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Enjoy The Fireworks in Upper Rissington

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit an organized display.

Upper Rissington Social Committee is holding a firework display on Saturday 9th November.

Fireworks at 6:30pm. Gates open from 5:45pm.

Please note that there is no bonfire this year.

If you are thinking of holding a private garden  display then please heed the advice from Trading Standards:

Fireworks are by their very nature a dangerous product. After all, carrying a pack of explosives next to a bonfire in the dark isn’t something we do every day. There are some things you can do to make sure you have a safe night.

Always make sure that you always buy from a reputable seller. They must be licensed and store them safely. You won’t find a reputable seller on a social media site with pictures of fireworks in their kitchen! Please report to Trading Standards if you see this online.

All consumer fireworks must have the CE mark, if it doesn’t then please don’t use it. Whilst it may be tempting to use high category display fireworks, these are not suitable for garden displays and must only be handled by professionals.

Don’t forget fireworks must not be let off between 11pm and 7am subject to limited exemptions on specific dates (5th November the deadline is midnight). It’s also polite to warn your neighbours.

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/trading-standards/news/firework-safety-advice/

Have a safe bonfire night!

Public Open Spaces Update – 1 November 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 was delayed a little due to the ropes for the climbing frame being too short… and we are now waiting for 16no caps to finish this particular bit of equipment off. Again I am hoping to have this inspected and signed off next week, however I do not have a concrete date from TCL.
  • Footpaths are ongoing to the area, expected completion by the end of November. This also incorporates the section of footpath linking Longmore Walk and the playing fields.

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 will complete next week. White lining and fencing to be completed nearer to hand over to avoid vandalism.
  • Footpaths to complete when water feed is finalised.
  • This is another area that is a priority for us. Again, we are hoping to have this area complete by end of November.

Area 6 – LEAP 4

  • Equipment in place, awaiting fencing and clearance of weed area to the rear of the play park.

Area 8 & 9

  • These areas are next on our agenda to start.

TCL

  • Generally we have fallen behind the programme. I have asked TCL to draw a new programme up and issue to me, as soon as I have this I will pass it on.

EMG & Pond

We have placed the order today for the felling of the 2no trees that obstruct our foul line diversion. We are just awaiting a date from the tree surgeon; when we have this EMG’s return to site will be planned.

Public Open Spaces Update – 18 October 2019

Bovis Homes’ site manager has provided an update on progress:

Area 1 – Officers Mess Playing Fields

  • Playground will be complete next week and inspected. Expected to open up w/c 28th Oct 2019.
  • Footpaths are ongoing to the area, expected completion by the end of November. This also incorporates the section of footpath linking Longmore Walk and the playing fields.

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 starting Monday, 21st Oct. Expected to take a week and a half. White lining and fencing to be completed nearer to hand over to avoid vandalism.
  • Footpaths to complete when water feed is finalised.
  • This is another area that is a priority for us. Again, we are hoping to have this area complete by end of November.

Area 6 – LEAP 4

This will be starting next week and expected to complete and open within 3 weeks.

Area 8 & 9

These areas are next on our agenda to start

Overall Programme – TCL

Generally we have fallen behind the programme. TCL have been asked to draw a new programme up and issue to me, as soon as I have this I will pass it on.

EMG & Pond

The delay here is due to a foul line diversion route issue that we had a decision on this Tuesday. We are hoping to have EMG back shortly, however I do not have a concrete start date for them yet. We are hoping it will be within the next few weeks.

Give Your Views On Changes To Council Tax Support

Go straight to the consultation >>: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/CTRS

Cotswold District Council is calling on residents to give their views on proposed changes to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme. The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their Council Tax payments.

A consultation on the changes runs until Friday 15 November and is open to all residents in the district, not just those in receipt of support. If agreed, the changes would come into effect on 1 April 2020.

Changes proposed include:

  • Introducing a new income-banded scheme to take account of different groups, from single occupants to couples and families with children.
  • Introducing an ‘extended period’ of up to eight weeks to support the transition of households whose increased income sees them move into higher banding.
  • Removal of the two-child limit to help larger families have more disposable income
  • Introducing an increase to the maximum amount of savings claimants can have, from £6,001 to £10,000.

Around 3887 households in the Cotswolds are provided with Council Tax support at an annual cost of just over £3.9 million.

Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader of Cotswold District Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “This consultation is vital to understanding the views not just of those who rely on Council Tax support, but also the wider communities we serve. I’d encourage anyone who can spare a few moments to fill out the survey and help us to ensure any changes made best suit the needs of residents. Ultimately, we want to achieve a scheme that is simple to understand and effective in ensuring people in greatest need are receiving the right support.”

Following the consultation, a report will be considered by councillors before a decision is made.

The survey can be found online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/CTRS, while paper copies can be found at Cotswold District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX and the Moreton Area Centre and Tourist Information, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AZ.

Based on a press release from Cotswold District Council on 7 October 2019