BPC Header
Blockley Parish Council is a member of the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management
Village
Facilities
& History


Current
Parish Council
Business


Parish
Council
Archives


Contact
Blockley
Parish Council

 

Community
Emergency
Plans
Instructional
Video for
Defibrillators
 

This website is split into six main areas.
Please click on any of the buttons above to go to your area of interest

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the content on this website
If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer please click here for free download


Villages & Parish Council News & Information


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. “




Cotswold District Citizens Advice Bureau

Free, confidential and impartial advice for residents of Cotswold District, helping with benefits, debt, employment, family, housing, consumer, and other problems.

Get advice online:
For information, and to email us, please go to: www.cotswoldcab.org.uk

Call us:
0808 800 0511 (Freephone)
Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Drop in:
2-3 The Mews, Cricklade Street, Cirencester GL7 1HY, Monday to Thursday, 10am-4pm

Outreach services also available at Northleach and Bourton-on-the-Water ​


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:

http://www.fastershire.com



Information on Christmas and New Year Waste & Recycling Collections from Cotswold District Council

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will not be making collections on Thursday 25, Friday 26 December and also Thursday 1 January.

However, the crews will be working on Saturday 27 December and Saturday 3 and 10 January to catch up, and the revised collection schedule will be as follows:

Week commencing Monday 22 December 2014

Normal collection day

Revised date

Mon 22 Dec 2014

No change

Tues 23 Dec 2014

No change

Weds 24 Dec 2014

No change

Thurs 25 Dec 2014

Will move to Sat 27 Dec 2014

Friday 26 Dec 2014

Will move to Mon 29 Dec 2014

Mon 29 Dec 2014

Will move to Tues 30 Dec 2014

Tues 30 Dec 2014

Will move to Weds 31 Dec 2014

Weds 31 Dec 2014

Will move to Friday 2 Jan 2015

Thurs 1 Jan 2015

Will move to Sat 3 Jan 2015

Friday 2 Jan 2015

Will move to Mon 5 Jan 2015

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Will move to Tues 6 Jan 2015

Tues 6 Jan 2015

Will move to Weds 7 Jan 2015

Weds 7 Jan 2015

Will move to Thurs 8 Jan 2015

Thurs 8 Jan 2015

Will move to Friday 9 Jan 2015

Friday 9 Jan 2015

Will move to Saturday 10 Jan 2015

Collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 12 January 2015
As usual, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day (i.e. full =  collection of household waste plus recycling). Residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7.00am so we can ensure that everything is picked up.


PLANNING APPLICATION
LAND AT ALLOTMENT GARDENS, STATION ROAD, BLOCKLEY.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS HAS NOW PASSED

COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL REF:
(Click this link)
- 14/03409/ FUL

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.


Blockley Cemetery

The Parish Council is saddened to report that in recent months there has been unauthorised
activity in Blockley cemetery. This has caused serious concern to the Council, and distress to local
parishioners whose loved ones are buried there.

In one area of the cemetery, trees were felled and shrubs cleared away, leaving a void where there
was previously a screen of vegetation. In addition, a bar swing was erected in a tree, which overhung
graves, and a number of wooden slats put on another tree.

Such activities are unlawful and amount to criminal damage, and will not be tolerated by the Parish
Council. If anyone has any information that could help to prevent this happening again, please
contact the Clerk on 01386 700238, or by email: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com

Mrs Sharon Henley
Clerk to Blockley Parish Council


New Parish Clerk

As from 19th August 2014, the Parish Council has a new Clerk, Mrs. Sharon Henley.
The best way to contact her is by email: blockleypclerk@btinternet.com
or by telephone on: 01386 700238.


Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS)

Cotswold District Council and Lloyds Bank has launched their first joint venture to provide a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme (LAMS) to help Cotswold residents get on the housing ladder.  The scheme is designed for first time buyers who can afford mortgage repayments but don’t have enough savings for a large deposit.

It is hoped this scheme will help between 20 and 30 local buyers purchase a property in the area worth up to £237,500 provided they can put down a minimum deposit of 5%.  CDC has set aside £1 million to provide a cash-backed indemnity worth up to 20% of the value of the applicant’s mortgage enabling them to access a 95% mortgage at a lower interest rate offered to applicants with a larger deposit. 

It is a win, win, win situation. The deal allows local first-time buyers to own a property in its entirety without having to save for a large deposit and can access a lower interest rate mortgage.


Click here to download SAGE leaflet in .PDF format