Cotswold Council Press Releases and Cotswold News

October to December 2015

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December
Be aware. Bogus council tax refund scheme
CDC: all Local Plan representations will be taken into account
Christmas Message from Lynden Stowe, Leader Cotswold District Council
‘Free after three’ parking offer – January/February 2016
Have your say on CDC budget and corporate strategies
Christmas – important Cotswold District Council dates
November
Cotswold District Council is helping to promote the NHS Gloucestershire Winter ASAP Public Information Campaign
Funded Public Transport Consultation
Cotswold District Council offers to rehome Syrian refugee Families
A high court judge has upheld an overturned planning decision for 125 new dwellings to be built on land in Broadway
Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner has a £146,000 for the Cotswolds to fund Projects to reduce Anti-social Behaviour
CDC offers free parking for Christmas launch events
Residents are being warned of potential bogus callers claiming to be from Gloucestershire County Council
Cotswold District Council's Christmas Period 2015 Waste and Recycling collections
Public Consultation on Local Plan Policies begins on 6th November
Don't forget to recycle your pumpkins after Halloween!
October
Quarter of Cotswold workers on less than Living Wage
Steam railway's youngest volunteers take over the Footplate
Councils give green light to shared working Programme
Cotswold Careline Help is at hand this Winter
Cotswold resident pays the price for not bagging and binning dog's mess
Please register to vote now and avoid a Visit from a Canvasser
Blockley woman named winner of Fabulous at 50 competition
A Celebration of apples will draw the autumn crowds to Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds
Cotswolds GPs urge residents to have Flu Vaccination
Apply now for rural tourism Funding Boost
Free information about mental health issues on 9th October
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Be aware. Bogus council tax refund scheme        Release date: 21st December 2015

Residents in Cotswold District are being advised to watch out for a potential email scam which appears to offer a tax rebate.
You should be on the look-out for any emails which appear to come from GOV.UK and which claim that the recipient is eligible to receive a council tax refund. The email indicates that this can be recovered by completing and submitting a tax return form, which requests the recipient's bank details. This reminder follows calls to be extra vigilant about bogus callers advising residents that their council tax bands may be too high. These callers are offering to work on your behalf for a fee to obtain a reduction. If you wish to appeal against your council tax banding, you can do this yourself very easily by contacting the District Valuation Office on 03000 501 501. It is not a complicated procedure, and there is no requirement whatsoever for a third party to intervene as it will not cost you anything. We advise all residents to be wary of any unsolicited calls and emails from unknown companies. To report a suspected scam contact Gloucestershire County Council on 01452 425000 (ask for Trading Standards.)
Please note: The Council would never ask for a customer's bank details or credit/debit card details via an email.

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CDC: all Local Plan representations will be taken into account        Release date: 18th December 2015

Cotswold District Council has clarified in its Cotswold News magazine (which was recently sent to all residents) that all representations made regarding the emerging Local Plan will be taken into account before the whole document is made available for a final, statutory, round of public consultation during Spring 2016, under Regulation 19 of the Planning Act.
Cllr Nick Parsons, the Deputy Leader at CDC and Cabinet Member for Forwarding Planning explains:
“It is important to emphasise that we have produced two public consultation documents this year to deal with separate parts of the emerging plan. The first – made public at the start of this year – was the Development Strategy and Site Allocations, and comments were sought at that time. The second document, containing draft Development Management policies, is subject to a round of public consultation which began in early November and comes to an end at noon on Monday 21 December. All consultations to date have been conducted under Regulation 18 of the Planning Act, which enables local planning authorities to seek comments informally on emerging proposals.
“Some people seem to have assumed that we would respond directly to their representations following the first round of consultation earlier this year. However, there is no legal requirement to do this; these representations are available to view on our website should anyone wish to see them.
“Likewise, anyone wishing to view the representations that we have received so far in response to the current consultation can access them at the following link on our website.
“Prior to the final public consultation on the whole Local Plan in Spring 2016 we will produce a summary of the main issues arising from the two 2015 consultations in a special edition of our Cotswold News residents magazine. This will also make it plain how public comments have, or have not, brought about changes to the whole Plan. I should add that any representations which have sought to address valid planning issues - and included robust evidence in support of their case – could potentially result in changes to the Plan. The Plan has to be based on evidence and facts rather than anecdote and subjective opinions. The fact that a large number of people may object to a proposal is not, in itself, a valid reason to bring about change. The Council will be required to pass - to the Planning Inspectorate - all relevant paperwork, including summaries of the main issues raised under Regulation 18, and all representations made in response to the Regulation 19 consultation. This will help to inform the subsequent public examination of the Local Plan following its submission to the Secretary of State during Autumn 2016.”
Cllr Parsons added:
“We have had criticism about the Local Plan not being approved yet. However, it is worth pointing out that – once approved - we will have a whole Local Plan for Cotswold District which is fully compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework. In other words, it will include a development strategy, site allocations to deliver the strategy, and a full suite of policies to deliver the Plan's objectives. The number of approved plans which fall into this advanced category can be counted on the fingers of two hands at the moment. The vast majority of so-called ‘approved’ Local Plans are merely Core Strategies which still require extensive work to develop site allocations and/or development management policies.”
It's not too late to comment on the draft Development Management policies. The deadline for comments is noon on Monday 21stDecember. You can view the consultation document relating to planning policies online. Once you have registered your details, it is easy to submit comments on any section of the document or provide feedback on the document as a whole. As well as viewing the interactive on-line version, the public will also be able to see the entire document and download a copy by visiting the Council’s website. When making comments, please make it clear which policy, paragraph or map your comments relate to, as well as your reasoning and evidence to back up your arguments. It would be very helpful if you could make your comments clear and concise. If you wish to propose alternative wording for a particular part of the plan, include this in your representation. Please remember to provide your name and contact details. In addition to the Council's website, copies of the consultation document and associated supporting papers are available to view at the Council offices in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh and at libraries across the District. If you cannot or do not wish to submit comments online, it is possible to email your comments to localplan@cotswold.gov.uk
Written comments can be sent to:
Forward Planning Team, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.

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Christmas Message from Lynden Stowe, Leader Cotswold District Council        Release date: 18th December 2015

Another eventful year in Cotswold District is coming to a close and it is always a good time to take stock of how the Council has performed on your behalf.

