Community Helpline: 01453 367399

Civic Centre, Old Market, Nailsworth, Glos, GL6 0DU. Tel:  01453 833592

Clerk to Council:  Katherine Kearns   email
Deputy Clerk: email
Admin Assistant: email
Venue bookings: email

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Nailsworth Town Council

Nailsworth Town Council works to maintain, develop and enhance the Town's unique character. Please use this site to find out about your Councillors, Council Meetings, Council Responsibilities and Activities.

Room and Hall Hire

Nailsworth Town Council staff are following Government guidance and will be gradually re-opening NTC facilities. Please contact the office for further details and guidance. 

During the Coronavirus pandemic details of Council meetings and papers are here.

Community Helpline: 01453 367399

for details see below.


Coming out of Lockdown

The Government has issued a 'roadmap' for the country coming out of lockdown. This takes the form of 4 Steps, we are now in Step 3 which started on the 17th May.

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On the 14th June the Prime Minister announced that the move to the final Step, Step 4, is now four weeks later than originally planned, no earlier than 19th July.

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Nailsworth Community Helpline

Nailsworth Town Council has set up a community helpline so that residents that need help can be put in touch with volunteers.
The Helpline number is 01453 367399 is on 24 hours a day. For medical advice please call 111 and for an emergency please call 999.
Messages are monitored Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Your call will be recorded.
If you call the helpline, please tell us your phone number,email address if you have one, and what help you need. A volunteer will phone you as soon as we can arrange, but please bear with us in the early days as we set the system up.
From 1st June, prescriptions will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Pavement Daisies - Social Distancing

We racked our brains to find a way to remind people about 2m social distancing, and came up with the daisies! We had a stencil made, and would like to thank David Austin and John Rogers, who have been spraying them in town. More streets to come, although wet and windy weather mean no spraying. Remember that we should be 2m distant from each other, unless we have masks, in which case it is 1m.

We hope you like the daisies. 

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Social Distancing

Keep yourselves safe and observe guidelines. Stay at least 2 metres from others when out and about. You may feel you are at low risk, but the risk is that you help the spread of the virus and infect vulnerable people. 

Stay Alert. Control the virus. Save Lives.

Council and Coronavirus

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic presents our town with an unprecedented challenge. Council recognises that it has resources and powers that can help our town and it has been looking at how best to do that. At the 17th March meeting of Nailsworth Town Council a number of key decisions were made. 

  • Council has formed an Emergency Committee and has suspended the existing Committees
  • Council has agreed that it can meet virtually. We have taken this decision despite it not being an option in the current Local Government Legislation because we believe that we still need to ensure decisions are, where possible, discussed by active councillors.
  • We have agreed a scheme of Delegation. This means that Council Decisions can be taken by the Emergency Committee, and if that is not possible, then by the Clerk and The Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and if that is not possible, by a Clerk and two councillors. 
  • We will be setting up a Helpline for the community, with the aim of matching up those in need with volunteers
  • We have agreed that our staff may work on Council business from home, and that our Offices will be closed to the public.

Update will be placed on this website, and this will be the only place where Council information etc. will be posted. 

Coronavirus

Coronavirus is serious. 

Stay connected is a free helpline for anyone worried about themselves or someone else who is in self-isolation or needs support at this time. 

A call with the Stay connected helpline gives people the tools and confidence they need to live well during self-isolation, which can include:

  • Practical guidance to staying in contact with families and friends
  • Planning for self-isolation including food, shopping and medication
  • Tips on adjusting to self-isolation
  • Advice on what's out there online to help people stay connected with others
  • Advice for carers/family members

Contact Stay Connected: 0800 048 7035 (Mon - Fri 9.00-5.00) or Email: hereinfo(at)guideposts.org.uk

Visit Stay Connected online for resources, information or to make a referral www.guideposts.org.uk/stay-connected 

Covid-19 Test Sites

Visit Gloucestershire County Council's website for up to date Covid-19 test site locations Gloucestershire testing unit locations

Respect your Neighbours

At this time, when many people are dealing with unfamiliar, stressful and sometime frightening circumstances, could we please request that everyone considers the impact of their actions on their neighbours. 
Please refrain from lighting bonfires as they can create additional problems for people who already have breathing difficulties. Please also consider your neighbours when playing music and refrain from playing music loudly.
Please think about other people, be kind and keep your activities reasonable.

