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Almshouse Vacancy February 2019

The Charity called Duttons & Allens Almshouses.
In the Parish of Northleach with Eastington, Gloucestershire.
Northleach Town Trustees
Charity nos: 203543: 203544: 203545: 203546: 206980

A one-bedroom residence at Allen’s Almshouses, Mill End, Northleach is available for a person in need, resident in the Parish of Northleach with Eastington.

In special cases, to be approved by the Charity Commission, persons who do not reside in the Parish of Northleach may be appointed if otherwise qualified.

Forms of application to occupy the Almshouse may be obtained from:

Christopher Hancock, Secretary to the Northleach Town Trustees,
Great Union House, Market Place,
Northleach, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3EJ.
Alternatively please telephone 01451-861284
or email secretary@town-trustees.org.uk.

Completed forms must be returned by Friday 29th March 2019

Referendum: Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan – Vote On 21 March

Press release from Cotswold District Council

A referendum will be held on the Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 21 March 2019. The Information Statement and Notice of Referendum have now been published.

The polling station will be open from 7am until 10pm and voters will be asked: “Do you want Cotswold District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Northleach with Eastington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Only residents of Northleach with Eastington Parish are eligible to vote; anyone not yet registered to vote can do so by Tuesday 5 March at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting Electoral Services on 01285 623002.

Find out more information about the Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan on our website, including supporting documents.

The public can also inspect documents at the following addresses during the times stated:

  • Cotswold District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX – 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Northleach Town Council Offices, The Westwood Centre, Bassett Road, Northleach, GL54 3QJ, on display in the Foyer during opening hours.

The specified documents are as follows:

  • The draft Neighbourhood Plan
  • The report made by the independent examiner
  • Summary of the representations submitted to the independent examiner
  • A statement that Cotswold District Council, as local planning authority, is satisfied that the draft plan meets the basic conditions and complies with relevant legislation
  • A statement setting out general information about town and country planning (including neighbourhood planning) and the referendum.

 

 

Your Town Needs You!

Now that the process to set the Town Council up for the next four years is about to kick off, it is a great time for you to get involved in helping to manage the Town’s affairs and to steer it through the exciting events that are bound to be happening. In the upcoming local elections on 2nd May, all eleven Town Council positions will be up for election.

As well as making sure that the people in the town are supported and served, there is the Neighbourhood Plan to implement which will give us the opportunity to make Northleach and Eastington more attractive to local residents, tourists, businesses and all other people that come into contact with us. The Town Council has a lot of responsibilities across Town from grass cutting to grit bins, The Westwoods Centre to the cemetery and from play areas to the Pavilion! We need enthusiastic, community-minded residents to help deliver these facilities for the Parish.

The Town Council is a perfect opportunity to either develop your skills or to use those you already have in a different environment. We need all types of people on the Council – so come and join us. If you have any questions about what the Councillors do then please get in touch. Contact details of Councillors and Council employees are on the Town website www.northleach.gov.uk along with other Council information.

We strongly recommend that you come along to one of the meetings to see what it’s all about, and there are two more opportunities to attend a meeting before the election process closes. Come and join us on Wednesday 27th February and Wednesday 20th March for the next full Council meetings. Both start at 7pm in The Westwoods Centre.

You can be nominated to stand for election from 19th March up to 4pm on 3rd April. Details on how to apply can be found here: www.northleach.gov.uk/2019/01/an-update-on-the-district-town-elections-on-2-may/.

It would be great to have a really competitive election so that all residents can have a say on who will represent them within the Town Council for the benefit of the Parish and beyond.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

An Update on the District & Parish/Town Elections on 2 May

This is the first of a number of updates with information about processes and deadlines for the District and Parish/Town Council Elections being held this coming May.

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(i) Elections

Elections to Cotswold District Council and every Town/Parish Council within Cotswold District will take place on Thursday 2 May.  All seats on all councils will be subject to the election process.

