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Results of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Voters last night gave the Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan their resounding support.  Over 90% voted in favour of the plan with only just over 9% against.  The turn out was 31% – higher than for other plans already voted on in the District. In total 448 votes were cast, 405 for the Plan, 42 against and 1 spoilt paper) 
Northleach is the third community in the whole of the Cotswolds to have successfully taken a plan to referendum, the other two being Lechlade and Tetbury.
This is a huge achievement for the Town and Parish – thanks go to all who have participated in the process and to the many many who have given their time to ensure its success.

Chris Hancock
Chairman of the Steering Group
Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan

Some Important Dates This Week

Wednesday 20th March between 6.15 pm and 7 pm – Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan information session. Do you have any queries about the Neighbourhood Plan before the Referendum on Thursday? If so, there is an informal question and answer session at The Westwoods Centre on Wednesday 20th March between 6.15 pm and 7 pm.

Wednesday 20th March at 7pm – Northleach with Eastington Town Council meeting. Are you interested in the Council’s work in the Town? Do you want to make a difference to what happens in the Parish? All the current councillors are up for re-election in May. If you are interested in applying to be on the Town Council please come along and see what it involves. This month’s meeting is the last one before nominations go in so its an ideal opportunity to observe and meet councillors if you’re not sure about applying!

Thursday 21st March 7 am – 10 pm at The Cotswold Hall – Referendum Vote on the Neighbourhood Plan. Please remember to vote on the Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan. Details on the plan are available in the Westwoods Foyer and on the Cotswold District Council website https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/communities/neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-plans-in-force-or-development/northleach-with-eastington-neighbourhood-plan/

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

District & Parish Notice of Election

The Notices of Election for the District and Town/Parish elections on 2nd May 2019 have been published. If you would like to stand for election as a councillor, nominations can be received between 9am and 5pm on any working day from 19 March through to the deadline of 4pm on 3 April.

Candidates are reminded that all nomination papers must be hand delivered to Cotwold District Council’s Cirencester office – delivery can be made by someone on behalf of the candidate if necessary.

The elections team will be available to check nomination papers as and when candidates arrive, and encourage candidates to wait while they do this – they will be as quick as possible!

If you have any queries relating to the nomination or election process, please contact the elections team on 01285 623002 or elections@cotswold.gov.uk.


Cotswold DC Will Debate Motion To Retain Garden Waste Service During Winter

Press Release from Cotswold District Council

Cotswold District Council’s Council will be discussing a motion on 26th February which calls for kerbside garden waste collections to continue during the winter. The planned switch from weekly to fortnightly collections, with effect from late autumn 2019, will go ahead but will be reviewed before the end of the 2019/20 annual licence period.

Councillors agreed late last year to suspend garden waste collections for a three month period during the winter, and supported the move from weekly to fortnightly collections. At that time the Council said it would consider reducing the cost of the service to offset the changes.

However, the motion calls for the garden waste licence fee to continue at £30 for 2019/20 in return for a continuation of collections all year round, albeit on a fortnightly basis. The whole arrangement would then be reviewed during March 2020.

Commenting on the motion, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Sue Coakley said: “I hope that the Council will support this motion because a lot of people have said that they would be happy to pay to retain the service over the winter, even if it means switching to fortnightly collections. If we peg the fee at £30 we would just about break even – at present this amount does not cover the cost of weekly collections and, as this is an optional service, it is important that we ensure the cost is not be borne by all residents. I must add that the annual £30 licence fee is still remarkably good value compared with other nearby authorities who charge more for collecting fortnightly.”