I am pleased to tell you that we have continued to provide a wide range of front line services to residents against a backdrop of year-on-year reductions in central government funding. As always, it is essential that we work smarter and embrace technological changes to maintain these services. In particular, we have been preparing the ground for the 2016 launch of the innovative 2020 Vision partnership with other councils from Cheltenham, West Oxfordshire and the Forest of Dean. This will enable us to deliver even more efficiency savings and protect the services that we provide to the public. We expect that this programme will deliver savings of £55m over 10 years while strengthening our resilience and widening our pool of expertise. Crucially- unlike some local government partnership schemes, - we will still determine our own Cotswold-oriented policies, priorities and decisions, so residents can be assured that we are not sacrificing any of our decision-making powers or independence.

In the lead up to the introduction of this wider partnership with other authorities, we've continued to strengthen our joint working with West Oxfordshire, and this and other efficiencies enabled us to make another cut in our share of residents ' Council Tax payments even before 2020 Vision launches. The 5% reduction for 2015/16 followed our 3% cut in 2014/15 which was preceded by a 5% reduction in 2013/14. This guaranteed that CDC occupied the top spot in the national Council charts, and the combined reductions of 13% over the last three years also represents the best performance over that time period. In fact, taking inflation into account, this is actually amounts to a real-terms cut of about 25%. Added to that, we froze the price of car parking charges, leisure centre and Corinium Museum admission fees and green waste collection charges over four years.

We have also continued work on many flood alleviation projects in the Cotswold district, perhaps the highlight being progress on a major scheme in Moreton-in-Marsh. Meanwhile on the housing front, we have already exceeded our goal of delivering 400 affordable homes between 2012-13 and 2015-16. Thanks to environmentally-active residents, and despite a dip in national trends, we continue to achieve the highest levels of recycling in Gloucestershire (58% of all household waste is recycled, reused or composted.) We undertook a number of measures to maintain momentum on recycling, and I was very pleased to note a significant increase in food waste recycling following a recent campaign.

Our priority, as always, is providing the best possible service to residents across the Cotswolds. On behalf of everyone at CDC, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Lynden Stowe
Leader Cotswold District Council

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‘Free after three’ parking offer – January/February 2016        Release date: 17th December 2015

Cotswold District Council will be allowing motorists to park for free after 3 pm in several of its car parks on every day during January and February 2016 at the following Council-owned car parks:
The Brewery Cirencester
The Forum Cirencester
West Street Tetbury
Church Street Tetbury
Rissington Rd Bourton-on-the-Water
Maugersbury Rd Stow-on-the-Wold
Old Market Way Moreton-in-Marsh


This follows on from a successful free parking trial during the same period last year which encouraged motorists to visit towns in the Cotswolds during traditionally quiet trading periods. Signs will be displayed prominently in the car parks offering the ‘free after three’ concession to avoid motorists paying in error. Commenting on the free offer for January and February 2016, Cllr Chris Hancock, the Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, said:
“I am sure that ‘free after three’ will be welcomed by businesses, residents and visitors. We are keen to support local traders after the Christmas/New Year period - a time when footfall tends to diminish - and we believe that this concession will encourage more use of our car parks in the winter months and, hopefully, entice more people into our local shops. We have excluded some car parks because they tend to be very busy at all times of the year and we wanted to boost demand in those which tend to offer more vacant spaces.”
Cllr Lynden Stowe, the Leader of the Council, added:
“We want to ensure that motorists using our car parks continue to get a good deal. We have frozen parking charges since 2010 and the introduction of a half hour tariff in all our car parks has also been welcomed. This ‘free after three’ parking incentive during January and February is yet another example of how we are trying to balance the need for parking income to pay for services with requests from traders to provide parking concessions on occasions.”

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Have your say on CDC budget and corporate strategies.        Release date: 14th December 2015

Cotswold District Council is seeking comments from local residents and businesses regarding the budget and corporate strategies which will be considered at the Council meeting in February 2016.
The deadline for commenting on the proposals is 5pm on Friday 15th January 2016. You can provide feedback in a number of ways:
* by filling in the online consultation on budget and corporate strategies 2016/17 or
* by emailing your views to
* by sending written comments to: Mrs Jenny Poole, Chief Finance Officer at Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1PX.

The Council is updating its medium term financial plan and spending plans for 2016/17. We have prepared a draft three year financial strategy which takes into account likely reductions to our funding from central government. For the key points of the budget proposals for 2016/17 please see Cabinet meeting details 19 November 2015 and view the draft medium term financial strategy 2015/16 to 2018/19
The Council is developing a corporate strategy for 2016 to 2019 which sets out our aim, priorities, objectives and key tasks. To view the draft Corporate Strategy 2016-2019 please see proposed corporate strategy 2016-2019.

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Christmas – important Cotswold District Council dates       Release date: 2nd December 2015

During the Christmas/New Year period, Cotswold District Council's Trinity Road headquarters will be closed on the following days:
Thu 24 Dec – closed from 12 noon
Fri 25 Dec – closed all day
Mon 28 Dec – closed all day
Fri  1 Jan 2016 – closed all day
Otherwise, normal opening hours will apply (Monday to Friday 8:45am to 5:00pm.)
The
Council's Moreton Area Centre will be closed in the same way as follows:
Thu 24 Dec – closed from 12 noon
Fri 25 Dec – closed all day
Sat 26 Dec – closed all day
Mon 28 Dec – closed all day
Fri 1 Jan 2016 – closed all day
The Offices will be operating as normal from Saturday 2 January (10:00 am to 12:30pm) and then the usual weekday schedule: Mondays 8:45am to 4:00pm, Tues/Wed/Thurs 8:45am to 5:15pm, Fridays 8:45am to 4:45pm, Saturdays 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Please note that the emergency out of hours service for the Council will be operating throughout the holiday period - please call 01625 854581 for urgent matters only - during busy periods you may hear a ringing tone for prolonged periods of time while you are being held in a queue.

The Household Recycling Centre (HRC) at Fosse Cross is operated by the Gloucestershire Waste Partnership and is open from 9:00am to 6:15 pm on every day of the week apart from Christmas Day and New Year's Day when it will be closed. The HRC is located 6 miles north of Cirencester just off the A429. For details of all HRCs in Gloucestershire plus a wide range of information about recycling best practice see our disposal page. Your real Christmas tree can be shredded and composted provided it is taken to Batsford Garden Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh (GL56 9QB) or Dobbies Garden Centre near Cirencester (GL7 6EU) between Monday 4th January and Sunday 17th January 2016.