Apart from the chairman and vice-chairman, your current councillors will remain in office until the fourth day after the election day of 2 May, when they will retire and the new councillors will take office.

Your chairman will remain until after a new chairman has been elected at your annual meeting following on from the elections (even if he/she does not seek re-election); and your vice-chairman will also remain in office until the new chairman has been elected (again, even if he/she does not seek re-election).

(ii) Timetable

A timetable of key events is available on https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections/current-future-elections/ but, for ease, a copy is also attached.

 

(iii) Notice of Election (publication date 18 March 2019)

The publication of this notice marks the start of the formal election process.

Clerks will be sent a copy of the notice of election for their parish/town council during the week beginning 11 March.

Please display a copy of this notice on your parish/town notice-board(s) by no later than Monday 18 March.

It would also be helpful if this notice could be displayed on your council’s website (if you have one) and distributed to any email lists you use for community purposes.

If you would like paper copies sent to you, please let me know how many you would like.

(iv) Nominations (from 19 March up to 4pm on 3 April)

Nomination packs will be available from 18 February and paper copies will be sent to clerks for distribution to interested parties.  Copies will also be available on our website.

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate must submit completed nomination papers to the Returning Officer by no later than 4pm on Wednesday 3 April.

N.B. All nomination papers MUST BE HAND DELIVERED to the Returning Officer (Nigel Adams) at the District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX by the deadline (candidates may ask someone else to deliver the papers on their behalf). 

A candidate may ask someone else to deliver any or all of the papers on his/her behalf but, ultimately, it is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that all relevant forms are delivered in the correct manner and on time.  Where a document is required to be delivered by hand, this can include delivery by a courier.

The Returning Officer and the Elections Team will be available to accept nomination papers between the hours of 9am and 5pm from Tuesday 19 March until Tuesday 2 April and from 9am until the nominations deadline at 4pm on Wednesday 3 April (excluding weekends and bank holidays).

If possible, candidates are recommended to submit their nomination papers a few days before the closing date.  As in previous years, the Elections Team can carry out an informal check of nominations so that any errors or omissions can be corrected before formal receipt. If a candidate wishes to take advantage of this service and/or would like to make an appointment to deliver his/her papers, he/she should contact the Elections Team on 01285 623002.

The Returning Officer and the Elections Team may also assist a candidate to complete a nomination paper. However, if a candidate is not sure if he/she is able to stand, he/she should contact the Electoral Commission or seek his/her own legal advice.

Please note that the nominations deadline is the same for all elections being held on 2 May, so it would be helpful if nominations could be delivered as early as possible.

(v) Withdrawal of Candidature

If, having submitted a nomination, a candidate wishes to withdraw his/her candidature, he/she must do so by 4pm on Wednesday 3 April (i.e. the same time/date as delivery of nominations).  This requires a signed notice to such effect, attested by one witness, delivered by hand to the Returning Officer

If no withdrawal is received by that time, candidates will remain nominated and be part of the election process

(vi) Statement of Persons Nominated (publication date no later than 4pm on 4 April)

Details of nominations received will appear in the form of another notice – the Statement of Persons Nominated.

Clerks will be sent a copy of the notice for their parish/town council as soon as possible after the close of nominations, for publication by no later than 4pm on Thursday 4 April.

Please display/distribute as for the notice of election.  If you requested paper copies for the notice of election, we will also provide paper copies of this notice.

At this stage, we will provide more information on the process for each council, dependent upon the number of nominations received.  The options can be summarised as follows:-

  • If there are more nominations than seats, an election will take place on 2 May.
  • If there are fewer nominations than seats but there are sufficient candidates to enable the council to be quorate, the council will be able to co-opt to fill the remaining seats (a formal co-option process, including the advertisement of the vacancies, is recommended).  N.B.  The council quorum is three or one-third of the total membership, whichever is the greater (fractions are rounded up).
  • If there are insufficient nominations for the quorum figure to be achieved, any validly-nominated candidates will be elected unopposed but a new election will be run to seek further nominations.  If this happens, clerks will be advised of the procedure.

