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Cotswold District Council have approached Blockley Parish Council to seek their engagement in identifying ‘Local Green Spaces ‘.

The initial correspondence from CDC is copied below. This explains the process required to achieve such designation.

In accordance with their guidance BPC have identified and submitted an initial set of plans indicating potential sites for designation as Local Green Spaces. Please see below for the plans submitted for Blockley, Aston Magna, Draycott and Paxford.

Some of the sites initially identified are in Parish ownership. These will be excluded from the final submission.

The initial timescale for this exercise was extremely short – again !! Consequently the initial submission was made without wider consultation. CDC have now responded and given a rather vague response on finalizing sites for submission.

Their reply can be found following the initial letter. Basically – the number of sites should be resticted.

Following representations from BPC the deadline for final submissions has now been extended to 1st August 2014.

This still leaves only a short time to complete this exercise – there is a ‘toolkit’ which will have to be completed for every site suggested.

If you have views on what should or should not be included can you please reply as soon as possible to:

Reply from CDC to initial submissions -

We have been advising Parishes that it is better to select a few sites. As filtering the sites down, to two or three you consider the most important will bolster your case.

Putting the information on the Parish website to obtain a wider view is really good idea.

When considering the sites you would like to put forward refer back to the information that accompanies the toolkit (page 2) and the guidance set out in the National Planning Policy framework, in particular 77. See in bold. Emphasise what makes the sites special to your community…

• where the green area is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

We have also been advising Parishes to discount sites they Parish own as you are in the best place to protect them.

In our earlier conversation today you mentioned the allotments, as they are not in the ownership of the Parish Council this site could potentially benefit from the designation.

Parish Council submissions -

Pease note:
Site Assessment Feedback Forms are available HERE
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Financial support for flood victims

Gloucestershire County Council is making cash available to support people affected by the recent floods.

The council is allocating £50,000 into a flood relief grant to help people whose homes have been hit by flooding.
It is offering up to £1,000 per flooded property to help replace damaged furniture and essentials or to help with the most immediate needs.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “We’re doing as much as we can out on the ground to help people who are affected by the flooding but we know there are people whose homes or proper ties have been damaged.

“That’s why we are committing up to £50,000 to help people in the community respond to issues relating to flooding in their proper ties in their recent event."This is reinforcing our on-going commitment to flood alleviation and supporting flood victims since 2007.” If people want to apply for the funding, they should visit Gloucestershire County Council’s websitewww.gloucestershire.gov.uk/floodfund in the first instance and register their details.
The council will then be in contact to discuss their application.

Laurence King, CDC engineer, has asked for details of any flooding of roads or property during the wet weather in 2012 and 13. He is trying to put together a map of problem areas in the vicinity and needs feedback from the community to help plan for the future.

He says: “If no internal flooding occurred and no highways were closed, what was/is the degree of the problem?”

Please contact: Laurence King
Shared Principal Engineer for West Oxfordshire District Council and Cotswold District Council
Environment & Commercial Services
01993 861341 - 07775 663074
laurence.king@westoxon.gov.uk or Laurence.king@cotswold.gov.uk

Blockley Parish Council is delighted to
announce the appointment of a new Clerk.
As from January 2nd 2014 the new Clerk will be:

Mrs Mercédès Vaughan-Davis,
10 Jubilee Drive,
GL20 7QJ.

 It is expected that Mercédès will be keeping the existing
01386 700238 telephone number and email address of: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com.

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