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Footway Improvement Works Starting 1 August

Residents will have seen signs advising of roadworks due to start on 1 August for 5 weeks. Gloucestershire County Council is carrying out footway improvement works along West End, High Street and East End. Traffic flow will be controlled by traffic lights and stop and go signs.

Please find attached the traffic management plan of the works taking place. There currently is no specific timescale for each section as this could change on a daily basis as it is dependent on many factors.

For more information on planned roadworks across the county see the Gloucestershire Roadworks map.

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Grand Opening for the Northleach Community Activities Chest

We are excited to announce the launch of a new project in collaboration with Cotswold District Council Community Builder Sue Pilling and funded by the Cotswold Youth Network Small Grants scheme.

The Northleach Community Activities Chest will be unveiled today at the Community Picnic taking place on the King George V Playing Field today, Friday 29 July.

The chest is a box of game and sports equipment which is freely available for anyone to borrow and use on the playing field. When play is finished, return the toys and games equipment to the box ready for the next family or group of friends to use. Simples!

The project came out of a proposal from students at the Cotswold School and Northleach Primary School who said they wanted to have more to do in the summer holidays. Children will help to take responsibility for keeping the equipment safe and promoting its use amongst friends.

The box contains bat and ball games and other fun stuff and we hope that more equipment will be added as time goes by. If you have any unwanted outdoor games or sports equipment that you would like to donate to the project then please get in touch with Sue.

There’s a QR code on the chest too so you can give feedback or make any suggestions.

Sue.pilling@publicagroup.uk

Gloucestershire County Council Unveils Road Safety Strategy 2022-2032

This is a press release from Gloucestershire County Council.

A new road safety policy has been drafted by Gloucestershire County Council, which aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads by 50 per cent by 2032.

The long-term aspiration is to follow the ‘Vision Zero’ approach, which is recognised around the world and aspires to stop all traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2050, while increasing safe and healthy travel for everyone.

To help move towards this aspiration, the council has outlined its road safety strategy 2022-2032, which aims to deliver safer roads, healthier streets and lower speed limits where people live.  People in Gloucestershire are being invited to give their views on the draft policy by taking part in an eight-week consultation period, which started 18 July 2022, and runs until 11 September 2022.

You can take part in the survey here: https://haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk.engagementhq.com/gloucestershire-county-council-road-safety-policy

Action is needed as latest figures show that the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads has been increasing in the south west and south of England, including Gloucestershire.  Last year 23 people were killed on the roads in Gloucestershire and a further 302 were seriously injured. It is an unacceptable toll and it is why the county council has reviewed and written its new road safety strategy.

Measures to improve road safety and reduce accidents will include cutting speeds in areas where there is a higher number of vulnerable people, supporting road safety campaigns such as ’20 is plenty’ and reviewing speed limits on A roads in Gloucester and Cheltenham.  Other actions will include continuing to deliver targeted education programmes through Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS), reviewing fixed speed cameras with Gloucestershire Constabulary and working with local communities to support Community SpeedWatch and other activities.

The work will link to other council priorities such as providing new infrastructure to encourage more walking and cycling, tackling climate change by decarbonising transport and helping people of all ages to stay safe and well.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for road safety, said: “Road safety is a priority for us and this draft policy sets out our aims to reduce the number of serious accidents on our county’s roads. 
“We will work closely with our partners and local communities to achieve these aspirations as we are committed to making our roads safe for people to use. We really want to know what you think of the policy so please take part in the survey to share your views with us.”

If anyone requires paper copies of the survey they can call 08000 514514.

Ukraine Appeal Continues

A reminder that we are still collecting for the Ukraine appeal.

Items can be dropped off at the Westwoods Centre between 9am and midday on weekdays (note earlier closing time) or when visiting the centre as a hirer.

The collection point has moved and can be found on the left-hand side of the lobby. A list of items wanted is on display, no clothes or duvets please. Donations are being taken to Bourton Vale Equestrian centre where they organise onwards transport to people in need.

A list of items needed can be found below.

Notice of Public Rights to Inspect the Accounts 2022

Notice is hereby given that the unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for the year ending 31 March 2022 has been published on the Council’s website. The documents have been published with this notice. As the accounting statement has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Please see the above documents for details. We regret that these documents are not available in an accessible format. If you would like to receive the information in an alternative format then please contact us.