Cotswold Leisure Centre Chipping Campden will operate as follows:
Thu 24th Dec Closed all day
Fri 25th Dec Closed all day
Sat 26th Dec Closed all day
Sun 27th Dec 10:00am to 4:00pm
Mon 28th Dec 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tue 29th Dec 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wed 30th Dec 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thu 31st Dec Closed all day
Fri  1st Jan Closed all day

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Cotswold District Council is helping to promote the NHS Gloucestershire Winter ASAP Public Information Campaign        Release date: 27th November 2015

Cotswold District Council is helping to promote the NHS Gloucestershire Winter ASAP (Choose Well) public information campaign. The campaign targets adults and parents of young children, providing advice on what to do if they are ill or injured and are unsure where to turn.

The ASAP promotional material encourages them to check out the special ASAP App, search the ASAP website, ask NHS 111 or pop in to their local Pharmacy.
The role of pharmacists is highlighted, as they are a resource that is often overlooked when people are looking for advice on whether or not they need to use other NHS services.
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC's Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, is keen to spread the word about ASAP:
“The ASAP website and related App are extremely useful. They allow users to ‘Search by Service’ or ‘Search by Condition’ and provide a step-by-step guide through symptoms, self-care and signposting to appropriate NHS services. Users can also find opening hours and information about the location of services.
“We are encouraging people in the Cotswolds to add the ASAP website to their favourites and also download the related App free from the App store (ASAP Glos NHS). They can also follow very useful postings about the campaign on social media, via Facebook (ASAP Gloucestershire NHS) and Twitter (@ASAPGlosNHS).
“We would appreciate it very much if local organisations and groups could support the campaign by displaying web banners or posters, distributing leaflets or flyers or by including an article in their publications. They should contact to find out more.”

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Funded Public Transport Consultation        Release date: 6th November 2015

Gloucestershire County Council needs your views on funded Public Transport. This includes:
  • Park & Ride
  • Buses
  • Community Transport
  • Concessionary bus passes
We want to understand your views to help guide our plans for making the money allocated for Gloucestershire's public transport work harder.
This February and March, we asked bus users to tell us what they liked and didn’t like about their services. Over 1300 bus users responded to our survey. Almost a quarter of people who replied said that existing buses didn’t meet their needs. We have analysed responses to help us make suggestions of what alterations could be made and now we need to understand the potential impact of more specific changes.

Your feedback will be considered by the county council's cabinet when they make decisions about changes to funded public transport.
Some Facts
Around 90% of bus journeys in Gloucestershire (18 million a year) are made on commercial bus services not funded by the county council.
The county council subsidises about 10% of bus journeys (1.8 million passenger trips annually). It costs £2 million per year to keep them running.
You can give us your views by clicking on the Start Survey button below or by attending one of our evening events.
Engagement evenings will be held across the county. The evenings will explain the thinking behind our Funded Public Transport Consultation and include some workshop activity to help identify local public transport needs.
Events and Scroll Down for the survey button.

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Cotswold District Council offers to rehome Syrian refugee Families        Release date: 19th November 2015

Cotswold District Council has responded to the Government's request to all local authorities to assist in resettling vulnerable Syrian refugees.
Meeting on 19th November, the CDC Cabinet pledged to support and accommodate five security-cleared refugee families in the Cirencester and/or Moreton-in-Marsh areas (subject to availability of housing). The Council's preferred option is to provide privately-rented long-term self-contained accommodation. The housing team is in the process of sourcing suitable options, ensuring that they would be adequately furnished and that families would be provided with essentials such as bedding, towels and crockery. The team is also putting together a package of support to ensure a smooth transition and on-going support from the Council. Cllr Sue Coakley, the CDC Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities looks forward to welcoming refugee families to the District:
“I am very pleased that we are responding positively to what is a major international crisis, as I think it is morally right that we should. We have undertaken a lot of preparatory work and believe that we can rehome five refugee families over a phased period. This offer is subject to receiving full government support and funding.”
Cllr Sue Jepson, the CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, adds:
“I can reassure residents that we will keep this arrangement under review, including any impact upon public services in Cotswold District. We are taking all possible steps to ensure that any impact on communities and on our housing waiting list will be kept to an absolute minimum. With this in mind, our preference is to use private sector accommodation or, if required, hard-to-let social housing.” A Councillor and Officer task group, set up at the beginning of September, has been investigating the issues arising from the refugee crisis and how CDC can support the Government's general policy whilst considering the impacts upon its residents, infrastructure and services. The Council has also been liaising with other Gloucestershire-based local authorities as part of a countywide response group. Information about how residents can support the resettlement of Syrian refugees, including details of how to donate to agencies such as the Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS). Here are more details about GARAS.

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A high court judge has upheld an overturned planning decision for 125 new dwellings to be built on land in Broadway        Release date: 18th November 2015

In June this year a government inspector overturned Wychavon District Council planning committee's decision to refuse the application from the Lindner family and Spitfire for the houses and flats in Leamington Road. The proposals were for 75 open-market dwellings and 50 affordable homes (housing with care) made up of 40 apartments and 10 bungalows. There would also be community welfare facilities, new vehicular access and public open spaces.

A group of campaigners including The Save Broadway Campaign, The Broadway Trust and the Springfield Lane Association united to challenge the inspector's decision in the High Court. Their hope was to protect the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from unwanted development and save other villages in the process. The group was represented by Richard Langham, of Landmark Chambers. But their efforts came to nought when High Court judge The Hon Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in favour of the inspector.

Gordon Franks, chairman of the Save Broadway Campaign, told the Journal: “We are devastated that the needs of Broadway, the loss of prime agricultural land and the harm to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been swept away in the drive for housing targets and money. As in many villages, these new houses are not sustainable, our infrastructure cannot cope.”
Sheila Goode, whose family has lived in Turnpike Cottages in Leamington Road for generations, spoke on behalf of its residents. She said: “We are very disappointed at the High Court outcome, despite Government promises that the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would be protected. We feel completely let down. The enormous three floor block of flats, at the front of the development, will dwarf these historic cottages that marked the traditional edge of the village and will spoil the whole street scene. We also worry for any new residents as we experienced the misery of flooding in 2007 and the development land is lower.”

The plans were refused in April last year against officer recommendation. Reasons for refusal included: None of the affordable housing units are designed to meet the needs of families and those not in need of extra care facilities; the development would be overly dominant and would be of detriment to the street scene for failing to represent high quality and inclusive design; it was in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and failed to meet the roles and definition of sustainable development.

