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Support Northleach Play Area Project When You Shop at Tesco

We are delighted to report that Northleach Play Area Project has been selected for Tesco Bags of Help Grant scheme. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive a cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Our project is one of 3 shortlisted for voting in March and April. Customers should receive one token per transaction (of any value) to enable them to vote for a project in stores. (You can’t vote when you shop online.)

Please note that our local stores for voting in March and April are listed as:

  • Tesco Superstore – Stow on the Wold – GL54 1BX
  • Tesco Express – Moreton in Marsh – GL56 0BY

You can read more about how the Play Area Project is progressing by going to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/182780651806978/

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 (all raised from the 5p bag levy) being awarded to local community projects. The public vote in store determines who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards. More information at www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Local Police Update for Northleach

At this week’s Town Council meeting, a range of local issues were discussed with PCSO Charlie Symes as detailed below. The police are not always able to attend our meetings due to resourcing but we had specifically requested a visit following the Cotswold Store robbery.

  • The Northleach Local Police Report for Parish Feb 2018 was discussed. This shows data for the 3-month period of November, December 2017 and January 2018 compared to the same period the previous year. The number of “incidents” reported from the Parish over the last 3 months was 64. The number of incidents related to crimes that were then dealt with by the police was 8 compared to 17 for the previous year. It was explained that sometimes one incident can be reported as different “events” and that often people do not want to progress an incident they have reported.
  • The armed robbery at The Cotswold Stores is not included in these figures as it occurred after the report cut off. This is being handled by the Criminal Investigation Departments (CID) with limited involvement by local officers due to its serious nature. As it is an ongoing investigation they were unable to comment further.
  • Although not reflected in the attached report, PCSO Symes said that the biggest rise in crime locally has been thefts from unlocked cars. Please ensure your cars are locked at all times and expensive items removed or out of sight.
  • There has been a series of number plate thefts between 17:00 on 16th February 2018 and 08:00 on 17th February. Person, or persons unknown removed both number plates from a black Audi A3 that was parked opposite the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Northleach. This case has been allocated Incident number 120 of 17/02/2018. During the same period a number of cars parked in Hampnett also had their number plates stolen. This case has been allocated Incident number 125 of 17/02/2018. At approximately 02:00 on 17/02/2018 a resident of West End, Northleach believes they heard a disturbance outside their house. At 09:50 on that morning, they discovered that both number plates had been removed from their black Audi A3. This case has been allocated Incident number 144 of 17/02/2018. Initially these thefts related to specific cars but they are seeing this trend increasing across other cars types.

You can contact the police by ringing 101 or by email to 101@gloucestershire.police.uk. In an emergency call 999. Alternatively you may report any information you have anonymously to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Robbery at Cotswold Stores, Appeal for Witnesses

The local policing team has sent the following statement about the robbery yesterday evening. I have asked them to send someone to our next Council meeting on Wednesday 21st February to give an update.

Kind regards,
Cat, Town Clerk

We are investigating an armed robbery which happened at a Cotswold store last night, Thursday 8 February. Officers were called to the Cotswold Stores, Market Place, Northleach at about 8.05pm after three men had threatened staff with a pick axe and other weapons before making off with cash from the till. Three offenders, all men, had entered the store shortly before 8.00pm.  The offenders, all described as wearing dark clothing and face coverings, left the shop and are believed to have made off in a car.

Investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who was in Market Place, Northleach earlier in the evening and either saw the offenders or an unfamiliar vehicle arrive in or leave the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incident 412 of 8 February.

Charlie Symes
Police Community Support Officer 9251
Cotswolds LPA
Stow on the Wold Police Station | High Street | GL54 1AB
Gloucestershire Constabulary www.gloucestershire.police.uk

Northleach Launches Formal Consultation for its Neighbourhood Plan

Northleach Town Council voted at its January meeting to go to formal consultation on its draft Neighbourhood Plan. The documents can be viewed or downloaded from https://www.northleach.gov.uk/ndp.

The draft plan will now be considered by the District and County Councils, and other statutory consultees. Members of the public in Northleach and the adjoining parishes are also invited to comment. The consultation period closes at 5pm on 12 March 2018, after which the Steering Group will propose any necessary amendments before the plan goes to a formal examination by an Inspector. If then approved, those in the parish will be asked to vote on it in a referendum.

Councillor Chris Hancock, Chair of the Steering Group responsible for its preparation said, “This is a seminal moment for the Town and the culmination of several years work with input from Steering Group members, the Town Council and many local residents all of whom have helped shape the plan and to whom I give my thanks.

“Put simply, our plan seeks to do the very best it can to give the town the things local people have said they want – additional parking to relieve the stress on the town centre and school, room for the school to expand and to enable nursery provision and the designation of land bordering the already built up areas as green space which will also help to create a green ring around the town. We have also created a supplementary Design Statement, setting out how the local character of the whole parish can be enhanced and preserved for the future. We hope that all the statutory consultees will give it their support and that our local residents will embrace it as a means of helping to shape the town in the best way we can in the years to come.”

To learn more about Northleach’s Neighbourhood Plan, visit: https://www.northleach.gov.uk/ndp.


Join the Big Conversation To Shape Gloucestershire’s 2050 Vision

Via press release from Cotswold District Council.

Ambitious plans for the future of our County over the next 30 years will be unveiled at the launch of the Gloucestershire 2050 Big Conversation on Thursday 1 February which takes place from 3pm to 6pm at Cheltenham Racecourse. Cotswold District Council is urging local residents, businesses and organisations to be there so that they can help to shape the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision.

The event will include the announcement of eight potential ambitions for the future of the county and six major projects that could radically transform the county’s reputation on the national and international stage, as well as delivering significant improvements in the quality of life for local people.

The Big Launch will also mark the opening of a six-month programme of public engagement activity to develop the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision, and collect alternative ideas from residents and organisations.

CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, is looking forward to the launch: “The Gloucestershire 2050 Vision is a very exciting venture, and it is of vital importance that the Cotswolds is represented effectively at the Big Launch by both those in the 16 to 25 year age group and also older residents. The organisers want the conversation to evolve into an agreement on what people want Gloucestershire to be like by 2050 and how people can come together to overcome potential obstacles and realise ambitions.  There will be many opportunities to engage, including the use of social media, video, and attendance at action days.”

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, added: “Gloucestershire is a fantastic place to live with bustling towns, a historic city, innovative businesses and beautiful countryside. But we face some major challenges over the next 30 years that will have a significant impact on all our lives if we don’t take action to address them. 400 people in the 18-30 age bracket are leaving the county every year to seek work elsewhere. Our working age population is only increasing by 1.4% a year but we’re expecting the number of people aged over 65 to increase by 66.8% by the year 2039. We need to make sure that Gloucestershire offers a great quality of life for every generation, based upon shared values, and that means we need to explore some big ideas for how we could do things differently.”

Tickets to the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision Big Launch on 1 February are free. Book your place now!

The Big Launch has been organised by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Leadership Gloucestershire, a partnership of the county’s leading public sector organisations.  The exhibition-style event will include stands hosted by a range of innovative local businesses and organisations that are shaping the way that Gloucestershire residents will live, work and study in the future.

For more information visit www.glos2050.com.

Conclusion of Audit 2016-2017

The audit for financial year 2016-2017 has been completed. The Notice of Conclusion of Audit and completed Annual Return, including Section 3 (External auditor report and certificate) are available to view.


For more detailed guidance on local residents’ rights to inspect the accounts, see this guide from the National Audit Office (NAO): Local authority accounts – a guide to your rights.