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New home for Cotswold housing advice service

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Housing advice service HomeView is moving to Cotswold District Council’s Cirencester offices from 5th January 2009.

The HomeView service is currently provided on the Council’s behalf by Fosseway Living from its site on the Tetbury Road.

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Housing on track in Cotswolds despite ‘credit crunch’ fears

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Building work is continuing at three affordable housing sites in the Cotswolds, despite the recent ‘credit crunch’ affecting building sites throughout the country.

Cotswold District Council currently has affordable housing sites at Bourton-on-the-Water, as well as at two sites in Tetbury, and the Council believes that affordable homes could be available in the New Year on at least one of these sites.
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Don’t lose your vote – register now

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Cotswold District Council is carrying out its annual update of the register of electors by issuing a form to every home in the District over the next two weeks. If the details on the form have not changed, occupiers will be able to confirm their details by telephone by dialling 0800 197 4908 or register by logging on to www.registerbyinternet.com/cotswold Read the rest of this entry »

Free legal advice in Cotswolds as repossessions rise

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New, free legal advice services have been launched for Cotswold householders facing repossession as the credit crunch starts to bite.

The number of mortgage repossessions is soaring, with the Council of Mortgage Lenders forecasting 45,000 cases nationally in 2008, compared with 27,100 last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Fosseway lets 98% of Cotswold homes to local people

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The vast majority of homes let by the biggest housing association in the Cotswold District in the past 16 months have gone to local people, a report has revealed.
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Gloucestershire is up there with four of Britain’s 50 richest towns

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The Telegraph Property has published a list of Britain’s 50 richest towns and Gloucestershire has four towns on the list – Chipping Campden at No. 18, Stow-on-the-Wold at no. 33, Moreton-in-Marsh at No. 42 and Winchcombe at No. 48. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswold District Council sets Council Tax increase at 3.5%

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Cotswold District Council today set its Council Tax for the coming financial year. A meeting of full Council agreed to add £4.64 to its share of the annual average bill (Band D), a 3.5% increase.

Gloucestershire County Council has increased its Council Tax by 4.9%, or £48.35 per year for a Band D property, while the Gloucestershire Police Authority has increased its bill by £8.96 (4.99%).

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Cotswold leader slams Eco Town proposal at Long Marston

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Cotswold District Council Leader Lynden Stowe has slammed developer-led proposals to build a mega “eco town” at Long Marston, Warwickshire. The site is barely half a mile from the specially-designated Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Cllr Stowe said: “This new town of ‘solar shoeboxes’ would be an unmitigated environmental disaster for the surrounding areas”In particular the wider infrastructure, extending well in to the heart of the Cotswolds will be completely unable to handle the huge additional volume of traffic that would be generated.”

“Nor would it be possible to build new capacity to highways, power lines, water, sewage and drainage systems without “butchering” the northern parts of the Cotswolds AONB, including Gloucestershire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire.

He added: “I can barely think of a more unsustainable location for an Eco Town. I urge the Government to place the whole scheme in the bin – for good”

Cllr Stowe was also angry that these proposals had not even been forwarded to Cotswold District Council as the neighbouring planning authority for comment.

Gloucestershire Council tax – Cabinet recommends extra investment in flooding

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Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet today recommended a 4.9% council tax increase for next year – which includes a 1.1% levy to tackle flood prevention.

Cabinet members voted unanimously to opt for a 3.8% rise, plus an additional 1.1% investment in drainage clearance (option 2 in the recent council tax survey).

The recommendation comes after Gloucestershire was hit by the worst flooding in 60 years during Summer 2007 – leaving the council with costs of £35 million and the likelihood of further floods in the future.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Resources, presented the budget report to Cabinet, he said: “This decision has been a difficult one but acknowledges the huge amount of public feeling we’ve seen since the floods of 2007, with people asking for much more investment in our drainage systems. I want to thank everyone who took part in our residents’ survey, the results of which have influenced the decision we’ve made here today. We are still committed to keeping costs low and providing excellent services, but this additional levy, if approved by council, will help us to address the urgent work needed to protect residents against future flooding.”

Cabinet’s decision was supported by the results of the recent council tax survey, in which the majority of people who took part (56.7%) voted for some kind of additional flood levy. In response, the Cabinet has chosen Option 2, which is a 3.8% council tax increase with an additional 1.1% to create a £2.3m ‘flood fighting fund’. This enables the council to raise £4m to spend on capital projects, so in 2008/09 the council will be dedicating over £6m in total to flood relief projects.

The council tax increase would equate to £1036 a year for a band D property, an increase of 93p per week.

The proposal will now go before a meeting of Full Council on 20th February, where all county councillors meet to make the final decision on next year’s council tax and budget. The meeting will take place at 10am In the Council Chamber, Shire Hall, Gloucester and is open to the public.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

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Cotswold Council sets £10m budget for 2008/09

Cotswold Council sets £10m budget for 2008/09

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Cotswold District Council’s share of the Council Tax bill is set to rise by 3.5% – or just under 9p per week – it was agreed today.

A meeting of full Council set the authority’s net budget for 2008/09 at £10.2m, resulting in a £4.64 increase for the average Band D household to £137.15 a year for District spending.*

Council Tax makes up a quarter of the Council’s budget, with a further 25% coming from central Government support. Around 40% is made up in income from fees and charges, with the remainder coming from interest on the Council’s investments.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said after the meeting: “The level of Council Tax reflects our aim to keep increases broadly in line with inflation and represents good value for money for the range of services we provide.

“Like all councils, we are facing increased financial challenges due to the rising costs of utilities and fuel and the increasing pressure on local authority pension funds.

“This year, Cotswold is seeing a reduction in Government support in real terms as rural districts have lost out to urban areas. We are left to find ways to bridge that gap and produce a balanced budget without passing on too much of the burden to our Council Tax payers.

“We’re doing this by working more efficiently, such as joint working with other Councils, and by increasing or introducing fees and charges, such as car parks and green waste.”

Budget consultation carried out by the Council revealed that residents believe the ‘user should pay’ for services such as car parks, leisure, museums and public loos.

In 2008/09, the Council proposes to balance its budget by making an additional £1.5 million in income and a further £160,000 in efficiency savings.

Cllr Stowe added: “Drawing up the budget is a challenging task but we are certain our spending reflects our priorities of a cleaner, greener District; providing value for money and supporting our communities.”

*Note: The total Council Tax bill for District households will not be known until the County Council and Police Authority set their precepts. The District Council formally sets its Council Tax on February 26.

Source: Cotswold District Council

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