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Chairman’s Letter June 2019

Hello Everyone. 
This is a quick note about what went on at the Town Council meeting this month. You can read all of the detail in the formal minutes when they’re published but I thought it might be useful to give you some highlights:
We elected a new Chairman for the year in May – that’s me, Rob Platts, and I am looking forward to working with you to help Northleach continue to develop for everyone in the town. Alan Wellman was elected as Vice Chairman and so we have some good experience working together.
We were informed of some roadworks in the area. It’s worth checking on the County Council website for details but, as a heads-up, the A429 around Fossebridge will have some overnight closures (7pm – 7pm) from 28th June to 11th July . . . so watch out!
Now that we have completed the main play area on the King George V Playing Field, we are kicking-off two projects in the town: The Ward Road Play Area and an Adult Exercise Area. The leaders of each of these projects will be reporting back to us all on their progress in the coming months.
We are installing the latest defibrillator on the Pavilion on the King George V Playing Field and have started a project to fund a further unit for the Market Square. I think this should now cover us for this type of emergency in the town – let us know if you think we need more.
Also, following your requests, we are progressing a new seat and a new rubbish bin on the King George V Playing Field between the zip wire and the playground – hopefully useful to parents with kids on both things.
We will continue to attend a Councillor Surgery each month for people to come and meet us in an informal setting to share any comments or issues. We have had mixed attendance at these sessions but we will offer this opportunity to meet for the next few months– please come along if you are interested – The next one is on Saturday July 6th at the Westwoods Centre from 11:00 to 12:00.
All formal meeting minutes and other information are on the Town Council website www.northleach.gov.uk – please get in touch with the Clerk if you have any issues or concerns either by email on clerk@northleach.gov.uk, or you could come to the next monthly Councillor Surgery meeting first Saturday each month or the next Town Council meeting on Wednesday 24th July 2019 – 7 pm at the Westwoods Centre. Until then, I hope this brief update is useful.
Cllr Rob Platts

Learn About the Benefits of Community-Led Housing

Press Release from Cotswold District Council

Cotswold District will be hosting a free special event on the morning of 4 July to inform key local decision makers, housing groups, and the public about the benefits of community-led housing. District and Parish/Town councillors, housing associations and the general public are invited to register for the 4 July event which takes place at the Westwoods Centre, Basset Road, Northleach GL54 3QJ from 10 am to 1230 pm (refreshments and buffet lunch provided).

The organisers – supported by experts from Homes England, a local Housing Association and an established Gloucestershire-based Community Land Trust – will focus on community-led housing as a means of providing more affordable accommodation in local communities across the District.  Details will be made available about the range of delivery options available, including: community land trusts; collective self-build groups; cooperative housing; co-housing schemes; mutual home ownership societies; and alms houses.

Importantly, the event – which appropriately falls within the national Rural Housing Week – will also explore how schemes can be initiated (including from the grassroots level), the sources of funding available, and the help that CDC can provide to assist community-led housing schemes.  There will also be examples of successful schemes from across the country.

Commenting on this initiative, CDC Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Lisa Spivey says: “One of our Council’s highest priorities is the provision of more affordable housing across the District, and the growing movement of community-led schemes can play a huge part in achieving that aim. This event will show how they can complement the work of the local housing authority whilst meeting the aspirations of local communities. There are so many advantages to the community-led approach: long term investment in housing through community ownership of local assets; delivery of genuinely affordable homes for local people; gaining local people’s support for new homes and their active engagement in the planning process; creating housing schemes that better reflect local aspirations; increasing the housing supply and unlocking smaller and rural exception sites; promoting better community cohesion; and the encouragement of innovative designs built to high environmentally sustainable standards. I am looking forward to the 4 July event very much and believe that it will serve as a springboard for a wide range of new community-led schemes.”

NOTE: Admission to the 4 July event is by invitation only.  To apply for an invite please contact colin.mcdonald@publicagroup.uk or telephone 01285 623248.

Waste Survey During Rubbish Collections

During the rubbish collections on Friday, members of a company commissioned by Glos County Council will be taking samples to be analysed to improve recycling. We were not notified of this in advance but I have had a few enquiries.

I have just been sent a leaflet which the teams have to hand out to residents. Copy below.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk


European Parliamentary Elections, 23 May 2019


Voting for the European Parliament will take place on 23 May 2019.  Cotswold District is part of the South West Region of the UK, which will return six MEPs.

In order to be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register.

If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at this election, your application to register must be recieved by midnight on Tuesday 7 May.  You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Cotswold District Council’s Elections Team for a paper form.

If you are not sure whether you are on the electoral register, please telephone 01285 623002 to check.

Poll cards will be sent out to all registered electors on 23 April 2019.

If you can’t make it to the polling station on polling day, you can choose postal or proxy voting. 

Visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk for details on how to register or to apply for postal and proxy voting.

The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process.