Notice of Election – District Council Elections – 2 May 2019

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Council Tax refund scam – warning

Cotswold District Council press release

Council Tax refund scam – warning

Release date: 9 May 2017

A resident  in the Cotswolds has received a telephone call from a ‘company’ which allegedly works for Cotswold District Council. He was told that he was due to receive a £6,000 council tax refund because his Council Tax banding has been too high in the past.

The telephone number of the bogus company is 03332 123132.

Please be aware that this scam may be targeting many residents in this area and please do not enter into any discussions with the caller.  Most importantly, do not disclose any personal information such as banking details.

The local police have been made aware of this scam.

ENDS

Walking your dog in the countryside

Gloucestershire County Council has produced a very useful guide on walking your dog in the local area.  Please download this below.

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Extra £100,000 flood relief funding is in the pipeline!

During their meeting today, Members of Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet announced their intention of providing a further £100,000 to flood relief schemes across the District, particularly the ongoing project at Moreton-in-Marsh.

Provided this proposal is endorsed when the Council meets next week, residents in Moreton-in-Marsh will be assured that sufficient funding is in place to complete the final stage of flood prevention works in the town even though costs have increased due to adverse working conditions. Additionally, the extra money will support flood relief schemes in Broadwell, Fairford, Poulton, and Southrop.

Commenting on the proposal, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Sue Coakley, said:

“We have reached a crucial stage in the ongoing Moreton project and we can assure residents that we are moving towards completion of this comprehensive scheme. We also want to press on with smaller scale projects in Broadwell, Fairford, Poulton, and Southrop, and I am sure that this extra funding will be welcomed by locals who live in those areas. I should point out that the additional funding will provide excellent value for money because it will also enable us to attract partnership funding from the county council and other agencies.

“We have come so far since the devastating floods of 2007 – and ten years on we can rightly say that the District is in much better shape to withstand extremely adverse weather. Nevertheless, there is always more to do and we continue to treat flood defence as a priority issue.”

Bob McNally
Press and Media Liaison Officer,
Cotswold District Council
Tel: 01285 623120
Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk
email: press@cotswold.gov.uk
Twitter: @CotswoldDC @CDCBizmatters

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Council makes funds available to commemorate the end of First World War

Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet has proposed that each Councillor will soon receive an allocation of £750 to fund activities marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Each Member will be able to help fund activities or events in their wards which commemorate the final stages of the conflict.

Applying for funding would be very simple and will not differ much from the current process which enables CDC Councillors to allocate funding for youth projects.

Commenting on this news, CDC Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said:

“We provided similar funding to Councillors in 2014 so that they could help individuals and groups in their wards to mark the centenary of the start of the war.  As a result, people of all ages across the District arranged and took part in a wonderful range of events, including local exhibitions, renovation of war memorials, and the provision of commemorative plaques and publications. In particular, I was struck by the willingness of young people to get involved and learn about the ‘lost generation’ that contributed so much to the safety and well-being of this country.

“This time around, I believe that there is scope to deepen this bond with the past as we honour those who lost their lives or distinguished themselves in battle. I am sure that many groups will be keen to come forward and bid for some financial help with projects, and it’s also possible that the funding might be used to stimulate interest and attract financial backing from other sources.”

Provided the proposal is endorsed by full Council next week, more details of the scheme will be made public in due course.

Bob McNally
Press and Media Liaison Officer,
Cotswold District Council
Tel: 01285 623120
Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk
email: press@cotswold.gov.uk
Twitter: @CotswoldDC @CDCBizmatters

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Cabinet recommends freeze on council tax, garden waste licences and car parking charges

Members of Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet met today and recommended a freeze on its share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2017/18, following a freeze for 2016/17, a 5% cut in 2015/16, a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14.  If approved by Full Council next week, the average band D charge for District services would remain at £126.40.

The proposed freeze for 2017/18 would mean that the actual amount being charged for a Band D council tax payer will have been reduced by about £18 per year (13%) over a period stretching back to 2010/11. This would be the 16th lowest District Council charge in the Country compared with being the 63rd lowest a few years ago.

The Cabinet Members also recommended yet another freeze on parking and garden waste collection charges.

Commenting after the meeting, CDC Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said:

“I know that many local families find it tough to make ends meet and my intention is always to ensure that they pay as little as possible for a full range of council services. Almost all of the Councils in the country are raising their share of council tax and I am very pleased to say that Cotswold is bucking that unwelcome trend. In  fact, our proposed freeze for 2017/18 represents a real terms saving (including the impact of inflation) of 33% since 2010/11.

“We are able to freeze council tax payments – and also maintain current charges for the garden waste collection service and car parking – thanks to the savings we are making from increased joint working with other authorities (particularly West Oxfordshire and Forest of Dean) and we are also continuing with a range of efficiency measures.

“We are making great strides towards the next phase of our joint working with partner councils and we are well on course to share in collective savings of £5.6 million per year by 2020. In other words, we have responded very effectively to the reduction in funding from central government over the last ten years by finding ways to reduce our running costs while maintaining our services.”

Bob McNally
Press and Media Liaison Officer,
Cotswold District Council
Tel: 01285 623120
Website: www.cotswold.gov.uk
email: press@cotswold.gov.uk
Twitter: @CotswoldDC @CDCBizmatters

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