CDC Press Release: Have your say on Council Tax support scheme

posted 25 Sep 2018, 06:59 by Robert Cowley

Each year Cotswold District Council has to decide whether to make changes to the administration of its council tax support scheme for working age people on a low income in the Cotswolds.  This year we are consulting on possible changes to the scheme from 1 April 2019 which would completely exempt our poorest residents from Council Tax payments. In other words, the maximum amount of Council Tax discount will now be100%.

Changes being proposed include:

·         Introducing a banded scheme which would see a simple flat rate percentage discount awarded, depending on a person’s total weekly ‘net’ income

·         For the purposes of calculating weekly income, the Council would ignore all child maintenance payments

Changes proposed will have no impact for those in vulnerable groups or those in receipt of a state pensions.

Comment now on changes to our Council Tax payments - see

The deadline for comments is midnight on Friday 9 November. 


Since 2013/14 the funding received from central government to support the local working age scheme has continued to reduce in line with other central funding cuts and is expected to continue to reduce over the coming year.

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced in April 2013, replacing Council Tax benefits and is part of the Government’s major overhaul of the welfare system. 

Following this round of consultation, CDC councillors will consider a report before deciding on any changes to the current scheme.

South Cerney Neighbourhood Plan

posted 17 Sep 2018, 02:18 by Robert Cowley

The initial informal publication of the South Cerney Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed as some fine-tuning is required.  It will be published in due course.  Thank you for your patience.

A419 Temporary Road Closure - 19th September

posted 15 Aug 2018, 03:54 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 15 Aug 2018, 06:04 ]

Please be advised of the following temporary road closure:


A419 Swindon Road, Preston

  This road will be closed (as per the downloadable notice below), on the 19th September 2018, 07:00  - 19:00 hours, to allow Amey, working on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, to carry out essential carriageway maintenance.  If you require any further information regarding this closure, please contact the Highways office on 08000 514514.

"Community Governance Review" - letter from Cotswold District Council

posted 1 Aug 2018, 08:04 by Robert Cowley

Residents will have recently received a letter from CDC regarding a Community Governance Review which proposes to remove the warding arrangements for South Cerney Parish Council.

The current arrangement (brought in at the election in 2015), splits the Parish into two wards along the ward boundaries of the district council.  This means that three Parish Councillors represent one ward (rural), and eight Parish Councillors represent the other ward (village).  Parish Councillors may only be nominated by residents of the ward they wish to represent - e.g. Cllr Mrs Tunbridge of Berry Farm in Silver Street and Cllr Blackford of Cerney Wick are in the rural ward, and could not be nominated by residents of Broadway Lane, which is in the village ward.

The Parish Council regarded this "division" as arbitrary, unwanted and unnecessary, and (along with a number of other Parishes in the district) requested that these warding arrangements be removed so that all Parish Councillors represent the whole Parish - which was the arrangement before 2015.  CDC's required consultation is the result of the Parish Council's request, and on this occasion at least, they have listened to the Parish Council.

Upper Up Composting Site CLOSED

posted 17 Jul 2018, 05:19 by Robert Cowley

Due to a large accumulation of material, and the shredder awaiting repairs, the composting site at Upper Up is now CLOSED until further notice for large woody material.  Small, soft green material will still be accepted, however.  Thank-you. 

Parish Council Meeting POSTPONED

posted 10 Jul 2018, 07:42 by Robert Cowley

The Parish Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday 11th July has been postponed until Wednesday 18th July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Fenton's Community Centre - Facilities Manager Vacancy

posted 18 May 2018, 08:52 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 02:10 ]

Applications are now closed. 

Fenton's Community Centre shortlisted for award

posted 4 May 2018, 05:52 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 4 May 2018, 06:19 ]

South Cerney Parish Council has been shortlisted as a finalist for the West of England LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018 in the following category, Best Public Service Building. 

The awards will be presented on 13th July at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol. All winning projects from the regional awards will automatically qualify for the LABC Grand Finals, taking place in London on Friday 9th November. 

Competition has been stronger than ever this year and being shortlisted is a great accomplishment, so we feel really honoured that our great community facility is in contention and we are keeping our fingers crossed! Thanks to everyone who has been involved with this project from the outset and along the way.

R-Way Youth Group

posted 15 Feb 2018, 12:05 by Robert Cowley

R-Way Youth Club continues to operate at Fenton’s Community Centre in Teal Way on Tuesdays.  

There are two sessions: Juniors (7-10yrs) from 4.30-5.30pm, and Seniors (11-14yrs) from 5.45-6.45pm.  Only £1 per session.  

For more information please contact Johno at or text 07738 708880

A417 Missing Link - what do you think? Consultation begins

posted 15 Feb 2018, 07:06 by Robert Cowley   [ updated 4 May 2018, 06:08 ]

On 15th February Highways England launched a consultation into route options for the A417 ‘Missing Link’. The public consultation will run until 29 March 2018 and the council wants you to get involved.

There are a number of events taking place in the county, where information will be available along with an opportunity to speak to Highways England representatives about the project and the consultation.

You will be able to have your say on the two route options shortlisted by Highways England. To make sure as many people as possible have the chance to give their views, Gloucestershire County Council is supporting the consultation by hosting information points in some libraries and at Shire Hall.

This is a very important stage of the project to fix the A417 ‘Missing Link’ and although we need to keep the pressure on to make sure things continue to move forward, this is a key stage of the process to make sure the campaign becomes a reality.

More information on the campaign can be found at

To find out more about Highways England's consultation and to have your say visit

 Consultation events

Saturday 17 February 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • National Star College,Ullenwood, GL53 9QU.

Thursday 22 February 2018, 12pm to 8pm

  • Elkstone Village Hall, Hill View, Elkstone, GL53 9PB

Friday 23 February 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall, Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB

Saturday 24 February 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • St Andrews Church Hall, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP

Sunday 04 March 2018, 11am to 6pm

  • GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT

Thursday 08 March 2018, 12pm to 8pm

  • Henley Bank High School (formerly known as Millbrook Academy), Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QF

 Public information points

  • Crickley Hill Visitor Centre, Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucester GL4 8JY
  • Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT
  • Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT
  • Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ
  • Stroud Library, Landsdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
  • Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT
  • Brockworth Community Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET
  • Coleford Library, The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, GL16 8RH
  • Shire Hall, The Map Room, c/o Main Reception, Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TH

 Deposit locations (Technical Appraisal Report available here)

  • Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2TG
  • Tewkesbury Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5AL
  • Cotswold District Council main offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1PX

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