Release date: 11 October 2018
This week marks Empty Homes Week 2018, and Cotswold District Council is working with the national campaign charity ‘Empty Homes’ to highlight the 300,000 long-term unoccupied houses in the UK.
In the Cotswolds there are currently 488 residences that are vacant and unused, 70 of which have been unoccupied for over 2 years. It is estimated that an empty property can cost the owner up to £10,000 per year in security, repairs, insurance, and council tax.
Empty homes are a waste of a valuable asset especially when over 1600 people are registered on our Homeseeker waiting list, hundreds of whom are in priority need.
The local authority charges a 50% premium on council tax for any house left empty for more than 2 years. The Government has agreed to double the total cost from April 2019 for owners who refuse to address the issue.
The Council has the power to enforce Empty Dwelling Management Orders and Compulsory Purchase Orders but we are keen to work with and support owners to bring their houses back into use.
If you are interested in more information about the charity ‘Empty Homes’ see;
Midweek closure days and seasonal opening hours
From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday and changing to seasonal opening hours.
Seasonal opening times (6 days per week):
28th October 2018 – 30th March 2019
Winter – 10am-4pm
31st March 2019 – 26th October 2019
Summer – 9am-5pm
Site specific day closures:
On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed.
On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed.
On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.
Please note all HRC’s will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Why we are changing our opening hours:
As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs change to seasonal opening hours and open six days a week.
The council collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored. The closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites.
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire county councils have an agreement which allows Gloucestershire residents to use the Household Recycling Centre at Shipston-on-Stour.
Winter Hours Return from 01 October
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 3.15pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am – 12.15pm
Effective until April 2019.
To find your nearest alternative site click here.
Have your say on our Council Tax support scheme
Release date: 24 September 2018
Each year the Council has to decide whether to make changes to the administration of its council tax support scheme for working age people on a low income in the Cotswolds. This year we are consulting on possible changes to the scheme from 1 April 2019 which would completely exempt our poorest residents from Council Tax payments. In other words, the maximum amount of Council Tax discount will now be100%.
Changes being proposed include:
- Introducing a banded scheme which would see a simple flat rate percentage discount awarded, depending on a person’s total weekly ‘net’ income
- For the purposes of calculating weekly income, the Council would ignore all child maintenance payments
Changes proposed will have no impact for those in vulnerable groups or those in receipt of a state pension.
https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/news/september-2018/have-your-say-on-our-council-tax-support-scheme/The deadline for comments is midnight on Friday 9 November.
Since 2013/14 the funding received from central government to support the local working age scheme has continued to reduce in line with other central funding cuts and is expected to continue to reduce over the coming year.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced in April 2013, replacing Council Tax benefits and is part of the Government’s major overhaul of the welfare system.
Following this round of consultation, CDC councillors will consider a report before deciding on any changes to the current scheme.
LOCAL WALKS WITH THE
COTSWOLDS VOLUNTARY WARDENS
Wool, Stone and the Great Fire of London – Thursday 1stNovember – Moderate
The walk starts from the ancient wool town of Northleach with its many 15th and 16th century buildings. We cross rolling farmland, lakes and streams to the village of Farmington, famed for its local stone. We return to Northleach where lunch is available at pubs and cafes.
3 hours: 5 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Northleach market square.OS Map ref: SP 113 146.
Battles and Brewing in Stow – Thursday 8thNovember – Moderate
The walk will take us via Broadwell to the monument to the Battle of Stow where we will hear about the historic event. The return is through varied countryside to Stow where we explore Stow’s brewing past.
3 hours: 6 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Stow-on-the-Wold village green, old stocks. OS Map ref: SP 192 258.
Landscape and History of the Slaughters –Sunday 7thOctober – Easy
One of the first walks organised by the wardens, we walk the Windrush, Macmillan and Heart of England Ways into the two most photographed villages in the Cotswolds. We pass Upper Slaughter’s famous Manor House and the Mill at Lower Slaughter, and see how the rivers have shaped the North Cotswolds.Bring suitable refreshment.
