Blockley Parish lies on upland farm and woodland close to the northern extremity of Cotswold District. It forms part of the boundary between the headwaters of the Rivers Thames and Severn. Significant clay deposits lie between the attractive limestone hills; springs form the main source of the several steeply-falling streams which flow through Blockley, Aston Magna and Draycott villages. By contrast, Paxford village, also within the Parish, lies on more open, level ground drained by the Knee Brook, a tributary of the River Stour.
The human and visual characteristics of Blockley Parish are strongly influenced both by its relatively isolated location in the rural North Cotswolds and by the industrial history of Blockley village, its main centre of population. With a population of about 2000 (in the 2001 census) it is one of the largest parishes in England in terms of area, at about 12 sq miles (30 sq km). The entire Parish lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
CAR PARKING EXTENDED for 2017
‘Free after 3 pm’ parking offer across the District until 31 March
Cotswold District Council will be allowing motorists to continue parking for free every day after 3 pm in the Forum and Brewery car parks in Cirencester until the end of Friday 31 March.
Additionally, with effect from Wednesday 18 January, the ‘free after 3 pm’ offer will also be extended to several other car parks* until the end of Friday 31 March as follows:
Rissington Road Bourton-on-the-Water
Old Market Way Moreton-in-Marsh
Maugersbury Rd Stow-on-the-Wold
Church Street Tetbury
West Street Tetbury
*Please note that parking is already free at the Fosseway car park, Stow-on-the-Wold and the Old Railyard car park, Tetbury
Commenting on the free offer, Cllr Chris Hancock, the CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, said:
“We introduced a similar free parking scheme for selected car parks across the District during the winter months of 2016 and many retail businesses welcomed the boost in footfall.
“Our aim, as always, is to provide a good deal for motorists using our car parks. We have frozen parking charges since 2010 and the introduction of a half hour tariff in all our car parks has also gone down well. This ‘free after three’ parking incentive for several car parks during the early part of 2017 is yet another example of how we are trying to balance the need for parking income (to pay for services) with requests from traders to provide parking concessions on occasions.”
NOTICE OF VACANCY: in the office of Councillor, Blockley Parish, Blockley Ward Parish Council