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Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner has a £146,000 for the Cotswolds to fund Projects to reduce Anti-social Behaviour.        Release date: 17th November 2015

Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has this week pledged £146,000 for the Cotswolds to continue funding projects designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour around the district.
The funding is part of a £1million pledge county-wide and has been announced as Mr Surl starts his fourth year in office. The pledge is made in the face of probable cuts to his budget but he has told contributors to his Police and Crime Plan that he won't pull the rug out from under them just to plug caps caused by the likelihood of a reduced Government grant. Mr Surl said: “It is a significant amount of money but how it is being spent is what is important. The success of these projects is helping to reduce demand on the police and is an essential element of community policing.
“I have always said communities have an important role to play in reducing crime because the police can't do it on their own. That's why I set out to involve community and voluntary sectors in my police and crime plan and I am delighted they have bought into the idea so effectively and with such enthusiasm.
“I believe communities can make an effective contribution towards crime prevention and it's important they know their funding is secure at least until March 2017 as I have promised from day one. It's the police and the public working together.”

The Commissioner's Fund draws on the PCC's annual budget and funding from the Ministry of Justice. Mr Surl set it up following his election in 2012 to support schemes put forward by local people to make their communities safer. Since then, more than 200 neighbourhood projects and organisations have received funding to help get their ideas off the ground. Each of the funded projects addresses one or more of the Police and Crime Plan priorities. Many of them are financed until 2017 with the goal of being self-sustainable by the end of this period. For that reason, the PCC's commissioning team closely scrutinise all applications seeking a grant, making sure that their initiatives will last even when the funding expires.

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CDC offers free parking for Christmas launch events        Release date: 16th November 2015

Cotswold District Council will be waiving parking charges temporarily to support the launch of festive celebrations at several local market towns.
Christmas shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking to attend Christmas lights switch-ons and celebratory events in line with the following arrangements:
Friday Saturday 28th November
Moreton-in-Marsh: free parking all day at Old Market Way car park.
Cirencester: free parking after 4 pm at all CDC car parks in town.
Thursday 3rd December
Tetbury: free parking after 4pm at all car parks in town.
Friday 4th December
Bourton-on-the-Water: free parking after 4 pm at Rissington Rd car park (donations to local charities will be accepted on the day.)
Saturday 5th December
Stow-on-the-Wold: free parking all day at Maugersbury Rd car park.
Tetbury: free parking all day at Church St and West St car parks in town (the public will have to pay in the Chipping car park.)

Cllr Chris Hancock, CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, said:
“We hope that suspending charges to coincide with Christmas light launches and other festive events will ease the financial burden on families who plan to use their cars to get there. These concessions should also help to boost trade in local shops.
“We are also looking to introduce some parking charge concessions early next year to attract more motorists to our market towns during what is a relatively quiet trading period. We did this for the first time in January and February this year and it was very well received.”

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Residents are being warned of potential bogus callers claiming to be from Gloucestershire County Council.        Release date: 6th November 2015

The council's call centre has received five reports from concerned members of the public recently about unsolicited calls from cold callers.

The complainants have reported that the caller has a foreign sounding accent and asks questions about a recent “accident claim” you or a relative may have made in the last year. There have also been calls asking for NHS records. Callers so far have all hung up without sharing information, and some have been sworn at when challenging the caller. The county council is reminding residents that it would never cold call members of the public. Any calls made by council staff are follow ups on enquiries from service users who have contacted us directly.
Julie Houston, group manager for trading standards, said: “When you hang up the phone the line can remain open if the caller does not also hang up.
“You should wait at least five minutes before reporting a suspicious phone call to ensure you're not reconnected to the scam caller.
“Alternatively, use a mobile phone or a neighbour's phone or test your landline by phoning a friend or relative first, to ensure you aren't still unwittingly connected to the fraudster.”
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said; “If you receive a phone call like the ones reported, please just hang up. Gloucestershire County Council will never contact you about this sort of thing, so you know it's a bogus call.
“We're not sure about what fraudsters would do with any personal information they could get, so please don't risk it. Our advice is not to disclose any personal information, hang up the phone and report it to us.”
If you have any concerns about bogus calls, please contact Gloucestershire County Council on 01452 425000 to report it.

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Cotswold District Council's Christmas Period 2015 Waste and Recycling collections        Release date: 5th November 2015

Cotswold District Council's waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will not be making collections on Christmas Day (Friday 25th December), New Year's Day (Friday 1rd January 2016.) However, the crews will be working on Saturday 2nd January and Saturday 9th January to catch up. The revised collection schedule will be as follows:

Week commencing Monday 21st December 2015:
Normal collection dayNew revised collection day
Mon 21st Dec 2015No Change
Tue 22nd Dec 2015No Change
Wed 23rd Dec 2015No Change
Thu 24th Dec 2015No Change
Fri 25th Dec 2015Will move to Mon 28th Dec
Mon 28th Dec 2015Will move to Tue 29th Dec
Tue 29th Dec 2015Will move to Wed 30th Dec
Wed 30th Dec 2015Will move to Thu 31st Dec
Thu 31st Dec 2015Will move to Sat  2nd Jan
Fri  1st Jan 2016Will move to Mon  4th Jan
Mon  4th Jan 2016Will move to Tue  5th Jan
Tue  5th Jan 2016Will move to Wed  6th Jan
Wed  6th Jan 2016Will move to Thu  7th Jan
Thu  7th Jan 2016Will move to Fri  8th Jan
Fri  8th Jan 2016Will move to Sat  9th Jan

For Willersey residents this means that Green garden bins will be collected on December 22nd and January 5th. Genral waste and recycling will be collected on 30th December.
The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 11th January 2016.

