Statement on Hyperion House

24th December 2020

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP for the Cotswolds was contacted earlier yesterday by a constituent who was desperately worried about their 93-year-old mother in Hyperion House in Fairford.  

The situation was dire due to staff self-isolating or contacting Covid-19, with only two staff to care for the nearly 30 residents, some of whom have tested positive for Covid-19. 

Through a combination of Gloucestershire Adult Care, Cllr Stephen Andrews, and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, they managed to arrange an emergency evacuation of all 26 patients to Stratton Court Care Home in Cirencester. 

Commenting, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP said:

“Resolving this emergency situation is one of those rare win-win cases. The patients will be properly cared for over Christmas, the staff at Hyperion House are hugely relieved, and Stratton Court are thrilled to have their number of residents boosted.”

PUBLIC MEETING

THE COTSWOLDS
FLOOD RESILIENCE

An opportunity for residents of Bledington, South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade and Moreton-in-Marsh to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.  

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 Friday 5 March 2021
1030-1245

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Planning White Papers

I have submitted my responses to the two planning consultations: “Changes to the current planning system’ and “Planning for the future’.

These planning changes are one of the most significant events to affect the Cotswolds since WWII. I think that both papers contain positive proposals, in our case commitments to protect the AONB. The proposal to abolition Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) should speed up the planning process and it is important that the money is retained locally so that the infrastructure can be built at the same time as the development. 

Too often we see a development being built long before the supporting infrastructure, which I know can cause significant issues for existing residents. The proposals to simplify and speed up local plan-making and retaining neighbourhood plans where possible are welcome, in that design codes can be specified so it should be possible to protect our unique Cotswolds vernacular.   

I spoke in the planning backbench business debate on the 8 October and called for a change to the algorithm the Government uses in its planning White Paper which fails to take account of local variations and concentrates all new house building in the south-east and central south of England. 

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