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Chairman’s letter following an Extraordinary Meeting of the Town Council on 29th January 2020

We held an Extraordinary Council meeting to select a grounds maintenance company for up to three years, to agree the council budget for the next financial year starting in April and to agree the Precept (the amount of money we will ask Cotswold District Council to provide from your Council Tax).

We ran a fair and unbiased supplier selection process through the government’s Contract Finder service and are pleased that we received four responses to our invitation to tender. Following a “blind” evaluation of the responses where no councillors knew the bidders’ names, the Council agreed that we should offer a three-year contract to McCracken and Son Ltd.

We reviewed the projects that have been proposed for next year and are pleased to confirm that the budget we need will not have to increase from this year. The Northleach with Eastington Town Council section on your Council tax bill will not increase.

The projects we will work on this year will include: The Ward Road Play Area improvement; Extension of the path on the KGV Field; Kicking off a town-wide Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to improve the safety and parking across the entire town; and a second Hearing Loop to improve inclusion for the hard of hearing in the Westwoods Centre. We will also be spending a lot of time planning for other activities that might become projects in future.

Any questions? – please let us know.
Cllr Rob Platts

Chairman’s Letter January 2020

Another busy night at the Town Council this month. We covered the Town Council and KGV Trust agenda and also had a good deal of input from members of the public as well as the District and County Councillors.
The Library service is providing a monthly drop-in service at the Black Cat. This is your chance to borrow and return books locally in Northleach – please take a look at when the next session is and come and try it out. If we don’t use it, it will be gone!

The WASP organisation (Windrush Against Sewage Pollution) is set up to try to prevent the water company polluting the Windrush with raw sewage. This is also affecting the River Leach. We will be meeting with the various organisations and authorities concerned and we will update you on the severity of the risk and how we can help prevent this happening. Things aren’t yet as bad as in Bourton – but we do already have experience of this in Eastington. Watch this space.

There is confirmation that the promise of an additional police officer has been fulfilled and they will start soon and will be responsible for our area.

District Councillor Tony Dale tells us that they have: Appointed a Climate Change Manager who will no doubt come to talk to us soon; Provided 419 additional parking spaces around Cirencester; and Introduced a Council Tax Support Scheme to help, among others, those who have fallen on hard times including single parent families. Let him know if you need more information.

We arranged an Extraordinary council meeting for the 29th January to discuss the Town Council budget for next year, the resultant Precept amount from the Council Tax, plus our decision on the Grounds Maintenance contract for the next three years. The details of this meeting will be circulated soon.

We confirmed that the council fully supports the town’s Carbon Neutral Northleach working party and is pleased to be involved where we can help. Please have a look at the CNN’s latest update on our website and see where you can get involved in their aim to reduce our carbon footprint.

We also held the KGV Trust meeting this month which is concerned with managing the KGV Playing Field, the Pavilion and the other various equipment and premises on the field. The council is committed to improving the pavilion (including the club) and, as a start, in addition to the recent ceiling repairs, we have approved payments to improve the heating and update the smoke alarm. We are also re-organising the way we manage the pavilion so that we can be more responsive to the issues of maintaining and improving this facility- look out for what we plan to do.

The next full council meeting is on the 26th February – come along if you have anything you would like to discuss in person.

We still have one vacancy on the council – if you’re interested and would like to help then please let us know or come to the next meeting. You will be made very welcome if you do decide to join us.

If you want to receive updates from the council throughout the month, we have a mailing list you are welcome to join. Don’t worry: we won’t fill up your email inbox but we might be able to let you know if something occurs that might affect you. Have a look at Northleach Community News to see what we have sent out recently and join the list.

Chairman Cllr Rob Platts

Northleach – Carbon Reduction Plan 2020-2030

At the Town Council meeting of 20th November 2019, it was resolved to set up a working group to reduce the carbon footprint of the parish.
The initial working name is Carbon Neutral Northleach (CNN).
This document sets out the proposed programme, which was agreed at the working group meeting of 9th January 2020.

Climbing at Far Peak February Half Term

We have a limited number of FREE climbing taster sessions at Far Peak available over February Half Term.  Have a look at the timetable above  There were places available at each session at the time of writing this post.  Places are available on a first come first served basis.  Please be certain you can attend the session before contacting us because we can’t re-book them if you change your mind.  These are for children resident in Northleach only.  Please e-mail us at admin@northleach.gov.uk to book a place.  You will not be able to book the free sessions direct with Far Peak.