2.5 hours: 5 miles.
Start: 11:00 am War Memorial on village green, Bourton-on-the-WaterOS Map ref: SP 167 207.
Snowshill (the rest of it) – Monday 8thOctober – Moderate
We know all about the Manor, but there is an interesting parish and countryside around it, from Bronze and Iron Age remains to (relatively) modern quarrying. Some steep ascents/descents. Bring suitable refreshment.
3 hours: 6 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Snowshill village car park. OS Map ref: SP 096 340.
Exploring Winchcombe’s ‘Ways’ – Thursday 18thOctober – Moderate
The fact that seven long-distance footpaths touch Winchcombe is a testament to the fine walking country that surrounds the town. Today we shall explore the upper reaches of the Isbourne Way, and parts of the Cotswold, Winchcombe and Holst ways.
5 hours: 9 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Winchcombe Back Lane car park (pay and display). OS Map ref: SP 024 286.
Cleeve Common Rocks – Saturday 1stSeptember – Moderate
OK, fantastic plants, great history and archaeology, but the stuff that makes it all happen on Cleeve is the geology underneath. Join with us and Alice Kennedy of Gloucestershire Geological Trust and discover all on a walk around the common. Bring suitable refreshment.
3 hours: 4 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park. Turn off B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, up narrow track over cattle grid, left and then right into car park. OS Map ref: SO 989 272.
A Peep into the Past – Thursday 6thSeptember – Moderate
An exploration of the lovely countryside and villages of Stanton and Stanway, with a look at some of the history associated with them. The route takes us up and down the scarp, giving spectacular views of the Malverns.
3 hours: 6.5 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Stanton Village car park – next to cricket ground. OS Map ref: SP 067 344.
Countryside and Villages around Bourton-on-the-Water – Thursday 13th September – Strenuous
This circular walk goes cross-country to the villages of Clapton-on-the-Hill, Farmington and Cold Aston starting from the scenic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. The walk returns to Bourton along the Windrush river. Bring a packed lunch.
6 hours: 11 miles.
Start: 9:30 am War Memorial on village green, Bourton-on-the-Water. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.
Horrors and Harmony – Thursday 20thSeptember – Easy
We follow some of the paths one of the great English composers of the 20th Century would have used and hear how this little corner of Gloucestershire influenced his works. An easy walk across fields and along racks with a little incline.
3 hours: 5 miles.
Start: 10:00 am War Memorial on village green, Bourton-on-the-Water. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.
Templars and Tudors – Thursday 27thSeptember – Moderate
A pleasant circular walk featuring the Templar church at Temple Guiting, the deserted medieval village of Pinnock and the Beckbury Monument. Please bring a packed lunch.
4 hours: 8 miles.
Start: 10:00am Temple Guiting village hall. OS Map ref: SP 090 279.
Changing Tracks – Saturday 4thAugust – Moderate
As we wander through the sometimes remote rural Cotswold landscape, we consider why an east-west railway was deemed necessary in Victorian England.
5.5 hours: 10 miles.
Start: 9:30 am Cold Aston village near the pub. Park with consideration in the village.
OS Map ref SP 129 197.
Charity begins at Home – Saturday 11thAugust – Strenuous
A lengthy walk over downs, through valleys and woods with a focus on a latter-day philanthropist.
Start: 9:30 am Hawling outside Methodist church, or on gravel outside farm. OS Map ref SP 067 231.
The Warden’s Hill Climb – Wednesday 29thAugust – Moderate
A novel route following the Winchcombe Way down to Gotherington station, pass Prescott Hill Climb course and then back up to the Common.
3 hours: 6 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park – turn off B4632 at the summit signposted to Golf Club, up narrow road over cattle grid, left and right into car park.
OS Map ref SO 989 272.
PLEASE use appropriate footwear as some walks may be steep and muddy in places. EASY – Length may vary but terrain is mainly flat (level); MODERATE – includes some hills and rough ground. STRENUOUS – may be rough underfoot and ascents and descents may be steep. We welcome guide and hearing dogs – sorry, others not allowed.
