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Cotswolds MP overwhelmed by response to Post Office Meetings

Seven public meetings organised by Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown took place this weekend in Rendcomb, Stratton, Weston-sub-Edge, Blockley, Guiting Power, Aldsworth and Meysey Hampton to discuss the closure of these Post Offices and those in the surrounding areas.

Cotswold leader slams Eco Town proposal at Long Marston

Cotswold District Council Leader Lynden Stowe has slammed developer-led proposals to build a mega "eco town" at Long Marston, Warwickshire.

Gloucestershire County Council moves up to four stars

Gloucestershire County Council is celebrating becoming one of the highest performing councils in the country this week.

The Audit Commission confirmed Gloucestershire’s jump from three to four stars in its Comprehensive Performance Assessment.

This includes a “Direction of Travel” judgment, which indicates how likely the council is to improve in the near future: Gloucestershire is ‘improving well’.

Gloucestershire Council tax - Cabinet recommends extra investment in flooding

Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet today recommended a 4.9% council tax increase for next year - which includes a 1.1% levy to tackle flood prevention.

Cabinet members voted unanimously to opt for a 3.8% rise, plus an additional 1.1% investment in drainage clearance (option 2 in the recent council tax survey).

The recommendation comes after Gloucestershire was hit by the worst flooding in 60 years during Summer 2007 - leaving the council with costs of £35 million and the likelihood of further floods in the future.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Resources, presented the

Cotswolds MP Organises Public Discussion on Post Office Closures

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP for the Cotswolds has arranged a series of public meetings for all affected residents to discuss the proposed round of Post Office closures in the Cotswolds.

The meetings will serve as an opportunity for people to hear more about and air their views on the effects of the closures, to learn more about the consultation process and to hear the options available to residents.

Mr Clifton-Brown is urging anyone with an interest to attend: “We need to work as a community to respond to the challenges put before us by these announcements

Post Office Ltd Delivers Crippling Closure Programme

Final details of the Post Office Closure Programme, made public on Tuesday 5th February 2008, have been described by Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown as more devastating than the Beeching Railway cuts of the 1960s.

"For a constituency as rural as the Cotswolds the level of proposed closure will be a disaster.

Cotswold pledges to tackle climate change

Cotswold District Councillors have pledged to take action on climate change after a motion to Council received unanimous support.

A meeting of full Council agreed to sign up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change, a nationwide initiative by the Energy Saving Trust to cut carbon emissions.

Post Office Closures a Devastating Blow to the Cotswolds

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown today spoke with representatives from Post Office Ltd and received the final details of which branches are going to be affected by their closure programme.

The exact details are under embargo until Tuesday 5th February, when the public consultation begins. However, Mr Clifton-Brown commented "Residents of the Cotswolds have been deeply concerned for some time about this matter.

Ofcom announcement is music to the ears for Cotswold Residents

Ofcom have decided to award the local Digital Radio Multiplex licence for Gloucestershire to Muxco.

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has expressed his delight and said "Throughout my political career I have campaigned vigorously to ensure that rural areas receive the same level of service as urban areas.

Gloucestershire Council tax survey results released

Today (30th January) Gloucestershire County Council released the results of its survey asking residents their views on the level of council tax increase for next year. Nearly 3000 people took part and, whilst the results were close, 56.7% opted for a council tax increase including extra money to pay for essential flood protection measures.

The survey used three methods: an online survey; a random phone poll; and a questionnaire to the council's citizen panel.

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