Northleach Housing Needs Report

Please find attached the final report of the Housing Needs survey.

There is a paper copy at the Westwoods. It is quite long so we are asking people to leave the copy at the Westwoods.

In the end there was a 27% response which is a little lower than hoped for but is close to similar surveys done in comparable sized towns. GRCC believes it is a fair representation of the people of Northleach.

If you have any questions regarding this report please contact me.

kind regards
Cat Crompton

Northleach with Eastington Town Council


Update on faster broadband project for Gloucestershire:

Fastershire postcode checker is now available
Fastershire is a project to bring fibre broadband to around 90% of homes and businesses in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire by the end of 2016.

The Fastershire website
contains information about the project’s aims and the Fastershire postcode checker
is now live on the website.

Find out if your location is ‘accepting orders’ (ie infrastructure is there), ‘coming soon’ (infrastructure there within a year) or is a ‘future exchange’ / ‘under evaluation’.
Work has already started in Cinderford, Coleford, Lydbrook, Longhope and Drybrook and there was a recent announcement that work will begin in late summer to connect Lechlade, Fairford, and South Cerney.

The GRCC website page sums up the story so far in moving towards better broadband for rural Gloucestershire. Click here to find out more.

Broadband Surveys

Please keep the Borders Broadband surveys coming in:
Available on line by clicking here. Hard copies with freepost returnable envelopes are available from Chris Cowcher, GRCC Broadband Champion.

Help provide the evidence needed to bring high-speed broadband to rural Gloucestershire.  To get up to date information on the Borders Broadband project and to access the survey, follow the link below:

Borders Broadband is managed by GFirst (Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership), Gloucestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council and Government agency, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

Gloucestershire Village Agents for Older People


Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) is looking to recruit a Village Agent for parishes to include Avening, Nailsworth, Minchinhampton, Tetbury and the surrounding area who will provide older people with easier access to information and services. If you:

  • Live in or close to one of the areas above
  • Have the use of a reliable car
  • Are committed to helping older people in rural areas

Please contact Gloucestershire Rural Community Council on 01452 528491 for more information and an application form.

Closing date: 14th February 2011

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
Community House
15 College Green
Gloucester GL1 2LZ
Tel: 01452 528491

Gloucestershire Digital Switch Over


  • Do you live in an area of Gloucestershire switching to digital in April?
  • If you don’t know, you may lose your TV signal!
  • Don’t worry, help is at hand and so is funding!

In April 2011, the Central TV region will begin the switch to digital television.  The analogue signal for part of Gloucestershire comes from the Ridge Hill transmitter group.  This signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital signal.  Anyone who currently receives only BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel Four, and Five through their aerial will need to convert their television before 6th April 2011 otherwise they will begin to lose channels.  When switchover completes on 20th April 2011 they will not be able to receive any TV channels at all if they have not converted.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) has been appointed by Digital Outreach to work with the voluntary and community sector during the run up to the digital TV switchover by providing grants, materials, free training, support and guidance to enable groups to signpost the people they support.
If you would like:

  • GRCC to come along and talk to you about what the switchover means and what help is available
  • Information to give your staff so they can tell your clients about the switchover
  • Grants to hold all kinds of events to tell your group about the switchover. This could be a coffee morning, a special lunch, a Christmas or New Year’s party, transport to help people get to your venue etc. The more innovative the better!
  • Free leaflets and promotional items to give away

To find out more including how to apply for a grant, call Clare Huckett now at GRCC on 01452 528491 

Coffee Morning for Age UK Gloucestershire

to join us at our coffee morning at Sacred Hearts Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings on Monday 2nd August
 from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm

Come and meet Age UK Gloucestershire (formerly Age Concern Gloucestershire); the Local Involvement Network (LINk); Gloucestershire Older Persons Asembly and other organisations who will be arranging information stands.

Have a free cup of coffee and cake and learn how we have been supporting carers and their families in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury for over 25 years.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council Community House 15 College Green Gloucester GL1 2LZ