National Warnings Issued About Fraudsters

Dear all,
The following has come from Cotswold District Council. However I am getting a number of alerts in regards fraudulent calls, emails and letters from people pretending to be from TV Licensing, HMRC, local councils, insurance companies and banks. Please read the following and be aware of who is asking you for information.
Kind regards
Cat, Town Clerk

Action Fraud has issued national warnings about fraudsters who are pretending to be from local councils or the HMRC.

People are receiving cold calls and emails about a council tax over payment from individuals who appear to work for a local council. The emails often contain phishing links, which direct the recipient to a website where they will be asked to provide personal data.

Action Fraud has also experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public which appear to originate from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or – in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin – deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Come & Meet Town Councillors At Our Monthly Surgeries

Northleach Town Council is pleased to announce that from the New Year it will be hosting a regular Town Councillor surgery on the first Saturday of each month at the Black Cat Café, The Market Place, Northleach.

The first surgery is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th January 2019 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH TOWN COUNCILLORS.

Local residents are invited to come and meet their Town Councillors to ask questions and discuss issues on an informal basis. There will be two members of the Town Council available at this surgery.

Regards,
Mrs Catriona Crompton – Town Clerk

Northleach’s New Playground is Open

An early Christmas present for the town …

The final safety inspection of our new playground took place on Thursday, and confirmation came in yesterday afternoon that we could open. We’re grateful to Playdale’s area sales manager who went the extra mile and came over this morning to drop the Heras fencing so that our new playground could open in time for Christmas.

We hope you will agree that this is a fantastic new facility for the Town. There will be an “official” thank you and grand opening in due course, but in the meantime, the Town Council would like to say a huge thank you to all everyone who helped to bring the project to fruition. We would particularly like to acknowledge the generous grants and donations recieved from Northleach Town Trustees, Cotswold Fosseway Lions Club and Cotswold District Council’s Community Projects Fund.

As companies are closed over the festive period, the rest of the fencing will come down in the New Year. Enjoy your new playground (and please don’t play on the Heras fencing).

North Cotswold Food Bank, Donations Requested

We continue to collect donations for the North Cotswold Food Bank at the Westwoods Centre and are asking for your help this Christmas period. With schools off the need increases as children who normally receive free school meals will not be in receipt of these for a few weeks.

The Cotswold Fosseway Lions (formerly the Northleach & Fosse Lions) have just made their fortnightly delivery to the Food Bank of items left at the Westwoods Centre. Their support in this is really appreciated by the Town Council. The list of items needed is updated regularly and can be found here: https://northcotswold.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

I have spoken to the team at the Food Bank. In addition to the normal long life tins and packets of food that they distribute they are also in need of general household cleaning products. They specifically stated toilet roll (large packs are fine as they split these up), jay cloths, sponges, washing up liquid, cleaning liquids and washing machine items. (They noted that capsules or liquid washing machine items are best as powder clogs in the cold warehouse).

The next delivery will be going early on Tuesday 18th December. Items can be left in the Westwoods foyer.

Many thanks for your donations over the last few years.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Attempted Burglary, Midwinter Road On 29 November

Incident: 211 29/11/18

At around 13:00 on 29/11/18 two unknown males entered a property in Midwinter Road, Northleach via a window. They were scared from the property a dog inside and did not take anything at all. If anyone in the vicinity of Midwinter Road, Tayler Road or The West End has any CCTV or has seen anything at all then we would very much like to speak to you.

Please send me an email via Charlie.Symes @ gloucestershire. pnn. police. uk

I have also heard a few rumours whilst on foot patrol in Northleach that there is a spate of burglaries in the town, this is untrue so there is no need to worry!

PCSO Charlie Symes

(Note from the Town Clerk: There have been a number of people reporting on Facebook that someone entered or attempted to enter their properties. These incidents must be reported to the police so they are aware of the issues and can deal with these appropriately in terms of resourcing and reporting).

 

Changes To Waste Collections Christmas 2018

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019. 

The collection days will change from week commencing Monday 24 December and The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019. Please note crews will be working on four Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.

Northleach’s waste collection calendar, including holiday changes:

 

Please also note that Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break.  Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks.”

She continued: “We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year.  I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside.  We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period.  However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week  (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

“North Cotswold district residents should note that we have an agreement permitting the use of the Shipston on Stour recycling centre in Warwickshire. For more information and opening times for that site, please visit Shipston on Stour recycling centre.

“Additionally don’t forget that there are many excellent recipes for leftovers on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website.  It’s also encouraging to hear about the growing popularity of recyclable wrapping paper rather than the metallic – and expensive – option which is not recyclable.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time.  For this reason, 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. 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.”

For queries and further information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council