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COVID-19 RESPONSE: AUTUMN AND WINTER PLAN 2021
The Government has published the "COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021" setting out plans for autumn and winter 2021/22 in England.
This document outlines the government's plans for autumn and winter 2021 for England. It includes the Government's "Plan A" - a comprehensive approach designed to steer the country through autumn and winter 2021/22. It also outlines a "Plan B" which would only be enacted if the data suggests further measures are necessary to protect the NHS.
For more information, please go to the Government website
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WINCHCOMBE PARK UPDATE
CONTRACT AWARD
Winchcombe Town Council are delighted to announce that a contract has now been awarded to Fairways Contracting Ltd to construct the new Winchcombe Park. The award comes after a competitive tender process where six different contractors bid for the work. The submitted tenders were assessed by Mood Landscape Ltd who are acting as Winchcombe Town Council's project manager and principal designer for the project. The most cost-effective price was accepted after checks to ensure that the bid satisfied all of the design requirements.
Works will commence in mid-July with activity increasing over August and September as the main earthworks are undertaken. The park is expected to be completed by Christmas 2021 however, this does depend upon the weather as this may impact upon productivity particularly when undertaking the earthworks and drainage activities. The area where the park is to be constructed will be fenced off in accordance with legal requirements that the contractor must adhere to and we would ask local residents not to try to access this area of land whilst the construction works are being undertaken.
This exciting next phase to bring the park into use comes after several years where the town council have had to take the project through a full planning application and comply with various stringent conditions. These conditions have included requirements for the council to undertake contamination testing, archaeological investigation, develop a full drainage design and also submit a fully detailed planting schedule. This has taken a lot of effort and has been very involved, particularly in the light of the restrictions over the last 18 months.
The council will keep local residents and stakeholders informed on progress via a noticeboard at the front of the site and via our website. Any questions relating to the park and the construction should be directed to Winchcombe Town Council and not to the construction team on site.
WHERE IS YOUR COUNCIL TAX SPENT?
Did you know that the council tax you pay consists of 4 parts?
  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council
  • Winchcombe Town Council
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire
Each Authority independently sets its own annual budget also known as the “precept” which is then collected on their behalf by Tewkesbury Borough Council.
For Winchcombe Town Council the council tax levied for 2021 - 2022 is £231,580.00 which for a Band D property equates to £103.76 for the year.
So, for as little as £1.99 per week, the Town Council can provide a wide range of services. The pie chart diagram below gives a breakdown of where the Town Council budget goes by committee and some examples of the services it provides.
You may have noted the anomaly of the “Rate relief supplement”. This has been levied because in certain circumstances residents are entitled to council tax relief or exemption. This “shortfall̶” (2%) is exceptional this year and is an unfortunate consequence of the Covid pandemic which is being felt everywhere as the number of households entitled to Council tax relief has increased. Previously the shortfall used to be reimbursed by central government, but since the austerity measures, this has been reduced annually on a sliding scale until it has now ceased. This difference was made up by government and local Council tax payers but is now solely made up by the Council tax payers.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27 The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234
Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested.
NOTICE OF COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW
Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007
Tewkesbury Borough Council is conducting a boroughwide Community Governance Review. The purpose of the review is to enable the council to consider what, if any, changes are needed to parish arrangements.
The council has published its Terms of Reference for the review, which can either be viewed at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/community-governance-reviews or alternatively, at the Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, Glos, GL20 5TT, by prior appointment.
The council is conducting the initial consultation stage of the review and welcomes representations from any person or body who may wish to comment or make proposals on any aspect of the matters within the review.

The initial consultation stage will run from 15 June 2021 to 15 September 2021.

To make a representation

  • Email: elections@tewkesbury.gov.uk
  • Post your written submission to
    • Electoral Services (CGR)
      Tewkesbury Borough Council
      Council Offices
      Gloucester Road
      Tewkesbury
      Gloucestershire, GL20 5TT
FORMAL REPRESENTATIONS BY WINCHCOMBE TOWN COUNCIL ON PLANNING APPLICATION 21 ⁄ 00496 ⁄ FUL
At a meeting of Winchcombe Town Council held on Wednesday 2nd June 2021 after careful and due consideration the Town Council formally OBJECTS to the proposed development application
This statement sets out Winchcombe Town Council’s views on the above proposed development
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TIDY UP DAY A BIG SUCCESS
A big thank you to everyone that took part
It was great to see so people turn up on Saturday 22nd May for the “Annual Tidy Up Day” in Winchcombe.
As well as local residents, there were Town Councillors, Contractors, Ubico staff, members of Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome and the Rotary Club.
The energetic working party successfully managed to weed and clean Abbey Terrace, Vineyard Street, Cowl Lane and part of Back Lane Car Park.
In parallel, another team of volunteers were tidying the grounds to St Peters Church.
The expression “many hands make light work” was certainly true as the heart of the town is now much more welcoming to visitors as we approach the Spring Bank Holiday.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS, 6th MAY 2021
Details for Tewkesbury: Winchcombe and Woodmancote
For more information, please go to the Gloucestershire County Counil website
GLOUCESTERSHIRE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER ELECTION RESULTS, 6th MAY 2021
Christopher Nelson elected
For more information, please go to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website
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GATEWAY TOWN
Winchcombe Town Council is delighted to announce the inclusion of Winchcombe as a Gateway Town in the “Cotswold Gateway Project”. One of a number of Cotswold towns, Winchcombe is the ideal starting point for walking and cycling routes in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cotswolds National Landscape has worked with local communities to create ten Cotswold Gateway locations, from which people can follow walking and cycling routes to explore the surrounding countryside.
These walking and cycling routes can be accessed and downloaded via QR codes from two new signs situated on Abbey Terrace and Back Lane car park.
For more information, please go to https://www.winchcombe.co.uk/gateway-town/
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UPDATE ON WINCHCOMBE PARK
EXCITING NEWS!
Most passers-by will have spotted that the archaeological survey has been completed and that the Archaeologists have left the site.
No doubt you will have also spotted that the site has not been back-filled this was at the Town Council’s request to help save money on the future earthworks.
We know that the Archaeologists found artefacts associated with the scheduled ancient monument, a roman villa, on the opposite side of Greet Road and we excitedly await their report telling us exactly what was unearthed.
Because artefacts were found the Town Council is now working closely with the Authorities to develop a scheme to protect the findings especially during the construction phase and for future prosperity.
Completing the archaeological survey means that all of the planning conditions have now been satisfied so the Council is currently engaged in the process of finding a suitable Contractor. The Procurement process has several phases to go through; the first phase (pre-qualification and shortlist of suitable contractors) has been completed and we hope to be issuing the tendering documents in the coming weeks.
The Town Council is also pleased to now be in a position to sign-off the legal documentation with the various interested parties so that the overhead electrical cable and associated pole-mounted transformer can be moved.
In the coming days, you will see contractors working on the fencing alongside the Greet Road removing the brambles towards the Pennylands end of the site, felling a single tree where the pedestrian access from Greet Road will be located, and removing dead saplings from the site (tree and saplings will be replaced later as part of the planting scheme). This is being done now before the start of the bird-nesting season.
Chairman, Cllr Willett said “It has taken a long time and we still have a way to go but I am sure you share the Council’s excitement having reached another significant milestone. Everyone’s patience is beginning to pay off”.
25th February 2021
Written by Cllrs S Maughan, K Willett & C Pennell (Clerk)
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT
Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the year ended 31st March 2020
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