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WINCHCOMBE PARK UPDATE
Winchcombe Park Officially Opens
Win chcomb Park officially opened to the public on Saturday 26th March. The new facility offers a wide range of activities, as a place to gather, play, picnic, walk, skate, and exercise and will no doubt become an iconic destination for the whole community young or old.
Cllr Jim Mason, Chairman of Winchcombe Town Council, stated:

“The Park provides a wonderful community space that is essential to our quality of life and mental well-being. The facilities will provide an opportunity for fun and exercise for families and individuals with something for everyone to enjoy. Winchcombe has waited a long time for this park and its completion is an exciting moment for the town. The grass and planted areas have not yet established but we didn’t want to delay the opening any longer so the Town Council would like to request that visitors to the park try to stick to the hard landscaped areas, until the grass has established.”

The new park includes a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) suitable for netball and other ball games, a wheeled sports area for skateboarding, scooters and BMX bikes for all ages, an outdoor gym, a petanque facility, a zip-wire, a kick-about area, picnic area, circular path and much more. The Council has also considered the environment doing its bit to reduce the impact on climate change by planting over 70 new trees, designating wildflower areas and adding over 130m of native hedging.
Planning for Winchcombe Park has taken many years. Community involvement provided valuable insight on the design and allowed the public to determine park features and facilities. Unfortunately, not all of the community’s wish list has been deliverable but if future funding can be found, and after further public consultation, the Council hopes to provide additional facilities.
Winchcombe Town Council is planning a grand opening celebration in the spring (date to be confirmed).
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT
Annual Governance & Accountablity Retrun for the year ended 31st March 2021
Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Loca Authority Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounta and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 / 234)

The audit of accounts for Winchcombe Town Council for the year ended 31st March 2021 has been completed and teh accounts have been published.
For more information, please download the document here
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.
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.
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