Survey seeks favourite ways to exercise in the Cotswolds
Cotswold District Council is asking its residents about exercise, activity and their local leisure centres and facilities.
Perhaps you’re a cyclist, a swimmer or a climber? Maybe you enjoy walks in the countryside with your family or walking to work? Do you take part in online fitness classes? Perhaps you’re keen to do all these things but you struggle to find the time?
To understand local attitudes towards health and fitness the council has created a short online survey.
The survey asks some questions about the activities you have been doing before and during the COVID-19 lockdown, and how you think this might change in the future.
Responses to the survey will help the council to understand more about the different barriers that can prevent people from being active and using their local leisure centres, and what the council can do to support and encourage people to lead more active and healthy lives.
Cllr Jenny Forde, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said, “Whether you take part in regular physical activities or not, we’d like to hear from everyone about their routines, and attitudes towards exercise and fitness.
“This is a perfect opportunity for residents to help shape the future of exercise and fitness where they live. Your feedback will help us to understand local trends and needs, and assist us with our forward planning. It only takes about five minutes to complete the survey online so please take part today.”
You can find the survey and take part at: www.tinyurl.com/activecotswold2020
The closing date is 17th July 2020.
We’ve had a lot of requests over the last two weeks, to deliver boxes to areas outside our current zone, so…
We’ve decided to expand our delivery area to include the following areas;
Upper & Lower Swell
Always feel free to get in touch if you’re not on the list and we’ll try and expand to your area.
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Please help us out by sharing this list with your friends and family from these areas. All orders made before 12noon on Friday will be delivered on Saturday.
Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Cotswold District Council has announced that fortnightly garden waste collections will restart from Wednesday 13 May.
Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Over the last few weeks we have needed to use our garden waste vehicles and crews to support the main waste and recycling collections while some staff have had to take time off sick, to self-isolate or to look after loved ones affected by Covid-19. During that time our team has worked hard, alongside our waste partner Ubico, to find a way to return these vehicles and crews to their normal rounds.
“We are now able to resume garden waste collections and they will be operating to the published collection schedule. Customers due for a collection next Wednesday (13th May) will be the first to receive it.
“We know that people may have accumulated green waste during the lockdown and we ask that you continue to keep composting. We’d also like to encourage residents to join in with Plantlife UK’s “No Mow May” (www.plantlife.org.uk/everyflowercounts/) campaign to help wildlife in your garden and lower the demand on the service as we restart it.
“I’d like to thank the 22,000 households who have been affected by the suspension for their patience. I would also commend the crews who have worked tirelessly to keep the essential waste and recycling services running for all 45,000 households in our district.”
The Council has announced that garden waste collections will resume on Wednesday 13 May on the following basis:
Collections will be operating to the published collection schedule (see calendar);
The service is available to all customers who hold 2019/20 garden waste licence(s);
We will only collect what is in the CDC garden waste bins and bags;
No side waste will be accepted;
Crew safety means we cannot collect significantly overloaded bins;
There will be no additional or catch-ups for collections;
Existing licences have been extended and we will process renewals in June.
Cllr Doherty, added: “We are anticipating a risk that we may not always be able to collect from all properties on their scheduled day. In these circumstances, we advise residents to leave their bins presented until they have been emptied, which should be the next day.”
Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are not yet reopening, in line with Government advice around what is and isn’t an essential journey.
For the Love of Scrubs is a voluntary organisation sewing up old sheets, pillow slips and duvet covers to make scrubs for hospital workers.
There are several branches in Glos, but I have been in touch with an organiser in Northleach. She connects with the Cirencester group.
So, anyone in Great Rissington or the other Rissington’s, who has old sheets etc that can be washed at 60 degrees, can deliver them in a plastic bag to me at
Lavender Cottage, 36 Great Rissington. Tel: 01451821550.
Once I have a large enough donation I will get back to my Northleach contact.
Love thy neighbour
Cotswold District Council is asking residents to be neighbourly and considerate as we spend more time at home.
Due to the Coronavirus lockdown there are more people at home, and with the days becoming longer we are asking residents to be extra considerate of each other. The council is asking residents ensure that noise is kept to a minimum, in particular dog barking and loud music.
At this time, if residents have an accumulation of rubbish please stack or bag it for disposal when the current emergency is over, and where possible please compost garden waste.
The council regularly deals with complaints of neighbour nuisance, but the vast majority of cases are dealt with between neighbours.
The council is also urging residents not to light bonfires. Coronavirus can cause serious respiratory problems which could be made much worse if a sufferer is exposed to bonfire smoke.
If you are affected by nuisances such as smoke from bonfires or noise the first action to take is to go directly to the person causing the problem and tell them that you are being disturbed. As we are all practising social distancing right now, please stay safe and remain at least two metres apart if talking with neighbours.
More information and a helpful letter template for neighbours can be found at: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/environment/noise-pests-pollution-and-air-quality/noise-and-other-nuisances/
If the problem is persistent residents can make a complaint though the council and they will be asked to keep a log for a period of three weeks.
Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste, Flooding and Environmental Health said, “We have a wonderful community spirit here in the Cotswolds, but please can I appeal to residents to give some extra thought for each other at this time. By being considerate to our neighbours we can help make staying at home more bearable for everyone.”
Gloucestershire’s councils and partners have created a community help hub to connect local people who need help, with others who can provide the support they need.
As further measures are put in place to delay the spread of Covid-19, local people have already started to pull together to arrange help in their area for those who need it, but not everyone has existing connections.
In response, the council’s across the county have come together with the police and health partners to create the hub to connect local people who need help, with individuals, groups and businesses who can provide the support they need.
The hub includes four forms:
• ‘I can offer help’ — is for those who are able to support neighbours with tasks such as picking up prescriptions, shopping, dog walking and more
• ‘I need help’ — can be used by individuals to ask for support
• ‘My neighbour needs help’ — may be used by people to request help on behalf of a neighbour, relative or friend who cannot access the internet themselves
• ‘My business can help’ — will allow local businesses who may have skills and resources others could benefit from, to offer their help
The information collected will be shared with the relevant local council who will connect people who can help each other, or if appropriate refer individuals to an existing service.
Residents are encouraged to share details of the community help hub on social media using the hashtag tagatuortolly
The hub will be accessible from every district council website, and from the county council’s website at
Cllr Mike Saunders is currently in the process of constructing a list of anyone willing to volunteer their time to help others who may be self isolating or unable to carry out daily tasks e.g. picking up prescriptions and food shopping. Please contact Cllr Saunders in the first instance if you can assist