BLOG: Local planning decisions must not be handed over to an algorithm

If you have ever sat in on a local Planning Committee meeting you will know that they represent democracy red in tooth and claw. 

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Council Leader Joe Harris to hold Coronavirus Q&A

The leader of Cotswold District Council, Cllr Joe Harris, will be hosting a regular Q&A session on Tuesday afternoons to answer residents' questions about the coronavirus and how the council can help.


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First ever Lib Dem Budget passed at Cotswold District Council

At a full council meeting this week, Cotswold District Councillors approved the Liberal Democrat administration's proposed budget for 2020/21.


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Joe brings councils together to collaborate in order to enhance the Cotswolds

Cotswold District Council is taking a leadership role in bringing together all 15 local authorities within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to work together more effectively to protect and enhance this iconic landscape.


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New Council Tax Support scheme removes barriers to most vulnerable in the district

At last week’s full council meeting, Cotswold District Council adopted a new Council Tax Support (CTS) scheme for 2020/21 that will safeguard vulnerable groups and ensure those on the lowest income are protected.


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Joe signs Council up to major campaign to protect terminally ill staff

Cotswold District Council has signed up to a campaign protecting workers’ employment rights should they become terminally ill.


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Joe launches Cotswold Lib Dem local election campaign

“You deserve better!” - that’s the call from local Liberal Democrats as they launch their bid to take control of Cotswold District Council in the local elections on May 2nd.

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Lib Dems publish plans to cut taxes for businesses by 19% in the Cotswolds

The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 19% in the Cotswold District.

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Promise made, promise kept! Joe and the Lib Dems deliver 24 hour CCTV system for Cirencester

Councillor Joe Harris has welcomed the news that Cirencester’s state of the art CCTV system is now monitored 24/7.


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Joe calls on UK Government to spend more on the country’s broken roads

Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats are bringing forward a motion calling on the UK Government to spend more on the country’s road network. The motion, to be debated at the Council meeting on 16 May, highlights the group’s concern that of £30 billion raised by vehicle tax and fuel duty each year, only £10 billion is reinvested in the UK’s roads.


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