(vii) Notice of Poll (publication date 24 April 2019)

If there is to be a contested election, clerks will be sent a copy of the notice of poll for their parish/town council during the week beginning 15 April, for publication by no later than Wednesday 24 April.

If there is the same number of candidates as seats, or fewer candidates than seats, we will provide a notice of uncontested election (for publication by the same deadline).

Please display/distribute as for the notice of election.  If you requested paper copies for the notice of election, we will also provide paper copies of this notice.

(viii) Election Day

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2019.

A list of polling stations will be sent to you as soon as they have been confirmed.

(ix) The Count

The verification of ballot papers for all elections will take place after the close of poll and continue overnight on 2/3 May; along with the District election counts.

The counting of the votes for any parish/town council elections will start at 2pm on Friday 3 May.

All verification and counting will take place at the Cotswold Leisure Centre, Cirencester.

Further details about the verification and count will be issued to candidates and clerks after the close of nominations.

(x) Registration of Electors

To vote at any election, residents must be included on the register of electors. 

Anyone who is already included on the register does not need to re-register.  However, if someone is in any doubt, he/she should check with the Elections Team.

The deadline for registration of new voters is Friday 12 April.

Anyone wishing to register can do so online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (they will need their national insurance number to register).

Poll cards for the 2 May elections will be issued to all registered electors on 26 March.

(xi) Postal Voting

Anyone wishing to vote by post at the elections must submit an application by 5pm on Monday 15 April. 

If a person already has a postal vote arrangement in place, he/she does not need to re-apply.  However, if someone is in any doubt, he/she should check with the Elections Team.

If a person already has a postal vote arrangement in place, but wishes to change the way that he/she votes on 2 May, then he/she must do so by 5pm on Monday 15 April. 

Application forms are available from https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote or contact the Elections Team for a paper form.

(xii) Proxy Voting

Anyone wishing to vote by proxy at the elections must submit an application by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. 

If a person already has a proxy vote arrangement in place, he/she does not need to re-apply.  However, if someone is in any doubt, he/she should check with the Elections Team.

If a person already has a proxy vote arrangement in place, but wishes to change the way that he/she votes on 2 May, then he/she must do so by 5pm on Monday 15 April. 

Application forms are available from https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote or contact the Elections Team for a paper form.

(xiii) District Council Elections – Display of Notices

Similar notices will need to be published and displayed in connection with the District Council elections (on a ward basis).

I should therefore be grateful if you could publish these notices alongside your parish notices – we will send you the district notices at the same time as the parish ones, but these only need to be displayed on your parish/town notice-board(s).

(xiv) Updates

Further updates will be issued over the next few months but if you have any queries in the meantime, please do contact the Elections Team using one of the following methods:-

You can also visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters for information on how to register and vote.

Notice of Vacancy – January 2019

Due to the resignation of Bryon Hadley, a vacancy has arisen for a councillor in the Parish of Northleach with Eastington.

As this vacancy occurred within six months of the ordinary elections, an election cannot be held. Instead the seat will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors to be held on 2 May 2019.

The Parish Council may choose to fill the vacancy by co-option for the period until that election.

 

 

 

National Warnings Issued About Fraudsters

Dear all,
The following has come from Cotswold District Council. However I am getting a number of alerts in regards fraudulent calls, emails and letters from people pretending to be from TV Licensing, HMRC, local councils, insurance companies and banks. Please read the following and be aware of who is asking you for information.
Kind regards
Cat, Town Clerk

Action Fraud has issued national warnings about fraudsters who are pretending to be from local councils or the HMRC.

People are receiving cold calls and emails about a council tax over payment from individuals who appear to work for a local council. The emails often contain phishing links, which direct the recipient to a website where they will be asked to provide personal data.

Action Fraud has also experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public which appear to originate from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or – in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin – deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.