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.

Revised Proposals for New Cotswolds Constituency Published

Press release from Cotswold District Council

The independent Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has published revised proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies, including the Cotswolds. The publication marks the start of eight weeks of public consultation, during which the Commission is inviting feedback to help shape the proposed new constituency boundaries.  This is the last round of public consultation before the Boundary Commission makes its recommendations to Parliament.

Insofar as Cotswold District is concerned, the current parliamentary constituency (known as ‘The Cotswolds’) encompasses the Cotswold District Council area plus the wards of Kingswood, Minchinhampton and Wotton-under-Edge within Stroud District Council.  The proposed constituency, also called ‘The Cotswolds’, would comprise the same Cotswold District Council area plus the Isbourne and Winchcombe Wards from Tewkesbury Borough Council.  The proposed new constituency would comprise almost 73,000 electors.

During the eight week consultation period, copies of the relevant documents for the Cotswolds Constituency will be available for public inspection at the Council’s offices in Trinity Road, Cirencester and the Moreton Area Centre.

The consultation closes on 11 December 2017 and comments can be made via the Boundary Commission’s website.

Introducing Publica

Press release from Cotswold District Council

In November, Cotswold District Council is launching a ground-breaking partnership which promises to deliver better local services for residents.

Four partner councils – Cotswold District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire District Council – have created the new company Publica Group Ltd to deliver more efficient and improved services.

Employees from Cotswold, along with those from the other councils, will transfer into Publica and continue to provide services for local residents.

However – like the other partner councils – CDC will continue to be responsible for the standard of services that are provided as well as setting strategy, policy and making decisions.

So why is CDC doing this?

The purpose is to create more value through improving efficiency and reducing costs, while at the same time improving services.

Creating one company with staff from each council will reduce the cost of management and administration and provide the opportunity to share workloads, learn from each other and benefit from shared expertise and knowledge.

Ultimately, the aim is to deliver a better more cost effective service.

The benefits of partnership working and sharing services are not new to CDC. This month is the ninth anniversary of a very successful partnership with West Oxfordshire which began with the sharing of a Chief Executive and subsequently encompassed a range of managerial and support services – with combined savings subsequently growing to around £1.9m a year.

In 2012, the councils took the partnership a stage further by creating Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire (GO) Shared Services, along with the Forest of Dean and Cheltenham Councils. GO Shared Services provide a shared human resources, finance and payroll function.

Last year, the shared services were extended to include ICT, public protection, building control, legal, property and customer services. Additionally, a Joint Committee was established to oversee the partnership and to take it on the next stage of its journey.

During the last decade, CDC has learned how to make the most of collaboration and partnership, they’ve seen the savings it can generate while benefiting the services they offer.

Those savings have been substantial; over the last 10 years CDC has saved £13m when adding in savings delivered through its shared Environmental Services company, Ubico.

Realising that this was the best way to deliver the savings required by local authorities without services suffering, CDC along with its three partners created Publica and that’s where their partnership journey continues.

What does this mean for residents?

Residents will not see a difference in the way that their services are delivered, who they contact and how they contact them.

The Council will remain as it was and will be the place local residents go for all their normal services, advice and support.

What does this mean for CDC staff?

Existing employees of CDC will be transferred to Publica in November. They will be transferred under special arrangements that safeguard them and protect their terms and conditions. Once they’re together in one company with employees from the other partner Councils they will look at how the services they provide can benefit from the new company set up.

Publica will also start recruiting new employees to join the team, and will move away from the traditional public sector pay and benefits package by offering something new with greater choice for new employees.

The Councils together are expecting to make savings of around £5.6 million per year by 2020, and £41 million in total over the next ten years.

Leader of CDC, Councillor Mark Annett said: “This is an exciting time for us as we take the next step of our journey with our partner Councils to create a jointly owned public company. Publica is a creative and enterprising solution to our modern day challenges and I am confident that our communities will benefit from the continued shared experience and expertise this brings together from staff across all four councils.”

Publica Ltd has just launched a new website www.publicagroup.uk.

