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2021 Elections – Statement of Persons Nominated

The Notice below provides the Notice of Poll for the Gloucestershire County Council Elections.


The notice provides the full list of candidates standing in the Gloucestershire County Council election for a councillor for the Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach division.



The following notice provides the full list of candidates standing for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire police area.

Northleach Tidy After Litter Pick

The Cotswold and Fosseway Lions, Council staff, Councillors and around 20 volunteers carried out a successful litter pick on Saturday 24th April.  This was the fourth time in three years a litter pick has been carried out.  The weather was perfect for it! 22 bags were collected this time.  With recent events and lockdown easing it was nice to meet up with people (socially distanced of course).  It actually felt like a social event!

Preparations Underway to Make Sure Polling Stations are Covid Secure

As the local elections approach on Thursday 6 May 2021, Cotswold District Council is preparing to make sure all polling stations available for those who wish to vote in person are safe and Covid secure.  For Northleach with Eastington residents your polling station this year will be The Westwoods Centre. 

Voting in person will be different this year with polling stations following the Covid secure rules seen across shops and other indoor locations during the pandemic. This will include voters wearing masks, using hand sanitiser, social distancing and making sure items touched in the polling booths are cleaned. 

Staff will also be taking the necessary precautions to keep safe and have received additional training to help advise and support voters.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own masks and pen or pencil on the day to reduce wastage on the day, however, for those that need them they will be available.

Some polling stations have had to change due to some usual polling locations being unsuitable during the pandemic and so voters are being urged to check their poll cards to make sure they know where their polling station is.

Residents are also being encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote, and if they want to, have applied for postal or proxy voting ahead of the rapidly approaching deadlines.  Residents can register to vote through the Government website which takes only five minutes to complete.

Residents can apply for postal voting now and have to get their application in before the deadline of 5 pm on 20 April and to be able to vote by proxy, applications must be in by 5 pm on Tuesday 27 April.   Application forms for postal and proxy voting can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission or voters can visit the council website at cotswold.gov.uk/registertovote or contact us on 01285 623002. 

The Death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Mayor of Northleach with Eastington Town Council Robert Platts has made the following statement:

“Northleach with Eastington Town Council joins the nation in mourning the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. A major national figure for more than seven decades, his legacy will live on through the many charitable endeavours that he shaped and inspired. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family. On behalf of the residents of the parish, we send our condolences.”

In accordance with public health advice and the wishes of the Royal Family, physical condolence books will not be made available to the public at this time. Residents who would like to pay their respects are directed to the official condolence book at the royal.uk website.

A national one-minute silence will take place at 3pm on Saturday 17 April 2021.

How the rules will change on 12 April

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on 12 April. You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (the roadmap out of lockdown) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. You can also read the law that underpins these changes and the ongoing restrictions.

From 12 April:

  • Non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • Most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • Indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • All childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)