A417 Missing Link Update

You may be aware that Highways England are holding a consultation on their proposal to improve the A417 Missing Link between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire. This consultation runs from Thursday 15 February to Thursday 9 March 2018

Make sure you take the opportunity to have your say.

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Defibrillator Talk - 4th February

You may well be aware that a new defibrillator has been installed in the telephone box. A talk will take place on Sunday 4th February, 10am at the Primary School. We anticipate that the talk will take an hour to familiarise parishioners with its use, this is a free event to members of the parish

You can view the poster here. Please contact Claire, the parish clerk if you would like to take part on, 07803341766 or 01666 824129.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you!

Parish Housing Needs Survey

Back in September the GRCC circulated a Housing Needs Survey to 129 dwellings in the Parish and also to employees of the National Star College. The findings of the Survey and the Executive Summary can be seen on our Surveys & Questionnaires Page, here.

Gloucestershire Constabulary & Crime Commissioner Open Day

Gloucestershire Constabulary & Crime Commissioner is holding an open day on Saturday 16th 2017 from10am-3pm at Gloucestershire Constabulary HQ 1 Waterwell’s Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN

The event is free for all the family and is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with new attractions and demonstrations to inform and entertain. 

Communities Defeat Terrorism

Following the tragic incident in Westminster on 22 March 2017, Counter Terrorism Policing has provided some guidance and contact details, so that we can all help to keep communities safe by reporting any concerns about suspicious activity. Please follow this link

Practical ideas for community groups to improve road safety

In view of Government cutbacks over the past years, communities recognise that statutory authorities cannot fund non-priority schemes and that Police enforcement resources are limited. Many communities are therefore keen to investigate road safety measures they can take forward to influence driver behaviour, including those relating to traffic calming and speed reduction.

To help them in this, practical ideas for improving road safety in Gloucestershire have been produced by Gloucestershire Rural Communities Council in association with the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership and community groups in the county. The CARS (Community Approaches to Road Safety) Toolkit can be found at:

Safe and Social Driving is a priority area in Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Plans covering 2013-2021 and this second edition of the CARS toolkit has been funded through The Commissioner’s Fund (Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner).

Cabinet recommends freeze on council tax, garden waste licences & car parking charges

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Cabinet recommends freeze on council tax, garden waste licences and car parking charges

Members of Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet met today and recommended a freeze on its share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2017/18, following a freeze for 2016/17, a 5% cut in 2015/16, a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14.  If approved by Full Council next week, the average band D charge for District services would remain at £126.40.

The proposed freeze for 2017/18 would mean that the actual amount being charged for a Band D council tax payer will have been reduced by about £18 per year (13%) over a period stretching back to 2010/11. This would be the 16th lowest District Council charge in the Country compared with being the 63rd lowest a few years ago.

The Cabinet Members also recommended yet another freeze on parking and garden waste collection charges.

Commenting after the meeting, CDC Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said:

“I know that many local families find it tough to make ends meet and my intention is always to ensure that they pay as little as possible for a full range of council services.  Almost all of the Councils in the country are raising their share of council tax and I am very pleased to say that Cotswold is bucking that unwelcome trend.  In fact, our proposed freeze for 2017/18 represents a real terms saving (including the impact of inflation) of 33% since 2010/11.

“We are able to freeze council tax payments – and also maintain current charges for the garden waste collection service and car parking – thanks to the savings we are making from increased joint working with other authorities (particularly West Oxfordshire and Forest of Dean) and we are also continuing with a range of efficiency measures.  

“We are making great strides towards the next phase of our joint working with partner councils and we are well on course to share in collective savings of £5.6 million per year by 2020.  In other words, we have responded very effectively to the reduction in funding from central government over the last ten years by finding ways to reduce our running costs while maintaining our services.”

Gloucestershire County Council provides advice to Dog Walkers

Gloucestershire County Council has asked us to make parishioners aware of the attached advice which they have issued regarding dog-walking and measures they should take to protect the countryside and rural life. See here.

Welcome to our new Parish Clerk!

We are delighted to welcome Claire Mann as our new Clerk to the Parish Council. She steps into the role from 1st January, as Verna Spires leaves us for family reasons. 

Claire has amassed a good deal of experience working in a Town Council and is enthusiastic to develop her career in Local Government, undertaking various courses to expand her capability. We feel that the knowledge which she brings, together with an objective and conscientious approach, will be of great benefit to the administration of the Council and to the Parish as a whole.

We are sure you will all join us in giving Claire a warm welcome to Coberley Parish!

Claire will now be the main point of contact for communications with the Council on 

Coberley Book Share

Coberley Parish Council purchased and refurbished the telephone box on the village green. In 2011, it was opened as a Book Share dedicated to Jim Beard who lived in the parish for most of his life and gave very valuable service to the community.

The Book Share is open to anyone who is willing to use the following guidelines which can be found in the telephone Box:-

Coberley Book Share Guidelines

  1. Place  books that you have read and would like to share with others in the Telephone Box (Please write the date inside the front cover)
  2. Select a book or books for reading
  3. Return book(s) to the Telephone Box with a short review (optional).
  4. The books will remain in the system until more room is needed, then taken to Red Cross shop.

The box is quite well stocked with books, so do come along and use this facility!

The Road Safety Community Hub launched by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership

A new 'one-stop-shop' for reporting road safety concerns in Gloucestershire was launched on 28 October 2016.

The Road Safety Community Hub was launched by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, made up of Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service.

The new hub will be the main point of contact for residents to report any concerns they have about road safety in their local area. Reports can be made via the Road Safety Partnership’s website.

This one central hub will bring together the expertise of the police, engineers and the road safety experts to provide a better, more efficient way of resolving the problems encountered in our towns and villages. It will bring a more consistent approach and because people will know where to go with their concerns, their ideas or for advice, it will make decision making more accountable.


A good number of Parishes have already engaged with the hub through the Road Safety Website ; as well as via email to



Coberley Parish Council is seeking a successor to the Clerk & RFO, who is, sadly, leaving the post due to family reasons. Our Parish Council comprises 5 councillors and serves approximately 300 people across our 5.5 square mile parish. We are proud of our energetic approach to our community’s life and its issues and, as such, we are seeking a Clerk & RFO who will display similar enthusiasm, flexibility and initiative.

As Clerk, the key role is to provide administrative support to the Council and to advise the Council to ensure that its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented.

As such, the successful candidate will need to have a good knowledge of the local government system and information sources.

The Clerk will be required to attend regular Council meetings (6 per year), the Annual Assembly, as well as any special meetings which become necessary; produce agendas and minutes; implement the decisions made by the Council and deal with all communication to and from the Council, including web site content.


As RFO, the successful candidate will manage all financial transactions and accounts; manage the audit process; prepare regular financial reports for the Council; maintain the register of Council assets and Transparency Code information.


The Clerk & RFO must be computer literate, have a good command of the English language, be competent in accounting processes and figure work and will work from home. Ideally, the candidate will have the CiLCA qualification, or be willing to work towards qualification following appointment.

The contract, which will be subject to a three-month probationary period, will be for a basic 4 hours per week on the national salary scale SCP 17 - 21 (£9.120 to £10.363/hour).Starting salary level will be agreed in accordance with the candidate’s abilities and experience. This role requires flexibility to handle the varying workload demands. As such, the successful candidate will be required to work additional hours when the Council’s caseload or projects necessitate.

The Clerk & RFO will have use of a Council laptop and, where appropriate, an allowance will be paid for use of own office equipment and other office expenses. Mileage allowance for use of own car will be paid at the rate recommended by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.

To apply, please e-mail the Chair of the Council, Duncan McGaw, enclosing your CV and including all relevant experience and qualifications, by Friday 14 October 2016.

Parish Council welcomes new member

The Council is delighted to welcome Joanne Marshall as its new member, following the resignation of Sarah Webster in March. 

Joanne is a qualified chartered accountant and is Finance Director on a local landed estate. As well as her finance skills, which will be of great benefit to the Council, Joanne brings a range of associated business skills and a good understanding of the issues facing countryside parishes.

She has a particular interest in the state of country roads, crime in the countryside, safety on country roads, employment in rural areas and the preservation of the countryside and she is relishing the opportunity to make a difference in as many of these areas as she can.

Joanne is very much looking forward to working as part of our team to give our rural parish community the strongest support we can.

Please join us in welcoming Joanne to Coberley Parish Council.

Council seeks new member

Following the resignation of a Councillor from Coberley Parish Council and in the absence of a call for election by parishioners, the Parish Council may now exercise its power to co-opt a suitable person to the Council. The Council therefore, invites any suitably qualified* parishioners who are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor to write to the Clerk, at, by 20 May 2016 at the latest. Candidates should describe why they wish to serve on the Council, what skills and relevant areas of expertise they believe they can bring to the benefit of the Council and their key areas of interest in local community affairs. The selection of a new Councillor will be determined by a vote of the Council at its next appropriate meeting following receipt of candidate nominations.

*A person must be qualified to be a Councillor pursuant to Section 79 of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) and not disqualified pursuant to Section 80 of the 1972 Act. 

Coberley celebrates Her Majesty's 90th Birthday with a beacon on Hartley Hill

In celebration of Her Majesty, The Queen's 90th Birthday on Thursday 21 April, Coberley Parish Council held an event to light a beacon at Hartley Hill, Hartley Farm. This highly successful event was kindly hosted by the farm's owners, the Powell Family, and was well-attended by parishioners, their families and friends.
Credit for photographs: Eleanor Bentall, Photographer.

Celebration of The Queen's 90th Birthday

On Thursday 21st April, Coberley Parish Council will hold an event, at which a beacon will be lit, to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen.

It will take place at Hartley Hill, Hartley Farm, commencing at 19:30, with the beacon due to be lit at 19:45. The Council is most grateful to Dan and Vanessa Powell for hosting this event on their land.

Food and drinks, provided by Suzie's Snacks and Cotswold Lion Brewery, will be available for purchase. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own.

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