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.
Northleach with Eastington Town Council
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)
Northleach with Eastington Town Council
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.
The Town Council has voted for a new Councillor to fill the vacancy. Mr Laurie Colton has now joined the other ten Councillors to make a full Town Council. Laurie was co-opted onto the Finance Committee last year and has helped form the new finance figures for next year. All the Councillor contact details can be found on the notice boards or here on the website www.northleach.gov.uk.
Every year the Town Council requests funds from Cotswold District Council (CDC) in order to carry out its business for the Town. At the January meeting, The Town Council agreed the budget requirement for April 2014 – March 2015 and this forms the amount of money (the Precept) it will request from CDC. The Councillors are very mindful of the current economic climate and like everyone else the Town Council has seen a rise in basic costs. This year there will be additional costs because of the Neighbourhood Development Plan but the Councillors have agreed a 2% increase only. There are some reserves available and they are also watching the spend carefully. This will equate to an increase of less than 40p per D band house starting from April. You will be able to see the breakdown on your Council Tax bill of how much the different groups (CDC, Gloucestershire County Council, the Police and the Town Council) have requested.
If you would like details of what the Town Council used the Precept for last year, please contact me.
Northleach with Eastington Town Council
The Resiliance Planning Group has put together a short guide on surviving the winter weather, copied here.
This information is also available as an A4 flyer: Are you prepared for winter?
- Check with the local & national weather forecast www.metoffice.gov.uk.
- Listen to the local radio or TV news before clearing a path to get yourself safely out and join up with your neighbours.
- Check that your neighbours are OK and then clear your side road.
- If you cannot get out and need assistance then signal for someone to call.
- Spread grit thinly on the public footpaths and roads you have cleared.
- If you have to drive, ask yourself “Is my journey really necessary? Will I get home if I leave?” Tell someone your planned route and keep to main roads.
- When roads are closed it will be difficult for public transport to run.
- Check if your school is closed, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.
- Accidents do happen. When they do – help others or seek assistance.
- Do you have food and water to last at least two days?
- Do you have a working torch in case the electricity fails?
- If you have no heating, tell someone, then wrap yourself up with a blanket or duvet.
- If you need medicines or treatment and cannot get out – contact the relevant organisation and ask for assistance.
Please find attached the dates and times for the Cotswold Mobile Police Station for February.
The van will be visiting Northleach on Monday 24th February and will be in the Market Place between 9am – 12.30. I have attached the full rota in case other stops are more suitable.
There have been some major changes to the routes to try and help improve the service the Mobile Police Station gives to the community. Please come along and have a chat to PCSO Simon King and let him know your views on the new routes and times. If you would like to book the Mobile Police Station for an event in your community please contact me to see if it is available.
The Mobile police Station is an operation Police Vehicle and at times can be called to attend Police incidents at short notice. This could mean that it will not attend at the time and date indicated on the rota.
Alternatively you can contact Simon using the details below
PCSO Simon King 49201
Local Policing Team
Cotswold Local Policing Area
Tel: 101 or Direct Dial 01242 247174