 2018 from 3pm – 6pm.

A final decision on the proposals will be made in the autumn.

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council, 21 May 2018