Councillor Vacancy – deadline for applications 30th April

There is a vacancy in the office of Councillor on the Town Council.

An opportunity to get involved and make a difference.

The Council is at the start of a new year, and making plans for the future of Fairford — be a part of it!

Being a Town Councillor is a rewarding role, and one that does not have to take up a lot of your time. You must commit to at least one Committee meeting per month (all meetings take place on Tuesday evenings), plus the Full Council meeting every 2nd Tuesday.

Beyond that commitment, it is entirely your choice as to how involved you wish to become in helping to shape the future of your town. No special skills are required and training will be given so you can be confident that you can become a great Councillor even if it’s not like anything you’ve done before!

If you are interested, have a look at the Fairford Town Council website for details of the Committees and more information about what the Town Council does.

You can call the office any weekday morning to speak to either of the Clerks, or email any of the current councillors to find out more about the role. All of their details can be found on the website,

Get in touch by 30th April 2016.

The vacancy will be filled by co-option.



Citizen of the Year Awards

Fairford Town Council’s citizen awards are slightly different this year. There are now three Citizen of the Year; The Geoff Chick Award and The Albert Alder Award.
The criteria for the Citizen of the Year, however, remains the same and the Council is now inviting nominations for this award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to the town by a Fairford volunteer or volunteers. Nominations for paid work will not be considered.
The Geoff Chick Award is now open to Fairford residents aged 16-19 years, and two lucky people will receive a small grant from Fairford Town Council to go towards enabling them to do volunteer work abroad.
The Young Citizen of the Year Award has been replaced by The Albert Alder Award. This award is designed to recognise contributions to the local environment from young people (aged 19 and under).
Nominations for all three awards should be sent to the Town Clerk either by post to Fairford Town Council, Fairford Community Centre, High Street, Fairford, GL7 4AF or by email to by Sunday April 10.

Terms of Reference for Citizen Awards 2016

FLOOD ALERT – 8th February 2016

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Coln and its tributaries.

Flooding is possible for the River Coln and its tributaries from Whittington to the confluence with The River Thames for the River Coln overnight..

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.

The river and flooding forecast is as follows:

Heavy rain has been forecast this evening and overnight. If we receive the rainfall, river levels are already high and are likely to rise resulting in flooding low lying areas and roads tonight and tomorrow. No property flooding is currently expected.

– Prepare a flood kit including a torch, batteries, mobile phone, warm clothes, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need.

– Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

– Farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

– Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website for river level and flooding information.

– Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial 171495 for up-to-date flooding information.


Environment Agency

West Thames Flood Warning Duty Officer

Red Kite House,

Howbery Park, Wallingford,

Oxon. OX10 8BD

Floodline 0345 988 1188


The Pre-submission Fairford Neighbourhood Plan 2016 – 2031 is open for public consultation.  We would welcome your views on the Plan.


If you have any comments to make, please do so by 1st February 2017.  You can either email the Council on, or write to us at Fairford Town Council, Community Centre, High Street, Fairford, GL7 4AF.

or use the comment form below.

Reg 14 response form

Hard copies are available on request.  Hard copies have been lodged at Fairford Library, Hilary Cottage Surgery and The Post Office.

Further supporting documentation can be found by clicking on the links below:









Once the consultation exercise is complete, the Town Council will review the comments made and prepare a final version of the Plan.  This will be submitted to the District Council to arrange for its independent examination, and eventual referendum.

For more information on the Fairford Neighbourhood Plan please click on the link below.


For more information on the Fairford Neighbourhood Plan please click on the link below.



Parking Restrictions on the High Street

1 hour parking restrictions are now in place on the High Street, from the junction with London Street to Croft Alley. The restriction is:
Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 6.30pm 1 hour parking, no return within 1 hour.

parking signs

Press Release -CDC provides door-to-door welfare support for flood-affected residents

CDC provides door-to-door welfare support for flood-affected residents

 Officers from Cotswold District Council are currently undertaking door-to-door welfare visits in neighbourhoods which have been affected by flooding and the discharge of sewage, following recent storms.

The visits began on Thursday 20 February and are continuing today.

The aim is to make sure that residents are prepared for the recovery process and to ensure they have the support that they need. Officers are providing advice on financial matters, emotional support, information from Public Health England and general flood-related guidance.

So far, the District Council has been working with its Town and Parish Councils, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Public Health England, and other agencies to help respond to the weather related problems. Community resilience groups across the district, which have been established since the severe flooding in 2007, have also played a major role in tackling floodwater and sewage overflows.

Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr David Fowles, said:

“We recognise that, in many cases, sorting out the damage caused by flooding is as traumatic as the actual event itself, and we are also aware that sewage problems could persist for some time to come.   We felt that it was important to provide welfare support for residents affected by these problems.  By making door-to-door visits, our officers can make sure that residents are getting the right sort of support.  Additionally, they can always contact the Council on 01285 623000 or contact their local ward member by looking up their details on our website

The Council’s waste collector, Ubico Ltd, is continuing to pick up flood-damaged items from properties at no cost to the owners. Please call our Flood Helpline on 01285 623123 if you would like to take up this offer.