Christmas and New Year Waste Collections

Grey-refuse-bin-and-beige-sackCotswold District Council has advised us that the waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will not be making collections on the Christmas period Bank Holidays – Thursday 25, Friday 26 December and also Thursday 1 January.

However, the crews will be working on Saturday 27 December and Saturday 3 and 10 January to catch up, and the revised collection schedule will be as follows:

Week commencing Monday 22 December 2014

Normal collection day Revised date
Mon 22 Dec 2014 No change
Tues 23 Dec 2014 No change
Weds 24 Dec 2014 No change
Thurs 25 Dec 2014 Will move to Sat 27 Dec 2014
Friday 26 Dec 2014 Will move to Mon 29 Dec 2014
Mon 29 Dec 2014 Will move to Tues 30 Dec 2014
Tues 30 Dec 2014 Will move to Weds 31 Dec 2014
Weds 31 Dec 2014 Will move to Friday 2 Jan 2015
Thurs 1 Jan 2015 Will move to Sat 3 Jan 2015
Friday 2 Jan 2015 Will move to Mon 5 Jan 2015
Mon 5 Jan 2015 Will move to Tues 6 Jan 2015
Tues 6 Jan 2015 Will move to Weds 7 Jan 2015
Weds 7 Jan 2015 Will move to Thurs 8 Jan 2015
Thurs 8 Jan 2015 Will move to Friday 9 Jan 2015
Friday 9 Jan 2015 Will move to Saturday 10 Jan 2015

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 12 January 2015

Commenting on the changes, Scott Williams of the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team said:

“We are hoping that the temporary alterations to the normal schedule will not disrupt households too much. Basically, after ‘collections as normal’ on Wednesday 24 December, there will be some delays until Saturday 10 January and then everything will be back to normal again for the week beginning Monday 14 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.  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 temporarily revised first collection after Christmas Day. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7 am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

Dog Fouling In Northleach

There is an issue with dog fouling at the moment around town and the Town Council would like to explain  some of the actions it has taken so far.

The dog wardens have been asked to patrol certain problem areas and there is a small team of local residents spraying dog mess with red paint. The reason for the spraying is so that the mess can be clearly seen and people can avoid stepping in it. Please note that the group are not allowed to pick the mess up.

The Town Council sponsored a dog poster competition in the Summer with the school children and the two winning posters have been put up around town.  We have discussed but for the moment discounted providing dog poo bags. The Council is also aware of the “watching eyes” poster campaign and will discuss this at the start of next year.

In the last year we have installed a larger bin on Back Lane at the join with Guggle as it was usually full and a new bin will be installed shortly at the path leading to the Fortey Road woods between Farmington Road and MacArthur Road. We also moved the bin from the bottom of Bettensen Drive to across the road so it is on a pavement rather than a verge. This has all been as a result of residents suggesting improvements so please keep the ideas coming!

Allowing a dog to foul a public place is unpleasant, can cause severe illness and even blindness in farm animals and people. It is also illegal, carrying a penalty of up to £1000.

If you wish to report an incident please use the following link to contact the Environmental Wardens at Cotswold District Council:

Read Easy Offers Help With Adult Reading

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If you know an adult in the Northleach area who struggles to read, there is now one-to-one support on offer from a team of North Cotswold volunteers. Read Easy is a national charity with trained coaches across the UK and the North Cotswold branch is offering the service in Northleach. Places are now available for adults who would like to meet one the reading coaches and find out more about how the charity could help them. The coaching is free of charge.

One in twenty adults in the UK struggles with reading. Often it’s due to childhood issues, where they just didn’t progress at school, but as an adult they often feel ashamed and go to great lengths to hide their lack of understanding. Read Easy teaches adults to read on a one-to-one basis, so the whole process remains private and the student learns at his or her own pace.

To learn more, please contact Sue Brereton on 0844 493 0686 or send an e-mail on the student’s behalf to

The charity is also looking for quiet rooms for coaching; please contact Sue if you can help.

Planning Permission Granted for Land at Bassett Road

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A message from the Town Council Chair, Vicki Hewer, following the Planning Committee Meeting at Cotswold District Council today.

“Despite the best efforts of the Town Council, residents (35 letters of objection were received), CDC Councillor and GCC Councillor the application to build 40 houses on the Bassett Road site was approved by 11-1 with a couple of abstentions. At the moment it looks as though the entrance to the site will remain in Bassett Road and affordable houses remain at 50% though this may be able to be renegotiated at full planning application. Please remember that the prospective purchaser of the land could well make alterations to the existing layout of the site.”

Mobile Library Times for 2015

The Mobile Library will be visiting Northleach Market Square
13:45 until 16:15
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Wednesday 31st December
Wednesday 28th January 2015
Wednesday 25th February
Wednesday 25th March
Wednesday 22nd April
Wednesday 20th May
Wednesday 17th June

A good selection of books for both adults and children.
Use a computer free of charge.
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or call the Contact Centre 0845 230 5420

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