Commenting on the changes, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC's Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, said:
“We are hoping that the temporary alterations to the normal schedule will not disrupt households too much. After ‘collections as normal’ on Thursday 24th December, there will be some delays until Saturday 9th January and then everything will be back to normal again for the week beginning Monday 11th January.
“The Christmas season always generates a lot of recyclable waste and we would urge everyone to make maximum use of our kerbside recycling services, as well as the recycling facilities across the district. In particular, it's worth a reminder that we collect folded cardboard at the kerbside and we also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season. I should also mention that residents can also take their recyclables to Household Recycling Centres – they will be open every day in the holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
“We have had a great response to a recent food waste recycling campaign and I would be delighted if everyone kept up the good work over Christmas. Additionally, please don't forget that there are many excellent recipes for leftover turkey and other seasonal food on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website.
“However, it is inevitable that there will also be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time and we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household's first full collection after Christmas Day. Residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags on their first collection after Christmas Day. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”
For queries and further information about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please visit the council website or contact our Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

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Public Consultation on Local Plan Policies begins on 6th November        Release date: 2nd November 2015

As work continues on developing a Local Plan for Cotswold District, the Council will soon be consulting the public on the planning policies and standards which, when adopted, will set out the ground rules to be followed when considering applications for development. The proposed policies will cover a wide range of issues from housing and employment to design, infrastructure and the environment.
This consultation marks another key step in preparing a new Local Plan. It follows on from the Development Strategy and Site Allocations consultation in January 2015, which included requests to comment on objectives for the Local Plan. This time around, the public is being asked to focus on whether the planning policies would deliver sustainable development which helps to meet the Local Plan's objectives.

The consultation period will run from Friday 6th November until midday on Monday 21st December. Cllr Nick Parsons, the Deputy Leader of CDC and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, explains:
“We can't deliver our objectives for the District without a robust means of doing so – that's why we need Development Management policies. Policies and standards set out the ground rules, making it clear what we can and cannot do. The policies pay regard to national planning guidelines but add more specific detail relevant to our area. They should ensure that future development is of high quality and protects, conserves or enhances the environment.
“To be as effective as possible in responding, people should consider how the proposed planning policies would apply to their area to ensure the delivery of appropriate and sympathetic development. We would be grateful if they could consider whether the policies are clearly written, fit for purpose and will ensure implementation of the Plan's strategy and objectives. The most effective responses will be when respondents can provide evidence and justification to support their comments.
“We have consulted the public several times already about the emerging Local Plan over the last four years. Most recently, we asked people to provide their views on the Local Plan's objectives and development strategy - including the allocation of housing and gypsy and traveller sites across the District - and we received nearly 10,000 responses. We have captured this information and will take it into account, so there is no need to go over this ground again. However, it is worth pointing out that the Council has received no compelling evidence to suggest that the proposed strategy – set out in our previous consultation - is inappropriate or that a more sustainable AND deliverable alternative should be promoted. This includes the Council's concerns about a proposed new settlement at Kemble Airfield and proposals to reduce the size of the strategic development site at Chesterton.
“Any changes resulting from the January 2015 consultation will be clarified in the Regulation 19 consultation next year on the whole Local Plan. However, for this current consultation we want your views on the proposed Development Management policies only.”

The Council has arranged public drop-in sessions at its Trinity Road Council Chamber, Cirencester on 17th November (2:00 pm to 6:30 pm) and the Moreton-in-Marsh Area Centre on Wednesday 18th November (2:00 pm to 6:30 pm) when officers will be available to answer any questions about the current consultation.
You will be able to view the consultation document relating to planning policies online here. Once you have registered your details, it is easy to submit comments on any section of the document or provide feedback on the document as a whole. As well as viewing the interactive on-line version, the public will also be able to see the entire document and download a copy by visiting the Council's website. When making comments, please make it clear which policy, paragraph or map your comments relate to, as well as your reasoning and evidence to back up your arguments. It would be very helpful if you could make your comments clear and concise. If you wish to propose alternative wording for a particular part of the plan, include this in your representation. Please remember to provide your name and contact details. In addition to the Council's website, copies of the consultation document and associated supporting papers will be available to view at the Council offices in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh and at libraries across the District. If you cannot or do not wish to submit comments online, it is possible to email your comments to:-
Written comments can be sent to:
Forward Planning Team, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX
Please ensure your comments reach us by noon on Monday 21st December. We are unable to guarantee that comments received after the deadline can be taken into consideration. The Council is required to make all comments publicly available to view on its website and cannot accept anonymous representations. This consultation exercise is not an opportunity to repeat representations submitted previously in response to earlier consultation documents.

Once the Council has received comments on the planning policies, we will use them, together with comments from the January 2015 consultation and our detailed evidence base, to produce the ‘pre-submission’ version of the whole Local Plan. The pre-submission plan, which will include the development strategy, detailed site allocations and policies, will then be subject to a round of statutory public consultation in the spring of 2016. At that stage, the comments from the public can only be directed to issues regarding the Local Plan's ‘soundness’ and legal compliance. That will pave the way for the Council to submit the Local Plan - and all the related evidence - to the Secretary of State for examination by the end of 2016. The submitted documents will include summaries of comments that the Council has received from the public during previous consultations.

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Don't forget to recycle your pumpkins after Halloween!        Release date: 1st November 2015

An estimated 5 million pumpkins will be sold in the days leading up to Halloween, and Cotswold District Council is encouraging residents to recycle their Jack o‘lanterns once the celebrations are over.
Pumpkins make an excellent addition to a home compost heap but anyone living in the Cotswolds can easily recycle their leftovers at the kerbside. Residents need only remove candles and tea lights before carefully cutting up the pumpkin and placing it inside their food waste caddy. Large pumpkins can be left next to the food caddy for collection from 2nd November 2015; this will ensure that pumpkins out on display aren't taken in error. As the average carved pumpkin weighs 5kgs and one in five properties are now purchasing a pumpkin as part of the annual festivities, recycling them after the occasion will save a lot of waste from going to landfill. Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC's Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, said:
“Halloween is a time of year when families can get together and carve pumpkins. As sales grow every year, it becomes increasingly important to remember that they can be recycled or composted. “There are lots of lovely recipes on the Love Food Hate Waste website for those wanting to try something new in the kitchen, including roast pumpkin lasagne, pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin and coriander soup.”

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Quarter of Cotswold workers on less than Living Wage        Release date: 28th October 2015

The North Cotswolds Foodbank charity says details that almost a quarter of people in the Cotswolds are earning less than the living wage is reflected in the number of food vouchers issued.
The Office for National Statistics, which carries out surveys across the country, found that large swathes of the South West were not being paid the nearly £8 an hour experts believe employees need to live comfortably. The Cotswolds is showing 24.3 percent of workers under this rate. The living wage is £7.85 an hour outside London, higher than the national minimum wage which is £6.50 an hour for adults aged 21 and over and £5.13 for people aged 18 to 20. Rhian Morgan, who is project manager for the North Cotswold Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust, said the charity started in 2011 and the numbers of vouchers being redeemed was growing.
“The Cotswolds is regarded as an affluent area, but there are a lot of people who are working but finding it difficult to put food on the table for one reason or another. They may have an additional costs to meet or some other crisis. They don't earn enough to save or put anything to one side and I suspect that many of these people are trying to manage on the minimum wage.
“Living rurally often means they need a car and if there is a breakdown to pay for or a new tyre, that is the equivalent to a week's food. They can be referred to receive a food voucher but we suspect many don't accept them or even ask for them and instead try to manage.
“For the first two years we redeemed around 400 vouchers each year. This year, from April, we have redeemed 177 but that is not a reflection on what the number will be at the end of the year. We see a bigger urgency for food vouchers in summer when children are off school and around Christmas. We expect this year will see a definite increase. Even a small wage increase could make a lot of difference to struggling families.”

