Announcements


Co-option to fill Casual Vacancies on the Parish Council

posted 22 Sep 2020, 07:50 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 22 Sep 2020, 08:41 ]

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that there are currently two vacancies in the Office of Councillor for South Cerney Parish Council.

The Parish Council is able to fill the vacancies by co-option, rather than a formal election process.

If you are interested in serving as a Parish Councillor, you will need to submit an expression of interest by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 9th October 2020.  Supporting statements are encouraged, on no more than one side of A4, detailing why you would be interested in becoming a Parish Councillor. 

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Robert Cowley, the Clerk of the Parish Council, at 3 Broadway Lane, South Cerney, Cirencester, GL7 5UH, or by email to clerk@southcerney.org.uk.

Candidates are reminded that, to be eligible for co-option on to the Parish Council, they must satisfy the standard election qualification criteria.  Please contact Cotswold District Council’s Elections Team if you need any guidance on this aspect (telephone 01285 623000 or e-mail elections@cotswold.gov.uk).

It is hoped that the co-option will be dealt with at the Parish Council meeting to be held online via Zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th October 2020 (meeting details to be published on www.southcerney.org.uk).

Dated 22nd September 2020 

 

South Cerney Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

posted 25 Aug 2020, 04:56 by Robert Cowley

South Cerney Parish Council invites your comments on its Draft Neighbourhood Plan which, in accordance with Regulation 14 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, is now available for consultation from 14 September 2020 until 6 November 2020.

Copies of the Draft Plan and supporting documents (and response form) may be downloaded below.

A hard copy of the Plan and Appendices is available on request from The Parish Clerk, South Cerney Parish Council, 3 Broadway Lane, South Cerney, GL7 5UH. A charge of £5 will be payable.

All comments must be received by 5:00pm on 6 November 2020.

Please submit your comments by completing the response form and either: emailing it to clerk@southcerney.org.uk, or posting it to The Clerk, South Cerney Parish Council, 3, Broadway Lane, South Cerney, GL7 5UH.

Thank you for your feedback.

South Cerney Parish Council.

Notice of Vacancy in the office of Councillor - South Cerney Parish Council

posted 13 Aug 2020, 04:01 by Robert Cowley

NOTICE is given that, due to the resignation of Ian Bullock , a vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for the Parish Council. 

The vacancy will be filled by election if a request from 10 local government electors for the Parish is received within 14 days of the date of this notice. The request must be received by 2 September 2020. 

Requests should include each electors’ name and address and should be sent to the Returning Officer at the address below or by email to elections@cotswold.gov.uk 

If a request by 10 electors are not received by the date given, the Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option. 

If an election is called, the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 regulations state that the byelection will not take place, and the vacancy will be held open. 

The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any election that is called will be duly publicised as required by law. 

Dated 12 August 2020 

Jan Britton 
Returning Officer 
Council Offices 
Trinity Road 
Cirencester 
Glos 
GL7 1PX

Playground re-open at Upper Up, Robert Franklin Way and Cerney Wick

posted 17 Jul 2020, 02:15 by Robert Cowley

Please read before using the Play Equipment

Users of play equipment are reminded that:

You must Stay Alert; to stop the spread of coronavirus you must still follow government guidelines, including social distancing.

·   Do not enter a park if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath or are self-isolating

·   Always keep at safe distance from anyone outside your household:

o Use all areas of the park (that are open) and spread out

o If the park is crowded, do not enter if you cannot stay at a safe distance from others

o Be kind to each other and respect the wishes and boundaries of others

·   Be aware that park benches are not sanitised

·   Food and drink may not be consumed in the playground area

·   Make sure you dispose of litter in bins provided or take it home with you

·   Follow hygiene advice when you are outside, avoid touching surfaces (such as benches) and wash your hands as soon as you are back home or use hand sanitiser.

Although we have taken every care to ensure that the equipment is regularly checked, it is not cleaned, and you are advised to bring your own hand sanitiser and wipes.

