Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor

NOTICE is given that, due to the resignation of Alan Wellman, a vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for the Town Council.
The vacancy will be filled by election if a request from 10 local government electors for the Town is received within 14 working days of the date of this notice. The request must be received by 28 April 2022.

Requests should include each electors’ name and address and should be sent to the Chief Executive at the address below or by email to elections@cotswold.gov.uk
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 5 July 2022.

If 10 signatures are not received by the date given, the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option.  For further information please email the Town Clerk. clek@northleach.gov.uk

Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 Consultation

Regulation 18 ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation is available for residents to view and submit comments between the following dates:

Start date: Friday 4th February 2022

End Date: Sunday 20th March 2022

The Local Plan is the statutory development plan setting out the principal policies and proposals for land use in the District. The Council has now reached the first formal consultation stage in the partial update process – known as the Regulation 18 ‘Issues and Options’ consultation.

The public consultation invites comments on a targeted update of the adopted Local Plan, focussing on specific issues and options covering 18 planning topics or themes. Last year the Council agreed a programme of work to update the Local Plan partially so that it can respond to the Council’s new Corporate Plan, climate and ecological emergency declarations and recent changes to national planning policy and guidance.

Your comments together with updated evidence will be considered and used to inform the next stage of the plan preparation process – the draft Local Plan Partial Update – which will be the subject of a further round of consultation in 2023.

Please note the deadline for comments is 11:59pm on Sunday 20th March 2022

It is important to be aware that names and comments, once processed, will be made publicly available on the Council’s website. A Local Plan Privacy Notice is available on the Council’s website.

To assist the consultation process, public drop-in events will be held on:

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 from 2pm until 6:30pm at the Committee Rooms, Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX and

Wednesday 9th March 2022 from 2pm until 6:30pm at Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AZ

Further supporting evidence documents, including FAQs, are available to view or downloaded on the Council’s website at: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/

If you have any queries please contact the Forward Planning Team at Cotswold District Council on Tel: 01285 623000 or email: local.plan@cotswold.gov.uk

Annual Canvas of Electors 2021

As you may already know,  Cotswold District Council’s Electoral Services Department undertakes an annual check of properties in the District and this year’s is now underway.

The canvass starts with a data matching process against Dept. of Work and Pension records.  This gives them two sets of properties – those where all the electors match to DWP (Route 1) and those where all or some electors don’t match (Route 2).

The canvass began with an email to Route 1 properties a couple of weeks ago.  The email asked residents to confirm or change their details.  If no response is received from a property, a form will be posted to those households at the end of August. 

These Route 1 property forms do not require a response from the householder unless there are changes to be made.  Once the forms have been posted,  work on these properties is complete although entries are reviewed throughout the year using internal data such as council tax records. Therefore, as no reminder form will be sent, it is important that any household that requires changes to be made, returns the form to CDC or makes changes online

Route 2 properties will receive a form within the next 10 days and Cotswold District Council does need a response to these.  Therefore, if no response is received they will follow up with a posted reminder and finally a canvasser visit to the property.  Also, as part of the process they will be sending a separate information sheet to properties that currently don’t have any electors registered.  A copy of this can be found below for your information.

If you have any queries, please contact Cotswold District Council’s Customer Services team on 01285 623002 or email them at  elections@cotswold.gov.uk

Green Infrastructure Consultation Deadline Extended

Consultation deadline extended to 16 August 2021

Have your say

Residents are invited to contribute and work with Cotswold District Council on their Green Infrastructure Strategy, which will aim to boost green and open spaces as part of the Council priority to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.

The proposals include more places to exercise, improving cycle routes and footpaths to support safe and sustainable travel, creating more ‘natural’ play areas for the young, building desirable places to live and work and incorporating green areas that support wildlife habitats and mitigate climate change.

The new strategy outlines a number of key recommendations that could be taken to benefit the district as a whole, as well as focusing on the 17 settlements where major development is most likely to happen.

Members of the public and key stakeholders are now invited to share their views on the strategy, which will be going out to consultation from 14 June and will close on 16 August.  Covering a wide variety of open spaces and green features, green infrastructure typically includes parks, playing fields, woodland, allotments and private gardens but can include sustainable drainage features – used to alleviate flooding and water pollution – urban planting, cycle tracks and Public Rights of Way as well as ‘blue’ features such as streams and other waterways. 

The final version of the strategy will be used to inform the district’s Local Plan, which sets a framework for future planning decisions, including how the Council will meet the need for new homes, employment, open spaces, schools and leisure facilities.

The draft Green Infrastructure Strategy can be found on the Cotswold District Council website (www.cotswold.gov.uk/greeninfrastructure).  Copies of the document are available to view at all district libraries as well as the Council offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester and the Moreton in Marsh office.  Hard copies can be obtained on request by contacting the Council’s customer services team on 01285 623000.

Preparations Underway to Make Sure Polling Stations are Covid Secure

As the local elections approach on Thursday 6 May 2021, Cotswold District Council is preparing to make sure all polling stations available for those who wish to vote in person are safe and Covid secure.  For Northleach with Eastington residents your polling station this year will be The Westwoods Centre. 

Voting in person will be different this year with polling stations following the Covid secure rules seen across shops and other indoor locations during the pandemic. This will include voters wearing masks, using hand sanitiser, social distancing and making sure items touched in the polling booths are cleaned. 

Staff will also be taking the necessary precautions to keep safe and have received additional training to help advise and support voters.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own masks and pen or pencil on the day to reduce wastage on the day, however, for those that need them they will be available.

Some polling stations have had to change due to some usual polling locations being unsuitable during the pandemic and so voters are being urged to check their poll cards to make sure they know where their polling station is.

Residents are also being encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote, and if they want to, have applied for postal or proxy voting ahead of the rapidly approaching deadlines.  Residents can register to vote through the Government website which takes only five minutes to complete.

Residents can apply for postal voting now and have to get their application in before the deadline of 5 pm on 20 April and to be able to vote by proxy, applications must be in by 5 pm on Tuesday 27 April.   Application forms for postal and proxy voting can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission or voters can visit the council website at cotswold.gov.uk/registertovote or contact us on 01285 623002. 

Northleach Included in Drive to Support Businesses Recover after Lockdown

Cotswold District Council has recently commissioned expert advisors to provide business support and advice for each of the ten main towns and villages within the District as part of current measures to support the reopening of each centre.

Heartflood has been appointed by the Council as independent experts in town and city centres and will be providing advice, information and signposting to a range of Cotswold businesses.  Work on the project will begin immediately, focusing on Cirencester, Tetbury, Northleach, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, South Cerney, Fairford, Lechlade and Chipping Campden and will involve supporting businesses with a range of key recovery factors.

Heartflood will be asking businesses to book a diagnostic appointment and will provide targeted advice or signposting based on individual business needs.  Businesses within each centre are therefore urged to visit the District Council website at cotswold.gov.uk/business-and-licensing to gain contact details for this programme.

If you are a local business and would like more information on the scheme, please email high.streets@cotswold.gov.uk or call us on 01285 623000.”

Chris Gregory from Heartflood added: “We recognise that many businesses currently require considerable support and that the balance of needs will vary in each individual case.  We, therefore, urge businesses to get in touch so that we can best assess how they can be supported.”

Download Heartflood’s guide to Town Centre Business Support Services in the Cotswold District: cotswold.gov.uk/media/8d8ef85fdd81cf3/heartflood-town-centre-support.pdf