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Cotswold Taxi fares increase approved by Council

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Taxi fares in the Cotswolds will be increased for the first time in three years after a proposed fares increase put forward by taxi companies was agreed by Cotswold District Council’s Licensing Committee.
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Ebrington Village Fete – a fantastic afternoon for all the family

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Saturday 12th July – 14.00 Ebrington Cricket Ground
Something for everyone – Family Dog Show and Agility Event, Chipping Campden School Swing Band, The Westminster Morris Men, Birds of Prey and Ebrington Arms Beer Festival Tent ( 14.00 – 19.00) – a traditional Cotswold village fete. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswold District donates £325 to church appeal after car park charging mistake

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Cotswold District Council is to donate £325 to the appeal to restore Cirencester Parish Church after mistakenly charging on Sundays in one of its car parks.

The Council charges from Monday to Saturday inclusive in its pay and display car parks in Cirencester, while parking on Sundays is free.
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Gloucestershire Highways – Adverse Weather Bulletin

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Updated: 13.30pm 17th Jan

Severe Weather Warning from the Met Office (Issued at 10:22 on Thursday, 17th January 2008, valid from 06:00 on Friday, 18th January 2008 until 23:00 on Saturday, 19th January 2008):

Early Warning of Heavy Rain

Regional risk assessment for the following areas
- Wales(60%)
- NW England(40%)
- SW England(40%)
- All other regions less than 20%

The Met Office is expecting rain to become persistent and be heavy across parts of Wales during Friday and Saturday. The largest rainfall totals are expected over higher, exposed ground to the west, where accumulations of up to 100 mm are possible by the end of Saturday. In view of the already saturated ground, localised flooding is likely and there could be some disruption to transport networks. Heavy bursts of rain will occur over other western areas, but accumulations are expected to be lower, with less risk of disruption. There is a risk that rain may persist into Sunday, but confidence on this aspect is low. Updates will provide further information. This warning will be updated by 11:00 am Friday morning.

However, our own weather provider has looked at the weather models and predict about 58mm to 60mm in Wales for this period, and about 25mm of rain for Gloucestershire.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are very mindful of the impact that rain in Wales will have on our own river levels

Today: showery.  Possible heavy squalls this afternoon.  Dry overnight
Friday: bands of drizzle giving a few mm of rain
Saturday: rain over Wales were the majority of rain will fall, though we will have some showers.
Sunday: possible rain.

Road Closures:

East: No major roads are closed

West: B4213 near Turley; Northway Lane, Tewkesbury; Walton Cardiff; A48 to Flaxley; Lydbrook; B4228

Central:  No major road are closed

Hot Spots (these roads are currently passable but with care):

East: All major routes now clear.

West: Other major routes are clear

Central: Prestbury: High Street, Noverton Lane, Priors Road, New Barn Lane

Teams are continuing work across the network to clear debris and make safe any defects.  Jetters, sweapers and gully emptiers have also been deployed.

There is still a significant amount of surface water on the network and motorists should take care.  We would also like to re-iterate the need for motorists to be considerate of others and drive through areas where there is surface water at an appropriate speed.  Driving through these areas too fast creates a bow wave and this can have a potentially devastating impact on properties that may otherwise have not been affected by flooding.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

Get in gear with Moreton Centre’s driving tips

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

A special event that gives young people the opportunity to learn about responsible, safe and legal driving is to be held in Moreton-in-Marsh next month.

Teenagers aged between 15 and 17 are being urged to sign up now for the Roadrunners project at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre on Monday February 18th.

The event, between 10am and 3pm, is designed for young people who are thinking about learning to drive.  The course covers topics such as:

  • First driving lesson – A chance to get behind the wheel of a dual-control car, guided by a qualified driving instructor.
  • The costs of motoring – Find out how much a car costs to run and how to keep insurance and other costs down.
  • The dangers of speed – Can you judge speeds and braking distances? What happens in a crash?  Test your reaction times.
  • The role of the Fire & Rescue Service – Talk to firefighters about their work and daily experiences.

Roadrunners is a partnership between Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire LEA, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue and various youth and community groups.

The Moreton event, which was first held in 2005, will be run by representatives of all the organisations involved.

Moreton Area Centre Manager Sarah Cantwell said:  “This event follows on from our hugely successful Roadrunners projects at Moreton in previous years.

“All the young people who have attended in the past have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and gone away from the event with the skills and knowledge they require to be able to start driving and owning their own cars.”

The cost of the day is £3 per person, which includes lunch. To book a place for your child, please contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881.

Cotswold reviews parking charges

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New pay-and-display parking charges in the Cotswolds are being proposed for the first time in four years from April 1st 2008.

The District Council plans to freeze the half-hour charge at its pay-and-display car parks at 50p and to add just 10p to the current £1 charge for one hour.

