It has been another busy month for us all here in our very special Town.
I have had the opportunity, on two occasions recently, to meet up with friends, old and new, to celebrate our town and the work being undertaken by groups and individuals, to make Tetbury a wonderful community with facilities and services for us all. Firstly, I was proud to attend the Lions Charter Dinner, in my capacity as Mayor and to respond to the speech “Tetbury Our Town”. Secondly, the Dolphins Inspirational Awards evening, held at the Dolphins Hall, was an evening of celebrating those individuals who have inspired us all with their work and achievements.
Working Groups continue to meet to look at current needs in the town:
Youth I am pleased to confirm that the new Youth working group are meeting on a monthly basis, led by James Gregory and working with all organisations providing services for our young people in the town. This group will in turn meet with the Town Council Youth Committee on a quarterly basis.
Climate Change myself and Councillor Stephen Hirst met with Ben Jackson and John Turton of Greening Tetbury to start to look at how we can work in partnership on projects and a climate strategy for not only the Town Council, but the town as a whole. I also attended a meeting at CDC with Greening Tetbury to discuss Energy with the Cabinet Member at Cotswold District Council, Councillor Rachel Coxcoon.
Elderly Care Following news of the precarious situation the Wednesday and Friday Day Centre find themselves in, personally, I have been working with other interested and individuals and the Day Centre on how we can find a way to protect these very important services for our community.
There was also an over 55’s consultation event at The Goods Shed, where Sarah Clifton-Gould held a drop-in session to consult our community on facilities for our over 55 residents. Sarah is working on this to ensure that the Section 106 money the town is to receive over the next few years is being targeted and spent where there is most need. If you have any suggestions and have not had an opportunity to meet Sarah, please let the Town Council Office have your thoughts and they will ensure Sarah receives these.
Sadly, crime does occur in our town, as with other market towns and recently there has been a spate of thefts from vehicles, particularly tools from vans and very concerning, is the fact that drugs continue to be an issue in our community. Should you have any information which could help with the solving of any crimes or if you have any details which could assist the Police in their work, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website at crimestoppers-uk.org
On a happier note, plans for the switch on of the town Christmas lights are well underway. This event will take place on Friday 6th December at 6pm, and if you would like to help us with organising this event, please contact me via the Town Council Office.
If you have any ideas or concerns regarding our town, please do not hesitate to contact any Councillor, we look forward to hearing from you and working for you.
With best wishes