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Council Tax Precept 2024/25

The Town Council has set the budget and its part of your council tax bill for 2024/25. Councillors have been working on the very challenging task of trying to invest in and support the community; ensuring that all its buildings, facilities, and assets are safe and fit for purpose; whilst being mindful of the significant costs of inflation on Council services and materials, and on residents and businesses. There is no Government funding, or District Council subsidy to the Town Council, and unlike some other market towns, there are no major housing developments to offset the council tax resulting from them.

At the January Council meeting, councillors agreed to increase its share of the Council Tax bill by 29p (29pence) per week for Band D households who will pay £234.13, an increase of 6.83% next year (less for Bands A to C properties). This increase will allow the support of Wotton Pool, the Heritage Centre, The Keepers Community Hub, Citizens Advice Bureau, Synwell Playing Fields Association, Wotton Community Sports Foundation, Read With Me, Citizens Advice Bureau, Allsorts, Great Western Air Ambulance, Cobalt Health, Tabernacle Church grounds maintenance, Wotton In Bloom hanging baskets, Wotton Library, and the free use of its buildings for community events such as Town Hall Teas, as well as looking after and improving its assets and services including the Civic Centre, Council van and workshop, Town Hall, Chipping Hall, Chipping Club Room, Youth Centre and Services, Symn Lane Play Area, Cemetery, Conygre Woods, Wotton Hill Clump, Car Parks, Old Town Toilets rebuild, St Mary’s Church Burial Ground, Holywell Leaze, Marchesi Walk, Knapp Road and New Road Allotments, CCTV, defibrillators, the Tolsey Clock, plus various open spaces including trees, flower beds and planters, bus shelters, noticeboards, benches, and other street furniture.

Symn Lane Car Park  

The developer of the car park and housing development site has submitted a planning application variation to not include parking on the escarpment bank S.23/2101/VAR | Variation of Condition 2 (approved plans) and 4 (landscaping) of application no. S.19/1722/VAR to provide additional landscaping in lieu of parking. | Land South Of The Chipping Surgery Symn Lane Wotton-Under-Edge Gloucestershire (stroud.gov.uk) The Town Council commissioned a specialist review of the car park site. The Council is discussing options with Stroud District and Gloucestershire County Councils before discussing with the developer to complete the site to standard as soon as possible. The public should note that the site is still a private construction site owned by the developer and is not a public car park.

Town Hall and Chipping Hall

The Council commissioned a heritage building consultancy to do full updated surveys of the Town Hall and Chipping Hall following the sad death of the Project Manager and previous surveyor. The scaffolding is in a long-term agreement at a very competitive cost. The survey reports with action plans will be presented to the Town Council meeting on March 18th 2024, all are welcome to attend.

Old Town Toilets

Stroud District Council Planning and Building Control have, after a lengthy process, signed off the plans. The architect is drawing up tender documents for the procurement of a rebuild.

Youth Services

The Council has commissioned the National Youth Agency to review youth services in Wotton and what young people wanted. Over 300 young people responded to the survey, and workshops with young people, leaders of youth activities, and schools are being held. A report will be brought to the Town Council in April 2024 where the future provision of Wotton youth services will be discussed.

Bolster Wotton High Street

The Town Council is working with the Stroud District Chamber of Trade and local businesses to look at support and investment in the town. The well received interesting business survey report was produced by the Chamber of Trade http://tinyurl.com/yw57vjzm These findings are being taken forward and there will be another meeting with businesses in March 2024. A public meeting to discuss what people want from their town will be held in the Spring. Watch this space!

Seeking new Town Councillors for the Elections – May 2nd 2024

Being a local councillor can be a rewarding way to get involved in our fabulous community and make a real difference by engaging with residents, local groups, and businesses; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved to ensure that services are meeting your community’s needs. Our staff are approachable and friendly, with a real passion for the town. The Town Council’s next election will take place on 2nd of May, when all 13 seats will be up for election!

Even if you think you are not the type, please have a think about whether it is something that would be a great experience, C.V. boosting, and a fun way to connect with your town!

Find out more about what is required and how to go about getting involved.

You can email elections@stroud.gov.uk or clerk@wotton-under-edge.com if you have any questions.

May Day Celebrations – Sunday May 6th 2024

Market Street will be closed on May 6th for May Day celebrations. The event is being arranged but there will be entertainment, music, BBQ, and of course the fantastic Town Hall Teas. Put the date in your diary and if you would like to volunteer then please contact the Town Clerk or the Heritage Centre.

Contact

You are welcome to attend the monthly Town Council meetings or contact the Town Clerk Clerk@wotton-under-edge.com Tel:01453843210

Cllr Martin Tucker
Chairman and Mayor