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Learn About the Benefits of Community-Led Housing

Press Release from Cotswold District Council

Cotswold District will be hosting a free special event on the morning of 4 July to inform key local decision makers, housing groups, and the public about the benefits of community-led housing. District and Parish/Town councillors, housing associations and the general public are invited to register for the 4 July event which takes place at the Westwoods Centre, Basset Road, Northleach GL54 3QJ from 10 am to 1230 pm (refreshments and buffet lunch provided).

The organisers – supported by experts from Homes England, a local Housing Association and an established Gloucestershire-based Community Land Trust – will focus on community-led housing as a means of providing more affordable accommodation in local communities across the District.  Details will be made available about the range of delivery options available, including: community land trusts; collective self-build groups; cooperative housing; co-housing schemes; mutual home ownership societies; and alms houses.

Importantly, the event – which appropriately falls within the national Rural Housing Week – will also explore how schemes can be initiated (including from the grassroots level), the sources of funding available, and the help that CDC can provide to assist community-led housing schemes.  There will also be examples of successful schemes from across the country.

Commenting on this initiative, CDC Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Lisa Spivey says: “One of our Council’s highest priorities is the provision of more affordable housing across the District, and the growing movement of community-led schemes can play a huge part in achieving that aim. This event will show how they can complement the work of the local housing authority whilst meeting the aspirations of local communities. There are so many advantages to the community-led approach: long term investment in housing through community ownership of local assets; delivery of genuinely affordable homes for local people; gaining local people’s support for new homes and their active engagement in the planning process; creating housing schemes that better reflect local aspirations; increasing the housing supply and unlocking smaller and rural exception sites; promoting better community cohesion; and the encouragement of innovative designs built to high environmentally sustainable standards. I am looking forward to the 4 July event very much and believe that it will serve as a springboard for a wide range of new community-led schemes.”

NOTE: Admission to the 4 July event is by invitation only.  To apply for an invite please contact colin.mcdonald@publicagroup.uk or telephone 01285 623248.

Waste Survey During Rubbish Collections

During the rubbish collections on Friday, members of a company commissioned by Glos County Council will be taking samples to be analysed to improve recycling. We were not notified of this in advance but I have had a few enquiries.

I have just been sent a leaflet which the teams have to hand out to residents. Copy below.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

 

European Parliamentary Elections, 23 May 2019

 

Voting for the European Parliament will take place on 23 May 2019.  Cotswold District is part of the South West Region of the UK, which will return six MEPs.

In order to be able to vote at any election, you must be included on the electoral register.

If you are not already on the register of electors, and wish to vote at this election, your application to register must be recieved by midnight on Tuesday 7 May.  You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Cotswold District Council’s Elections Team for a paper form.

If you are not sure whether you are on the electoral register, please telephone 01285 623002 to check.

Poll cards will be sent out to all registered electors on 23 April 2019.

If you can’t make it to the polling station on polling day, you can choose postal or proxy voting. 

Visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk for details on how to register or to apply for postal and proxy voting.

The Elections Team will be available to provide help and assistance throughout the election process.

 

Cast Your Vote in the District Elections on 2nd May

Elections to Cotswold District Council will take place on Thursday 2 May.

 

For information on how to vote, see:
https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections/how-to-vote/

At the polling station

  • Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on election day.
  • You don’t need to take the poll card to the polling station, but it speeds up the process if you do.
  • Tell the staff your name and address or give them your poll card.
  • The staff will check the details on the Register of Electors and give you your ballot paper.
  • The ballot paper lists the candidates and how many you can vote for.
  • A large print of the ballot paper is available for you to look at before you vote and there is also a Tactile Voting Device which can help you mark your ballot paper.
  • Go to one of the voting booths and put a cross (X) on the ballot paper next to the candidate(s) you’re voting for
  • Take the ballot paper back to the staff and place it in the ballot box.
  • If you need help with any part of the voting process, just ask the staff.