General Election – Important Information for Voters



The new Parliamentary Constituencies will come into effect for this election so the Cotswold District will be split between North Cotswolds and South Cotswolds.

The new Constituency Maps are:

The Parish of Cherington is in the South Cotswolds Constituency

Below is the Notice of Election which was published on Monday 3 June. This will be circulated widely.

The deadline to submit nominations is 4pm on Friday 7 June and Cotswold District Council (CDC) will know the final list of candidates at that point.

Poll cards will be sent to all registered electors around 6 June.

Anyone who is not on the register can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote by the deadline of midnight on Tuesday 18 June.

Postal votes will be sent out between 17 and 21 June and need to be returned to Cotswold District Council (CDC) offices by 10pm on election day.  Postal votes can be handed in at the CDC office or a polling station, however, new rules mean that the person delivering the packs will need to complete a “handing in” form.  More information about this is included in the postal vote packs.

Anyone wishing to vote by post who doesn’t already have one in place, can register online at www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote by the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.

For anyone wishing to understand the rules governing Parish Councils in relation to conducting business in the lead up to the Election please read this short guide  https://www.local.gov.uk/publications/short-guide-publicity-during-pre-election-period.

You can nominate someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to attend the polling station. To apply for a Proxy Vote, please follow the link below. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June and this can be online at www.gov.uk/apply-proxy-vote

If anyone needs a paper application form for registration, postal or proxy voting, please contact the CDC offices and they will post them out.

Voter ID was introduced in May 2023, so anyone voting at the polling station needs to bring acceptable ID with them.  Details of what is acceptable ID can be found on the Electoral Commission’s site: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voting-and-elections/voter-id/accepted-forms-photo-id

Anyone without an acceptable form of ID may request a free Voter Authority Certificate by making an application at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate

All these details are also included on the CDC website at https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/current-and-future-elections/

If you have any questions about the election, please do get in touch with CDC

Sarah Dalby 

Elections office 01285 623002                     elections@cotswold.gov.uk 

Cherington Parish Council Meeting 4 June 2024 – Starring ‘The Finances’

Cherington Parish Council will meet in the Village Hall as 6 pm on TUESDAY 4 JUNE.

All residents are welcome.

At this meeting we will be looking at the report from the independant Internal Auditor and any recommendations made regarding our financial management.

We will also be reviewing the accounts for the 2023/2024 Financial Year and completing the Annual Governance and Accountability Return. This information will be publically available on this website as required by statute.  Cherington Parish Council is exempt from External Audit as it’s income is less than 25,000.

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return will be published  and there will be a period of 31 working days, known as the ‘Public Inspection Period (PIP), in which any member of the public can ask to view the accounts and comment if they wish. The Notice of Public Inspection Period and the Guidance to members of the public about exercising the right to view these records, will be published after our meeting on the 4 June.  The PIP must by law include the first 10 working days of July. The precise dates will be published after the Parish Council meeting on the 4 June.

This may all seem rather dry stuff – but the money the Parish Council spends comes from your Council Tax and you are entitled to view the accounts and have a say in how it is spent. So if you would like to know what the Parish Council is doing with your money, come along next Tuesday 4 June.

 

Police & Crime Commissioner Election Thursday 2 May – Bring Photo ID

The election for the Police and Crime Commissioner is taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Don’t forget to bring photo ID with you to vote in person. The polling station is in Cherington Village Hall which will be open from 7am until 10pm

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth photo drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo and the name on the ID should be the same name as appears on the Electoral Register. Only original documents will be accepted; scanned images or copies will not be accepted.

Cherington Annual Parish Meeting Tomorrow – Saturday 20 April at 10am in the Village Hall

The Annual Parish Meeting is taking place on Saturday 20 April at 10am in the Village Hall.

The Meeting will open with a welcome from the Chair of the Parish Council Mike Mitchell.

There will be updates from all the village organisations, the Parish Council, the Church, the Village Hall and the Annual Cherington Show Committee and we have invited our District Councillors and the Police to give their own updates.

This is your meeting so do please join us over a cup of coffee .

If you have any issues you wish to bring up please contact cheringtonparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk.

New parking and traffic control measures in Cirencester

Gloucestershire County Council has been working in partnership with Cirencester Town Council to deliver the improvements and they will come into effect from Thursday 4 April.

The proposals were formed through feedback received in informal engagement exercises in 2021 and support from the town council.

The plans include extra parking bays in the town, along with additional yellow lines and restricted parking areas to ensure there is regular turnover of parking spaces, providing better short stay access to shops and businesses in the town centre.

Other measures include additional pay and display facilities in Castle Street, Dyer Street and Cricklade Street which have a two hour maximum stay, with no change in parking charges, but which allow a 20 minute free period for very short-term visits, for example picking up a prescription.

There are additional and amended disabled bays with a maximum three hour stay to protect kerbside space for blue badge holders.

Additional or amended loading bays are also included in Castle Street, Dyer Street and Cricklade Street, along with a motorcycle bay and amended taxi bay in Market Place.

Cycle parking is available in Cricklade Street near its junction with Market Street and there will be a reduction in time of waiting/loading restrictions from 8am to 6pm.

More information on all the measures being introduced are available to see here.

GCC Hwys Advises Rolling Road Closures – Various Roads Affecting Cherington

GCC Highways has advised the Parish Council of a schedule of rolling road closures across the District, affecting Cherington Parish. These are scheduled to start from 4 March and be completed by  31 October 2024.

Please view the Sealed Notice and Schedule below for details – these documents will open in a new window.

CDC Consultation on Local Plan – Deadline Extended – Have your Say!



Cotswold District Council has extended the deadline for public comment on the changes to the Local Plan that they are proposing. The consultation has been extended by two weeks and will now end on Sunday 7th April 2024.

Please read the letter from CDC below which includes information re the “Masterplan’ consultation as well.

re extension of timeframe for consultations