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Villages & Parish Council News & Information
Your Views are Important!
Blockley Parish Council will be distributing a Newsletter, Survey and Map to households in the Parish over the next few days. The survey is to request your views on new housing development in Blockley as part of the consultation process for the draft local plan.
The deadline for return of the surveys is 10th April and details of drop-boxes in the parish are shown on the newsletter. (Please note, the drop-box at Vale Bridgecraft Show Centre in Draycott is only available on 7th and 8th April between 10am and 4pm). However, if you would like to download and return the survey by email or post, please click on the link to the survey below:
Draycott Road (Little Shoe Broad)
BPC have today received notification of the following outline planning application by CALA Homes:
Please click on any of the statutory notices below
Become a Parish Councillor for Blockley
Blockley Parish Council serves the communities of Blockley, Aston Magna, Paxford, Draycott, Ditchford and Northwick Park.
The elections for the Parish Council will be held on 7th May and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a Councillor. Please come along to our meeting on Thursday 19th March at 7pm at Paxford Village Hall or contact the Clerk if you would like further details on this voluntary role.
To become a Parish Councillor you must be aged 18 or over, on the current register of Voters or have live or worked in (or within three miles) of the parish for twelve months. You will also need to be British subject, a citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of member state of the European Union.
Being a Parish Councillor gives the opportunity to represent and serve your community and we would welcome applications from people of all ages, interests and geographical areas of the Parish. Applications for election must be received at Cotswold District Council by 9th April.
I look forward to hearing from you.
For further information on the role of a Parish Councillor please click here: (What does a Councillor do?)
For information on the role of a Parish Council please click here: (What is a Town or Parish Council?)
Mrs. Sharon Henley,
Tel: 01386 700238
Cotswold Mobile Police Station
The dates for the unit to visit Blockley are as follows:
The Council have been advised that after June the Cotswold Mobile Police will stop all the routes in the Cotswolds and will start to cover the whole of Gloucestershire. This means it will still visit the Cotswolds but will only visit the larger communities.
Waterside Living – Information for Riparian Landowners
Do you have a river, stream, ditch or culvert running through or alongside your property?
Cotswold leads the way again with 5% Council Tax reduction - “the biggest cut in the country”
Parking, garden waste and leisure charges all frozen yet again.
Cotswold District Council Leader Lynden Stowe has today announced that the authority will be cutting its share of local residents’ Council Tax payments by 5% for 2015/16, hard on the heels of a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14. Last year’s 3% cut was hailed as the joint biggest in the country and the previous 5% cut for 2013/14 also led the field. The latest 5% reduction for 2015/16 will ensure that CDC is in the top spot in the national Council charts, and the combined reductions of 13% over the last three years also represents the best performance over that time period. In fact, taking inflation into account, and our two-year freeze prior to these cuts, this actually amounts to a real-terms cut of about 30% over 5 years.
Speaking at the Council’s annual budget setting meeting on Tuesday 24 February he confirmed the 5% cut and made an assurance that all of the Council’s frontline services would be retained while freezing charges for car parking, leisure centre and Corinium Museum admission fees, and green waste collection charges for yet another year. Building control fees are being cut by 10%.
Commenting on this achievement, Cllr Stowe said:
“It’s remarkable that we have been able to reduce Council Tax for three years in a row. Most of the savings we have achieved stem from the joint working we have undertaken with other Councils. We have developed a very close relationship with West Oxfordshire District Council over the last few years and now share around 80 posts, ranging from senior management to officer level. We have also established strong ties with Cheltenham and Forest of Dean Councils, sharing resources to carry out back-office jobs such as finance, HR and procurement (another 80 posts shared between all partners). The future looks bright as we embark on more work with these partners through the emerging 2020 Vision programme - looking ahead, this will enable us to pursue more work sharing and cost-cutting initiatives without compromising the independence or local decision-making of the participants and should save us all a total of over £50 million over ten years. Setting up the environmental services company Ubico Ltd with Cheltenham Borough Council has also been a positive experience. The company already expects to save £5 million in costs during its first five years of operations, and is currently preparing to add more Councils to its list of clients.
“Freezing costs for services produces real dividends - more people are coming through the doors of CDC-owned leisure centres, and the take-up of the weekly green waste kerbside collection service continues to rise year on year. We have even reduced the cost of some parking charges and our car parks are well used as a result. This has all been achieved despite a 60% plus reduction in core government grants to the Council over the last five years.
“Our Council Tax rate is one of our key indicators when we assess our overall efficiency. We have already assessed that we are one of the best performing local authorities in the country and this 5% cut should help us keep that position.
“I have always maintained that it is not our job to take more money than we need to deliver our services to residents, and I am very pleased that we have been able to leave as much as possible in the taxpayer’s pocket. In fact, the real-terms reduction of 30% over five years means that some £4.8m has remained in the local economy to stimulate prosperity. Residents across the Cotswolds can be assured that we are obtaining the best value for money possible, thanks to our cost saving measures. Our next big step - increased partnership working with Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire Councils - will enable us to work even more efficiently, and we will continue to look for further savings.”
(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.)
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
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.
2. Sheafhouse Farm (BK8): 13 dwellings, and -
3. Station Road (BK14A), opposite the allotments site : 16 dwellings.
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
Moreton in Marsh - All Sites.PDF
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS HAS NOW PASSED
COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL REF:
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.
The Parish Council is saddened to report that in recent months there has been unauthorised
In one area of the cemetery, trees were felled and shrubs cleared away, leaving a void where there
Such activities are unlawful and amount to criminal damage, and will not be tolerated by the Parish
Mrs Sharon Henley
New Parish Clerk
As from 19th August 2014, the Parish Council has a new Clerk, Mrs. Sharon Henley.