Town Council Newsletter June 2014

Town Council Meeting – Thursday 19th June, 7pm in the Westwoods Centre.
Please note this meeting is much earlier in the month than normal as the Westwoods is fully booked the following week. All members of the Public are very welcome.

Northleach Neighbourhood Development Plan
The plan is progressing as projected. The next stage will be a concerted effort to ensure that all members of the community have had the chance to comment on the phases so far. The Steering Group will be meeting with as many groups as possible over the next few months. If you would like information or advice on the plan please contact the Town Council, the Clerk or check out the website.

Affordable Housing
There has been an increase in the number of questions we are being asked about affordable housing. There are many elements to this aspect of housing. Some accommodation is provided by the local housing association Bromford Housing whose planning application for 22 affordable homes at the old Fortey House site is progressing. They plan a range of options to rent or buy these properties. In order to be considered for any of these homes, people need to approach Cotswold District Council and speak to their Housing Advice line on 01285 623000. In addition some housing is available through a couple of other providers in Northleach. If you require support on this please contact us in confidence or look up “affordable housing” on the website

Grass Cutting Contract and Tree Maintenance
The grass cutting contract for the Town is now with Bibury Landscaping. The tender for work was completed in March and all the submitted quotes were considered carefully. As with any change, there will be a settling down period and we ask that residents feed any concerns into us so they can be addressed. Please note that the Town Council are not responsible for every verge in Northleach. Cotswold District Council and Highways still cut some of these but only a couple of times a year. Therefore the Town Council has invested in a heavy duty strimmer so any areas of concern can be dealt with before they become an issue. Please feed in details of any problem areas so they can be investigated. Some of the trees around Town have had a trim and this work will be continuing over the next few months. Like the grass cutting, the Town Council are not responsible for every tree but are able to feed in concerns to those bodies responsible for their individual maintenance.

Cat Crompton, Clerk to the Council