If you would like an opportunity to have your say on the Post Office Services and accessiblity, this is your opportunity to do so.  The deadline is the 21st December.


RURAL  stakeholders are being urged to respond to a consultation on Post Office services and accessibility.Launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the consultation aims to inform the government’s next state aid application to Brussels.Under European Commission state aid rules, an evidence base for the level of funding government gives to Post Office Ltd must be provided.

The government is asking stakeholders to tell say what they expect from the post office network.Responses will be used to help determine the funding provided to the post office after the existing agreement with Post Office Limited ends in 2018. No changes to the network are proposed through this consultation.The government says it will have invested almost £2bn to modernise and sustain the network from 2010 to 2017/18.

During this time, it says it has improved customer experience and the efficiency of the company.

By helping the government understand what customers and small businesses expect from branches, it says the consultation will inform future funding applications for the network.

This includes how much support should be provided and what it should be used for.

No changes are being proposed in the consultation, which was launched on 8 November.

The government has also published research showing post offices remain a core part of local communities in the digital age, with 95% of people still accessing services at their local branch.

Business Minister Margot James said: “This research shows how much communities and businesses value the Post Office.

“That’s why the government is committed to funding, maintaining and enhancing the national network.”

Some 4,000 Post Office branches now open on Sundays, with some 200,000 extra opening hours since 2012.

More than 90% of consumers and 88% of small businesses use post office services at least once a year, according to a survey by YouGov and London Economics.

More than half of customers said they used their local branch for two or more services.

Carried out in 2015, the study carried polled more than 5,000 households and senior representatives from 750 small and medium-size businesses.

The consultation will remain open until 21 December 2016. To view and respond, click here.


Welcoming disabled young people 

The members of South Cotswolds Parent Carers Support Group all have a disabled son or daughter. Like other parents we’d love our children to be involved in lots of things in the local community. But too often at the moment they can’t join in – usually because either we or you are worried that it won’t work. So we are working with Philip Douch of Active Impact and Heather McCulloch at Cotswold District Council to help local organisations understand what our young people need (for more details about us all, please see next page).  We recognise that many organisations are not used to involving disabled people and are understandably nervous about doing so. We want to work with you all to make it easier to make a success of including our children and involving other disabled young people too.

Our invitation

Please come and meet us at Fairford Community Centre on SATURDAY 14th JANUARY  from 10.30am – 12.00 noon

You can bring and share information about the activities you offer.

  • We will talk with you about anything you already do – and what else you could consider doing – to make it easier for you to feel comfortable about enabling disabled young people to have a positive experience.
  • We will give you details of a half day training course which we hope that you and/or some of your colleagues will want to attend.
  • We will introduce you to the district council’s Inclusion Mark scheme, a quality mark that organisations can achieve to demonstrate your commitment to including disabled people.

Please do let us know before Christmas whether you and/or a colleague can join us on Saturday 14th January. We will then send final details early in January. Details of how to reply to us are on the next page (below). We’d love you to be involved in helping improve the lives of our children and young people.

Thank you very much.

Karen Robinson – on behalf of the South Cotswolds Parent Carers Support Group


South Cotswolds Parent Carers Support Group brings together parents of disabled children and young people from across the south east of the Cotswolds.

Heather McCulloch is Shared Healthy Communities Manager at Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Councils. She and the district council are keen to promote wider opportunities for disabled young people and their families and are working in partnership with Active Impact to help achieve this.

Philip Douch is a nationally recognised trainer and writer about the inclusion of disabled people. His work with Active Impact in Gloucestershire is designed to increase opportunities for disabled children and young people. That work is funded principally by Gloucestershire County Council.

 Your reply

Please let us know before Christmas whether you and/or a colleague can come to our event in one of these ways:

  • Print and post this completed slip to Philip Douch, Active Impact, 11 Bridge Mead, Stroud GL5 4BP
  • Phone Philip, giving the details below, at Active Impact on 01453 298337
  • E-mail Philip, giving the details below at






DELETE as appropriate below:

  • I/We can come on Saturday morning 14th January


  • I/We cannot come on Saturday morning 14th January but would like to be kept in touch.

