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Helping Cotswold communities cope is new task for Tim

Helping communities all over the Cotswolds to cope with whatever fate may throw at them is the task for recently-returned Cotswold District Council employee Tim Dowan.

Tim is the authority’s new Community Resilience Liaison Officer, and has a key role helping towns and villages prepare for future emergencies, while helping them to recover and learn from problems in the past.

Gloucestershire Road Repair Funds start Flooding In

It has been announced by the Department for Transport that Gloucestershire County Council is to receive £10.048 million to repair the damage to the County's roads caused by last summers flooding. This good news has delighted Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

Sporting boost for young flood victims from Cotswold District Council

Young flood victims are to get a boost in the shape of £15,000 worth of free sports coaching, thanks to Cotswold District Council.

Youth Sport Development Officer Scott Burry made a successful application for half of the money to Gloucestershire County Council’s Flood Recovery Grant fund for children and young people. The remaining £7,500 was awarded from the District Council’s own pot of Government Flood Recovery Grant funding.

Back to the business of fitness at Cotswold Leisure Centre

Cotswold Leisure Cirencester opened its doors over the weekend as people of all ages flooded back.

Closed since July last year after the floods, the centre opened with a fun filled weekend of activities that included go karts, bouncy castles, roller skating and multi-sports coaching for the children, to a rowing challenge in the gym, and several fitness classes - including a new Body Training System class - for the adults.

Grants given out by Cotswold District Council to help with future emergency planning

Cotswold District Council has handed out almost £30,000 this week to help towns and parishes to be better prepared for future emergencies.

Six towns around the District were awarded resilience grants at a meeting of Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe, Portfolio holder for Safe & Strong Communities Cllr Clive Bennett and Portfolio holder for the Environment Cllr Mark Tufnell.

Cotswold leisure centre to re-open with weekend of fun

Cotswold Leisure, Cirencester is ready to re-open its doors with an open weekend of fun activities for all the family on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March.

The Centre was forced to close when its plant room was extensively damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water after the unprecedented rainfall which hit Gloucestershire in July last year.

Gloucestershire Council tax - Cabinet recommends extra investment in flooding

Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet today recommended a 4.9% council tax increase for next year - which includes a 1.1% levy to tackle flood prevention.

Cabinet members voted unanimously to opt for a 3.8% rise, plus an additional 1.1% investment in drainage clearance (option 2 in the recent council tax survey).

The recommendation comes after Gloucestershire was hit by the worst flooding in 60 years during Summer 2007 - leaving the council with costs of £35 million and the likelihood of further floods in the future.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, Cabinet Member for Resources, presented the

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society - Results and Annual Report 2007

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society logoThursday 24th January 18.30 The Annual General Meeting will be held at their HQ Bisley House

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) was established in 1863 and its aim is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products.

Princess Royal to visit Tewkesbury on Friday 18th January

The Princess Royal plans to make a quick 1 hour working visit to Tewkesbury to show support for residents who are being affected by the floods.

The Princess will arrive at the Canterbury Inn, Ashchurch Road in Newtown, Tewkesbury, on Friday 18th January where the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Mr Henry Elwes will present: the Councillor for Newton, Graham Dawson; Town Clerk, Major Michael Wilson; Chairman of Tewkesbury Chamber of Commerce, Mr Bruce Keen; Captain, 1st Tewkesbury Company Boys Brigade, Mr Andrew Baldwin.

Previously in July 2007 the Princess Royal visited residents from

Gloucestershire Highways - Adverse Weather Bulletin

Updated: 13.30pm 17th Jan

Severe Weather Warning from the Met Office (Issued at 10:22 on Thursday, 17th January 2008, valid from 06:00 on Friday, 18th January 2008 until 23:00 on Saturday, 19th January 2008):

Early Warning of Heavy Rain

Regional risk assessment for the following areas
- Wales(60%)
- NW England(40%)
- SW England(40%)
- All other regions less than 20%

The Met Office is expecting rain to become persistent and be heavy across parts of Wales during Friday and Saturday.

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