Local News

Change of Date for the Annual Town Meeting

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Annual Town Meeting that was due to take place tomorrow evening (25 April) has been postponed. This meeting follows a different format to the other Council meetings and usually involves a review of the last year and information from local community groups.

This meeting has been rearranged to take place before the Council meeting in May on Wednesday 23rd. Unfortunately due to other bookings and the Council’s diaries we are unable to fit it in before then. Apologies to anyone who was planning on coming tomorrow.

Agendas and further information will follow nearer the time.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Northleach Cleans Up!

On Saturday, we were delighted to welcome all the people who turned up to give the Town a really good Spring clean!

Sixty people came to help litter pick across the town, over the playing fields and into the woods. About 25 bags of rubbish were collected plus a number of interesting other items! Some bulkier objects were left in situ and will be collected next week.

Many thanks to the Northleach and Fosse Lions who helped us organise this event and provided the cakes for us to enjoy. A big thank you to the Northleach Pavilion who supplied the hot and cold drinks at the end of the event.

Would you like to help us on a regular basis? We now have a number of litter pickers and hi viz jackets so would love to hear from anyone who could do an occasional clean in their area. Thank you to all those who already assist with this.

Many thanks again to the helpers.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Northleach Spring Clean, Help Us Clean Up the Town

This year’s litter pick will take place on Saturday 21st April, on the Queen’s birthday. Please join us to help clean up the town!

The clean will take place 10am – 12 noon with refreshments (and cake) being served at the Pavilion afterwards.

We will be meeting at 9.45am to hand out equipment (litter pickers, gloves, bags, hi viz) and give a short safety briefing. Please wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothes and bring any suitable equipment of your own.

Please let us know if you are available to help – so we can gauge numbers on equipment and refreshments – by emailing the Clerk at clerk@northleach.gov.uk or calling 01451 861499.

The litter pick is being organised by the Town Council together with the Northleach and Fosse Lions Club. Collected rubbish will be disposed of by Cotswold District Council.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

A Reminder of Winter Weather Advice & Information

Road clearance – Highways clear the main route through Northleach only. They do not have the resources to do side streets and most of these are usually cleared by the local snow plough operator as directed by Highways. Here is the link to the Glos Highways snow clearing map http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-rights-of-way/roads/roads-in-severe-weather/winter/. This link also gives advice on how to prepare for cold weather, looking after yourself and neighbours, NHS advice, Met Office information, gritting and the Government Cold Weather Plan.

Gritting – Highways will grit the main route only when the weather conditions indicate icy conditions. Highways are responsible for the road network and during adverse winter weather Gloucestershire Highways’ resources are focused on keeping the strategic carriageway network running, with priority being given to bus routes, schools, and routes with emergency services such as hospitals, doctors, fire and ambulance. In addition residents are able to help themselves to grit from the bins across town. The grit bins are being replenished today where necessary. Please find attached the updated location map of our grit bins. (Please let us know if your local bin is running low).

Locally – The Town Council try to assist Highways by ordering salt stocks, checking on the grit bins and trying to refill them when empty if there is stock available.

Gritting on pavements and footpaths – Please help yourself to grit if you want to use it on public land like roads and pavements. Please do NOT use it on your private drives as you can be prosecuted for that.

Can I clear pavements? This is a really common question and here is a link www.gov.uk/clear-snow-road-path-cycleway that indicates that you can, if you do so carefully.

Check on your neighbours who may not wish to venture out in the snow or icy conditions.

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