Walks are free although we do invite donations to help fund our conservation and improvement work.
The Wardens run a full programme of guided walks throughout the Cotswolds. For more information see www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or Tel: 01451 862000, also for any changes to arrangements such as due to extreme weather.
|1st- £25||37||Simon Lampitt|
|1st- £25||4||Giles King|
|1st- £25||157||Bridget Tossell|
|1st- £25||127||Elaine Faller|
|5th-£5||96||Jeff and Nancy Toms|
|1st – £25||190||Mary Vann|
|2nd – £10||87||Jill Hayden|
|3rd – £10||49||Billy Brownrose|
|4th £10||143||Sophie Whitehouse|
|5th – £5||141||Rupert Oswell|
|6th – £5||180||Gail Weaver|
|7th £5||88||David Tossell|
|8th – £5||192||Robin Clarke|
|9th – £5||139||Julie Girling|
|1st – £25||121||Anne Lampitt|
|2nd – £15||15||Caroline Collins|
|3rd – £10||56||Mike Jelly|
|4th – £5||84||Sue Prestage|
|5th – £5||134||Shanti Johnson|
|6th – £5||164||Matthew Jackson|
|1st – £25||45||Isla Rossington|
|2nd – £15||98||Joss Robbins|
|3rd – £10||57||Paul Heneghan|
|4th – £5||90||Sue McCloud|
|5th – £5||156||Lisa Maxted|
|6th – £5||32||Dan Theo|
|1st – £25||105||Michael Carron|
|2nd – £15||156||Lisa Maxted|
|3rd – £10||65||Jane & Rob Greenslade|
|4th – £5||157||Bridget Tossell|
|5th – £5||14||Phil Alling|
|6th – £5||163||Pauline & Peter Droop|
|The Christmas Draw 2017|
|1st – £100||Caron Workman|
|2nd – £50||Amy Timms|
|3rd – £25||Valerie Rouse|
|4th – £10||Liz Heneghan|
|5th – £5||Vera Kyte|
|6th – £5||Matt Ballard|
|1st – £25||Caroline Collins|
|2nd – £15||Liz Heneghan|
|3rd – £10||Joan Jenkins|
|4th – £5||S Hudson-Evans|
|5th – £5||Yvonne Butler|
|6th – £5||Paul Neale|
|1st – £25||Harry Nobes|
|2nd – £15||David Tossell|
|3rd – £10||Jack Theo|
|4th – £5||Caroline Collins|
|5th – £5||Phil Alling|
|6th – £5||Lucy Ballard|
|1st – £25||Dan Theodossiades|
|2nd – £15||Sienna Robbins|
|3rd – £10||Jean Hughes|
|4th – £5||Dee Anderson|
|5th – £5||Michael Carron|
|6th – £5||Roger Whitehouse|
|1st – £25||Jane & Rob Greenslade|
|2nd – £15||Sienna Robbins|
|3rd – £10||Sue Carruthers|
|4th – £5||Tom Whitehouse|
|5th – £5||Wendy Clark|
|6th – £5||Rachel Took|
|1st – £25||60||Beryl Wright|
|2nd – £15||81||Sue Carruthers|
|3rd – £10||99||Jeremy Knight|
|4th – £5||125||Anthony Smith|
|5th – £5||78||D. Anderson|
|6th – £5||74||Paul Neil|
|1st – £25||145||George & Joyce Saunders|
|2nd – £15||66||Anthony Cliff|
|3rd – £10||117||Brenda Ward Miller|
|4th – £5||122||Rachel Took (c/o Kemps)|
|5th – £5||18||David Rawsthorne|
|6th – £5||69||Alice Rossington|
|1st – £25||Paul Heneghan|
|2nd – £10||Alan Hughes|
|3rd – £5||John Hayfield|
|4th – £5
|1st – £25||Jamie Bayliss|
|2nd – £10||Rita Jones|
|3rd – £5||Mike Jelley|
|4th – £5
|1st – £25||Jamie Bayliss|
|2nd – £10||Viv Alling|
|3rd – £5||George Osborne|
|4th – £5||Stephen Ralph|
|1st – £25||Carol Keen|
|2nd – £10||Chris Hurley|
|3rd – £5||Adam Carruthers|
|4th – £5||Viv Alling|
|1st – £25||93||Esme Barnett|
|2nd – £10||42||Mrs M E Barnett|
|3rd – £5||31||Rachel Hurley|
|4th – £5||51||Paul Hennegan|
|1st – £25||20||Julie Rawsthorne|
|2nd – £10||86||Rob Haydon|
|3rd – £5||25||Len & Cath Clifford|
|4th – £5||85||Joy Court-Newbury|
|1st||£25||David and Bridget Tossail|
|3rd||£5||Elaine & John Marshall|
|1st||£25||Mr. Mrs Barnett|
|1st – £25||43||Carol Keen|
|2nd – £10||77||Margaret Cliff|
|3rd – £5||52||Beryl Wright|
|4th – £5||98||Sienna Robbins|
|1st – £25||105||Oliver Stowe|
