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Council ‘swots’ Fly-Tipper with £400 Fine

Last week, Cotswold District Council issued a £400 fixed penalty notice to an individual following an investigation of a fly-tip found near Northleach. The fly-tip contained household waste items following a clear out of their home.

The Council is working hard to reduce and prevent waste from being dumped illegally; with the ultimate goal to stop fly-tipping in the Cotswolds.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a national problem and has a significant impact on communities and our environment. As a Council, it is an issue that we take very seriously, and we will tackle offenders wherever, and whenever, we can.”

“Any incident of fly-tipping is a criminal offence, and this Council will use its powers of enforcement in all cases where we are able to, either through the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice or through a prosecution.   Education is also important and we will continue our work to make sure that residents and businesses understand their responsibilities and how to properly dispose of their waste.  If you have evidence of a fly-tip or concerns about the illegal dumping of waste in your community, please report on our website: www.cotswold.gov.uk/flytipping.”

Everyone has a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure your household or business waste is disposed of correctly. If fly-tipping is traced back to you, you could face a £400 fixed penalty notice.

Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste onto land. This causes a significant blight on the local environment and is often a source of pollution, which can endanger public health and wildlife.

The Facts

  • Fly-tipping is ILLEGAL.
  • There is no excuse for fly-tipping.
  • We ALL pay for fly-tipping as it costs the District Council to clear waste dumped on council-owned land.
  • Dumped waste not only looks unpleasant, but it can also seriously damage land, pollute water and endanger wildlife.
  • Fly tipped waste can also affect the reputation of our villages, and towns and can be hazardous to human health. 
  • Offenders can be fined up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. This can be increased to an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.

You can report fly-tipping to the Council, by completing an online form on our website.

For more information about how you can prevent fly-tipping and what to do with your household waste, visit our website: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/flytipping.

Cotswold Young People Swoop £290,000 Lottery Investment

Young people in the Cotswolds are set to benefit from a range of new opportunities and activities over the next three years thanks to a national lottery application submitted by a partnership of youth organisations working in the Cotswolds.

The application led by youth & community organisation World Jungle and including key partners Community Mentoring & Support Service (CMASS), inclusion charity Active Impact, Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust and Black Cat Community Café will give young people new opportunities for development, support and recreation.
The project called ’Cotswold Youth’ will include mentoring support for young people at risk of exclusion in schools, support to youth clubs, summer activities aimed at those making the transition from primary to secondary, leadership and work experiences as well as training and support for organisations and individuals who support young people.

The project, also supported by Cotswold District Council and the Cotswold Youth Network, has been over ten months in development.

Cllr Tony Dale, Cabinet Member for Skills and Young People at Cotswold District Council, says: “This is the most exciting development we have seen for young people in the Cotswolds since the New Leadership was elected to Council in 2019. It successfully brings together Youth Organisations, Local Activity Partnerships, Council providers, businesses and schools to benefit the young people who most need to develop these skills. 

“World Jungle has taken a huge leap in winning this bid to provide our Communities across the Cotswolds with mentoring, teaching, experience, learning and activity practice to promote a whole generation of new leaders from amongst our Young People. Well done Ben and Jane! A mega thank you to all our local volunteers and council officers who have helped to make this happen.”

The Cotswold Youth Network which is made up of voluntary and community organisations, district,  town and parish councils, sports clubs, arts provider, play organisations and housing associations all committed to improving the lives of young people and this group will be key to ensure the widest number of young people benefit and hear about the opportunities. 

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Play Park Re-opening Update

The Town Council is aware of the government announcement that play areas can be re-opened as from Saturday 4th July.  However, for the health and safety of residents we are keen to ensure that facilities are only re-opened following safety checks and a risk assessment with reference to the latest statutory guidance.  The risk assessment will be considered at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday 15th July and plans for re-opening will be published following the meeting.

New ‘Reserve and Collect’ Library Service to be Launched

Libraries have been closed since March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and cannot be fully reopened yet.  The new service will ensure customers can request books, DVDs and other available materials that they would like to borrow and book a slot for collection.

To reserve and collect, you simply browse through the online catalogue, find the items you wish to borrow and reserve them.  You will then be sent an email with a link to select a slot to collect the items.

Alternatively an ‘off the shelf’ service will also be available where you can choose the type of stock you wish to borrow, instead of specific items, and library staff will select something for you. When it is available you will be sent an email inviting you to choose when you would like to collect it.

If you do not have internet access staff will arrange for a ‘ring and read’, where a customer will call and request the type of stock or title required that can then be collected, or ‘home delivery’ service.

All collections will be managed with social distancing and the online catalogue is available at https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/

If you haven’t yet joined your local library and want to browse our digital catalogue and take advantage of this new collection service, go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library/

This service will be available from Monday 13 July and a list of the libraries that will be offering it will be announced in due course.