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New Chief Executive Proposed to Cotswold District Council

Robert Weaver will be proposed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Cotswold District Council at a meeting of Full Council next Wednesday (23 September). Mr Weaver is currently Deputy Chief Executive of Tewkesbury Borough Council.
The appointment of Chief Executive is made by Full Council following the recommendations of the cross-party Statutory Officer Performance and Appointments Committee.  The committee members were unanimous in their decision that, subject to the approval of Council, the post should be offered to Mr Weaver. He will also assume the roles of the Council’s Head of Paid Service, Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer.

Councillor Joe Harris, Leader of Cotswold District Council said: “I am delighted to be able to recommend someone of Rob’s calibre to the new post of Chief Executive and I’m particularly pleased that the recommendation from our cross-party appointments panel was unanimous. Rob is a rising star in local government and has experience of both service delivery and setting wider strategy, he’s really impressive.

“The new post, replacing the previous head of paid service post, is part of this administration’s manifesto commitment to appoint a Chief Executive. As we prepare for the long term challenges the district faces, be it the climate emergency, tackling the housing affordability crisis or supporting our towns in recovery from Covid -19, we’re very much looking forward to seeing Rob getting stuck in.”

Mr Weaver has also worked for Stroud District Council and High Peak & Staffordshire Moorlands District Council – two authorities that have an alliance or shared senior management team.  He holds an MSc in Environmental Health for the University of Birmingham and an MBA.

Celebrate our County and its Unsung Heroes on Gloucestershire Day

A special day is being organised to publicly thank the people who have gone above and beyond their normal duty in Gloucestershire during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Gloucestershire Day’ will also be an opportunity to celebrate the spirit and strength of our communities and to nominate someone who lives or works in the county who has helped you during the crisis.

It will be held on Monday 21 September to coincide with World Appreciation Day and there are plans to make it an annual event.

To celebrate the county and its response and recovery from Covid-19, we want to promote everything that is great about Gloucestershire – the districts, businesses, areas of interest and hidden treasures that make it such a wonderful place to live and work.

Ways to mark the day include:

  • Posting photos of your favourite place or county view on social media with the hashtag #GlosDay
  • Displaying the Gloucestershire flag in windows – there’s printable one to colour in on the Gloucestershire Day page.
  • Adding a frame to your Facebook profile photo – search GlosDay on frames to find it
  • Using one of the #GlosDay filters on Instagram

We are asking people to be as creative as they like to show what makes Gloucestershire special to them – whether it’s making, creating or painting something – and to share it with us.  Click here to read more about it.

Corinium Museum Secures Recovery Funding as Visitor Numbers Rebound

Corinium Museum in Cirencester has been awarded a South West Museum Development grant for £2,200 to develop a programme of digital workshops thanks to funding from Art Fund and Arts Council England.

This welcome grant funding will be used to create a range of digital workshops, school sessions, talks and demonstrations in response to the restrictions we currently face owing to Covid-19.

The new socially distanced Corinium Museum has been a huge hit with visitors since reopening in early August.

Museum Director, Amanda Hart, said: “We have been thrilled with the support from the public and visitors to the museum since reopening. Visitor numbers in August were only slightly down on last year, and considering that we are operating with strict social distancing measures in place and have been unable to run our usual programme of events, this really is a fantastic achievement. 

“The Corinium Museum, like many organisations, is having to find ways to adapt and change the way we deliver our programmes and this development grant will provide us with the training and equipment to explore new and innovative ways of reaching our audiences.”

Cllr Jenny Forde, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I’m not surprised that the Museum has had such a high number of visitors since it opened its doors again. It’s one of the ‘must-see’ attractions in Cirencester and the Cotswolds and Amanda and her team’s hard work has meant it’s getting better by the day.

“The shiny new reception, shop and covid-safety measures mean visitors can be confident that the journey through the museum will be as pleasant and safe an experience as possible.”

Chairman’s letter August 2020

Some good news at the town council meeting this month – we have two new councillors and a Town Clerk in place. Connor Williamson and Mark Ogden have joined as Councillors and will soon be bringing their varied experience of social care and charitable endeavours to bear to support the council. This means we still have two vacancies on the council and so if anyone would like to get involved to serve the town then please get in touch.

Following the resignation of Sharon Henley, the council has moved quickly to secure the services of a new clerk. I am very pleased to confirm that Pauline Rigby has accepted the role of Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for the council. We would all like to thank Pauline for her dedication and ongoing commitment to this town and wish her well in her role.

Planning has started to re-open the Westwoods Centre. It’s early days yet and we have to make sure those of our users who wish to return at this time can feel safe. This means we need to make sure we know who wants to come back and to ensure that the building is made Covid-19 Secure. Regular users of the centre will be contacted soon but if you have an immediate enquiry then please contact Westwoods@northleach.gov.uk.

As many of you will be aware, the council has been trying to agree and implement a management plan for the water meadow for some time now. This is an important asset of the town and has the potential to become a unique area as it is relatively untouched and could offer significant wildlife benefits. There are varying views regarding the best way to manage the meadow and the river and so the town council is planning to survey the community to help us understand what you, the residents, would like the meadow to become. In addition, we have the outstanding task of confirming who actually owns the land each side of the river – which will become increasingly important as we develop a management plan.

The council meets again on the 16th of September (by video conference) so please join us if you wish. Details of how to join the meeting are included on the agenda, which you will find in the ‘What’s on’ section of the Town website. Hopefully, I can report that we have a full complement of councillors next month!

If you have any feedback or comments or wish to become a councillor then please make contact at clerk@northleach.gov.uk

Rob Platts

Chairman,

Northleach with Eastington Town Council

Gloucestershire Day – 21st September 2020

A special day is being organised to publicly thank the people who have gone above and beyond their normal duty in Gloucestershire during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Gloucestershire Day’ (#GlosDay) will also be an opportunity to celebrate the spirit and strength of our communities and to nominate someone who lives or works in the county who has helped you during the crisis.

#GlosDay will be held on Monday 21 September to coincide with World Appreciation Day and we plan to make it an annual event.

We want to promote everything that is great about Gloucestershire – the districts, businesses, areas of interest and hidden treasures that make it such a wonderful place to live and work.

Ways you can mark #GlosDay:

  • Visit one of the county’s many attractions (eg a trip to the Cotswolds, a walk up Cleeve Hill or Cam Peak, a visit to Tewkesbury Abbey or Gloucester Cathedral)
  • Plan a family gathering
  • Enjoy a walk around the county’s glorious countryside

Be as creative as you like to show what makes Gloucestershire special to you – whether it’s making, creating or painting something – and share it with us!

On the day itself, we want as many people as possible to share short video clips or photos showing how you are celebrating using the hashtag #GlosDay.

We’ll also be sharing photos of Covid-19 Community Heroes – people who have gone above and beyond to support others during the pandemic. Find out more on the Covid-19 Community Heroes page.

There are also Facebook frames, Instagram filters and downloads, including a flag for you to print, colour in and display in your windows or around your house and garden when you celebrate what an amazing county we live in. Get involved in #GlosDay.

Northleach Community Minibus Fundraiser

The Northleach and District Community Association is a charity run by volunteers, and the minibus is a self funding non profit making community asset. Only by hiring out the minibus can it be maintained and therefore it relies solely on it being used by the community.
The pandemic has taken its toll on this year’s income. As a result we have insufficient funds to maintain and run your community minibus beyond the end of 2020. 

We are therefore asking the local community to help raise money to keep the community minibus running into 2021 and beyond…

Thank you for your support!!  Please see the fundraising page here.