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Garden Waste Service Suspended

The garden waste service has been suspended. Cotswold District Council now has a 20% shortage of staff and no longer has enough experienced drivers available for vehicles on all collection routes. Therefore, they are suspending the garden waste service with immediate effect so they can prioritise drivers on the main (statutory) collection services.

All other waste and recycling collections are continuing as normal for the moment.

People should increase their home composting and/or reduce the amount of garden waste produced. Lawns are the usual problem – mowing less, planting more wildflower meadow areas, leaving more areas to grow long and only picking up the cuttings every other mow (which lets it dry on the ground before it goes in the compost) all help. If residents don’t have a compost heap now would be an excellent time to start one.

Gloucestershire County Council has already closed the Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) so green waste cannot be taken there.
Residents should not put garden waste in the black wheelie bin – excessive wet waste is a problem for the operation of the “Energy from Waste” (Javelin Park Incinerator) plant where all Gloucestershire’s black bin waste goes. Garden waste in the black wheelie bin will not be accepted.

Update on Services of Gloucestershire County Council

Local County Councillor Nigel Moor has sent the following summary of how the county is responding to the current crisis.

Report by County Councillor Dr Nigel Moor, 26 March 2020

Gloucestershire County Council is working remotely during the current health crisis and wherever possible, particularly in protecting our vulnerable children and elderly, council staff are maintaining our services. Video conferencing between council members and officers is helping to provide continuity. I thought it helpful if I provide some notes on various aspects of our service.

Community Health Hub

If you need help or someone you know does please visit the Community Health Hub. People can now register to the county`s community help hub by calling 01432 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm, as well as online at
www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub

The hub is intended to supplement those community initiatives already taking place and provide a means by which these can be co-ordinated across the county. Already there has been a huge response to help.

Gloucestershire Community Help Hub

School Enquiries

A dedicated phone line and email address has been set up to help parents with all school related enquiries including questions relating to Free School Meals. Tel 01452 426015 Email: COVIDSchoolenquiries@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Concessionary Bus Passes

Many shops are now allowing elderly people dedicated access before 9.30 am. In order to help the concessionary bus pass is now accepted all day including before the normal 9.30 am cut-off time.

Household Recycling Centres

Following the Prime Minister`s announcement on the evening of Monday 23rd March regarding self-isolation, we decided to close the household recycling centres to protect both visiting residents and our staff. Other councils in the south west have similarly taken this decision. We continue to prioritise our waste transfer and treatment operations in order to support the waste collection services provided by the district councils. Javelin Park our waste to energy plant continues to function as normal.

Libraries

Libraries will soon have a new digital library management system. Members will be sent a web link on 2nd April which can be used to view the online catalogue and down- load the e-books or magazines. It will also be available via the GCC libraries website. During this period of self-isolation , this provides a great opportunity to catch up on those books you meant to read.

Highways

The Highways safety policy has been amended to only react to reported safety defects. We will continue to inspect these and make them safe. It is our priority to keep the network safe so all the support and emergency services can operate safely.

Where it is safe for our workforce to operate in the open air we will continue to deliver planned works. These will be risk assessed on a job by job basis. This will include cyclical maintenance works, bridge, street lighting and other inspections.

We are working with our supply partners to ensure they work safely and in a controlled manner. It is likely that the supply of some materials and equipment may get difficult. We will priorities the work to safety critical first.

The highways customer contact centre will triage emergency works and safety defects. The GCC website is updated to advise customers to only contact GCC to report network emergencies or essential maintenance works.

This is a good moment to thank the Highways staff and our partners for the work they are doing in keeping the highway network safe for our other services to use with confidence.

Play Area Closed Until Further Notice

Following the Prime Minister’s statement last night, we have been advised that all children’s playgrounds should now be closed. Therefore, the parish council’s play area is closed to the public with immediate effect. This includes the zip wire. Please observe the signs which will be up as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your children away from the equipment.

Speak To Your MP About Government Plans To Support Business

Following the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of £330 billion support for businesses and workers to protect the economic emergency caused by coronavirus, there is considerable confusion over what businesses can claim, how they can claim and how quickly the support can be available.

The MP for the Cotswolds Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown will be holding his second virtual meeting for local businesses to speak to him in the Barn Theatre this Friday 27 March between 3:30pm and 4:30pm. This meeting is aimed specifically at businesses in the North Cotswolds north of Cirencester.

The meeting will be recorded and live streamed across social media platforms with businesses able to contact the MP by phone, social media or email. The meeting will also be live streamed to local media networks.

In accordance with Government guidelines, the meeting will be a closed meeting to protect everyone. Only essential production crew will be in attendance and they will take all the necessary precautions.

The purpose of the meeting is for business people in the North Cotswolds to discuss their concerns and possible solutions with their MP. He will then relay them directly to Government.

If you wish to pre-register your question please email:
contact@cotswoldbusinessspeaks.co.uk

Should you wish your question to be treated in confidence then please state this.

Using the email address above will ensure that your question is logged in advance, but if you wish to ask a question on the day please call 0161 818 9140.

The first live stream of Q&A with MP Sir Clifton Brown is available to watch on Facebook. >>