There has been a lot of debate in public about the proposed changes to the waste service. To clarify matters, the key points are as follows:

  • Garden waste collections will continue on a weekly basis until we introduce a new fleet of vehicles towards the end of this year – probably during October or November – to replace most of our current vehicles. (These older vehicles are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and are liable to break down more frequently).
  • Once the new fleet begins operations later this year, garden waste collections will move from a weekly to a fortnightly basis.
  • Kerbside food collections will continue on a weekly basis, and, when the new fleet begins operations towards the end of this year, residents will be provided with bigger more robust animal-proof caddies for their food waste.
  • When the larger more durable food caddies are introduced towards the end of the year, residents must refrain from placing food waste in their garden waste bins.
  • Separating food from garden waste will enable us to begin using an anaerobic digester facility for more efficient – and environmentally friendly – reprocessing of food remains. Similarly, we will be able to process the garden waste using a far cheaper and more environmentally beneficial composting method. Additionally, making fortnightly garden waste collections will enable us to reduce our vehicle pollution levels and fuel usage.
  • The new fleet of vehicles will allow us to introduce extra kerbside recycling options for the very first time – textiles, batteries, small electrical and electronic items and Tetrapak cartons. We will provide the appropriate containers for recycling these new items.
  • Prior to the new vehicles being introduced later this year, we will review how waste rounds are organised to maximise the efficiency of collections across the District. This will result in a change to collection days for some residents and they will be informed well in advance of any change.
  • Before any changes are introduced, we will send information to every household explaining how the new recycling arrangements will work.


National Update: On 18 February 2019, the Government set out plans for a major overhaul of the country’s waste system, through the launch of a suite of consultations. Building on commitments made in the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy published in December 2018, the consultations provide detail on plans to (i) make packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste; (ii) introduce a consistent set of recyclable materials to be collected from all households and businesses; (iii) introduce consistent labelling on packaging so consumers know what they can recycle; and (iv) to bring in a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for cans and bottles, subject to consultation. The proposals include separate weekly food waste collections for every household in England and could include free fortnightly garden waste collections for households with gardens.

On the same day, government also launched its consultation on introducing a world-leading tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content, subject to consultation, from April 2022. This will counter the use of new, non-recycled plastic material (which has greater environmental impact) because it is often a cheaper option.

The Government is seeking views on its plans over a 12 week period. The changes will then make up a key part of the government’s upcoming Environment Bill, to be introduced early in the second session of Parliament. Changes are envisaged over the period 2023-2025, and financial implications – including impacts on local authorities – are covered.

GlosFire is Recruiting On-Call Fire Fighters in Northleach

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service is recruiting for On-Call Firefighters in Northleach! Do you live or work within 5 minutes of Northleach Fire Station? Are you community minded? This could be for you!

For more information and to apply visit https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glosfire/recruitment/recruitment-on-call-firefighter/.

Old A40 To Reopen Following Safety Repair Work

Via press release from Gloucestershire County Council

Work to safely repair and reopen the road linking the A40 with the A429 near Northleach will take place next month, Gloucestershire County Council announced today.

The road at this site near Northleach – known as ‘Prison Copse’ Wall or the “Old A40” – has been closed for two years after the wall collapsed in spring 2017 and cracking appeared on the carriageway. Highways engineers have been working to establish the exact cause of the damage and design the best repair solution. Fixing these types of road faults can be complicated and take considerable time to fix.

From 4 March to 27 March Highways crews will carry out road repairs including reconstructing the carriageway, drainage work, fencing, lining and new signage. Once the repairs have been completed, the county council will continue to monitor the condition of the road and surrounding area to make sure the road remains safe. An extension of the 30mph speed limit will be imposed and a short length of carriageway will be limited to a single lane with passing bays.

Cllr Vernon Smith, Cabinet Member for Highways and Flood, said: “The Prison Copse road linking the A40 and A429 near Northleach had to be closed. Safety has to be our number one priority, so a full road closure had to remain in place to protect the public. I understand that the road closure has caused inconvenience to local residents, therefore I’m pleased these safety improvements are taking place and I would like to thank local residents and road users for their ongoing patience.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, local county councillor for Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach, said: “I’ve campaigned hard on behalf of residents to get this road re-opened. I know how important the route is for local residents and visitors alike, therefore I’m delighted our highways crews are now able to carry out the essential repairs to allow this popular route to link villages and Northleach together again.”

More details: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/prison-copse