Parish Councils

Ashton Keynes © Bob Bewley

Keeping in close and regular contact with all the parish and town councils of the area is a challenge, especially with such a small team, but we attend parish council meetings, send out news items, and invite parish representatives to various events and functions which the Trust holds.

Cotswold Water Park Parish Liaison meetings

The next CWP Parish Liaison meeting is at 6.30pm, Monday December 14th at the Gateway Centre, Spine Road, South Cerney GL7 5TL. An agenda and reminder will be sent out to all CWP parishes nearer the time, but if there are any specific items please do get in touch with us on


Some examples of recent partnership working with parish councils and community groups:

  • Somerford Keynes – The villagers want to create a community space around Lake 99, which lies on the edge of the village. It is a lovely peaceful place, perfect for a short lakeside walk. We have been working with the Parish Council to create a management plan for the lake and its surroundings .
  • Lechlade – Here at the start of the navigable Thames we have been planning how best to improve access for Lechlade residents to the wonderful Riverside Park, discussing disabled access and improving signage and interpretation.
  • Meysey Hampton – When the village pond was identified as a site hosting the invasive aquatic plant Crassula Helmsii, the Trust worked hard to eradicate this invasion before it could spread to other ponds in the area.
  • Cricklade Town Council – Working with the Town Council, we have recently been looking at ways of increasing tourist movement and links between Cricklade and the Cotswold Water Park, through publications and website links.

Community and Environmental Improvements Fund

The Community and Environmental Improvements Fund consisted of a sum of approximately £38,000, made up from the residual budget of the now disbanded CWP Joint Committee and supplemented by Landfill Communities funding donated to the Cotswold Water Park Trust by Hills Group. It was available for community led projects which met certain criteria, and was administered by the CWP Trust. The underlying theme of the projects was to help local people foster their sense of ownership of the CWP, and to increase their involvement in activities and initiatives in the CWP.

Projects funded to date ( July 2015)

  • Somerford Keynes PC – Lake 99 (aka Village Lake) landscaping, picnic benches, interpretation, paths etc
  • Cricklade TC – Fairview Fields landscape improvements, with works along River Thames and historic meadow
  • Lechlade TC – Leaflet promoting Lechlade as the Eastern Gateway to the Cotswold Water Park
  • Latton PC – Interpretation panel in village re the history of Latton and local environs
  • Fairford TC – Footpath enhancements to local walk routes with information boards
  • Cirencester Ramblers – upgrade of footbridge to enable disabled / buggy friendly route near Gateway Centre
  • Kempsford PC – design and installation of interpretation panel near Whelford Pools
  • Hannington Wick PC – Interpretation panel for Thames Path section within Hannington parish