Free Parking for Christmas Launch Events

Press Release

CDC offers free parking for Christmas launch events

Saturday 26 November – Moreton-in-Marsh: free parking all day at Old Market Way car park.

Cirencester: free parking after 3 pm at all CDC car parks in town.

Thursday 1 December to Saturday 3 December – Tetbury: All Car Parks in Tetbury will be free of charge from 4pm on the 1 December until 6pm on Saturday the 3 December. (NOTE: Sunday is normally free parking, therefore parking will be free in Tetbury from 4pm on the 1st until 8am on 5th).

Friday 2 December – Chipping Campden: free all day at Market Square

Bourton-on-the-Water: free parking after 3 pm at Rissington Rd car park (donations to local charities will be accepted on the day).

Friday 9 December – Stow-on-the-Wold: free parking from 3 pm at Maugersbury Rd car park.

Cllr Chris Hancock, CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, said:

“Waiving charges for Christmas light switch-ons and other festive events should save money for the many families across the District who plan to travel by car to enjoy one of more of these spectacles.  We also hope that it will encourage people to arrive earlier and boost trade in local shops.

“We are already operating a ‘free after 3pm’ scheme every day at the Brewery and Forum car parks in Cirencester, and Christmas shoppers can also benefit from free parking on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays at the Council’s Trinity Road headquarters (GL7 1PX) and also at the St James’s Place offices (GL7 1FP).”



Coln House School Public Consultation

Gloucestershire County Council is formally seeking views on a proposal to close Coln House School, Fairford on 31st March 2017.

This consultation runs from 9.00am on Monday 24th October until 5.00pm on Friday 2nd December.

Please find attached the consultation document. You can view the background documents, respond online or download a questionnaire via our website:

kind regards


Gareth Vine
SEN Development Manager

Gloucestershire County Council
Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester. GL1 2TP
Tel: 01452 427547


Christmas & New Year Waste Collection 2016-17

Week commencing Monday 19 December 2016:

Normal collection day New revised collection day
Mon 19 Dec 2016 No change
Tues 20 Dec No change
Weds 21 Dec No change
Thurs 22 Dec No change
Friday 23 Dec No change
Mon 26 Dec Will move to Weds 28 Dec
Tues 27 Dec Will move to Thurs 29 Dec
Weds 28 Dec Will move to Friday 30 Dec
Thurs 29 Dec Will move to Saturday 31 Dec
Friday 30 Dec Will move to Tues 3 Jan 2017
Mon 2 Jan 2017 Will move to Weds 4 Jan
Tues 3 Jan Will move to Thurs 5 Jan
Weds 4 Jan Will move to Friday 6 Jan
Thurs 5 Jan Will move to Saturday 7 Jan
Friday 6 Jan Will move to Mon 9 Jan
Mon 9 Jan Will move to Tues 10 Jan
Tues 10 Jan Will move to Weds 11 Jan
Weds 11 Jan Will move to Thurs 12 Jan
Thurs 12 Jan Will move to Friday 13 Jan
Friday 13 Jan Will move to Saturday 14 Jan

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 16 January 2017.


Phone boxes in Fairford

BT are planning to remove the phone boxes in High Street, Milton Street near the Marlborough Arms and in Queensfield.

There is a consultation period commencing 2nd October, where objections to the removal of the kiosks can be made.  Objections should be directed to the Cotswold District Council planning department.

The Town Council is considering adopting two of of the boxes, High Street and Milton Street.





Come and join the Council


in the office of Councillor, Fairford Town, Fairford North Ward

NOTICE is given that, due to the resignation of Robert Lear, a vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for the Town Council.

The vacancy will be filled by election if a request from 10 local government electors for the Town Ward is received within 14 days of the date of this notice.  The request must be received by 1 November 2016.

Requests should include each elector’s name, address and signature and should be sent to the Returning Officer at the address below.

If 10 signatures are not received by the date given, the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 6 January 2017.

Dated 12 October 2016

Nigel Adams

Returning Officer

Council Offices

Trinity Road