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Clean up your act, urge waste watchers

Claire Blizzard (left) and Caroline Ballinger with the rubbish dumped
Photo: Cotswold District Council Environmental Wardens Claire Blizzard (left) and Caroline Ballinger with the rubbish dumped between Baunton and Calmsden

Litter louts are being urged to clean up th

Volunteer staff happy in new Moreton home

Staff at the North Cotswold Voluntary Help Centre will continue to play a crucial role in Moreton in Marsh in 2008, thanks to a helping hand from Cotswold District Council.

The High Street branch of the NCVHC found itself under almost four feet of water after the July floods, but found temporary sanctuary at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre.

Less than a week after the floods had hit the NCVHC offices – ruining computers, equipment and furnishings – they had moved into offices just down at the Centre in the High Street.

And although the NCVHC was insured against the dama

Gloucestershire County Council seeks Education Appeal Panel volunteers

Are you interested in education and consider yourself fair and impartial? 

If you think you are, Gloucestershire County Council is seeking volunteers to sit as Panel Members on Education Appeal Panels.

Education Appeal Panels hear appeals against the decisions made by Gloucestershire County Council, as the Admissions authority (in respect of community or voluntary controlled schools) to either refuse admission to a child or to permanently exclude a pupil.

Membership of Panels must include a member with experience of education and this means parents of

Council seeks local views on dog controls

Dogs could be subject to stronger controls in the Cotswolds later this year following the outcome of the current public consultation by the District Council.

The Council is considering adopting new powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (2005), which allow local authorities to introduce Dog Control Orders.

Cirencester Visitor Information Centre to join forces with Museum

Cirencester’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will receive a new lease of life in 2008 when it moves from the Market Place to the Corinium Museum in Park Street.

Plans for the move were approved by Cotswold District Council in December and, under the new proposals, the VIC will move into the Museum’s shop, offering a combined service.

The VIC currently operates from the Corn Hall, which was sold by the District Council to Wildmoor Properties in Summer 2007.

The move will see a range of benefits for both services, including new Sunday opening for visitor information to tie in with cur

A recycled Christmas cardboard mountain

Keen environmentalists in the Cotswolds have been recycling unprecedented amounts of card and cardboard over the Christmas period.

There are now eight large cardboard recycling containers sited across the Cotswold District and one of them – at Kingsmeadow Tesco, Cirencester – was full up within just two hours of being emptied last Friday (28th December).

“We have been overwhelmed by the success of our cardboard recycling during 2007,” said Ralph Young, Cotswold District Council’s Director of Environmental Services.

“During the year, we increased the number of cardboard banks from two

Bogus Survey Warning

Residents throughout Gloucestershire have reported receiving suspect telephone calls from a caller who has claimed to be working for the County Council.

Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards Service has received a number of enquiries asking if the phone calls are genuine or a scam. The caller claims to be working with the County Council and carrying out a demographic survey. Complainants report that the caller has a foreign sounding accent and asks questions to confirm address information, dates of birth and also asks about life insurance.

County Council gives public choice over council tax

Council leaders have given Gloucestershire residents a choice over county council tax rises next year, presenting three clear options for public consultation.

The unprecedented move comes as Gloucestershire faces tough budget challenges following the summer floods, with costs spiralling to around £35 million.

Cabinet today (18th December 2007) agreed to consult residents on three possible council tax options, which includes an increase to help pay for more drain clearance work to help protect against future flash flooding.

Councillor Barry Dare, Leader of Gloucestersh

Cardboard recycling comes to Bourton

Householders in Bourton-on-the-Water can look forward to a greener New Year thanks to the expansion of recycling facilities in the village.

Cotswold District Council has added a cardboard recycling bank to the facilities in the village’s Rissington Road Car Park where there are also containers for paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and textiles.

During 2007, the Council has increased the number of cardboard recycling banks across the District from two to eight and the amount of household card and cardboard being recycled has increased tenfold.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for

Results in from Fairford Town Council election

Suzanne Carol Jones and Mark Wardle have been elected to serve the Fairford ward on Fairford Town Council.

Mrs Jones polled 395 votes and Mr Wardle (Independent) polled 362 in the by-election on December 13th.

The other two candidates standing at the by-election were Lizzie Morris (284 votes) and Annabelle Plumridge (144 votes)

The election, which was held at the Palmer Hall in Fairford, was called in November following the resignation of previous councilors Mr Bart Borchardt and Mr Greg Phillips.

The electoral turnout was 27%.

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