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New wardens urge Cotswolds to tree-cycle

Caroline Ballinger and Claire Blizzard are dreaming of a clean, green Christmas.

Cotswold District Council’s two new Environmental Wardens are urging householders to recycle as much of their waste as possible over the festive period – including their real Christmas trees.

The Council has joined forces with Dobbies Garden Centre at Siddington, near Cirencester, and Fosseway Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, to set up collection points for trees which will then be shredded and turned into compost.

Householders can also chop their trees into sections and put them in their green garden was

Cotswold reviews parking charges

New pay-and-display parking charges in the Cotswolds are being proposed for the first time in four years from April 1st 2008.

The District Council plans to freeze the half-hour charge at its pay-and-display car parks at 50p and to add just 10p to the current £1 charge for one hour.

The £1.60 charge for two hours would rise to £2, while a three-hour stay would increase from £2 to £2.50.

Proposed charges:
Half hour to stay at 50p
One hour increases to £1.10
Two hours increases to £2.00
Three hours increases to £2.50

The recommendations to Council, which will

A blot on the landscape - flytipping

Fly tipping

Why do these people dump their rubbish in the countryside?

Flytipping has been a problem in the countryside for a long time.

Council’s safety drive to tour the Cotswolds

A special week aimed at getting young people more aware of crime and safety issues in their area will kick off in the Cotswolds next week.

Cotswold District Council is running several events around the area when Community Safety Week starts on Monday December 3rd. This year the event will be focusing on issues affecting young people, and the five-day drive is being led by the Council’s Community Safety Team.

Gloucestershire smoke-free compliance levels among the highest in England.

Recent figures suggest Gloucestershire has one of the highest levels of smoke-free compliance anywhere in the country.

The figures submitted from all six local authorities in Gloucestershire show an extremely high level of people and premises stubbing their cigarettes out.

Cotswold unveils plans for flood recovery grant

More than £540,000 will be spent by Cotswold District Council on helping to protect the District against future floods, it was announced today.

The Council’s Cabinet has agreed to spend the majority of its £623,000 Flood Recovery Grant on a range of measures to improve land drainage and assist towns and parishes to prepare for any future emergencies.

An estimated £75,000 of the money, awarded to the Council by the Government in the wake of the summer’s unprecedented rainfall, is already being awarded to vulnerable victims and residents forced to live in caravans or upstairs after their h

Help shape the future of the Cotswolds

Residents can help shape the future of the Cotswolds by giving their views on the first major stage of the production of an overall development strategy for the District.

Public consultation on the Cotswold District Core Strategy to 2026 started recently with the publication of an Issues and Options paper.

Cotswold District Council is inviting members of the public to comment on the paper up to Friday, December 21st.

This is the first major stage in the production of the Local Development Framework, which will in due course replace the Cotswold District Local Plan.

The Issues and O

Gloucester South West bypass leads the way to county’s tree total

1000 TreesOver one hundred new trees will be planted along the Gloucester South West Bypass this week as the County Council’s contribution to the ‘1000 Trees’ campaign.

The opening of the bypass coincides with the 1000th birthday of the county of Gloucestershire, which is being celebrated this year with the planting of one thousand new saplings across the county.

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, Peter Bungard, will be planting the firs

Special waste film to explain Cotswold’s new service

A short film explaining how and why the waste service for Cotswold residents will be changing next year has been made by the District Council.

The new service, which is due to be introduced in phases from February 2008, will aim to reduce landfill waste from the District by around 20% and increase recycling rates to approaching 60%.

To help inform residents about the changes, Council leader Cllr Lynden Stowe and Portfolio holder for the Environment, Cllr Mark Tufnell, are featured in a short film which can be downloaded from the Council’s website.

Cllr Tufnell said: “The majority of r

Feel safe and sound with Cotswold Council-run classes

Betty Pollard exercisingA special scheme set up by Cotswold District Council to help older people get fit and feel more confident is proving a new lease of life for many.

Active and Able was first launched in Autumn 2005 and boasts 23 weekly classes in postural stability and Tai Chi at 13 different venues.

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