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Blockley Ramblers

Sunday 11 October
Walk: Ebrington, Paxford
Leaders: Olivia Amphlett
Distance: 5 miles, easy
Meet: Three Oaks, Ebrington @ 10.30 am

NB Everyone participating in walks does so at her/his own risk and should not leave the group without informing the leaders.
Please ensure that your clothing/footwear is appropriate to the conditions. If you walk with a dog, please keep it on the lead when on roads or where live stock is present. Also, wherever possible, please share cars to avoid congestion at meeting place.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire

Healthwatch Gloucestershire acts as a single point of access for health and social care information and provides an advice and signposting service to help people make informed choices. We also gather local peoples’ views and experiences on health and social care using these views to improve services locally.

If you would like to hear more about the work of Healthwatch Gloucestershire and would like to share your experiences with us please join us at our Public Event at The Westwood Centre, Bassett Road, Northleach GL54 3QJ on Wednesday 14th October 2015 from 7.00 to 9pm.

There will also be a talk by the South Western Ambulance Service, which aims to give a better understanding of current ambulance provision.  This will be followed by a Q & A session.  Please call Healthwatch Gloucestershire on 0800 652 5193 to book your place.

Community Switch Poster

Big Community Switch briefing sheet

Dates of the next Auction:
Launch - August 4th
Registration closes - 12th October
Auction - October 13th
Offers out from - October 23rd
Close of auction acceptance - November 23rd

Worried about rising energy costs this winter?

The prospect of further hikes in household energy prices is a real concern to us all. But we have the power to reduce energy bills if everyone groups together and collectively asks for a better deal. The council is concerned about the impact this will have on Gloucestershire's residents, particularly those in fuel poverty, and others who are struggling to make ends meet. As a result the county council, along with a number of other local authorities, has signed up to take part in a collective energy switching scheme led by The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). By doing so the council is helping to make switching energy supplier as easy as possible for its residents, and is also increasing the chances of making significant savings by switching.

What is Collective Energy Switching?

This is a relatively new process in the UK, although the method has been used successfully on the continent for some time. The concept is straightforward and works on the principle of bulk buying. If a number of residents register their interest in changing supplier, then potentially the price offered by an energy supplier will be lower than an individual household could expect by going it alone. In fact the more householders that register their interest to switch, then the more attractive it becomes for an energy supplier to offer a competitive price and the more likely the consumers are to achieve significant savings.

How does it work?

Residents need to register their interest in switching their energy supplier. You can do this either online, or by telephoning the council, or attending one of our library sign-up events. We need only basic information at the registration phase: name, address, contact details, an indication of your energy consumption and whether you wish to consider switching for dual fuel (gas and electricity) or electricity only.

A company called iChoosr has been appointed as the switching partner to carry out an online auction with UK energy providers. Ichoosr will offer the business of all those who have registered in the participating council areas across the country to the market, and the energy suppliers will be invited to bid for your custom by offering their cheapest energy deal. This will be what is known as a 'reverse auction' where the best value provider will win. Shortly afterwards, those who have registered their interest will receive a new personalised energy offer to switch to the energy supplier which won the auction, with details of the price they are offering for your custom. It should be noted that there is absolutely no obligation to accept the offer and switch supplier and so you only need to sign up to the scheme if it works for you.

How do I register?

The quickest and most straightforward method is to use the simple form on our website. Please make sure you have a recent energy bill to hand so that we can estimate your annual energy usage or spend. You can also register by telephone by calling us on 01452 425 757. If you would like to register by telephone then please make sure you have a recent energy bill to hand when you call, so that we can estimate your annual energy usage or spend.

Is there a deadline for me to register?
Yes. You must register your interest by 11:00 pm on 12th October 2015 at the latest to be included in the auction.

Do I have to live in Gloucestershire?
No. The more households that sign up, the better deal we get for everyone.

Do I have to accept my offer?
No. There is absolutely no obligation to accept the offer and switch supplier and so you only need to sign up to the scheme if it works for you.

Is there a charge for switching?
No, the service is free of charge.

How much will I save?
There is no guarantee that you will make any savings. The potential for savings depends on a number of factors including for example your energy usage. However consumers who have received offers in recent auctions have saved up to £250 per year on their energy bills.

Can I register for gas and electricity?
When you register you will be able to select dual fuel (gas and electricity) or electricity only

Blockley Parish Council


Blockley Parish Council invites tenders for the maintenance contract for the 3-year period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018 to cut grass and hedges for which the council takes responsibility.
Main mown areas amount to about 7 acres; in addition there are several verges which require strimming.

The areas concerned are in Blockley, Draycott and Aston Magna.

For further details and application pack, please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council at
19 Bleriot Road, Upper Rissington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 2NN,
email blockleypclerk@btinternet.com or phone 01386 700238
no later than 20 September 2015.

Proposed Speed Limit Alterations in Blockley Village
Please see information in the attached document (CLICK HERE) relating to
the proposed speed limit alterations in Blockley village.
Information on how to comment on these proposals is contained
within the document and the deadline is 7th September.

Play Rangers Summer Holiday Activities

Love your dog – love our neighbourhood and countryside! -

Plea to dog walkers in Blockley

There is nothing better for dog owners to enjoy than taking that daily walk but - please be mindful of the following:

Dog fouling can be a serious issue and is very unpleasant. All dog owners need to be aware that they should clean up after their dogs for a number of reasons.

• It is an offence not to clear up after a dog if it fouls in a public place; it could cost you a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or a fine through the courts up to £1000.

• It is a health hazard, particularly to children. Dog faeces can carry bacteria and viruses and a parasitic worm that could cause serious problems including blindness. Picking up immediately after a dog fouls and disposing of the mess properly will help prevent the worm developing and becoming infective. Pet owners should treat their animals for worms regularly.