Anyone using the Play equipment is reminded that they do so at their own risk and the Parish Council accepts no liability.

Report a fault or a problem at clerk@southcerney.org.uk

Fosse Cross Recycling Centre re-opens

posted 15 May 2020, 08:54 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 15 May 2020, 08:54 ]

From Gloucestershire County Council:

Fosse Cross Household Recycling Centre to re-open

The Household Recycling Centre (HRC) at Fosse Cross, near Cirencester will re-open next week for pre-booked visits only.

This week the two largest sites in the county at Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard re-opened for essential visits only with all trips needing to be booked in advance. 

Next week, from Monday 18 May, the HRC at Fosse Cross near Cirencester will re-open. Social distancing measures will be in place to help keep visitors and staff safe and crucially anyone with covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households MUST NOT visit.

To limit the number of people on-site at Fosse Cross pre-booking will be required and vehicles should only have drivers wherever possible – a maximum of one passenger is permitted if you need help to unload your waste and recycling.

The booking system has a limited number of timed slots available each day for visitors to select and only a 7 day window will be available to book at any one time. Bookings can only be made online.

Visitors are asked to only bring to site what they can safely unload themselves as site staff need to social distance so will not be able to help with unloading.

The re-use shop is closed and some recycling bins may be unavailable. For an up to date list of materials which can be accepted at the site please refer online to Gloucestershire Recycles.

As part of the phased re-opening of the county’s HRCs, plans for the safe operation of the remaining sites at Oak Quarry near Coleford and Pyke Quarry, Horsley are underway with the aim of re-opening them by the end of May.

Everyone should keep using their kerbside waste collection service, which the local councils are working hard to keep running, for their recycling, garden and food waste and general waste.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste said: “I’m really pleased with the way things have gone so far. We have already taken around 6,000 car bookings for the period from 11 to 29 of May for Hempsted and Wingmoor Farm and although there was some queueing on the first day we made some adjustments and now things are running well.

“I want to thank our site visitors for using the new booking system, and for following the necessary guidelines. This gives us confidence that we can now re-open Fosse Cross HRC. We will keep fine tuning the system to ensure things continue to run as smoothly as possible.”

The HRC online booking system can be found here.

Garden Waste Service Resumes

posted 5 May 2020, 07:40 by Robert Cowley

Cotswold District Council has announced that fortnightly garden waste collections will restart from Wednesday 13 May.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Over the last few weeks we have needed to use our garden waste vehicles and crews to support the main waste and recycling collections while some staff have had to take time off sick, to self-isolate or to look after loved ones affected by Covid-19. During that time our team has worked hard, alongside our waste partner Ubico, to find a way to return these vehicles and crews to their normal rounds.

“We are now able to resume garden waste collections and they will be operating to the published collection schedule. Customers due for a collection next Wednesday (13th May) will be the first to receive it.

“We know that people may have accumulated green waste during the lockdown and we ask that you continue to keep composting. We’d also like to encourage residents to join in with Plantlife UK’s “No Mow May” (www.plantlife.org.uk/everyflowercounts/) campaign to help wildlife in your garden and lower the demand on the service as we restart it.

“I’d like to thank the 22,000 households who have been affected by the suspension for their patience. I would also commend the crews who have worked tirelessly to keep the essential waste and recycling services running for all 45,000 households in our district.”

The Council has announced that garden waste collections will resume on Wednesday 13 May on the following basis:

  • Collections will be operating to the published collection schedule (see calendar);
  • The service is available to all customers who hold 2019/20 garden waste licence(s)
  • We will only collect what is in the CDC garden waste bins and bags
  • No side waste will be accepted;
  • Crew safety means we cannot collect significantly overloaded bins;
  • There will be no additional or catch-ups for collections;
  • Existing licences have been extended and we will process renewals in June

Cllr Doherty, added: “We are anticipating a risk that we may not always be able to collect from all properties on their scheduled day. In these circumstances, we advise residents to leave their bins presented until they have been emptied, which should be the next day.”

Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are not yet reopening, in line with Government advice around what is and isn’t an essential journey.

Bonfires - Cotswold District Council

posted 24 Apr 2020, 02:56 by Robert Cowley

Residents urged not to burn during COVID-19 pandemic

Cotswold District Council has seen a large increase in the number of burning complaints in the last few weeks and is calling on residents to be more considerate of those with respiratory conditions and people in self-isolation.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We understand these are difficult and challenging times for us all. Whether you are adjusting to life and work at home, isolating yourself or looking after loved ones who are isolating.

“Most of us are spending more time at home and while having bonfires can be tempting, it carries risks to vulnerable members of our communities. Bonfires cause issues for your neighbours, especially those with respiratory problems, people who are shielding themselves from COVID-19 or anyone who may have contracted the virus.

“COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system so I would like to ask all of our residents here in the Cotswolds to please refrain from lighting fires which may affect vulnerable people while lockdowns continue.”

Burning doesn’t just affect the vulnerable. Bonfires and drifting smoke is a nuisance for neighbours wanting to spend time in their gardens or keep windows open.

Bonfires can get out of hand and take up valuable time and resources of the fire service which may put others at risk during this pandemic.

Cllr Doherty added: “Please be considerate of your neighbours and use alternatives such as composting or storing any waste until government restrictions are lifted. We know this isn't an ideal solution for everyone but these are not ideal times. You can put most of your garden waste to use - a successful compost heap needs lots of brown material as well as green. Don’t burn it, use prunings and dry material to improve your compost heap.”

Environmental and Regulatory Services are required to investigate bonfire complaints whilst following guidance and procedures for social distancing. If considered a waste offence or statutory nuisance, it may result in enforcement action and fines.

To stay up-to-date on the Council’s waste and recycling services, please visit our Coronavirus Bins and Recycling page.

Update from the Parish Council

posted 17 Apr 2020, 06:56 by Robert Cowley

Coronavirus - Covid19 Mutual Aid South Cerney

The Parish Council has coordinated a large group of volunteers, who have offered to provide support and assistance to those elderly, vulnerable, and self-isolating – e.g. picking up shopping, posting mail, collecting urgent supplies, even a friendly phone call, etc.  

(Please note that all medical queries should be directed to NHS 111).

The Parish has been divided into areas, each with its own coordinator (and group of volunteers), as listed in last month’s Cerney News and on the Parish Council website.  You may receive a note through your door from a local volunteer.  Please contact your area coordinator if you need help or the Clerk on email clerk@southcerney.org.uk  or 07983 202015 to be put in contact with your nearest volunteer coordinator. 

Help is also available via the Gloucestershire County Council  Help Hub :

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/

01452 583519This is a priority telephone line for people who need help or are volunteering, please do not use it for reporting other issues.

The lines are open:

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm
  • Saturday - Sunday 9am - 4pm

GCC will pass on the information to the relevant district or borough council to connect people who can help each other, or if appropriate refer individuals to an existing service.

Advice is also available from Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK:  https://covidmutualaid.org/  and from Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Covid-19-Mutual-Aid-South-Cerney-108868950741789/

 

Garden & Other Waste

Some areas of the village are having their waste collected late.  This is due to a number of waste collection staff being required to self-isolate, and increased amounts of waste being presented for collection.  Please leave your waste out for it to be collected.   This is also the reason that Cotswold District Council have suspended garden waste collections until further notice.  Please do not attempt to take any garden waste to any of the County Council’s Household Recycling Centres, as these are currently closed.   CDC apologise for any inconvenience caused and will provide updates on when the service will start again as soon as they can.  Please also note that the Parish Council has also closed the composting scheme at Upper Up playing field for new deposits until further notice.

 

Bonfires

At this time, if residents have an accumulation of rubbish please stack or bag it for disposal when the current emergency is over, and where possible please compost garden waste.  CDC regularly deals with complaints of neighbour nuisance, but the vast majority of cases are dealt with between neighbours.