She said they had recently had a huge amount of food donated to the foodbanks over the Harvest Festival period which is distributed to the five North Cotswold foodbanks at Moreton Congregational Church, Bourton Baptist Church, Encounter Church Winchcombe, Chipping Campden Baptist Church, and at St Michael's Church Centre, in Bishops Cleeve. Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said he fully supported wage increases for those on low incomes. “I was delighted that the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced in the summer budget that the Government will be introducing a national living wage. This will help ensure that all employees are paid a fair wage and will make businesses much more efficient.”

How to donate to the North Cotswold Foodbank. We also welcome cash donations to help purchase emergency items for people in need.

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Steam railway's youngest volunteers take over the Footplate       Release date: 27th October 2015

The youngest qualified volunteer staff put on a great show recently as they took charge of the footplate on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway.
The train crew comprised driver, fireman and cleaner on the steam locomotive footplate and in the train, the guard and two travelling ticket inspectors. The train, comprising six carriages hauled by the 1924-built Great Western Railway tank locomotive 5542, made three 24-mile return trips between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse. Ben Evason, from Bourton, who at 28 was the oldest of the train crew, but the railway's youngest steam locomotive driver, having qualified late last year. By profession he is a train driver for Cross Country Trains. Fireman Dan Wigg, studies mechanical engineering at Brunel university and lives near Toddington. He lives near to Toddington station and has been involved with the railway's steam locomotive department since he was very young. Ashley Haines, 16, from Hucclecote is the steam department's youngest cleaner and an engineering apprentice at Dowty and has been involved with the railway for about four years. The railways youngest guard is Matthew Brown is the railway's youngest guard. He is from Stroud and works in catering. He has been a volunteer for four years.

Alex Caulfield is 16 and has qualified as a travelling ticket inspector. He has been a volunteer in the carriage and wagon department for two years and is currently studying for his A-levels at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham. Twenty-three-year-old Ryan Baylis, who lives in Gloucester, is the other travelling ticket inspector and works as a retail services manager with Cross Country Trains. He also spends his spare time working in the locomotive department at Toddington.

The signalman on the day at Cheltenham Racecourse was James Edwards, 30, who runs a security business and is just a few weeks older than the youngest signalman on the railway. Chris Sparks, the railway's volunteer liasion director said: “Everyone performed perfectly, underlining the high standard of training that our railway has gained. We're all very proud of everything that these guys have achieved. They're enthusiastic and perform their roles with the utmost professionalism.
“They and others like them are the future of our railway and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's future is in very safe hands.”

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's volunteers were recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, at a special ceremony at Toddington in September 2015. The railway boasts around 900 volunteers who are helping to rebuild and extend the line to Broadway as well as restore and operate trains. The railway will launch a £1m share issue early in 2016 to enable the extension to Broadway to be completed and opened for the 2018 season.

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Councils give green light to shared working Programme        Release date: 23rd October 2015

Four local authorities – Cheltenham Borough Council & Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire District Councils - have given the go ahead to proceed with a shared working programme which will deliver combined savings of £39 million between now and 2024. The programme, called 2020 Vision, will build on existing shared working arrangements across the four councils in the fields of human resources, finance and payroll services. The partners are also already working towards building a common Information and Communications Technology structure.

Cotswold District Council Leader, Cllr Lynden Stowe, commented: “We already have good links with the 2020 partner councils through a range of joint working initiatives, which have proven to be very successful. We feel that the time is now right to strengthen these ties as the best way to make savings and maintain a full range of services to customers. We have looked at other ways to reduce running costs, including cutting services, forming a unitary authority and buying services from other providers. We have discounted all of those options because we think the 2020 Vision model is the best solution as it will still allow us the independence to make our own decisions on the priorities relevant to the Cotswold District.”
Cllr Steve Jordan, Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “We now have the chance to build on the track record of successful partnership working already established by our four councils. It gives us the chance to make the savings needed while protecting the services valued by the people of Cheltenham and indeed each of our local communities. We will need to continue the hard work to ensure the vision becomes reality.”
Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Leader of Forest of Dean District Council said: “We are very pleased that all four partners have now signed up to continuing with the partnership. It makes a lot of sense for us to continue to build on something which is already working as we look to make savings over the coming years. The 2020 Vision Programme will by the fifth year be delivering annual savings of £1.3 million to our council alone. We firmly believe this is the best way to continue providing our current range of services. This solution also allows us to continue to make our own decisions on the priorities relevant to the Forest of Dean and keep the strong identity we have here.”
Sir Barry Norton, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council said: “The 2020 Vision Programme is set to deliver huge financial savings for each of the partner councils and builds on the successful joint working already in place. It is structured so that members of the public will see little or no change to frontline services and decisions will still be made by locally elected councillors taking the needs of the local community of West Oxfordshire into account.“

Before deciding to enter into the partnership, each council conducted a period of consultation with residents. In addition to sharing human resources, finance and payroll services, the first phase of the plan will extend the shared services to include:
  • Information Technology
  • Public Protection
  • Building Control
  • Legal
  • Property
  • Customer Services
  • Revenues and Benefits

(NOTE: Not all councils will necessarily be involved in each of the above projects as some already have different arrangements.)
The partners will consider further areas for sharing over the next 12 -18 months prior to deciding whether to establish a jointly owned local authority company to take over the running of the programme in 2016.