Council Vacancies

We currently have 2 vacancies for Council, and are looking to co-opt to fill them. Our Co Option policy is available here, the application form here, and the timetable is as follows:

Closing date for applications: 9th July
Co option decision: Council meeting 20th July

Town Council Elections

Nominations for the 6th May Election for Nailsworth Town Council closed on Thursday 8th April at 4:00pm. There were 9 Nominations for 11 seats, so the Election is Uncontested and all 9 nominees become councillors. 

The Notice of Uncontested Election is linked to here

It is disappointing that there will not be an election, but this has been reflected across the Stroud District, with only 4 Parishes/Towns having enough candidates to require elections. 

Summer Plans...

It’s all happening in Market Street!

There will be plenty for people of all ages to do and see in and around Market Street during the summer with lots of activities and entertainment being planned.  As well as being closed to all traffic on Festival Saturday, Market street will also be closed to traffic on the 2nd Saturday of months in the summer and autumn (10th July, 14th August, 11th September and 9th October). 

Details are yet to be finalised, but we expect that the street will be full of stalls, music, children’s activities and lots more.  The weather is going to be great, so we hope that you’ll come into town on these dates with your friends and family to take part, enjoy the atmosphere, experience how lively Nailsworth is again and support the local businesses!

Slow down for a smile!

Jan 21 2021 P1210015 1.jpgThe Town Council has had two new Speed Indicator Device Signs installed. One of these is near Egypt Mill, on the A46 and one on Nympsfield Road towards the Youth Club. NTC has been working with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Gloucestershire County Council to obtain and fit the SIDS, and one of them is now up and running. 

The signs give you a happy smile if you are driving with the speed limit, and frown if you are not. The signs also store data, so that speed statistics can be analysed over time.

Council Precept.

For next year ( 2021-22) the underlying budget of the Town Council will go up 1.3%, as we have been affected by the COVID pandemic. We have managed costs closely and forecast that hirers will be returning to our buildings in the next few months.

However overall the 2021-22 budget is going up by 10.8% because of the impact of Ash dieback. Sadly, many trees in Council ownership have been affected, and have to be removed. We have to comply with government guidance, which is to remove trees that are infected. We also have to be mindful that diseased trees become brittle and unsafe, making them more difficult and expensive to remove over time. 

Even if a tree appears to be only lightly affected by the disease, infections are cumulative, and it’s not possible to guess how long they will survive before they become dangerous.

The costs are significant, and to pay for them we have to raise £30,000 this year (above the base precept requirement), and £25,000 next year (above the base precept requirement). However, after the works are done, the underlying Precept will drop back.

 

Actual

 

Without Ash-dieback

Year

Precept

% change

Ash Die-back

Precept

% change

2021-2022

 £350,726 

110.8%

 £30,000 

 £320,726 

101.3%

2020-2021

 £316,522 

103.0%

 

 £316,522 

103.0%

2019-2020

 £307,290 

102.2%

 

 £307,290 

102.2%

2018-2019

 £300,781 

100.0%

 

 £300,781 

100.0%

2017-2018

 £300,768 

100.0%

 

 £300,768 

100.0%

2016-2017

 £300,783 

 

 

 £300,783 

 

Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback is here. We knew we would have to watch out for it and that it could be serious. It is a fungal disease from Asia that is spread by airborne spores. The best time to tell if a tree is affected is over the summer, when the most visible sign is the browning of leaves.

NTC has regular checks of trees on its land, and this year’s survey has shown that we have a significant Ash dieback attack. When a tree has a significant infection, it is likely to die and its wood becomes brittle. So, a dying tree cannot just be left, it has to be felled. The cost of removing a tree increases with time, as unsafe trees are more difficult to deal with. Sadly, wee have several hundred trees that have been identified as need to be felled.

As you’ll have seen on the A46, trees have been taken down by Gloucestershire Highways.

Well, now it is coming to our land. We have instructed our Tree specialists to start removed dying trees, so over the next few months some of our wooded landscapes will change significantly, particularly in these areas: Bunting Hill, Miles Marling Field, Norton Wood, KGV playing field, and Wood Lane. We expect more trees to be diagnosed next year, so this is not a one off.

This comes with a cost; it is estimated that the UK will have to spend about £15bn over the next 10 years. We will need to spend over £30k this year, (about 8% of precept) and will have to increase our budget next year and following years to deal with the devastating effects of Ash Dieback.

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