News and information for local residents in the parish of Naunton, Gloucestershire
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The next meeting
will be held on 18th May 2020, if Government health guidelines permit. This will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting. Meetings are held in the Village Hall and will start at 8 p.m. Please get in touch 10 days beforehand if you would like to add an item to the agenda.
The parish of Naunton is situated in the Cotswold Hills in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is located around 12 miles east of Cheltenham and five miles west of Stow-on-the-Wold, and is set on the floor of the Windrush Valley with the river crossing through. The parish has a population of around 350 people. The present day village has many thriving societies and clubs, an historic Dovecote, and is a favourite with walkers as many long-distance footpaths ramble through the village.
The active Parish Council has five members who are dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of the Parish, having input on planning development, planning for emergencies and self-help, highway and traffic matters.
If you need help please contact the Naunton helpline: Either write to Nauntonhelp@gmail.com or ring Moira (01451 850138 / 07881 954104) or Ian (01461 850442 / 07778055868).
Councillor Nigel Moor, who represents Naunton on the Gloucestershire County Council, has prepared a report covering recent developments in the county:
Report by County Councillor Dr Nigel Moor March 26th 2020
Gloucestershire County Council is working remotely during the current health crisis and wherever possible, particularly in protecting our vulnerable children and elderly, council staff are maintaining our services. Video conferencing between council members and officers is helping to provide continuity. I thought it helpful if I provide some notes on various aspects of our service.
Community Health Hub If you need help or someone you know does please visit the Community Health Hub. People can now register to the county`s community help hub by calling 01432 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm, as well as online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub The hub is intended to supplement those community initiatives already taking place and provide a means by which these can be co-ordinated across the county. Already there has been a huge response to help.
School Enquiries A dedicated phone line and email address has been set up to help parents with all school related enquiries including questions relating to Free School Meals. Tel 01452 426015 Email : COVIDSchoolenquiries@gloucestershire gov.uk
Concessionary Bus Passes Many shops are now allowing elderly people dedicated access before 9.30 am. In order to help the concessionary bus pass is now accepted all day including before the normal 9.30 am cut-off time.
Household Recycling Centres and Waste Collections Following the Prime Minister`s announcement on the evening of Monday 23rd March regarding self-isolation, we decided to close the household recycling centres to protect both visiting residents and our staff. Other councils in the south west have similarly taken this decision. We continue to prioritise our waste transfer and treatment operations in order to support the waste collection services provided by the district councils. Javelin Park our waste to energy plant continues to function as normal.
Libraries Libraries will soon have a new digital library management system. Members will be sent a web link on 2nd April which can be used to view the online catalogue and down- load the e-books or magazines. It will also be available via the GCC libraries website. During this period of self-isolation , this provides a great opportunity to catch up on those books you meant to read.
Highways The Highways safety policy has been amended to only react to reported safety defects. We will continue to inspect these and make them safe. It is our priority to keep the network safe so all the support and emergency services can operate safely. Where it is safe for our workforce to operate in the open air we will continue to deliver planned works. These will be risk assessed on a job by job basis. This will include cyclical maintenance works, bridge, street lighting and other inspections. We are working with our supply partners to ensure they work safely and in a controlled manner. It is likely that the supply of some materials and equipment may get difficult. We will priorities the work to safety critical first. The highways customer contact centre will triage emergency works and safety defects. The GCC website is updated to advise customers to only contact GCC to report network emergencies or essential maintenance works. This is a good moment to thank the Highways staff and our partners for the work they are doing in keeping the highway network safe for our other services to use with confidence.