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Cotswold Careline Help is at hand this Winter.        Release date: 22nd October 2015

As the clocks change and the dark winter nights draw in, Cotswold residents will be reassured to know help is on hand to keep them safe in their own homes.
It's at this time of year that a minority of people use Halloween or Bonfire Night as an excuse to act irresponsibly, playing tricks on others and mishandling fireworks, leaving people feeling vulnerable and scared, especially if they live alone. Cotswold Careline offers a new ‘Bogus Caller’ service, which can be used in the event of an intimidating visitor causing worry or distress. By simply pressing a ‘Bogus Caller’ button a silent alarm is raised, which automatically connects to the professional team at the monitoring centre. The team are available 24/7, so help is always on hand and, once the alarm is activated, the team can listen into the situation discreetly and assess whether there is a need to summon assistance. The ‘Bogus Caller’ service is known to be particularly reassuring to the elderly or residents living alone, those with special needs or learning difficulties and victims of domestic violence. The service works in conjunction with a Careline alarm box and provides extra security without intrusion, helping residents to feel safe in their own homes, and provides peace of mind for their family and friends, particularly through the dark winter months.
A spokesperson for Cotswold Careline said:
“When the clocks go back on 25th October, it can be an unnerving time for vulnerable members of the community, especially if they live alone. The ‘Bogus Caller’ service provides immediate reassurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the more vulnerable members of the community.
“Installation of the low cost ‘Bogus Caller’ service is so quick and easy that our latest customers are telling us they wish they had installed the service in their homes years ago.
“The service is available to everyone and there is no qualifying pre-assessment. It can be tailored to individual requirements, ensuring support and help is always available to those who need it.”
To find out more about the ‘Bogus Caller’ service call the Cotswold Careline team on 01594 812505, or alternatively email cotswoldcareline@fdean.gov.uk or visit the Cotswold Careline website. The friendly staff will be able to answer any questions people may have and can offer a no obligation free home demonstration.

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Cotswold resident pays the price for not bagging and binning dog's mess        Release date: 20th October 2015

On Monday 19th October Cheltenham Magistrates Court fined Cotswold resident Stephen Gittens £375 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £37.50 - plus costs of £250 - for failing to bag up and bin the mess caused by his dog. Mr Gittens, who lives at Old Quarry Bungalow, Nether Westcote, did not attend the hearing but the court noted that he had allowed his dog to foul in public spaces near his home on three occasions during March and April. He received two warnings and a fixed penalty from the Council and also twice failed to attend an interview to discuss his behaviour.

Cllr Sue Coakley, Cotswold District Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, welcomed the hefty fine levied on Mr Gittens: “Owners who allow their dogs to foul in public areas and then fail to bag and bin the mess are creating a totally unnecessary health hazard. Aside from the fact that dog mess is very dirty and smelly, it also harbours the eggs of roundworm parasites which contaminate the soil. Contact with the affected area can cause toxocariasis in humans – especially children playing out of doors. When toxocariasis affects the eyes it can lead to blindness.
“Environmental Wardens from CDC undertake regular patrols to educate the public about the need to pick up dog mess and dispose of it properly. However, the district comprises over 450 square miles so anything residents can do to help is always much appreciated.
“Offenders who fail to bag and bin their dog's excrement can ruin a family day out. Even worse, their actions can have a profoundly negative impact on the health and wellbeing of others. The message is very clear – clean up after your dog!”
For more information about this issue, including how to report dog fouling in Cotswold District.
See here
for further information about toxocariasis.

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Please register to vote now and avoid a Visit from a Canvasser        Release date: 19th October 2015

About 80% of residents in the Cotswold district have now responded to the Council's annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is up to date.
The Council sent out electoral registration forms to households at the end of August, and reminders in September. We are now employing canvassers to visit properties which have not yet returned their form. To avoid a visit from our canvasser, please return your form to us now. If you are not on the electoral register, you will not be able to vote and may be refused credit when shopping or conducting other transactions.
Residents who haven't received a form should contact the Elections Team immediately on 01285 623002.
Sarah Dalby, the Electoral Services Manager for CDC, comments: “Being on the register means you can vote and will also help your credit rating. Please check the details printed on the inside of the electoral registration form. If the information is correct, all you need to do is confirm your registration either online, by text, Freephone or post.
“If you need to make changes, you can register online or by post.” For more information or for help or advice, contact us on 01285 623002.

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Blockley woman named winner of Fabulous at 50 competition        Release date: 15th October 2015

Life at fifty is proving to be fabulous for one Cotswold woman. Helen Yendall, from Blockley, has been named as the winner of this year's ‘Peter Hahn Fabulous at 50’ competition, after being shortlisted to the final ten. The competition, run by the clothing brand, is designed to celebrate women who continue to live life to its fullest post 50-years-old.
Ms Yendall, aged 51, said: “I am thrilled to have won the competition. For me it's about building up your confidence and doing something for you that raises your self-esteem and makes you feel good about yourself.”
Ms Yendall was chosen by the panel of judges from hundreds of entries and is in the running to receive a £1,000 prize, a makeover and photoshoot and a feature in The Lady magazine. She will also become the face of Peter Hahn clothing on the company's blog.
Peter Hahn UK sales manager, Christopher Wheatley, said: “We know that in the UK women aged 50 plus feel unrepresented by fashion. Just 20 per cent feel they can find stylish, good quality clothing on the high street and a huge 76 per cent do not feel they are represented in advertising at all. We celebrate women aged 50 plus and wanted to recognise these empowering women.
“When we saw Helen's entry we were immediately struck by her effortless style and care free attitude to life.”
Ms Yendall enjoys a range of hobbies from playing tennis to swimming as well as dog walking, reading, and the arts. When she isn't out and about, she dedicates her time to children's charity the Friendship Project which matches volunteers with disadvantaged children. She has also run a creative writing class in Moreton-in-Marsh for the past two years.

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A Celebration of apples will draw the autumn crowds to Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds        Release date: 7th October 2015

Scores of varieties of apples will be on show, following a particularly good harvest year.
The Apple Festival will run from Friday October 16th to Sunday October 18th and will include “a huge display of apple varieties as well as their many uses ranging from pies and chutneys to ciders and juices”.
A spokesman said: “Among the children's games and celebrations, there will be talks on successful apple growing by a local nurseryman, a bee keeper who will bring a glass fronted bee hive and demonstrations of apple juicing by a cider maker.
“Although Snowshill Manor's two orchards are home to over 50 varieties of apple, the head gardener Vicky Cody has collected many other examples from other orchards and collections to bring well over 100 varieties to the festival.”