CDC is also urging residents not to light bonfires. Coronavirus can cause serious respiratory problems which could be made much worse if a sufferer is exposed to bonfire smoke.

If you are affected by nuisances such as smoke from bonfires or noise the first action to take is to go directly to the person causing the problem and tell them that you are being disturbed. As we are all practising social distancing right now, please stay safe and remain at least two metres apart if talking with neighbours. 

More information and a helpful letter template for neighbours can be found at: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/environment/noise-pests-pollution-and-air-quality/noise-and-other-nuisances/

If the problem is persistent residents can make a complaint though the council and they will be asked to keep a log for a period of three weeks.

 

What to do with your rubbish if you have Coronavirus or are self-isolating

Follow the guidance on the Public Health England website if anyone in your household suspects they have Coronavirus.  Individuals with confirmed Coronavirus can store their personal waste (for example, used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths) securely within disposable bags. When appropriate, these bags should be removed and placed into another bag and securely tied or sealed and kept separate from other wastes.  This must be stored for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual domestic or household waste bin.  Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

 

Recycling Centres

All household waste recycling centres are now closed on advice from the Government until further notice.

 

Litter & Dog Poo

CDC are getting lots of reports of overflowing bins due to an increase in dog walkers because of Coronavirus. If you see an overflowing bin please take your rubbish and dog waste home with you if possible.

 

Playing Fields & Playgrounds

The playing field at Upper Up remains open for exercise, but please maintain social distancing, and do not congregate with others who are not from your own household.  The playgrounds at Upper Up, Robert Franklin Way and Cerney Wick remain closed until further notice.

 

Grass cutting

The Council’s grass cutting contractor will continue to cut verges, the playing fields and the churchyard.  Please help by not parking on verges, and maintain social distancing by not approaching the contractors whilst they are working.  Thank you.

 

Parish Council Meetings

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, physical Parish Council meetings have been suspended, but meetings will be held remotely online via Zoom.  Details of how members of the public may “attend” are posted with the agendas on the Parish Council website and on the notice boards opposite the post office and outside the village hall in Cerney Wick.  Minutes of meetings are published on the website as they become available.  The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 13th May 2020 at 7.30pm.

Thames Water Pumping Station at The Limes

posted 8 Apr 2020, 03:55 by Robert Cowley

Letter from Thames Water to residents regarding the removal of the over-pumping station at The Limes may be downloaded below.

Please be Good Neighbours

posted 6 Apr 2020, 02:31 by Robert Cowley

Publica Group

03 Apr 2020

Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour

Cotswold District Council is asking residents to be neighbourly and considerate as we spend more time at home.

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown there are more people at home, and with the days becoming longer we are asking residents to be extra considerate of each other. The council is asking residents ensure that noise is kept to a minimum, in particular dog barking and loud music.

At this time, if residents have an accumulation of rubbish please stack or bag it for disposal when the current emergency is over, and where possible please compost garden waste.

The council regularly deals with complaints of neighbour nuisance, but the vast majority of cases are dealt with between neighbours.

The council is also urging residents not to light bonfires. Coronavirus can cause serious respiratory problems which could be made much worse if a sufferer is exposed to bonfire smoke.

If you are affected by nuisances such as smoke from bonfires or noise the first action to take is to go directly to the person causing the problem and tell them that you are being disturbed. As we are all practising social distancing right now, please stay safe and remain at least two metres apart if talking with neighbours.

More information and a helpful letter template for neighbours can be found at: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/environment/noise-pests-pollution-and-air-quality/noise-and-other-nuisances/

If the problem is persistent residents can make a complaint though the council and they will be asked to keep a log for a period of three weeks.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste, Flooding and Environmental Health said, “We have a wonderful community spirit here in the Cotswolds, but please can I appeal to residents to give some extra thought for each other at this time. By being considerate to our neighbours we can help make staying at home more bearable for everyone.”

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