New Electric Vehicle Charging Points to be Installed Across the Cotswolds

Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet has approved an ambitious strategy and delivery programme to support residents and businesses in the transition to Electric Vehicles by installing charging points across the Cotswolds. 

Demonstrating its commitment to reducing carbon emissions across the District, the Council has adopted a new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Strategy that will accelerate the delivery of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the district. 

The Council will take actions to deliver electric vehicle infrastructure in a phased approach to encourage the switch to greener vehicles. This strategy will deliver a phased installation of electric vehicle charging points in the Council’s public car parks for the benefit of residents, workers, shoppers and visitors.  

Following the initial installations and upgrades to existing units in market towns, there are plans to roll out charging points across the district by working with other landowners to ensure everyone in the Cotswolds can benefit from this charging network. The Council will be procuring an installer in January 2021 and expect installations to start later in the year.

The Council will also be working with its tenants to support the installation of charging points for those tenants that lease council-owned buildings. Work is also underway to introduce electric and hybrid vehicles to the Council’s fleet.

On its journey to net zero, the Council will seek to maximise the use of green technology in any developments or conversions it undertakes to reduce the carbon impact of buildings, aiming for net carbon zero wherever feasible. This includes the provision of electric vehicle charging for future owners or occupiers of all council-owned buildings, and all future private developments, wherever planning laws permit.

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New Whiteway Car Park in Cirencester Free of Charge to the Public for Seven Days over Christmas and New Year

Cotswold District Council is opening the new Whiteway Car Park in Cirencester free of charge to the public for seven days over Christmas and New Year.
The car park will be free to use from 7am-7pm between Monday 21 December and Thursday 24 December and between Tuesday 29 December to Thursday 31 December. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays are reserved for use by Cirencester Rugby Club.

The Whiteway car park will be free to all users to provide additional parking on these busy shopping days. 

From 4 January 2021 the car park will be for permit holders only. 

Construction works at Cirencester Rugby Club will be completed on 19 December to deliver the new permit-holders car park. The Whiteway car park provides an additional 158 parking spaces, including three disabled bays, five motorcycle bays and four electric vehicle bays with fast charging points. 
Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “It’s great to see this development completed. We hope that this offer of free parking will help people coming to Cirencester in the busy next couple of weeks.

“In the new year, this car park will provide season ticket holders with dedicated parking spaces and free up spaces in the centre of Cirencester for visitors and shoppers.”
The project to develop the Whiteway car park site at Cirencester Rugby Club began in February and works were halted by the pandemic for two months to ensure the workforce was protected and could be completed safely.  

The Council has entered into a 10-year lease agreement with Cirencester Rugby Club. This arrangement will see the Council operate the site for permit-holder parking from Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays) and the Rugby Club will use it at weekends.

If you are a permit holder in Cirencester and would like to relocate to the Whiteway car park, please contact our parking team by emailing parking@cotswold.gov.uk.

For more information about parking permits and charges or to apply for a season ticket, visit: www.cotswold.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-visitors/parking-permits-and-charges/ 

Road Closure Salt Way to Fosseway and Yanworth, Northleach

  UPDATED INFO – We have been informed of an upcoming Temporary Traffic Order to close a road for carriageway resurfacing.  It will affect the Salt Way, a minor road towards Yanworth from the end of All Alone as it leaves Northleach.

The closure will last approximately 2 Days (excl. weekends) between the hours of 07:00 to 19:00. The planned start and end dates are currently 21st – 22nd December.  We will keep an eye on this and let you know if we hear of any updates.  

Consultation Launches for A417 “Missing Link” Designs

Highways England has today (Tuesday 13 October 2020) launched a consultation on its updated designs for the ‘A417 Missing Link’.
The planned upgrade of the A417, a key route linking the South West and Midlands, will see a single lane stretch of carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire, upgraded to dual carriageway.  

One of the best ways to find out more about the proposals and have your say is to visit Highways England’s online exhibition. You can access this via http://www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a417-missing-link – there are dedicated times when you can chat or video call with members of the project team who’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

If you do not have access to the internet or experience problems downloading the consultation materials, Highways England can send free of charge one printed copy of documents including the consultation booklet, feedback questionnaire, and a Freepost return envelope to your home, which are available on request by calling 0300 123 5000 or emailing A417MissingLinkatAirBalloon@highwaysengland.co.uk

Experimental 7.5 Tonne Weight Restriction Order at Burford

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (BURFORD – 7.5 TONNE GOODS VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTION) (EXPERIMENTAL) ORDER 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on 20 July 2020 Oxfordshire County Council made the above experimental Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of the order, which comes into force on 5 August 2020, is to prevent goods vehicles that exceed 7.5 tonnes passing through Burford town using the following roads:
1) The A361 (The Hill & High Street) from the A40 Burford roundabout to the A424/A361 Fulbrook mini-roundabout,
2) Barns Lane from its junction at Burford roundabout.
3) Tanners Lane from the A40.

Please see the relevant documents and more information below: