Guide to council services
Cotswold District Council comprises 34 Councillors, and elections are held for all these posts once every four years. The most recent elections took place in May 2015 – for the election results and more information about the Councillors please:
Services provided by the Council
In Gloucestershire, the County Council provides services across the county including education, fire and rescue, trading standards, social care, libraries, and highways.
At the more local level, this Council – as well as Cheltenham Borough Council, and District Councils in Forest of Dean, Stroud and Tewkesbury – provides a range of services. Our services include the following:
- Animal licensing - dangerous wild animals, riding establishments, zoos, pet shops, boarding, and breeding licences.
- Bins and recycling – we jointly own Ubico Ltd which collects household, commercial, bulky, green, hazardous and clinical waste. There are weekly kerbside collections for green and food waste. Recycling and household waste collections are once every fortnight. We currently recycle about 60% of waste collected.
- Planning and building – this includes dealing with building control and planning applications as well as long-term planning of the development of the district, and heritage issues.
- Housing – working with Registered Social Landlords to provide more affordable housing and advising and assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We are aiming to build 400 affordable homes between 2012 and 2016.
- Housing benefit – we administer benefits for those eligible for help towards rent and council tax costs.
- Housing grants - disabled facilities grants and stay safe grants.
- Council Tax – information about tax bands, paying and those eligible for help.
- Leisure and Culture – we own leisure centres in Cirencester, Chipping Campden and Bourton-on-the-Water and the multi award-winning Corinium Museum in Cirencester ; they are currently managed by Everyone Active (SLM.) Admission prices have been frozen until 2016.
- Community Safety – we work with police and other organisations to help reduce crime and the fear of crime.
- Car parks and public toilets – the Council operates 19 car parks across the district. Prices have been frozen until 2016. Council-owned public conveniences across the district are mostly run by Healthmatic.
- Street cleaning – our jointly owned waste company, Ubico Ltd, cleans streets and paths, collects litter and empties street bins. Crews also look after Council-owned land.
- Environmental Health – includes regulation of food hygiene, health and safety, and other environmental protection issues such as the monitoring of pollution and air quality, private sector housing regulation, noise and public nuisance.
- Licensing - temporary event notices, personal and premises licences. Taxi and private hire, gambling, street trading, scrap metal, motor salvage and charity collections.
- Pest control - we provide competitive rates for dealing with most pests at residential and commercial premises. Annual contacts for businesses can be arranged.
- Visitor information centres – we subsidise five visitor information centres/points across the district, providing a first class service to tourists and others.
We also run grant schemes to support local communities. Additionally, we promote energy efficiency and work closely with partner organisations on a wide range of issues that affect residents and businesses.
Some facts about Cotswold district
The district covers approximately 450 square miles, and lies in the eastern half of Gloucestershire. About 83,000 people live in the district, scattered over125 Parishes (which are represented by 114 Town and Parish Councils) and nearly 200 settlements. Some 80% of the district lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are144 designated Conservation Areas. It also has about 6,000 listed buildings and structures.
Excellent transport links ensure the district is within easy reach of the M4 and M5, which provide convenient access to London, Bristol and Birmingham. Train stations at Kemble and Moreton-in-Marsh have direct lines to London and other regional centres. Education facilities are very good, while vocational and further education requirements in land and business-based subjects are met by Cirencester College, and the Royal Agricultural University.
Despite the economic downturn, trends in employment and economic activity have remained encouragingly positive in the Cotswolds. The district’s principal town, Cirencester, is one of the main centres for commerce and leisure and there are several other thriving settlements across the district: Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden; Fairford; Moreton-in-Marsh; Lechlade; Northleach; Stow-on-the-Wold; and Tetbury. The whole area is studded with beautiful villages, and it offers a range of fun tourist attractions, good value accommodation, excellent local services, and superb commercial opportunities. The award-winning Corinium Museum in Cirencester explores the area’s Roman heritage, and exhibits some of that era’s finest artefacts. The district is also home to Britain’s largest water park, with more than 133 lakes providing opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy many water sports.