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Costwold MP exerts Calming Influence in Chipping Campden

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On Friday 12th December 2008,  Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP attended a successful meeting with Bob Skillern from the Gloucester Highways, Chris Leese, Vice President of Cemex as well as Vanessa Rigg and Sally O’Dell two local residents. Discussions were held over the highways study into speeding on the Aston Road in Chipping Campden which has caused great concern amongst local residents. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Cotswold advice sessions to boost food safety

Events, Food and Produce by Adam No Comments »

A series of free food safety ‘drop in’ days for businesses is being served up by Cotswold District Council. The authority organised the sessions after discovering through its routine inspections that not all premises are keeping a properly documented food safety management system. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswolds MP responds to Health Care Commission Report

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The Health Care Commission report into the death of Rebecca Wedd and the performance of the Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) has provoked a strong response from Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown. Read the rest of this entry »

Funds boost puts safety first for Cotswold firms

Features, Food and Produce by Adam No Comments »

Businesses will be boosted thanks to a £6,500 grant awarded to Cotswold District Council to help improve health and safety in workplaces.

The funding – which has come from the Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust – will be used to help the Council’s Food and Safety team to deliver important messages to businesses to safeguard the health of employees across the Cotswolds.  Read the rest of this entry »

County Fire Service is flying high

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It’s official – Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is one of the most improved in the country.

The Audit Commission’s comprehensive performance assessment (CPA) report released today (Thursday 31st January) says GFRS, which forms part of Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Safety directorate, is a dynamic service, which stands as the fifth most improved in England.

The Commission’s annual assessment grades fire service’s on their direction of travel and gives them a star rating of one to four.

GRFS is improving well according to its direction of travel and it has a three-star service, which means it is performing well, consistently above minimum requirements.

The report also says number of deaths and injuries from accidental fires in Gloucestershire has reduced and is now one of the lowest in the country.

Gloucestershire’s record of arson attacks has dropped significantly and figures are well below the national average.
The county’s strong emphasis on community safety was also praised by the Audit Commission.
The report says: “Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has a good community safety culture and this is supported by clear structure processes for the management of risk.

“It is performing well in most areas of service delivery, from prevention and protection through to emergency response.
“The service has a wide range of community safety initiatives in place and these are operating well and benefiting the local community.

“Overall it is a dynamic organisation that works well with the County Council.
“Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is becoming the community safety focused organisation that it strives to be and has developed some innovative and dynamic plans to meet the modernisation agenda.”

The Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment  (CPA) is a national assessment measuring how services perform.

The CPA uses a combination of nationally recognised service ratings and an assessment of each service’s capacity to improve, known as a direction of travel.

The star ratings are based on performance across the service and include things like value for money and overall service assessment.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Terry Standing, said: “This assessment is a credit to the hard work of all our staff.

“I am very pleased that Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been recognised as one of the most improved in the country as this reflects the commitment we have put into providing the best service possible.

“The fire service is a key element in providing community safety and working with people in local communities and education the young and old about the dangers of fire and how to stay safe on the roads is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job.

“I am very proud that this was highlighted in the report, but we are not complacent and we will continue to strive for further improvements in the future.”

Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Will Windsor-Clive said: “This is a very good assessment, which highlights our commitment to community safety and protecting the public.

“This report also proves that we are providing a service which is value for money for council tax payers.  I would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work and commitment in achieving this and we now need to build on this positive assessment as a foundation for the future.”

Advice on faulty thermostats in wake of tragedy

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Following the tragic death of a Somerset baby who died from being scalded by water from a hot water tank which had a faulty thermostat, Cotswold District Council is urging private landlords, homeowners and tenants to watch out for telltale warning signs with their water system to help prevent any further tragedies.

The guidance, based on Health and Safety Executive alerts, has warned that particular consideration should be given to hot water systems more than 10 years old and systems where homeowners and landlords may have other reason to suspect the adequacy of the initial installation or any subsequent work.

The warning signs people in any home should look out for include:-

  • Excessively hot water coming out of the hot water taps;
  • Excessive noise or ‘bubbling’ from the hot water cylinder;
  • Hot water coming out of certain cold water taps (some storage cisterns also feed cold water taps in the bathroom);
  • Steam/moisture in the roof space.

Private Sector Housing Manager Claire Locke said: “Councils treat their role of protecting local residents exceptionally seriously and are urging residents to make checks to try to prevent any further tragic losses of life through faulty thermostats.

“Local people with systems more than ten years old should be aware of how to spot whether their thermostat is faulty and who to contact to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

“In the first instance, we would advise homeowners with concerns to contact a plumber. Worried tenants should contact their landlord or housing association.

“Where serious problems exist, grant funding may be available from the Council to help vulnerable owners, who are in receipt of certain means tested or disability benefits, to carry out essential works, subject to conditions and availability of funding.”
Source: Cotswold District Council

Council’s safety drive to tour the Cotswolds

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A special week aimed at getting young people more aware of crime and safety issues in their area will kick off in the Cotswolds next week.

Cotswold District Council is running several events around the area when Community Safety Week starts on Monday December 3rd. This year the event will be focusing on issues affecting young people, and the five-day drive is being led by the Council’s Community Safety Team. Other partners involved include Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire County Council, the Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust and the county’s Youth Service.

During the week, Council officers will give advice and answer questions about a range of issues facing young people, including personal safety, protection of personal property, bullying and waste and recycling. They will also discuss the Government’s Respect programme, where young people treat their peers, elders and the community with greater respect.

The week will start with a visit to the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water on Monday (December 3rd). During lessons, Cotswold District Council officers will work with pupils to raise awareness of Community Safety, hate crime, staying street safe and respecting your peers. Council staff will work with small groups on a community safety project, which will then be discussed with the class.

The Council’s Trinity Road offices will host the Youth Forum on Tuesday (December 4th), where young people will come to the Council Chamber and discuss any issues that affect them, and have any crime and safety concerns answered by Council staff.

Also, on Thursday (December 6th), the SAG (Substance Action Group) will meet at Trinity Road in the afternoon. This will be chaired by the head of the Cotswold Youth Service and will tackle a wide variety of problems on alcohol, substance and drug abuse.

And a second in-school session takes place on Friday (December 7th), where officers will work with pupils at Cirencester’s Deer Park School in the morning. They will go into lessons to talk with pupils on bullying and safety issues, and set up a stall during break-time to give further advice.

Cotswold District Council’s Community Safety Manager Les Haines said:
“We want young people, their parents and their teachers to have good advice when it comes to personal safety, and that there are people here at the Council who can help and support you with this.

“It just helps to highlight the range of services we are able to offer to youth from here at Cotswold District Council, and we are all looking forward to working with the schools and their projects.

“Ultimately, we are trying to do our bit to keep down crime, raise awareness of it and reassure people who have fears and concerns.”

Anyone who would like to talk to the Community Safety Team should contact Cotswold District Council on 01285 623000.

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