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Cotswold District Council Launches 2023-24 Budget Consultation

Cotswold District Council has launched its budget consultation and wants your views on how they manage council finances. Their aim is to deliver high quality services and continue to care for the Cotswolds despite the challenges of the rising cost of living.

From today until Friday 9 December they are holding a consultation on their 2023/24 budget proposals which include plans for how they will weather the storm of cuts to local government funding. The council has lost around 60% of core government funding over the past decade but still want to act on the things that matter to residents including affordable homes, climate change and strengthening our local economy.

You can find out more about where you money is spent and how they plan to manage the council’s finances by visiting their website where you can also fill out the survey and have your say 👉https://cotswold.gov.uk/budget

Friends of the Cotswolds Awarded National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant

The Town Council is delighted to share this press release from local charity Friends of the Cotswolds.

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Friends of the Cotswolds awarded a grant of £235,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to create a range of volunteer-led projects over the next 2.5 years- Rooted in the Community: The Old Prison

NORTHLEACH – 21 October 2022 – The Friends of the Cotswolds has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £235,600 for an exciting heritage project; Rooted in the Community: The Old Prison. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on reconnecting the Old Prison in Northleach to the local community and bringing its heritage to new audiences.

The project will start in November 2022, and over the course of 2.5 years, will deliver a range of developments at the Old Prison including a Community Wellbeing Garden, an Education Programme working with local primary schools, an Oral History Project and events and exhibitions in partnership with Corinium Museum and Gloucestershire Constabulary Archives.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable people of all ages to engage with their local heritage and explore the roots of this important heritage site. There will be many opportunities for volunteers to get involved and learn new skills with full training provided; new roles will cover all elements of the project with something for everybody.

The Friends of the Cotswolds is an organisation that works to protect and enhance the region’s unique environment, heritage and culture. Having bought the Old Prison in 2013, the Friends have worked over the past decade to ensure it remains open to the community and will now take the site forward to connect local people with the fascinating heritage of the Old Prison.

Commenting on the award, David Rockey said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will support more people to connect with the Heritage of the Old Prison.”

The total project costs run to £250,000. The Friends of the Cotswolds is incredibly grateful to local support for the project who awarded us grants totalling over £14,000 in match funding. Our thanks to:

  • Build Back Better Councillor Scheme- Gloucestershire County Council
  • Northleach Community Grant – Northleach with Eastington Town Council
  • Northleach Town Trustees
  • Northleach Youth Club and Community Trust
  • Notgrove Trust

About Friends of the Cotswolds

Friends of the Cotswolds is a small charity based in Northleach. We purchased the Old Prison from Cotswold District Council in 2013 to ensure it remained open to the public to visit and enjoy. https://friendsofthecotswolds.org

Our partners Relish run the café at the Old Prison, and we run the visitor attraction. The site is also home to the Cotswolds National Landscape team and community radio station Cotswolds Radio.

Away from the Old Prison, we support local apprentices through our Cotswold Craft Apprenticeship Scheme which we continue to promote with funds available for new apprentices.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Statement on Outside Dining in the Market Place

Published by Northleach with Eastington Town Council on 12 October 2022.

The Town Council at its meeting on 28 September 2022 resolved to support an outline proposal from Cotswold District Councillor Tony Dale to widen the pavement on the Market Place.

The reasons given were that the pavement extension would benefit the community, especially the most vulnerable who would benefit from a safer environment and residents who enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that a pavement hospitality scene generates.

Gloucestershire Highways has been informed and we are awaiting further information from them on the design and costs of the scheme.

The Town Council appreciates that many people value the outside dining space while others are concerned about the loss of parking spaces. We have been working with all parties to try and find the best possible outcome for the town.

The tables and chairs on the Market Place were introduced during the pandemic after new laws simplified the process for issuing pavement licences. Grant monies were available to provide planters and barriers around the tables and chairs, and Town Council officers put considerable efforts into developing the scheme. Unfortunately, a second pavement licence was refused by Cotswold District Council and we learned that the first licence had been issued incorrectly. The legal department at Gloucestershire Highways has advised there is no legislation permitting tables and chairs on the carriageway. The Town Council felt it could not justify spending public money on the scheme when permission could be withdrawn at any moment.

We now know that the existing licence was not withdrawn but has not been renewed by Cotswold District Council. The Town Council is supporting the proposal to widen the pavement which would allow for pavement licences to be issued in the future and will share further information as it becomes available.

Any questions about pavement licences should be directed to Cotswold District Council.

ENDS

For information about the work of the Town Council, please contact us.

Help Save the Black Cat Café

“More than just a cup of coffee”

*** THIS SURVEY HAS NOW CLOSED, thank you to all who responded ***

At the meeting on 28 September, the Town Council heard from residents how much they missed the Black Cat Café since it had ceased trading last month.

A group of people are trying to put a rescue package together, working with the directors of the café business, and the Town Council resolved to support the effort.

A questionnaire is the first step. We would like to determine the level of support for acquiring the building as a community asset and launching a new café business. We would also like to hear from anyone who feels they can help.

Take the survey

There is less time than we hoped to save the café. We have been tasked with producing a complete business plan by Friday 21st October, so please complete your questionnaire as soon as possible. Paper copies were printed with a deadline of 30 October, before this was known.

Paper copies of the questionnaire are being distributed to households across the parish and can be returned to the collection box in Fruitcakes. Every household in town, and as many supporters of the café as we can reach, will be asked to complete one questionnaire, ideally capturing the input of the whole household, not just the individual completing the form. 

It would be very helpful if you could complete your response online, as this will save us time when collating the results. Click the button below to access the questionnaire online.

Take the survey

The questionnaire has been produced by Northleach with Eastington Town Council. Responses are anonymous unless you choose to provide your name. Any personal data will be handled securely and in line with the council’s privacy policy.

The results of the survey will be published by the Town Council in due course.

Stagecoach Bus Update New Service – S2

Important Information for People who used the Stagecoach 853 Service serving Northleach (Cheltenham – Witney – Oxford)

New Service – S2

S2 – The S2 will now run from Oxford to Witney and Curbridge every hour and extend to Cheltenham every 2 hours.

This bus will no longer serve Carterton but alternative connections are available on the S1 and 233.

This revised S2 replaces services 853 and S2X which will be withdrawn.

View S2 timetable