Notice of Annual Town Meeting 2014

town council logo blueNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT -
The Annual Assembly of the Town Meeting
will be held at
Westwoods Centre, Bassett Road, Northleach
on Thursday 24th April 2014 at 7pm

Residents of the parish are entitled to attend. This is an opportunity to hear about developments in the town over the past year and to raise for debate any issue concerning the town.

The provisional agenda and last years’s minutes are attached.


Residential Development to the east of Bassett Road
The land to the east of Bassett Road has been earmarked for development by Cotswold District Council. The land is owned by Gloucestershire County Council; their emerging investigations and proposals for the site will be on display at the Westwoods Centre on Thursday 24 April 2014 between 3pm and 6.45pm prior to the Annual Town Meeting. This is your opportunity to come and talk to the County Council and their representatives about the site and let them know your thoughts.

We will be serving tea and coffee from 6.30pm so please come along and meet the Councillors and the team prior to the meeting.

Cllr Vicki Hewer
Chairman and Mayor 10th April 2014

Update on the Public Consultation Meeting on 15th March

The public meeting on Saturday 15th March was well attended and people took the opportunity to comment on the site assessments that had been carried out by members of the Steering Group, Councillors and some residents on 14 areas across Town.

Cotswold District Council (CDC) had asked for feedback on four sites by the end of March. These key areas are – the Fortey House site, the field at Bassett Road, the field to the East of Nostle Road and the Ferrari garage site. These sites were identified by CDC at the beginning of the year as being the ones they want to focus on. At a Local Plan meeting in January, they issued Northleach and other town councils with a “toolkit” with which to assess these. The site assessments will be submitted to CDC this week.

The Steering Group had also decided it would be a good opportunity to assess an additional 10 sites which were previously identified as having potential for development. These are currently listed as “unsuitable” by CDC but the assessments will help to form part of the Northleach Neighbourhood Development Plan. These additional assessments will not be submitted to CDC but will be used for the NNDP in order to look at the whole Northleach picture.

In addition to commenting on the site assessments, people took the chance to comment generally on the plan and Northleach as a whole which is very helpful. We have collated the display information, site assessments and feedback comments and these are now available to view at the Westwoods Centre. You can continue to make comments on all of these assessments for the next few months and these will form part of the NDP.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton

Northleach with Eastington Town Council

Update from CDC on Citizen’s Advice, Garden Waste Licence

Cotswold District Council has issued two press releases, copied here:

Cotswold District CAB closed between 31 March to 6 April

Release date: 21 March 2014

The Cotswold District Citizens Advice Bureau will be closed from Monday 31 March for one week and will reopen on 7 April. The CAB are refurbishing their office to increase capacity to help more people.

Nick Lee, Bureau Manager said: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause people. Anyone needing advice during the week can telephone our advice line on 01285 652908 or access our email advice via our new website

The CAB services help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. In the last three months, the main enquiry areas dealt with by the CAB have been money, welfare benefits, employment and housing problems.


Slight delay in delivery of new Green Waste licences

Release date: 21 March 2014

Due to reasons beyond the control of Cotswold District Council, there will be a slight delay in the delivery of new annual green waste licences which are due to come into effect on 1 April.

We apologise for this delay and have been assured by the distributors that they will arrange for new licences to be delivered next week. However, to ease any potential problems should the licences not reach residents by 1 April, our waste contractor Ubico Ltd has agreed to collect ALL garden waste bins between 31 March and 4 April – even if they are not displaying the 2014-15 licence. After that date Ubico crews will only collect green waste bins displaying a valid 2014-15 licence.

We appreciate the cooperation of many our residents who have participated in the green waste scheme over the years and we would like to thank everyone for signing up and helping to contribute to the Council’s impressive recycling/composting rate of almost 60% – yet again one of the best in the UK.

