COVID-19 Lockdown Roadmap Spring 2021

The government has published its latest pandemic guidance ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ which sets out the roadmap for exiting the current lockdown for England.  The full 68 page document can be found on the GOV.UK website by clicking here

Alternatively, may find a two page summary of the key steps useful and you can click here to read or download that summary.

Imminent Roadworks – Moreton Road

Gloucestershire County Council (Highways Department) have published notice of roadworks in the Longborough area as follows:

11 February — 15 February:  Delays unlikely

Location: Carriageway/Verge Plum Tree Close

Works description: Locate and clear blockages

Responsibility for works: Gigaclear Limited

Ash Dieback – Replanting Scheme

You may be aware that in 2020, GCC Highways launched their “Ash Dieback” project to start to tackle the effects of the disease within the county.  Ash Dieback damages tree’s limbs and causes them to become unsafe, which can lead to the death of a tree.

Since June 2020, GCC Highways has managed to remove 2,400 infected Ash Trees which posed a danger to highway users. They are now moving into their replanting phase and are encouraging local parish councils to identify suitable areas for replanting and for parish councils to make appropriate replanting applications to GCC Highways.

We would therefore ask that if anyone living in the Parish has had to have tree felling carried out due to Ash Dieback, please let us know by contacting any Councillor, or the Clerk directly, and we will be happy to submit a replanting request. Planting will take place in February amd March.  Please note that the deadline for us to submit applications is January 29th 2021.  Relevant contact details can be found here.

COVID-19 National Lockdown

As we are all aware, Longborough along with the rest of the country is in its third national lockdown until further notice.  This means we must all continue to pull together and help defeat COVID-19.

Our community has pulled together through the Coronavirus pandemic up to now, and with encouraging news of a vaccine beginning to be rolled-out, it is all the more important that we maintain our vigilance through the upcoming winter months and that we all keep an eye out for neighbours and others who may need our assistance. Even a phone-call can be a lifesaver for someone who is isolating and perhaps struggling to cope.

If you have any doubts about what you can and cannot do during national lockdown, the government has published detailed guidance on their web site which can be viewed by clicking here.



Local Flood Warnings

After the heavy rain and subsequent local flooding on Wednesday evening, there are still a few issues that you should consider when travelling in the local area today, Christmas Eve.  Currently there is one flood warning and three flood alerts still in place in our local area, these being:

  • River Stour at Mitford Bridge, Shipston on Stour and Tredington (Warning)
  • River Dikler from Condicote to Little Rissington (Alert)
  • River Evenlode from Moreton in Marsh to Cassington and also the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock (Alert)
  • River Stour in South Warwickshire (Alert)

Further specific details, including maps of the current situation, can be found on the governments flood information website which can be reached by clicking here.

Please take care and stay safe.

A Christmas message to our community


As we approach Christmas and the turn of the year, on behalf of the entire Longborough Parish Council team I would like to wish everyone in our Parish a happy and healthy Christmas.

Particular thanks go out to all the volunteers and members of our community for the support, friendship and care they have provided during 2020 to fellow parishioners, especially during the lockdown periods. The generosity that exists here in the Longborough area is truly amazing!

Looking to the future, which this year more than most is a good thing to do, we would like to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2021 – a year in which we can all hopefully return to normality, safely visit with our family and friends and get on with our lives.

So, stay safe, take care and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Tim Howse (Chair – Longborough Parish Council)


COVID-19 Restrictions

With the end of national COVID-19 restrictions just days away, Gloucestershire, along with the majority of the country, will be deemed ‘High’ risk and subject to Tier 2 restrictions from Wednesday 2nd December.

A summary of the relevant restrictions that will apply to us here in Longborough can be found by clicking here

Imminent Roadworks – High Street

Gloucestershire County Council (Highways Department) have published advance notice of roadworks in the Longborough area as follows:

Dates: 23rd November

Location: High Street at junction with Banks Fee Lane

Responsibility for works: BT (Pole replacement)