Exemplar Employers Initiative - GEM

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Cirencester Town Council are delighted to have been recognised an exemplar employer by GEM.

A GEM Exemplar Employer is an organisation that believes every person should have an opportunity to engage in meaningful work. An Exemplar Employer goes the extra mile by providing an opportunity or opportunities for people who are finding it difficult to enter or re-enter the world of work.

“Cirencester Town Council have shown great support to GEM participants, offering opportunities to volunteer that have led to a full-time employed role for one participant. The volunteering roles covered events, stewarding, community work and customer service - allowing participants to develop their skills and greatly increase their confidence. One participant also worked within the gallery alongside The Churn Project and helped him to gain confidence in his personal presentation. Another participant has since been employed by Cirencester Town Council as their first female Groundsperson.” GEM

Find out more about GEM and the Exemplar Employers Scheme here.

Christmas Markets Survey

Cirencester Town Council hosted a number of Christmas Markets in the Market Place last December.

Did you attend the markets in December? We are now planning our diary for 2019, so we would really appreciate your feedback, please click on the link below and complete our short survey. Your feedback is valuable to us and will help ensure we are meeting the community's expectations.

The survey can be completed here

Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please email us at info@cirencester.gov.uk.

Local Election 2019

The next Local Government Election will be held on Thursday, 2 May 2019 and will include electing councillors to serve on the district and town and parish councils.

Councillors who serve on Cirencester Town Council are democratically elected from the local community. As a democratically elected local council, councillors consider and decide on what services and projects the council will deliver in order to meet a wide range of local needs.

Being the first tier of local government and the closest to our communities, town and parish councillors are best placed to engage with residents and businesses to find out what the real issues are and how to overcome them.

Local town and parish councils are encouraging residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election. There are currently 120,000 councillors serving on the 10,000 local councils in England.

Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to be a local councillor? To find out more please read the attached booklet and visit https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/elections

Abbey Grounds - New Public Conveniences and Refreshment Facility

Cirencester Town Council will be re-modelling and renovating the public conveniences building in the Abbey Grounds in Spring 2019.

This project will create two new toilets, with disabled and baby changing facilities. A new refreshment kiosk will also be constructed which will offer a wide range of food and drinks, including ice creams. This will be complimented by an outdoor seating area alongside the building. At peak times the refreshment kiosk will also provide a limited service by the play-area in the park.

Please note that due to this work the public conveniences are now closed, a temporary toilet has been provided at the far end of the building.

Are you Ready? New booklet helps prepare for emergencies

Across the District communities are always looking to improve their resilience in the event of an emergency, and a booklet has been produced by the Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum to make the task easier.

The ‘Are You Ready?’ booklet provides clear practical advice to help people prepare for and respond to an emergency.

Advice includes: devising a family emergency plan; looking out for neighbours; establishing ‘emergency friends; community alarm systems; and coping with severe weather, security incidents and loss of power.

Download the booklet here

Queries about the booklet should be directed to:
Gloucestershire County Council Civil Protection Team
Tri Service Centre, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AX
Tel: 01452 888764
Email: civilprotectionteam@glosfire.gov.uk

Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling Collections

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December. The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December. They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019. As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019.

The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on four Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.)

Week commencing Monday 17 December 2018:

Normal collection day New revised collection day
Monday 17 Dec 2018 No change
Tuesday 18 Dec No change
Wednesday 19 Dec No change
Thursday 20 Dec No change
Friday 21 Dec No change
Monday 24 Dec Will move to Thursday 27 Dec
Tuesday 25 Dec Will move to Friday 28 Dec
Wednesday 26 Dec Will move to Saturday 29 Dec
Thursday 27 Dec Will move to Monday 31 Dec
Friday 28 Dec Will move to Wednesday 2 Jan 2019
Monday 31 Dec Will move to Thursday 3 Jan
Tuesday 1 Jan Will move to Friday 4 Jan
Wednesday 2 Jan Will move to Saturday 5 Jan
Thursday 3 Jan Will move to Monday 7 Jan
Friday 4 Jan Will move to Tues 8 Jan
Monday 7 Jan Will move to Wednesday 9 Jan
Tuesday 8 Jan Will move to Thursday 10 Jan
Wednesday 9 Jan Will move to Friday 11 Jan
Thursday 10 Jan Will move to Saturday 12 Jan
Friday 11 Jan Will move to Monday 14 Jan
Monday 14 Jan Will move to Tuesday 15 Jan
Tuesday 15 Jan Will move to Wednesday 16 Jan
Wednesday 16 Jan Will move to Thursday 17 Jan
Thursday 17 Jan Will move to Friday 18 Jan
Friday 18 Jan Will move to Saturday 19 Jan

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

Please also note that Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

• Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU

• Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)

• Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break. Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks."

She continued:

“We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year. I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside. We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period. However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see www.recycleforgloucestershire.com(opens in a new window).

“Additionally don’t forget that there are many excellent recipes for leftovers on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website. It’s also encouraging to hear about the growing popularity of recyclable wrapping paper rather than the metallic – and expensive – option which is not recyclable.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time. For this reason, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7 am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

For queries and further information about the Christmas collections and general information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

About Town is Out!

Cirencester Town Council’s latest edition of its newsletter, About Town, is out. Our Autumn newsletter is packed full of useful information.

May's Fleece Fayre proved more popular than ever - see the centre spread for some amazing photos!

How well do you know your town? Take our fun quiz and help support your favourite open space.

And don't miss the Diary Dates page detailing a whole host of events in the run-up to Christmas.

Download About Town here or call into our Local Information Centre for a copy.

Publication of External Audit

Notice of the audit and right to inspect the Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2018.

1) The audit of accounts for Cirencester Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been carried out.

2) The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Cirencester Town Council on application to:- Andrew Tubb, Bingham House, 1 Dyer Street, Cirencester, Gl7 2PP. Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

3) Copies will be provided to any local government elector on payment of £1.50 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

Announcement made by Andrew Tubb, Chief Executive Officer

Date of announcement 30th September 2018  

Conclusion of Audit Certificate

Notice of the audit and right to inspect the annual return

Annual Governance and Accounting Statements 2017/18

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return

Smaller authority name: CIRENCESTER TOWN COUNCIL
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)


1. Date of announcement Monday 18th June 2018 (a)

2. 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. For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:
(b) Andrew Tubb, Chief Executive Officer/Responsible Financial Officer, Bingham House, Dyer Street, Cirencester, GL7 2PP
E-mail: andrew@cirencester.gov.uk Telephone: 01285 655646
commencing on (c) Wednesday 20th June 2018
and ending on (d) Tuesday 31st July 2018

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:
• The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
• The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.
The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD

5. This announcement is made by (e) Andrew Tubb, RFO
(a) Insert date of placing of the notice which must be not less than 1 day before the date in (c) below
(b) Insert name, position and address/telephone number/ email address, as appropriate, of the Clerk or other person to which any person may apply to inspect the accounts
(c) Insert date, which must be at least 1 day after the date of announcement in (a) above and at least 30 working days before the date appointed in (d) below
(d) The inspection period between (c) and (d) must be 30 working days inclusive and must include the first 10 working days of July.
(e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice – this person must be the responsible financial officer for the smaller authority

Read the full notice here

Cirencester Fleece Fayre 2018 - Photography Winners Announced

Cirencester Town Council are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Cirencester Fleece Fayre Photography Competition.  The competition was launched to encourage the community to capture images of the second annual Fleece Fayre, held in Cirencester Market Place on Monday 7th May.  The competition was split in to two categories for those over and under 18, the winners were voted for by members of the public.