Cotswold District Council is currently undertaking a community governance review following a request made by Upper Rissington Parish Council earlier in the year.
The review looks to increase the overall number of councillors on the Parish Council and, possibly, the introduction of parish wards. Letters and a consultation response form went out to all households in the Parish recently.
If you have not received your copy of the letter, or would like another, then we have placed copies here on the website (below).
The closing date for the comments is 20th September 2018.
Following the resignation of Martin Johnstone, the councillor vacancy is being advertised by Cotswold District Council via the attached notice.
The process is that if 10 residents request an election then that is how the position will be filled. If an election is not called then the Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option, and will invite interested local residents to contact us for details nearer the time.
Cotswold District Council Environmental Health officials and Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS) have warned against lighting bonfires during the current hot weather.
Every year at this time, smoke produced by the burning of garden and other waste causes countless problems between neighbours. And GFRS has highlighted how quickly bonfires can escalate out of control during hot, dry spells. The speed at which a bonfire can spread during very hot and dry weather can take people by surprise.
General nuisance caused by smoke leads to most disputes at this time of year, and in particular during a heat wave. People like to have their windows open and to enjoy being in their gardens. Tempers can fray when smoke from bonfires is a nuisance and the smoke itself may be harmful to health.
Andy Hermiston, GFRS Acting Chief Fire Officer says: “During this hot weather that we are currently experiencing, the advice from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service would be for people not to have bonfires. We have seen a rise in the number of bonfires becoming out of control during these dry conditions and what we tend to find is that people are not equipped to deal with the speed at which fire can spread in these exceptional conditions.”
Instead, residents are advised to use local household recycling centres to dispose of their rubbish and garden waste. While it is not against the law to have a bonfire, the smoke produced by burning could be illegal in that it may cause a smoke nuisance as laid down in the Environmental Protection Act, 1990.
It is also a widely held belief that bonfires are legal after 6pm – this is not the case. In fact, temperature inversion effects in the evening can result in smoke not dispersing and so lingering in the neighbourhood during night hours. Therefore the evening is one of the worst times to light a bonfire.
Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Sue Coakley comments: “The message is loud and clear – do not light bonfires, especially when there are so many better ways to get rid of your garden waste. These include chipping, composting, kerbside garden waste collection when subscribed and disposal at a Household Recycling Centre.”
- Composting: Put the goodness back in your garden by composting your garden waste – see https://getcomposting.com for further information.
- Collection: Consider signing up for Cotswold District Council’s garden waste collection service – sign up online.
- Disposal: You can also take garden waste to a recycling centre free of charge – find your nearest recycling centre.
Based on a press release from Cotswold DC on 25 July 2018.
District Councillor Mark MacKenzie-Charrington writes:
On the 14th June I requested a set of overlay drawings that would show the variations to the developer’s proposals and the S106 consented landscaping scheme. These have now been provided and I’m delighted to be able to forward to you a set of marked-up, as opposed to overlay, drawings that show, I believe quite clearly, the variations along with a separate text summary, for your observations. These drawings show what I believe Linden Homes and Bovis Homes finally hope to deliver, being acceptable in planning terms as well as meeting the resident’s aspirations, thereby capable of being granted consent. …
We invite residents to feed back your genuine questions/ concerns – in a concise way please – to the Clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org – who will then pass on the comments in a batch to Cotswold District Council for their consideration. Please do not send them to the planning authority direct.
It is important to note that the question about potentially contaminated ground is an entirely separate matter and is still very much under review by the developers, their experts, the CDC and their consultants. We will hear more on that in due course.