More information

New Affordable Homes in Northleach Ready Soon

The Housing Advice team at Cotswold District Council have sent us the following information on new affordable homes to rent and buy in Northleach. Please note that in order to be considered for any of these properties you will need to be registered and this process can take 4-6 weeks and the homes are due to be released soon. If you are already registered then please ensure that your registration and contact details are up to date.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton,
Clerk, Northleach with Eastington Town Council


I am writing to you from the Housing Advice team at Cotswold District Council. We have been informed that the new affordable rented homes on the Westwoods site are due to be handed over from the developer to the Housing Association between January and April 2018. The Housing Association would normally look at advertising them and allowing people to bid on the Housing Register 2-3 months before this, meaning they are likely to come through shortly.

Our concern is that applications onto the Housing Register can take between 4-6 weeks to be assessed before an applicant can start bidding, so if anyone is interested in these homes and don’t currently have an Live application they will need to submit one as soon as possible. As the developers never advertise the affordable homes on their signs many potential applicants don’t realise there are any on the site.

The following rented accommodation will be available:

  • 4 x one beds flats
  • 1 x one bed bungalow (first preference to those with a ground floor need)
  • 5 x two bed houses
  • 1 x three bed house
  • 2 x four bed house

To apply they need to visit www.homeseekerplus.co.uk – click on ‘Register’ then ‘Register Now’. Applications take between 4-6 weeks to be assessed. The new properties could be advertised shortly.

A local connection to Northleach will be considered under that in the Section 106 agreement so:

  • Person has lived in Northleach for 3 years
  • Person has previously lived in Northleach for 5 years
  • Person has worked in Northleach for 1 year
  • Person has family members (grandparents, parents, siblings and adult children only) who live in the town and have done for 5 years

People who do not meet these connections will be considered but only after those who meet it are exhausted.

In addition the following will be available to buy shortly under Shared Ownership:

  • 4 x two bed houses
  • 3 x three bed houses

Applicants [for Shared Ownership housing] need to be registered with www.helptobuysouth.co.uk and should also contact Cottsway direct.
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Fancy Some Voluntary Work? Your Museum Needs You!

Press release from Cotswold District Council. Release date: 18 July 2017

Volunteers are required to help give a new lease of life to an important Rural Life Collection. The Corinium Museum is working in partnership with the Cotswold Conservation Board (CCB) to preserve the Rural Life collection housed at the Discovery Centre in Northleach.  A £4,000 grant from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and contributions from the Cotswold Museums Charitable Trust will fund the project.

Volunteers can find out more or sign up during a registration drop-in event at the Discovery Centre in Northleach on Wednesday 6 September from 10am until 2pm.  Free training sessions will then take place in September delivered by experienced conservator George Monger. The training will be designed to demonstrate safe preservation methods to clean and treat the Rural Life collection.

At the heart of the collection is a group of 23 farm wagons and carts, one of the largest publicly-owned regional collections anywhere in the country. Of particular importance are the examples of Cotswold and Gloucestershire styles of traditional farm wagons. Made in village workshops, these reflect the topography and farming traditions of their area and are truly distinctive, including a fascinating mix of bow and box type wagons.

James Harris, the Corinium Museum Collections and Engagement Officer,  says: “Volunteers will be at the centre of this project. This is a chance for local people who want to offer their time, learn some new skills, and to meet others with similar interests, all working towards a vitally important cause. It is my aim to develop a project which will run for consecutive summers.  No prior experience is necessary, other than a good level of fitness and a willingness to get stuck in.”

Richard Watson Visitor, Events and Interpretation Officer at the CCB, adds: “It’s great news that the Corinium Museum has been successful in obtaining the funding for work to start on the rural life collection. This will offer an interesting volunteering opportunity for anyone looking to develop their engineering or conservation skills and work as part of a small team to improve the condition of the collection.  It should be very satisfying to look back and see the difference the work has made.”

Volunteers can sign up to the project online by visiting http://corinium.volunteermakers.org or by contacting James at the Corinium Museum, jamesharris@slm-ltd.co.uk.

Northleach Wins Great Cotswolds Clean-Up Competition

Cotswold District Council press release, dated 14 June 2017.

A group comprising almost 90 environmentally-conscious residents from Northleach has won the £500 first prize in Cotswold District Council’s recent Great Cotswolds Clean-up competition. A runners-up prize of £300 has been awarded to a North Cerney team while the third prize of £200 has been split between groups in Ampney Crucis and Meysey Hampton.

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