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Befriender Needed in Northleach

Cotswold Friends is a charity dedicated to helping isolated and lonely older people in Northleach and is currently looking for someone who could spare some time to befriend a lady in Northleach. This would involve popping in for a chat and a coffee, or accompanying them out to a local café.

If anyone is interested in this valuable role then please contact Bridget on Tel: 01608 652019 or bridget@cotswoldfriends.org.

For more about Cotswold Friends have a look at their website: www.cotswoldfriends.org

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31 March 2021

Notice is hereby given under Regulation 16(1) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 that the auditor has concluded their audit of the statement of accounts, which has been published.

A local government elector for any area to which the accounts relate may inspect and make copies. Please see the notice below for details.

This Year’s Annual Canvas of Electors is Underway

As you may already know,  Cotswold District Council’s Electoral Services Department undertakes an annual check of properties in the District and this year’s is now underway.

The canvass starts with a data matching process against Dept. of Work and Pension records.  This gives them two sets of properties – those where all the electors match to DWP (Route 1) and those where all or some electors don’t match (Route 2).

The canvass began with an email to Route 1 properties a couple of weeks ago.  The email asked residents to confirm or change their details.  If no response is received from a property, a form will be posted to those households at the end of August. 

These Route 1 property forms do not require a response from the householder unless there are changes to be made.  Once the forms have been posted,  work on these properties is complete although entries are reviewed throughout the year using internal data such as council tax records. Therefore, as no reminder form will be sent, it is important that any household that requires changes to be made, returns the form to CDC or makes changes online

Route 2 properties will receive a form within the next 10 days and Cotswold District Council does need a response to these.  Therefore, if no response is received they will follow up with a posted reminder and finally a canvasser visit to the property.  Also, as part of the process they will be sending a separate information sheet to properties that currently don’t have any electors registered.  A copy of this can be found below for your information.

If you have any queries, please contact Cotswold District Council’s Customer Services team on 01285 623002 or email them at  elections@cotswold.gov.uk

Roadworks Affecting A429 31st August until 15th September

ROADWORKS NOTIFICATION: Temporary Traffic Order to close the A429 Fosseway, Northleach for carriageway resurfacing. 

When: For approximately 12 Nights (excl. weekends) between the hours of 19:00 to 07:00

The PLANNED start and end dates are currently Tuesday 31st August to Wednesday 15th September, however keep an eye on the web page detailed below or the signs on site for any short notice changes.
Works are planned to be completed in 2 Phases in an attempt to minimise the overall impact.  Whilst works are carried out on Phase 1, Phase 2 which includes the A40 will remain open.  Once works start on Phase 2 both Phases 1 & 2 areas will be closed.

Highways resurfacing programmes are dependent on several factors. They can be affected by things like; heavy rain, changes in temperatures and other weather events as well as plant breakdown and unforeseen technical issues that arise once work has begun.  All this means scheme dates and details can change at short
notice. Gloucestershire Highways appreciate that this is inconvenient, their online schedule and our social media feeds will be updated with more details if changes happen.  There is a useful Q and A about road closures here.   The diversion route information is here.

Find the most up to date scheme start and end dates and more information about this scheme via:
– Website – www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/resurfacing
– Signs in the area

Roadworks A429 Burford Road Affecting Travel To and From Cirencester

A429 Burford Road

The Eastbound Lane on the above road will be closed from the 23rd August 2021 – 31st December 2021, to allow contractors, working on behalf of Bathurst Developments Ltd, carry out the construction of a new left hand feeder lane at the Cherry Tree Lane junction.

This is quite a long period of time.  It is definitely something to be aware of during the next few months if you are travelling to and from Cirencester.  

If you require any further information regarding this closure, please contact the Bathurst Developments Ltd on 0800 002 9055 or the office on 08000 514514.

Cotswold Police and Crime Commissioner Roadshows in September

The new Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson is running a series of roadshows across the county during September and October. He is going to be talking about his Police and Crime Plan intentions and the Chief Constable Rod Hansen will also be at each event along with local police management teams. Chris would very much like as many Parish and Town Councils to attend as possible.

Below are the links to the seven events and he has asked that these are publicised to all the Parish and Town Councils to encourage attendance at what is expected to be an interesting and informative event which will hopefully encourage much discussion.

Venues have adequate parking and have been booked in a spacious environment taking Covid into consideration. There will also be light refreshments provided.

The information about the event is within the Eventbrite link: –

Cotswolds South – Monday 7 September – Cotswolds South at RAU (6pm until 8.30pm)


Cotswolds North – Monday 27 September- Cotswolds North at Moreton Fire College (6pm until 8.30pm)