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Supporting Ukraine

Fighting in Ukraine has seen millions of people forced from their homes and the humanitarian crisis is growing. The Town Council is supporting Northleach for Ukraine, an initiative coordinated by local resident Karolina Urbanska. They are seeking donations of food, nappies, medicines and other vital supplies. Karolina works closely with the Polish Association in Banbury where donations are sorted, prepared for customs, and transported onward to support Ukrainian refugees in Poland and in Ukraine.

There are three drop off points in Northleach:

MoLo Holiday Housekeeping Specialists Ltd
Unit1, The Old Coalyard, West End, Northleach GL54 3HE
Monday – Friday 9AM – 4PM

Westwoods Community Centre
Bassett Road, Northleach GL54 3QJ
Monday – Friday 9AM – 1PM

Church of St Peter & St Paul
Mill End, Northleach GL54 3HL
When the church is open (hours vary)

The list of supplies needed is updated at least weekly, with updates posted on Facebook (search for Northleach). Items must be in good condition and with a good amount of time before expiry please. No clothes or duvets, as these are not required at the moment, and it diverts resources away from their main effort as they have to find somewhere else to store or take them. Thank you for your support.

Karolina is looking for volunteer drivers to help with taking donations to Banbury, preferably someone who is travelling in this direction anyway, perhaps with their work, and who could make the journey on a regular basis. If you can help, please email banburyforukraine@gmail.com.

Other ways you can help

One of the best ways to help is by donating money through trusted charities and aid organisations. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed and used to buy local supplies.
The main appeal is being run by Disasters Emergency Committee which shares funding across 15 charities including the British Red Cross, Oxfam, and the International Rescue Committee.

Many other charities have launched appeals to help Ukraine. Sadly, any request for financial assistance is also an opportunity for scammers. Please make sure the charity is genuine before giving away any financial information.

The Government has also launched a scheme to enable Ukraine nationals to come to Britain. Under the scheme people in the UK will be able to nominate an individual or family to stay with them rent-free, or in an unoccupied property, for at least six months. To find out about the scheme and register your interest visit: Homes for Ukraine.

Jubilate! – The Northleach Benefice Children’s Jubilee Choir

Information shared by Northleach Benefice

Rise Up & Sing!- Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  Our planning for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee is now in full swing, and we are pleased to announce the formation of:

Jubilate! – The Northleach Benefice Children’s Jubilee Choir

To sing at the special Civic Service giving thanks for Her Majesty on Sunday, 5 June 2022.  To join, or for more information, do come along to their first meeting on Friday 11 March 2022, 5pm at Northleach Church

Watch this space for more jubilee info!

Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 Consultation

Regulation 18 ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation is available for residents to view and submit comments between the following dates:

Start date: Friday 4th February 2022

End Date: Sunday 20th March 2022

The Local Plan is the statutory development plan setting out the principal policies and proposals for land use in the District. The Council has now reached the first formal consultation stage in the partial update process – known as the Regulation 18 ‘Issues and Options’ consultation.

The public consultation invites comments on a targeted update of the adopted Local Plan, focussing on specific issues and options covering 18 planning topics or themes. Last year the Council agreed a programme of work to update the Local Plan partially so that it can respond to the Council’s new Corporate Plan, climate and ecological emergency declarations and recent changes to national planning policy and guidance.

Your comments together with updated evidence will be considered and used to inform the next stage of the plan preparation process – the draft Local Plan Partial Update – which will be the subject of a further round of consultation in 2023.

Please note the deadline for comments is 11:59pm on Sunday 20th March 2022

It is important to be aware that names and comments, once processed, will be made publicly available on the Council’s website. A Local Plan Privacy Notice is available on the Council’s website.

To assist the consultation process, public drop-in events will be held on:

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 from 2pm until 6:30pm at the Committee Rooms, Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX and

Wednesday 9th March 2022 from 2pm until 6:30pm at Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AZ

Further supporting evidence documents, including FAQs, are available to view or downloaded on the Council’s website at: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/

If you have any queries please contact the Forward Planning Team at Cotswold District Council on Tel: 01285 623000 or email: local.plan@cotswold.gov.uk

Christmas Message from the Town Council

We are coming to the end of what can only be described as another extremely challenging twelve months. 

Please look at our website Northleach with Eastington Town Council where you will find contact details for Town and County services in our Can We Help section.  If there is any important local news over the holidays it will be posted here on our website.  Our next full refuse collection (all bins) will be on Friday 24th December.  Waste collections are continuing as normal over the Christmas and New Year Period.  

The Town Council Office will close from 23rd December and re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022.    

Councillors and Staff at Northleach with Eastington Town Council would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Image courtesy of Flam Wellman Northleach Christmas tree December 2021. 

Council Covid Update As Prime Minister Confirms Plan B

Newsletter from Gloucestershire County Council

What are the latest changes to the covid rules and how will this affect me?

  • Face coverings will become mandatory in most public venues (other than hospitality venues) from 10 December, unless exempt. Masks continue to be required on public transport and in shops.
  • From Monday 13 December, people are being asked to work from home if they can.
  • From Wednesday 15 December you must show a valid Covid pass to enter certain settings.
  • If you come into contact with an individual who may be infected with the Omicron variant, you will need to self-isolate. This applies even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under.
  • International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following their arrival. They will only be permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If their test result is positive, they will need to isolate for 10 days.
  • View the latest drop-in vaccination clinics on the NHS vaccination Covid portal.
  • Covid hangs around like smoke so if you’re meeting with others inside, make sure to let fresh air in.
  • Find out more about the latest Covid guidance by visiting the Government website.

Visit the County Council website for the latest covid information and local test centre locations.