The £1.60 charge for two hours would rise to £2, while a three-hour stay would increase from £2 to £2.50.

Proposed charges:
Half hour to stay at 50p
One hour increases to £1.10
Two hours increases to £2.00
Three hours increases to £2.50

The recommendations to Council, which will be subject to the usual consultation process, were agreed by a meeting of Cabinet today (December 13th).

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said the proposals reflected residents’ views from the Council’s recent budget consultation that users of services should pay for them in order to protect other services provided in the market towns, such as street cleaning, public conveniences and facilities for younger and older people.

He said: “The budget workshops gave us a clear message that people believe the user should pay – they also suggested that the Council should look at new ways of raising income by charging for discretionary services such as planning advice.”

Cllr Stowe said that the pricing structure would help to keep turnover of spaces high, making it easier for local people to find a place to park.

He said: “The half-hour and one-hour charges will protect the local shoppers who are popping into town for a pint of milk or loaf of bread. This is important for the vitality of our market towns.

“This is the first pay-and-display review we have proposed for four years and keeps charges reasonable in comparison with other local towns in Gloucestershire. Over a four-year period, the increase for periods of an hour or less is lower than inflation.”

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Environment, said that the Council was planning a review of car parking next year, looking holistically at on-street and off-street parking issues.

He said: “Clearly, with increased enforcement on-street, people’s parking habits are changing – especially in town centres.  Any motorist who visits Cirencester will know that in can be hard to find a space at times. Our aim is to keep the turnover of spaces high by freezing the half-hour charge and only adding 10p to the hour charge.
“The review will carefully consider the future of parking provision in the town and elsewhere across the District.

“We need to look at the current restrictions, the provision we are making for off-street parking and how we deliver residents’ parking schemes.”

Specifically in Cirencester, Cllr Tufnell said the review will take into account the emerging Vision for Cirencester, looking at the future development of the town centre as a whole.
 
The proposed new charges, which include increases for season tickets and car park permits, would come into force on April 1st, 2008. The recommendations will be considered by full Council at its meeting on Tuesday, December 18th.

Cotswold gears up for parking handover

Features by Adam No Comments »

More parking attendants will be visible on Cotswold streets when the District Council takes over responsibility for on-street parking enforcement on November 5th.

The move, known as Civil Parking Enforcement, sees the police hand over parking duties to local councils working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council.

The aim is to keep our roads safe, reduce congestion and keep routes free for emergency vehicles by tackling anti-social parking problems.

District Councils will be the main point of contact for all matters such as permit renewals, tickets (Penalty Charge Notices) and parking appeals.

Strategy development and the implementation of new parking schemes will be the responsibility of Gloucestershire County Council, working closely with the districts.

Cotswold District Council is gearing up for the handover by recruiting more parking attendants and preparing new computer systems.

The Road Rescue Industry – Cotswold Motoring Museum

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Recovery TruckNew Exhibition on the Road Rescue Industry runs until 1st December 2007

A new exhibition has just opened at the Cotswold Motoring museum at Bourton on the Water celebrating the work of the Road Rescue Industry. We all need them at some time or another yet the national breakdown service that we have come to rely on today is reletively recent.

The exhibition has been put together by the Cotswold Motoring museum and the Recovery Industry Support Charity(RISC).

Breaking down on a journey can be stressful, unpleasant and even dangerous. If you were unlucky enough to have a breakdown before the 1960s there was no automatic “get you home service”. Generally you had to pay up front before anyone would recover your vehicle.
Recovery of a car in the river
Many of the first garages emerged from the blacksmith’s trade who naturally took to recovering their customers broken-down vehicles, often towed to the garage by horses! As the 20th century got underway two motoring clubs became large enough to have nationwide membership. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) formed in 1897 and The Automobile Association (AA) formed in 1905.

Today’s recovery industry can be traced back to the late sixties. It was not garages that operated recovery vehicles but coachworks and bodyshops as they needed to find work. They monitored the police radio network, listening for accident reports, and then raced to be first at the scene.

The AA were the first to respond with their Relay Service in 1974 then in 1975 the RAC introduced their service, aptly named Recovery.
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Having the correct equipment is essential to carrying out a successful recovery operation and initially a number of army surplus vehicles found their way on to garage forecourts but a number of operators built or converted the equipment themselves.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a pair of Model T Fords which were converted in the 1930s, one as a service vehicle and the other as a recovery vehicle.

The award winning Cotswold Motoring Museum is owned by the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) and is open everyday from 10.00 am to 18.00pm

Cotswold Motoring Museum
Bourton on the Water
Gloucestershire
GL54 2BY
Telephone 01451 821255
www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk

www.riscuk.net
www.csma.uk.com

Up Hill all the way – all 1127 yards of it and at speed

Events, Features, Places by Tony 2 Comments »

Prescott Hill ClimbSaturday 4th August/Sunday 5th August Prescott Speed

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