GlosFire is Recruiting On-Call Fire Fighters in Northleach

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service is recruiting for On-Call Firefighters in Northleach! Do you live or work within 5 minutes of Northleach Fire Station? Are you community minded? This could be for you!

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Old A40 To Reopen Following Safety Repair Work

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council

Work to safely repair and reopen the road linking the A40 with the A429 near Northleach will take place next month, Gloucestershire County Council announced today.

The road at this site near Northleach – known as ‘Prison Copse’ Wall or the “Old A40” – has been closed for two years after the wall collapsed in spring 2017 and cracking appeared on the carriageway. Highways engineers have been working to establish the exact cause of the damage and design the best repair solution. Fixing these types of road faults can be complicated and take considerable time to fix.

From 4 March to 27 March Highways crews will carry out road repairs including reconstructing the carriageway, drainage work, fencing, lining and new signage. Once the repairs have been completed, the county council will continue to monitor the condition of the road and surrounding area to make sure the road remains safe. An extension of the 30mph speed limit will be imposed and a short length of carriageway will be limited to a single lane with passing bays.

Cllr Vernon Smith, Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood, said: “The Prison Copse road linking the A40 and A429 near Northleach had to be closed. Safety has to be our number one priority, so a full road closure had to remain in place to protect the public. I understand that the road closure has caused inconvenience to local residents, therefore I’m pleased these safety improvements are taking place and I would like to thank local residents and road users for their ongoing patience.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, local county councillor for Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach, said: “I’ve campaigned hard on behalf of residents to get this road re-opened. I know how important the route is for local residents and visitors alike, therefore I’m delighted our highways crews are now able to carry out the essential repairs to allow this popular route to link villages and Northleach together again.”

More details:

Mobile Library Times for Winter To Spring 2018-19

The Mobile Library will be visiting Northleach Market Square from 14:15 until 16:15


  • Wednesday 28th November 2018
  • No visit December
  • Wednesday 23rd January  2019
  • Wednesday 20th February 2019
  • Wednesday 20th March 2019

A good selection of books for both adults and children

Use a computer free of charge.

For more information, visit or call 01452 426973

It’s free to join the Library

‘Looking To The Future’ with Gloucestershire County Council Roadshows

Gloucestershire County Council has published its Council Strategy 2019-2022 – Looking to the Future.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, explains:

It is important to be ambitious about what we want for the future of the county and clear about how we’re going to make it happen.

Looking to the Future sets out the council’s vision and level of ambition for the county over the coming years, and what it will do to support improved outcomes and quality of life for every community and business across Gloucestershire.

Looking to the Future sets out nine ambitions for the future of the county, adapted from those established through Vision 2050 to reflect the role the council plays:

  • A Magnet county- A growing working age population, with more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications choosing to live and work in the county
  • An Innovative county- More businesses starting up, growing and investing in research and innovation
  • A Skilled county – More people with high-level skills and jobs in skilled occupations
  • A Prosperous county – Rising productivity and household incomes offering higher living standards
  • An Inclusive county- The economic and social benefits of growth to be felt by all
  • A Healthy county – People to have a good work/life balance and improved health and wellbeing
  • A Connected county – Improved transport and internet connections so that people and businesses can connect with each other more easily
  • A Sustainable county – More efficient use of resources and more use of sustainable energy
  • A Resilient county – Active, resilient local communities that keep people safe, provide them with support and help them to make a positive contribution.

Under the following headings, a range of actions have been set out in Looking to the Future, that will help achieve these ambitions:

  • Children’s wellbeing and safeguarding
  • Education and Skills
  • Health, Care and Prevention
  • Communities and Localities
  • Transport, Economy and Infrastructure
  • Highways
  • Council Leadership

Being ambitious about what we want to achieve will help the county go from strength to strength in the years ahead. There are challenges we must overcome and opportunities we must make the most of but by being clear about what it is we want to achieve, we can be successful and ensure everyone in the county reaps the benefits of that success.

Taking the Vision 2050 ambitions, adapting them to reflect our role, adds further weight to an already shared picture for the future, which is important because only if partners and communities are pulling in the same direction will we truly be successful.

A series of public roadshows to discuss Looking to the Future have been organised during November, starting in Gloucester on 1 November and ending in Cheltenham on 30 November:

  • 1 November 2018          13:45 – 16:45 The Cross, Gloucester
  • 21 November 2018        12:00 – 15:00 Stroud Town Centre
  • 22 November 2018        11:00 – 14:00 Tewkesbury Spring Gardens Car Park
  • 23 November 2018        10:00 – 13:00 Cinderford Town Centre (The Triangle)
  • 29 November 2018        10:00 – 13:00 Cirencester Market Place
  • 30 November 2018        11:30 – 14:30 Cheltenham Town Centre (outside Marks & Spencer)

For more information and a copy of Looking to the Future visit

Kind regards,
Cllr Mark Hawthorne  
Leader, Gloucestershire County Council

Midweek Closure Days for County Council Recycling Centres

Following the recent announcement about changes to the opening hours of the county council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), we are now able to let you know which days the individual sites will be closed.

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed.
On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed.
On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

The council collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. Importantly, the closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites.

Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored.

The information on the closure days and new seasonal times are now online at

Community Funding From Gloucestershire County Council

The County Council has introduced a new grant scheme called ‘Growing our Communities’. Our County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson has £10k a year for the next 3 years to spend in his county division to give support to community initiatives which:

  • contribute to identify and reduce social isolation
  • develop self- supporting community hubs
  • promote digital/virtual support networks
  • promote healthy lifestyles
  • support safer neighbourhoods.

The full details and criteria are here:

The Town Council is looking at ideas for this but we are encouraging any community group with relevant ideas to apply directly as well.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk