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MINSTERWORTH PARISH COUNCIL

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

This year has been one of torment caused by the highway repairs of the A40, not helped by the inconsideration of the people in charge of the operation. Meetings were held to alleviate problems to the driving public and were in the main ignored. Unnecessary traffic jams created missed appointments and time lost sitting in cars by thousands of motorists, not to mention children trying to get to exams at a critical time of their lives and the ruination of the minor roads by enforced rat runs. Both Phil and I spent more time arguing with the Highways Authority in an effort to improve the traffic flow at peak times with precious little success, mainly due to the

arrogance of landscaping is

the personnel allegedly planned and the net result

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charge.

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we

are

informed

that

that is urbanisation of what was pleasant

little or no countryside.

They even managed to remove the ancient simply asking, did it have any significance?

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cross

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On TBC matters, with regard to our Chief Executive Bob Austin, we initially shared him with Cotswold District and then intended to engage him full-time. Unfortunately Bob fell ill and passed away in Gloucester Hospital. Gordon Mitchell is now our interim CEO. We are at present undergoing a study to restructure the Council with the aim of smarter, fitter, faster, working. When completed we will be in a better position in serving you the Electorate.

The situation with Travellers is still of concern to everyone but the Secretary Of State has just ruled on an appeal for the Ryders to be occupied. This was the subject of a judicial review in London. The judgement was to refuse the appeal.

The current Government’s new planning system RSS; (Regional Spatial Strategy) is now in its final stages and is likely to become planning law in the summer of this year. Our planning department is currently working with Gloucester, Cheltenham, and the County Council, to produce joint working arrangements which will encompass the final RSS. Part of the RSS on Travellers in the South West, states that all Authorities must participate in securing Travellers sites. This is to prevent an over burdening of sites in one area. The County Council will bear the main responsibly for carrying out these tasks.

I am pleased to state that while, due to a poor allocation of funds from central Office and yet further demands on our resources, we are still the lowest Council tax Authority in the County and still in the top half dozen in the Country for holding the line in low taxes. Examples:

Cheltenham

£182.56

Gloucester

£176.01

Cotswold

£141.13

Stroud

£183.44

Forest Of Dean

£158.64

Tewkesbury

£95.57

This is a record to be proud of, and with the recession now hovering over the Country, Tewkesbury is intent on delivering maximum service at minimum cost.

Now as your District Councillor for more than twenty years I would like to express my thanks to all the residents of Minsterworth for your kindness shown to me throughout that time. Also I would like to thank the Parish Council under Richard’s Chairmanship, for the consideration and help given to me in the past year. Finally I am happy to answer any questions at the Annual Parish Meeting. Respectfully Derek Davies

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