Northleach Town Council Has 3 Vacancies for New Councillors

The Town Council currently has three vacancies for councillors and are hoping to fill these seats at the next Council meeting on Wednesday 25th July.

The Council has wide ranging responsibilities, making decisions for residents on a very local level. Responsibilities include the Westwoods Centre, the Pavilion and playing field, play areas and water meadow, most of the Town’s grass cutting, the Cemetery and the allotments. In addition we liaise with Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council over issues that affect the town.

We also have ad hoc subcommittees and working groups. Over the last few years these have included the community litter pick, play area project, MUGA working group and winter planning.

There are certain criteria in order to apply. You must be:

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
  • At least 18 years old
  • Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election or appointment.

If you would like more information please contact the Clerk or one of the councillors whose details are on the notice boards in town or on the website www.northleach.gov.uk.

To be considered, please send your expression of interest to the Clerk by Monday 23rd July. The easiest way to do this is by emailing clerk@northleach.gov.uk but you could also write to us or call 01451 861499.

Five Simple Steps to Kerbside Recycling

Please find below information from Cotswold District Council about recycling changes.

Please follow ‘five simple steps’ to pre-sort your kerbside recycling
Release date: 21st June 2018

Cotswold District Council is launching a ‘five simple steps’ campaign which asks residents to pre-sort their recyclables before they present them for collection at the kerbside.

At the moment, residents tend to use: a black box for all used paper, magazines, glass items, cans/tins; a white sack for mixed plastic bottles, pots, tubs & trays; and a blue sack for cardboard.

However, the Council is now encouraging people to keep paper and magazines separate from glass items – either within the confines of one black box (if they only have only room for one) or by acquiring a second black box at no cost. To make life easier, residents can now place tins/cans and aerosols into their white sacks with plastics as these can now be separated at the recycling plant.

The ‘five simple steps’ are as follows:

Step 1 – Use one black recycling box for paper and magazines. (If you only have room for one box – put the papers at one end and the glass, jars and bottles at the other).
Step 2 – If you can accommodate a second black recycling box use this for all glass bottles and jars – no broken glass please. (You can order a second box for free if you need one).
Step 3 – You can now use the white recycling sack for tins/cans, aerosols, as well as for  plastic bottles, food trays, yoghurt pots and other types of mixed rigid plastics.
Step 4 – Use the blue recycling sack for corrugated (brown coloured) cardboard or light (grey coloured) card.
Step 5 – Use the green caddy for food waste (or you can also pop your food waste into your garden waste if you subscribe to this service).

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment, explains the benefits of additional pre-sorting: “We are delighted that so many people across the District are keen recyclers and we want to make sure that all the materials they present can be recycled. This now means that we need their help to do a little more pre-sorting before the items are collected.  Keeping the glass and paper separate means that both materials can be recycled more easily. The ‘five simple steps’ also help to speed up collections, cutting down on disruption to traffic flows caused by Ubico vehicles.”

The Council will be happy to supply a free extra black box on request. “I hope that being able to recycle tins and plastics together will make life easier for residents, but I would ask that they “wash and squash” the items first to make the most of the white sack’s capacity and also to keep it clean,” she added.

To request an extra black box or contact the CDC Waste Team email cdc@cotswold.gov.uk or phone 01285 623123.

Notice for the Exercise of Public Rights to Inspect the Accounts

The unaudited accounts for the year ending 31 March 2018 have now been published. Please see the attached documents for details.

 

For guidance on local residents’ rights to inspect the accounts, see this guide from the National Audit Office (NAO): Local authority accounts – a guide to your rights.

Notice of Vacancy June 2018

Following the resignations of Laurie Colton and Will Rayner, two councillor vacancies are being advertised by Cotswold District Council via the attached notice.

The process is that if 10 residents request an election then that is how the position will be filled. If an election is not called then the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option, and will invite interested local residents to contact us for details.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk