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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  or 07983 202015 to be put in contact with your nearest volunteer coordinator. 

Help is also available via the Gloucestershire County Council  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:  and from Facebook page:


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.



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:

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.