Christmas Tree Shredding

Please note that real Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas Day for recycling up until 12 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)
  • Hillier Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Residents who subscribe to garden waste recycling collection service will be able to recycle their used real Christmas trees by placing them in their green coloured bin. The next green bin collection is on Thursday 9th January. Please ensure that the tree is broken into manageable lengths so that it will fit comfortably in the bin, with the lid completely closed – plastic to plastic.

For queries about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Have Your Say On The County Council 2020/21 Budget

Gloucestershire County Council has launched its annual budget consultation, asking residents to have their say on its draft 2020/21 budget.

The consultation runs until 5pm on 17 January 2020 and asks for people to give their views on the county council’s spending plans.

The county council budget for 2020/21 totals £468 million, a net increase of £31 million on the year before. As well as an additional £12.9 million towards protecting the county’s vulnerable children, an initial £1 million Action Fund will be set up to help tackle climate change.

The budget also sets aside around £73.6 million of capital investment for schools and children and family services, bringing total expected capital investment to around £160 million by 2023.

A further £49.8 million has been allocated to deliver on the third year of the council’s £150 million ‘Your Highways’ programme.

The draft budget proposes to raise around £6.3 million to help fund services through a 1.99% increase in council tax. The council is also proposing to apply the national social care precept at 2%, raising an additional £6.3 million to help manage the increase demand for adult care services. In total these changes would result in an increase of under £1 per week for the average Band D taxpayer.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We have an ambitious vision for the future of this great county as well as a strong commitment to deliver the best possible service now.  I believe the draft budget achieves that balance.”

Read the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020/21 to 2022/23

Take part in the online consultation

Copies of the survey will also be available in local libraries and in the county council’s reception at Shire Hall, Gloucester.

Alternatively you can print a copy of the consultation document (PDF, 619.1 KB)  and post back to Gloucestershire County Council, Communications Team, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG.

The consultation runs until 5pm on 17 January 2020.

Please share this information with anyone who might want to take part!

Christmas Opening Hours 2019

The parish council office will be closed from Monday 23rd December and re-open on Thursday 2nd January.

The e-mail and the telephone answering machine will be monitored during the Christmas break. If the enquiry is extremely urgent, then we’ll try to respond promptly; otherwise messages will be dealt with in the New Year.

Upper Rissington Parish Council would like to wish residents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Useful information:

Report a problem with a road, footpath, streetlight etc. >

Contact the local Police >

Find out about the next recycling and waste collection >

How local roads are cleared in winter >

How to stay warm and well this winter >

Public Open Spaces Update – 6 December 2019

Please find below today’s update from Bovis Homes on completion of the public open spaces in Upper Rissington. Changes since the previous update are highlighted:

Area 1 – Officers Mess Playing Fields

  • Playground now open.
  • Footpaths are complete are ready for Tarmac next Tuesday, 10th Dec..

Area 2 – Officers Mess Surround

  • Rear will be completely tidied, top soiled and seeded to make good.
  • Front will be rotavated and seeded.
  • This is an area of priority for us and we hope to have this done within the month.

Area 3 – Allotments and tennis courts

  • Allotment footpaths are all established, ground prep still to complete for allotments, main gate to install and water feed to finalise.
  • Tennis court fencing complete. White lining and nets to be completed nearer to hand over to avoid vandalism.
  • Water feed resolution expected Monday 9th Dec. We are hopeful connection can continue on shortly after this.
  • This is another area that is a priority for us. Again, we are hoping to have this area complete by early next year.

Area 6 – LEAP 4

  • Area flailed, willow tunnel install is next week. Awaiting confirmation of railing install.

Area 8 & 9

  • Areas cleared and flailed ready for pathways. May start this side of Christmas, if not it will be first week of January.


  • Hoping to have an updated programme next week.

EMG & Pond

  • EMG are back on site, working on dropped kerbs and a general tidy up this week. Works to pond and spillway to commence next week.

Areas referred to are shown on the map below.