|2nd – £10||86||Mr.Mrs Barne|
|3rd – £5||71||Viv Alling|
|4th – £5||35||Karen Workman|
|Bonus £10||50||D. & CR. Smith|
|Position||Name||Club Number||Amount Won|
|4th||John & Elaine Marshall||83||£5|
|Position||Name||Club Number||Amount Won|
|2nd||Joy Court Newbury||97||£10|
The police non emergency number is 101. This is the number to call for all non urgent calls. You can also report suspicious activity by email to email@example.com and include photos. In an emergency the number is 999. The nearest Gloucestershire police station is at Stow-on-the-Wold and is open to the public between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, tel: 01242 276637.
Communities defeat Terrorism
If you see other anything that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or visit gov.uk/ACT
The local policing team consistes of :
Inspector Karen Ellis
Sgt Garrett Gloyn
Sgt Andrew Wood
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott Nick.firstname.lastname@example.org
PC Ashley Weller (rural and wildlife crime)
PCSO Paul Hancock paul. email@example.com
PCSO Cassie Wilford firstname.lastname@example.org
The local Police Community Support Officers for your parish can be contacted in a number of ways including our website https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/neighbourhood-policing/ where you can follow the link to your policing area and use the contact your team link. You can also use the 01452 907200 number for Cotswold District and leave a message or contact 101 with your concern and it will sent to the officer via our control room.
Please also take a look at https://www.yourcommunityalerts.co.uk/ as we are currently signing up residents in the Cotswold area; this can be completed via the website.
Crimestoppers is dedicated to fighting crime across Gloucestershire.
We help to promote the charity in communities across the region, to let people know that Crimestoppers is there for them as an anonymous route to give information about crime. Crimestoppers guarantees anonymity, which means that no-one can ever find out who passed on information about crime.
To pass on information about crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out our secure, Anonymous Online Form.
Crimestoppers is supported by volunteers – each and every one is a vital link with the community in the region. If you think you’d like to volunteer for Crimestoppers in Gloucestershire, please fill out our Contact Us form.
E-mail: Crimestoppers-uk.org for more information.
For crime statistics click here
Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:
|June 2018||July 2018|
|Criminal damage and arson||4||3|
|Possession of weapons||0||0|
|Theft from the person||0||0|
|Violence and sexual offences||3||3|
Chipping Campden and surrounds including Willersey, Weston-Sub-Edge and Mickleton. Cotswold Neighbourhood Watch click here
Chipping Campden Neighbourhood Co-ordination Group set the following 3 priorities
- Traffic Issues through the Village of Saintbury
- Crime Prevention Initiatives in Villages Bordering the County Boundary in Chipping Campden Community
- Traffic issues in Church Street Chipping Campden-prevent abuse of the one-way system.
The police office surgery scheme is still being held in the town clerk’s office on the first floor in the Old Police Station on the High St, Chipping Campden. Please feel free to come along and have a talk about anything that concerns you.