Last year Fairford presented a Neighbourhood Development Plan, setting out a vision of how Fairford should develop over the next decade or two. It was not fully accepted, and needs revision to better tie in with district plans and national policies and to include more hard evidence for our recommendations. So, we are tasked with producing a revised plan this year. The main emphasis will be to ensure that the new Plan presents the rationale and supporting evidence more clearly, although some new information is also being gathered.
The re-formed Steering Group invites expressions of interest from local residents or business people to join us in reviewing and finalising a revised Plan over the next few months. This is part of a wider programme led by the Town Council to make Fairford fully fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.
We are particularly interested in attracting anyone with a keen interest in local wildlife or environment, history/archaeology (there is a rich range from Neolithic to Medieval and more recent in the immediate vicinity) or local business development, or anyone with specialist experience in planning and/or transport matters.
The project will involve working with existing members of the group and some meetings with the Forward Planning team at Cotswold District Council and other relevant organisations. Times are potentially flexible to suit, although previously most meetings have been held on weekday mornings for practical reasons.
If you are interested – perhaps a longstanding Fairford resident with valuable local knowledge, or maybe have recently moved here and would like to be more actively involved in local affairs; please contact Roz Capps, Deputy Town Clerk (Tel 01285-712344) in the first instance. You are welcome to come along to one of our meetings, to find out more about what is involved.
We look forward to hearing from you!
We are extremely pleased to welcome the opening of a local food bank distribution point in the community centre. It is now open in the Heritage room every Wednesday from 1pm – 2.30pm and will be also be open every Wednesday over the Christmas period.
Please come along and meet our friendly team, you will be met with compassion, kindness, a listening ear, as well as a warm drink and a biscuit. Your foodbank voucher will be exchanged for three days of emergency food.
Food bank vouchers are available from Schools, Citizens Advice, Doctor Surgeries, Health care professionals, if you need help in getting a voucher then please contact Rachel Brindley or drop in one Wednesday afternoon to talk to a volunteer.
If you would like to help by donating items of food then please drop off your donations into the FCC office any weekday morning.
Any extra help is always appreciated and if you are interested in helping by volunteering either at the food bank in Fairford or other local ones then please contact Rachel Brindley
Rachel Brindley Cirencester Foodbank project manager firstname.lastname@example.org 07506 174373
Thousands of pounds worth of free tickets to the Royal international Air Tattoo 2018 is being offered to communities surrounding RAF Fairford as part of celebrations marking the Royal Air Force’s centenary.
Next summer’s Air Tattoo takes place on July 13-15 with centenary celebrations – including a full eight-hour flying programme, a massed RAF flypast and a Royal Review of aircraft – focused on the Friday (July 13).
Residents living within specific postcodes close to RAF Fairford are being invited to apply for 500 pairs of free tickets valid for the Friday in a special centenary free prize draw.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said he recognised that the annual airshow impacted the lives of people living in communities surrounding the airfield and he wanted to ensure that as many local people as possible were able to share in international RAF centenary celebrations taking place on their doorsteps.
He said: “The Air Tattoo enjoys an enviable reputation around the world and is something UK plc should be very proud of. It creates jobs, has a positive effect on the regional economy and is the main income source for one of the RAF’s major charities.
“However, each year people living close to the event have to tolerate additional traffic movements, temporary road closures and one-way systems for a short period. We are fully aware of the sacrifices local people make in their day-to-day lives each July and we have been exploring ways to say ‘thank you’.”
In addition to the centenary ticket giveaway, the Air Tattoo is also extending its ‘under-16s go free’ policy in 2018 to include all under-18s.
The list of eligible postcodes can be viewed by visiting airtattoo.com/locals. Only one application can be made per household. The deadline to apply is midnight on Thursday, November 30.
For people wishing to purchase tickets for next summer’s Air Tattoo, a limited number of specially priced Super Earlybird tickets for next summer’s event have been released, priced £45, representing a £10 saving on the standard advance ticket price. Visit airtattoo.com for ticket details and the range of enclosure options on offer.
Conservative Member of Parliament for the Cotswolds
An opportunity for residents of South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Fairford and Lechlade to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.
Friday 17 November 2017: 1030-1230
Council Chamber, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX
A defibrillator training session will be taking place on Saturday 20th May in the Farmor Room, the Community Centre, High Street, Fairford from 10am to 1pm.
If you would like to attend, please call 01285 713326 or e-mail email@example.com.
We would like to congratulate Cllr Stephen Boulton who, at the Annual Meeting, was chosen by his fellow Councillors to become the Mayor of Fairford. “I am honoured to have been chosen to represent my town in this way. I hope that I will be an effective Mayor and achieve positive changes for Fairford. I would also like to thank Cllr Jennie Sanford who has done an amazing job as Mayor for the last two years – she will be a hard act to follow!”
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.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
The Annual Town Meeting will be taking place at 7pm on Thursday 25th May in the Farmor Room, The Community Centre, Fairford. Please come along and listen to what the Town, District and County Council has been doing over the past year and to find out what the next developments for Fairford are.
Representatives from the Police and other groups in the Town will also be reporting on their activities. There will be an open session where you will be able to voice any concerns you have to the respective representatives. Please join us for an informal, informative meeting. Refreshments will be available. The Agenda will be published next week.
Would you be interested in taking part in volunteering activity to help with habitat improvement on the River Coln in Fairford? The WILD project (www.fwagsw.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/wild-project/) has identified some small-scale enhancement works that could be undertaken along the Coln, to the south of the town and has agreement to carry these out. An objective of the WILD project is to enable local communities to work to improve the water environment and as such there is an opportunity to take forward some of the tasks.
Depending on interest levels, an initial plan is to undertake a volunteering day on a weekend some time in late April or May.
If you are interested in getting involved and would like to find out more, please contact Paul Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07793 038586