Cotswold District offers extra funds to keep streets clean

Press release from Cotswold District Council on 24 July 2015

Grey-refuse-bin-and-beige-sackCllr Lynden Stowe, the Leader of Cotswold District Council has allocated an individual allowance of £2,000 to each Councillor to fund additional street cleansing work within their wards.

Each elected Member will be able to request the Council’s waste service provider, Ubico Ltd, to provide extra services up to the value of £2,000 by a deadline of the end of January 2016. This means that residents can now make requests to their Ward Councillors for additional work such as enhanced street cleaning, grass cutting, clearing up during or after a local event, and installation and emptying of extra litter or dog mess bins (provided they are on land owned by Gloucestershire Highways, Cotswold District Council or a town /parish council.)

Commenting on this extra funding, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities, said: “We know that residents place a high priority on the maintenance of clean streets and the timely disposal of unsightly litter. The crews from Ubico Ltd often receive praise for the high standard of their street cleansing across the District, and this new fund will enable the public to benefit even more from their expertise. Any resident wishing to make a request for extra cleansing work should contact their Ward Councillor; they will consider each request they receive and then decide whether to allocate funding from their individual £2,000 budget.”

To contact your local Ward Councillor just go to http://www.cmis.cotswold.gov.uk/cmis5/Councillors.aspx (opens in a new window) and insert your postcode.

The Ward Councillor for Northleach is Chris Hancock.

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Information on Local Housing Availability

The work at Bicknell Close (formerly Fortey House) is almost complete. The development by Bromford Group consists of homes to rent and homes to buy. I have attached leaflets (below) from Bromford giving contact details for both the rented and sales homes.

Homes for sale: There are still 2-bed and 3-bed homes available to buy so if you are interested please call the number on the Bromford sales leaflet 0845 6010 878 for more information.

Homes for rent:  we have not been able to get definitive information from Bromford on whether there are still homes available for rent so please call Gloucester Homeseeker for details of these and other local properties to rent – there is a currently a one-bed bungalow in Fortey Road available. You need to be registered with them to apply for these properties.

If you are interested but not sure if you qualify we would strongly advise that you call and ask the advisors on the numbers attached. The Town Council is keen that local people and those with a Northleach connection get the opportunity to buy or rent these properties.

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Public Consultation on Changes to Bus Routes, July 2015

slide-4-bus-shelter-loos-210Gloucestershire County Council is consulting on proposed changes to public bus routes in the North Cotswolds, which will take effect from 26th July 2015. The routes affected include Pulhams 801 and 855.

If you rely on public buses for transportation, we urge you to take part in the survey on the GCC website as soon as possible. The survey closes on Sunday 5th July.

https://gloucestershire-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/trp/cotswold_bus_routes/cotswold_bus_routes

Rural Crime Update & Survey

NRCN-Survey-Logo-400x335Unfortunately there were two break ins in Northleach over the last few weeks. Apparently both houses were unlit. Police advise that properties should be lit using timer lights when empty. Even if you returning at night an unlit house even will attract attention.

In response to concerns from people living and working in rural areas, the National Rural Crime Network has launched the largest ever public survey on rural crime:

The link to the survey is http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey?member=Gloucestershire

They said:  “You don’t need to have been a victim of crime to participate in this survey just simply care enough about rural communities and the freedoms they give us to have your say. We all need to feel safe and secure where we live and this survey will explore what this means in rural Gloucestershire and similar areas across the country. It will give our rural citizens a powerful voice at a time when services are under greater pressure and are typically being drawn into urban areas of seemingly higher demand. Of course this fails to recognise the unique harms caused by crime in rural communities and this should not be overlooked (not just in terms of safety and security but in terms of health and wellbeing).”

Please complete the survey and feel free to pass the link on to others.

Update on Councillor Vacancy

The current Town Council was elected uncontested in May as only 10 people came forward to fill the 11 positions. This means that we have a vacancy to fill.

The new council met last week and consists of 8 previous councillors and two new people, Mrs Amy Hasler and Mr Will Rayner. There has been some interest in the vacancy and councillors agreed to advertise the post over the next few weeks and  invite interested parties to come to the next Town Council meeting on Wednesday 24th Tuesday 16th June (please note change of date) to explain why they would be interested in the role.

If you are interested and would like to know more please look at the website www.northleach.gov.uk which gives a lot of information about the council. Alternatively you can contact me or one of the councillors directly.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton

Clerk
Northleach with Eastington Town Council