Welcome to the website of Upper Slaughter Parish Council
Here you can find information about Upper Slaughter Parish Council, including agendas and minutes of meetings, procedures and financial information.
To get in touch with the Councillors or the Clerk please use the e-mail address below.
You can receive notices and agendas of forthcoming meetings by e-mailing the Clerk and asking to be included on the mailing list.
News from Cotswold District Council:
Upper Rissington Parish Council Election
An election to fill TWO Parish Councillor vacancies for Upper Rissington Parish Council will take place on Thursday 21 February. The Notice of Election has now been published and nomination papers are available to download. Paper copies can be obtained from the office of the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council Offices. Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate at this election must complete and return a nomination paper by 4 pm on Friday 25 January 2019. Details of the candidates that have been nominated will be published on the CDC website after 4 pm on Thursday 25 January 2019.
Action Fraud has issued national warnings about fraudsters who are pretending to be from local councils or the HMRC. People are receiving cold calls and emails about a council tax overpayment from individuals who appear to work for a local council. The emails often contain phishing links, which direct the recipient to a website where they will be asked to provide personal data.
Action Fraud has also experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public which appear to originate from HMRC.
The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.
If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or - in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin - deportation.
Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.
What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud
The latest edition of Gloucestershire County Councils Connected can be read by clicking HERE
Upper Slaughter PC subscribes to CPRE. To see the results of their Green Clean, please click HERE
For the latest CDC Business Matters Newsletter, click HERE
Information for visitors
Parking spaces are limited so please park considerately when visiting our village. Community police officers can attend where roads or driveways are obstructed. Several roads are only open to vehicles for ‘access only’ - please check the signs. The ford is considered unsuitable for motors. Vehicles frequently become stuck attempting to cross, children play around in and around the ford and in Winter vehicles driving through it cause icy roads which are hazardous for vehicles and pedestrians.
The lanes into the village are narrow and turning space in the village is limited, so there is a road traffic order which prohibits coaches other than for local timetabled services (currently none) and for setting down and picking up at the hotel.
Weather. Please be aware that adverse weather conditions may quickly prevent travel on local roads. Weather warnings provided by Willyweather appear at the top of the page
Public rights of way are clearly signposted around the village including the Warden’s Way, a 14 mile walk linking Winchcombe and Bourton-on-the-Water. There are four public benches around the village and several in the churchyard. There are two dog waste bins.
Local bus services are operated by Pulham's Coaches. The nearest bus stops are on the A429 Fosse Way at Slaughter Pike and near the Coach & Horses, both about half an hour's walk from Upper Slaughter via Lower Slaughter. The 801 service runs between Cheltenham, Bourton, Stow and Moreton, which have connections to other routes. Buses operate at intervals of about an hour and a half during the day and there are some services on Sundays, May to September, and on bank holidays other than Christmas and New Year.
The nearest railway station, with trains between Worcester, Oxford and London, is at Kingham, nine miles away.
There is no pub or café in Upper Slaughter though the Lords of the Manor hotel is usually open to non-residents, and on some weekends the village hall provides teas for fundraising - see the events page.
There is a defibrillator which has been installed in the traditional red telephone box just off the square. Instructions are in the box. Mobile telephone coverage is patchy, but will usually connect to the emergency services even if no network signal is shown on your telephone.
Announcement by BHF 8/8/8: Response by the Community Heartbeat Trust Charity
You may have heard the announcement by BHF reported in the news yesterday (8/8/18) about BHF developing a new national database of defibrillators. Most media failed to verify the information prior to broadcast, and we hope this will correct these media broadcasts.
In the BHF press release and media interviews it was stated by Simon Gillespie, CEO of BHF, stated that (quote) “It will give ambulance services immediate access to the location of defibrillators in their area so that they can direct bystanders to their nearest life-saving device...”.
We would like to point out that this work by BHF, presumably using funds donated for medical research, is
- a repeat of work already undertaken; and
- is based upon a mistaken premise.
Map of local area (streetmap.co.uk). Public rights of way map (Gloucestershire CC). Problems with rights of way can be reported here.
Spring into Summer 2018: Please click HERE for the summer edition of Cotswold Tree Warden's Tree and Leaf