A marquee on the lawn will display the huge range of apple varieties which are grown by organisation such as the National Trust, the Boulmer Collection and the Gloucestershire Orchard Group collection.
Vicky Cody, the National Trust's head gardener at Snowshill Manor said: “We want to encourage people to look at the many varieties of apple which exist – the vast majority of which can’t be found in supermarkets. We have eaters, cookers, crab apples and cider apples each of which can be used in a different way. ““We use the apples from our orchard in the tea rooms and they will use each in different recipes depending on their flavour and texture. We can take them a basket full of something great for puddings but then they'll ask for something a little sharper to go in the pork and apple sausages the next day.” The National Trust catering team at the manor's tea rooms have risen to the challenge of baking apples into pies, puddings, sausages and chutneys ahead of the apple festival.

There are some rare surprises in the Snowshill orchards, including “““Devonshire Quarrenden” a small, deep red apple which was first recorded in the 1670s. It is still celebrated today for its flavour. As well as growing and ensuring the survival of some rare apple varieties, the National Trust gardeners are aware of the environmental benefits of the old orchards at Snowshill Manor, which is home to a wide range of wildlife, including insects and the bats which feed on them.

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Cotswolds GPs urge residents to have Flu Vaccination        Release date: 7th October 2015

Doctors in the Cotswolds are urging at-risk residents to protect themselves from flu and take up the offer of the free vaccination from their GP surgery as soon as they can.
Dr Alan Gwynn, a GP in Cirencester, said: “It's really important that people who are most vulnerable to health complications associated with flu protect themselves by visiting their GP surgery to get the vaccination.
“If you are 65 or over or you have an existing health problem, flu can be dangerous. It can also be serious for young children.
“This year the vaccination is being offered to children aged two to four, children in school years one and two, people 65 and over, and anyone who is living with a long-term condition.”

For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant illness from which they recover within a week. But some people are more susceptible to the effects of flu and are at increased risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia or make existing conditions worse, according to Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group. In the worst cases seasonal flu can result in a stay in hospital or even death, states the health body, which is urging anyone with a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or a weakened immune system or any pregnant women to particularly get the vaccination.

Dr Gwynn added: “Our message to at-risk groups is clear – take preventative action now and help avoid potentially serious illness later on.
“A nasal spray is available for pre-school age children and children in school years one and two. This offers a quick, easy and painless way to help prevent them catching flu whilst also helping to reduce it spreading to more vulnerable people.
“Even people whose health conditions are well managed and who lead otherwise healthy lives should still have the flu vaccine – it’s free because you need it.”
To arrange a vaccination contact a GP surgery or for more information visit.

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Apply now for rural tourism Funding Boost.       Release date: 6th October 2015

Potential and existing rural tourism businesses in the Cotswolds – as well as communities seeking to boost tourism facilities – can apply for funding to grow and improve the area's appeal to visitors. However, time is getting tight – the deadline is Friday 30th October so don't delay!
The First Local Enterprise Partnership is working closely with the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean Destination Management Organisations (DMOs), to increase Gloucestershire's all-year round tourism offer, aided by a new national £177 million funding boost managed through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA.) Applications for the funding will be accepted by DEFRA until the close of business on Friday 30th October. There are two separate opportunities which will help to grow the local rural tourism industry and increase the number of visitors to the county.
Tourism Infrastructure – For rural business groups and communities seeking to invest in recreational and small-scale rural tourism infrastructure. This is all about increasing the number of overnight visits and day visits to Gloucestershire, through the promotion of sustainable events and festivals, as well as support for signs related to new product development.
Tourism Business Development – For micro and small rural businesses seeking to expand and create jobs, as well as farmers or members of the farm household seeking to diversify into non-agricultural activities.

The successful applicants will support existing tourism businesses as they expand and improve their current offer (especially in the outdoor tourism market.) The plan is to create new jobs in the tourism sector in Gloucestershire and appeal to new markets through capital investments in infrastructure.
Cllr Chris Hancock, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships at Cotswold District Council, is keen to publicise the availability and potential of this new funding: “Visitors are a major source of income in the Cotswolds, and this new source of funding presents a great opportunity for local tourism businesses – and those planning to diversify into tourism-oriented ventures – to expand their horizons. Additionally, communities who have ideas that will boost local tourism can apply for money from this funding to bring them to life. This is well worth applying for, especially since it could bring so many benefits for the local economy. Given the amount of preparatory work which may be necessary to obtain funding, I would advise any applicants to begin the process as soon as possible.”
Apply for funding for the two opportunities online now. Both bids close on 30th October: Here     and     here.
For more information.

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Free information about mental health issues on 9th October        Release date: 1st October 2015

Cotswold District Council is joining forces with NHS 2gether, Carers Gloucestershire, the Independence Trust and Soroptimist International on 9th October to mark World Mental Health Day.
From 9 am to 2 pm on 9th October the five partners will be staffing a ‘Be Mindful’ information bus in Cirencester Market Place which will offer free advice and information about mental wellbeing and the assistance that is available locally. Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC's Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, believes that an increasing number of people are facing up to mental health issues: “There is a lot we can all do to improve our mental health and we want to remind people that there is no stigma attached to this issue and that help is available for anyone who needs it.
“We hope that we can get this positive message across during Mental Health Awareness Week and we 'd love to see a great turn out for the information bus on 9th October.”

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Cotswold District residents magazine is issued when the council needs to consult on big issues or wishes to communicate important news.
Over the last few years, with more and more people using the council website, they have refrained from issuing a newsletter on a routine basis.
The Cotswold News is now produced about once per year at the most.

As well as the Council Website, the latest editions of the magazine are available to download on this page.
The Council values your views about Cotswold News - what you like and dislike and what you find useful and would welcome any feedback.
This can of course include any suggestions you may have for future articles.
The Newsletter is printed on environmentally sustainable or recycled paper and delivered to households by Royal Mail.
It is also available from the Council's offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester and at the Moreton Area Centre.
The total cost to the Council of publishing and delivering to each house in the district is under 20p per copy.

Cotswold News Winter 2015.
Local plan reaches next public consultation stage.

Cotswold News Winter 2014.
How to influence the Cotswold local district plan including housing allocations.

Cotswold News November 2013.
Waste collections and Local planning issues.

Cotswold News August 2012.
Kerbside collection of mixed rigid plastics.

Cotswold News Winter 2010.
Cotswold News Spring 2010.

Here are some other Cotswolds sites:-
The Cotswold Journal has recent Cotswold news stories.
Comprehensive Cotswold AONB background and information.
Useful information for Cotswold visitors.

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