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Volunteer staff happy in new Moreton home

Staff at the North Cotswold Voluntary Help Centre will continue to play a crucial role in Moreton in Marsh in 2008, thanks to a helping hand from Cotswold District Council.

The High Street branch of the NCVHC found itself under almost four feet of water after the July floods, but found temporary sanctuary at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre.

Less than a week after the floods had hit the NCVHC offices – ruining computers, equipment and furnishings – they had moved into offices just down at the Centre in the High Street.

And although the NCVHC was insured against the dama

The report on flooding in Chipping Campden, 20/21 July 2007

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Report by D J Atkinson

Preamble

Chipping Campden is peculiarly susceptible to flooding when prolonged heavy rain or sudden thaws occur in an already sodden catchment area. To a large extent this is due to the size and peculiar character of the catchment area, most of which drains into the river upstream of the Care Home and Guild site and Sheep Street It is also due to the confinement of The Cam's channel and choke points through the town.

In the recent past, serious floods occurred in the wake of long periods of bad weather affecting the region usually in winter, 1947 and others, but also in July 1968. Park Road has suffered from lesser floods periodically, especially in the 50s and 60s, the last in spring 1993. Obviously drainage has become a much more concerning problem for the town over the last century and particularly over the last 50 years with much new building (spreading and infilling), property improvement, the raising of road levels and much more hard standing. The situation has also worsened due to changes in land use, farming methods and land drainage in the area.

Cotswold names day for leisure centre re-opening

Cirencester’s Cotswold Leisure Centre is due to re-open its doors to the public on March 1st following complex repairs to extensive flood damage, Cotswold District Council announced today.

The Centre’s plant room was damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water after the unprecedented rainfall which hit Gloucestershire on July 20th.

Cotswold unveils plans for flood recovery grant

More than £540,000 will be spent by Cotswold District Council on helping to protect the District against future floods, it was announced today.

The Council’s Cabinet has agreed to spend the majority of its £623,000 Flood Recovery Grant on a range of measures to improve land drainage and assist towns and parishes to prepare for any future emergencies.

An estimated £75,000 of the money, awarded to the Council by the Government in the wake of the summer’s unprecedented rainfall, is already being awarded to vulnerable victims and residents forced to live in caravans or upstairs after their h

Cotswold's plea to PM over plans to move fire staff

Cotswold councillors have called on the Government to abandon plans to move Gloucestershire’s Fire Control staff to Taunton.

A meeting of Cotswold District Council backed a motion resolving to write to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hazel Blears, strongly urging a review of policy.

The motion, put forward by Cllr Deryck Nash and seconded by Cllr Sue Jepson, called upon all the MPs of the county to sign a petition on the 10 Downing Street website to save the Tri-Service Control at Quedgeley, near Gloucester.

Councillors fear that mov

Cotswold offers pay-out for flood victims

Ebrington Floods 1Cotswold residents who were forced to move upstairs or into a caravan after the July floods are being urged to get in touch with the District Council to apply for a payment from its recovery grant fund.

The Council has decided to help residents in this position in recognition of the distress

Cotswold District Council surveys flood-hit homes

Deadline looms for survey of flood-hit homes
Flood-hit homes and businesses in the Cotswolds are being urged to fill in a District Council survey form by October 22nd – if they have not already done so.

Together with other local authorities, Cotswold District Council began a door-to-door survey in August of properties affected by the July floods.

The aim of the survey was to assess the scale of the damage and to identify vulnerable people who may have required assistance to recover from the floods.

More than 800 forms have already been returned from Cotswold properti

Cotswold leisure centre due to re-open early next year

Cotswold District Council said today that despite severe flood damage, the Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester should be open early next year.

The Council, supported by its insurers Royal & SunAlliance and their contractors, is making every effort to get back up and running following the unprecedented rainfall that hit Gloucestershire last month.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment in the plant room was damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water and must now be replaced in a complex work schedule expected to take a number of months.

Edward Sheldon Open Day - Shipston Independent Wine Merchants

Edward Sheldon

Saturday 22nd September 11.00 am to 16.00 pm

Edward Sheldon Limited are independent Wine Merchants who have been trading in Shipston-on-Stour since 1842.

Chipping Campden floods - letters of thanks

Dear Jeremy

The flash floods that hit Chipping Campden and the surrounding areas last Friday may have caused less devastation than the rivers that burst their banks in other parts of the country, but anyone who has been in any way affected by similar natural occurrences will understand how traumatic it can be to find your home and belongings badly damaged, if not quite wrecked.

So we would like to pay a little tribute through your pages to all the good friends, neighbours and kind souls who came rushing to help us when we were so greatly in need: Maralyn and Bill from Paxford, Anne and Ken from Mickleton, Pearl and John from up the road, Geraldine and Tony from across the road who had their own damage to attend to, Maureen who brought food and drink for everybody and stayed cleaning the whole day and Phil the Minister from the Baptist Church, who not only brought words of comfort but got himself thoroughly filthy carrying furniture and ruined possessions from the house to the road, from where everything was speedily removed in countless journeys by Graham and Conrad.

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