It’s not too late to renew your green waste licence for 2014-15 – we’ve pegged the cost of the service for 2014-15 at £30 per licence to use the green wheeled bins. Anyone signing up will have all their garden waste collected weekly, and they will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin. There is also a cheaper alternative – a resident could agree to share their bin with a neighbour should the latter wish to contribute to the cost of the licence.

Additional licences can be purchased for a further £30 each per year. For those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, 50 compostable brown paper garden waste sacks can also be purchased for £30 (available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or at the Moreton Area Centre.)

Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount.

For more information, visit our website or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.


Neighbourhood Development Plan Update #2

Good progress is being made on the Northleach Neighbourhood Development Plan (NNDP).

CDC has confirmed in the last week that the area identified for the purposes of the plan (the whole of the Parish) has been designated.

The Steering Group approached 5 consultants to quote on assisting with the legal and professional elements that the Steering Group need support on. Three of the consultants submitted quotes and the Group agreed to go with rCOH Ltd. The Steering Group believed that they understood the brief and vision for the NNDP most fully.

A grant form to request financial support has been submitted to Neighbourhood Planning.

CDC held a Local Plan workshop in January at the Westwoods and we were able to send 4 people to it. As part of this, the steering Group was asked to review potential development sites around Northleach using a site assessment template provided. The Steering Group assisted by some volunteer residents has now completed this work. The results need to be submitted to CDC by the end of March but first the Steering Group would like to present the site assessments for feedback and further public consultation.

To gather this an open public meeting will take place on Saturday 15th March between Midday and 5pm at the Westwoods Centre. Everyone is welcome and it will be an opportunity to offer feedback and information about all of the Town’s potential development sites. If you are unable to make this date, don’t worry we still really want your feedback and the details will be available to view at the Westwoods until Friday 21st March.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton

Northleach with Eastington Town Council

Winter Preparation

The gritters have been out tonight following the flurry of snow so please find below some details about winter preparation.

Over the last few years the Town Council has had to take on more responsibilities from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council. One of these duties is winter preparation. Gloucestershire Highways have provided the initial grit for the grit bins and will do some main road gritting and snow clearing if they are able.

However once the bins are empty the responsibility and the cost of refilling them falls mainly to the Town Council. Highways will refill only if they are able to. Please be aware of your nearest grit bin (as per attached map) and only use it on roads and pavements. Use a spade or shovel to spread the salt evenly. We have left empty milk carton bottoms in each bin to assist with this. Please replace these if you find them missing. If a bin is empty you can report it to the Town Council on this email or by calling the office on 01451 861499.

Salt stocks are limited so please do not use them on private drives or household paths. You may be prosecuted if caught stealing salt for private use. We only have a small band of volunteers working with the Winter Action group so please could we ask residents to take a few moments on icy days to check their area and spread some grit if it is necessary. There is not sufficient grit for the whole of Northleach so please use only when and where it’s needed. I have attached a poster from the Winter group and a grit bin location map for reference. (Currently there is no grit bin up Nostle Road so we will arrange for some sacks to be left at the bottom)

Kind regards
Cat Crompton

Northleach with Eastington Town Council

Police Surgery Times for Northleach, 2014

Your local Policing team will be holding a Police Surgery at the Westwoods Centre, Northleach, on the following dates:

Tuesday 18 February – 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Friday 28 March – 11.00am to 12.00am
Friday 25 April – 10.00am to 11.00am
Tuesday 20 May – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Tuesday 17 June – 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Tuesday 15 July – 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Tuesday 26 August – 12.00pm to 1.00pm
Tuesday 23 September – 10.00am to 11.00am
Tuesday 28 October – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Tuesday 25 November – 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Please come and discuss any community issues requiring help or advice from your local Policing team. Any incidents should be reported on the 101 number and emergencies on 999.

Due to incidents this surgery may be cancelled at very short notice, if this does happen we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. If this does occur when you wish to visit and please drop in a contact telephone number and name and a member of your local Policing team will get back to you.

You can find more information on the Gloucestershire Constabulary website.