• It is unsightly, smelly and can prevent people from enjoying picnic areas and walks and stop children being able to play in open spaces.

If you are a dog owner or regularly exercise someone else’s dog please clear up if the dog fouls, always carry a “poop scoop”, better still teach the dog to only foul at home.

When you clear up after your dog, please dispose of the bag properly – take it home, use a dog litter bin or street litter bin. Do not sling it in the hedge, trees or ditch or leave it on the ground – this is littering, also an offence with penalties of £75 or up to £2500. It is also unsightly!

If you see some one who doesn’t clear up after a dog and you know who they are, you can report it to the Cotswold District Council Environmental Wardens, (01285 623000). If you are willing to be a witness in court, the council can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice or take a prosecution if the penalty isn’t paid.

Please click on this link or the logo above to find details of the
Cotswold Careline service which serves the whole Cotswold district.

Results of Spring Survey and Additional Evidence
sent to CDC on Draft Local Plan representations

BPC would like to thank all parishioners who recently returned their completed survey forms. 

The results have now been collated and this has enabled additional
evidence to be sent to CDC on Draft Local Plan representations.  

Documents are available to view as follows:
(please click on the title or document to download a .pdf version of the original)

Spring Newsletter

Survey – Question Sheet

Map included with Newsletter

Survey Results in Table Format

Additional Evidence send to CDC on Draft Local Plan Representations

Draycott Road (Little Shoe Broad)
Planning application by Cala Homes - CDC
ref: 15/01020/OUT

The Parish Council has asked CDC to extend the deadline for comments, to
give parishioners more time.

CDC has agreed, and the deadline is now
Monday 20th April

BPC have today received notification of the following outline planning application by CALA Homes:

Residential development for up to 33 dwellings and associated works (Outline application)
Land Off Draycott Road Draycott Road Blockley Gloucestershire

Waterside Living – Information for Riparian Landowners

Do you have a river, stream, ditch or culvert running through or alongside your property?
If so, you are probably responsible for its maintenance and this guide is for you. -

Please click here

(Click on documents below to download a .pdf copy)

The Cotswold District Draft Local Plan

The draft plan shows CDC's proposed housing strategy for Blockley : 3 sites (Draycott Road : 22 dwellings); Sheafhouse Farm : 13 dwellings; and The Limes, Station Road : 16 dwellings.)

The allotments site is not now shown as a housing site,but instead as a proposed Local Green Space, together with the Water Board site. But CDC have not assessed the Draycott Road site and Colonel's Piece as potential Local Green Spaces.

If you have any queries/ comments please contact the Parish Council :
01386 700238; or email: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com

Cotswold District Local Plan

Blockley Conservation Area Review 

Blockley Parish Council has commissioned from RPS – one of Europe’s leading environmental consultancies – an independent review of the Blockley Conservation Area. This is part of the Parish Council’s initiatives designed to help protect vulnerable sites from unwelcome  development.  This comprehensive review has now been completed and sent to Cotswold District Council for their consideration. The Parish Council’s aim is to get CDC’s agreement to the recommendations regarding revised Conservation Area boundaries, as a matter of priority.  The review forms part of the evidence that BPC will be submitting to the District Council concerning its development strategy.

The review comprises a ranging survey looking at historical and cartographical evidence, and a site survey of the existing  Conservation Area and its setting. A summary of the results of these surveys is attached as annexes to the report, and reference to these explains the reasons behind the proposed boundary changes.

The review is available to read on the Parish Council website
and can be accessed by clicking on the links below

Blockley Boundaries 14-11-28 FINAL.pdf

Appendix 4 - Blockley Views 14-11-28.pdf

Please note these are extremely large files and may take several serconds to download.

“Update on CDC Local Plan Documents

The Parish Council has received a hard copy of CDC’s  Evidence Paper on Housing and Employment Site Allocations. This Paper, and its Appendices, are now  available on-line, and will be considered by the CDC Cabinet on 4th December. The recommendations in this Paper have been used by CDC to inform the Local Plan Development Strategy and Site Allocations document that will be out for public consultation for 6 weeks during January / February 2015.

An initial skim of the Evidence Paper reveals  three “preferred sites for housing development” in Blockley:

1. Little Shoe Broad (BK5) : 22 dwellings.
This site allegedly does not meet all the necessary criteria for designation as a Local Green Space.

2. Sheafhouse Farm (BK8): 13 dwellings, and -

3. Station Road (BK14A), opposite the allotments site : 16 dwellings.
( This site was put forward following the public consultation in Blockley earlier this year ).

Total: 51 dwellings.

The allotments site (BK11) is shown as a “reserve site” with a potential for 36 dwellings.  CDC has shown it as a reserve site because it meets all the criteria necessary for designation as a Local Green Space, (following the application made by the Parish Council)  so the site is now continuing through the Local Plan designation process, apparently.

Further updates to follow, but BPC wants to make this initial information available to Blockley residents as soon as possible. “

Installation of Broadband Cabinets

Bob Skillern from Gloucestershire County Council Highways Department
has sent the below notifications of installation of broadband cabinets.

Installation of Broadband Cabinets - Blockley All Sites.PDF

Moreton in Marsh - All Sites.PDF

The cabinets are part of the superfast broadband rollout for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire under
The Fastershire title. More info can be found on the following website:




(Click this link)
- 14/03409/ FUL

Application now withdrawn

A planning application has been made for a change of use of land to the north east of the existing allotments. This land is currently not cultivated, but the applicants (Strutt & Parker, agents for the landowner) are seeking to establish that it is suitable for allotments.