Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council

Statement by the Chair of Moreton in Marsh Town Council


following the announcement of the death of


His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh




“Moreton in Marsh Town Council is saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time and we would like to offer our deepest sympathy on behalf of the people of Moreton in Marsh.”




Eileen Viviani MBE Chair of Moreton in Marsh Town Council

Prince Philip leter of condolence.pdf

Parish Council Elections 6th May 2021

Information on the election process can be found on the following links.  There are 4 seats to be filled on the Town Council.

Notice of Election - Parish Town.pdf 

Parish Council Elections.pdf

Parish Nomination.pdf


Former Royal British Legion Site

Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council and Great Western Railway have today announced the joint purchase of the Former Royal British Legion site.


The Council has always believed this site should be used for the benefit of the town and its residents, and this purchase secures that use for the future. The site was priced for sale as housing, so the Council felt it must act.


The Council will use the site to tackle the parking and congestion problems in the town centre, delivering new and better choices for people to move around town. Purchasing this site also gives us the chance to make our High Street safer, more accessible and a more pleasant place for us to spend time in once Covid restrictions are lifted.


Councillor Eileen Viviani MBE, Chair of Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council said “We are delighted to see this investment in Moreton. It is an important step forward in our long term plan to reduce congestion and improve our High Street for residents and visitors alike.


“This follows on from our consultation with residents in the summer and is great news for the local economy, for the environment and for residents.”


In the first phase of the plan, 50 cycle racks will be delivered as well as approximately 50 car parking spaces; we are working with GWR to deliver that as quickly as possible. In the second phase, more parking spaces and provision for improved public transport will be delivered.


By partnering with GWR, the Council not only halves the purchase cost of this land, helping to reduce risk and precept rises, but also gains access to professional skills and expertise. GWR will assist with security, logistics, design and other areas of work to make this project successful and quick.


Business Development Director for GWR, Tom Pierpoint said “Purchasing the land with the Town Council means that we can now work with them and with Cotswold District and Gloucestershire County Council to develop integrated travel solutions. We are committed to this area. We want to see Moreton-in-Marsh thrive and you cannot get more rooted in the community than by buying land here.”


The Council will be available to meet residents in the Town Council car park (Old Town) on Saturday morning (20th March) from 10-12, and you are welcome to come to ask questions and learn more.


Alternatively, please contact the clerk with questions and comments on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the Council will respond as fully as possible.


This project is supported by all tiers of government, including our MP.


Cotswold District Council Leader Cllr Joe Harris said: “This is great news for Moreton-in-Marsh. The District Council is keen to see investment into communities such as Moreton that haven’t had the infrastructure they deserve despite lots of housing being built. The purchase will not only help improve the town but will also mean better transport options for the North Cotswolds. It is a bold move and one we are happy to support; we now look forward to working in partnership with the Town Council and GWR to develop ideas for the integrated transport hub.”


Cllr. Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member Environment and Planning at Gloucestershire County Council said “Gloucestershire County Council are keen supporters of the North Cotswolds Line Task Force who have ambitious plans to improve rail services for Moreton and the whole of the North Cotswolds line. This investment supports those plans and it is great to see Moreton at the forefront of improvements particularly those that support reductions in carbon. We are delighted to be part of the group now working to take forward plans for the site and I congratulate the Town Council and GWR on making this important first step.”


Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP has welcomed the announcement that Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council has purchased the Royal British Legion site adjacent to the railway station. He has been a long term supporter of more investment in rail and improving services for residents and visitors and said “This fits perfectly with the Government’s agenda to build back better and to promote active, sustainable travel. It will be good for the local and regional economy and I am delighted to see the Town Council and Great Western Railway working collaboratively to deliver lasting improvements for the town.”




Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council thanks the Organisations, Key Workers and Volunteers who are supporting residents at this time.


 Please follow the links under Main Menu to our information section on COVID-19 which contains general information and advice and also regular updates from GCC specific to Gloucestershire. This information will continue to be updated on a regular basis.

To view the Emergency Plan please click here Community Emergency Plan for Moreton in Marsh Public Version.pdf   There are some sandbags available from the wooden shed in the Town Council carpark. Please help yourself.

20mph and 30mph Speed Limit Moreton-in-Marsh

The new speed limits have now been confirmed.  For more information on the locations that will be affected by the changes please follow the link below. 


Headstone Safety Testing in 2021

Please can the owners of graves check that their headstones do not wobble.  Please can you also ensure that the Town Council has upto date contact details for you.  We will be testing the headstones next year.  If a headstone fails the safety test we will have to make the stone safe (probably by laying it flat) if we are unable to make contact with the owner or if repairs are not undertaken by the owner.  Notice of Headstone Safety Testing.pdf


Transport survey

Transport survey information.pdf

Future Council Meetings

The Council are now holding remote meetings.   Please email the clerk before noon of the day of the meeting for information on how to join the meeting and to give advance notice if you wish to speak. 


Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council

The office is closed to the public but the Council can still be contacted by telephone, email or letter.

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Tel: 01608 651448

 Business and Residents Changes to the High Street - Social Distancing

Please visit the Council News page to see the measures proposed by CDC & GCC which will affect the centre of Moreton.

Contact details for GCC Ward Councillor N Moor       

01386 700240/07778 207034                  

Contact details for CDC Ward Councillor R Coxcoon  07968 533286

Contact details for CDC Ward Councillor C Webster   07590 073250


Adlestrop Bridge and Highways letters to GCC 

Please go to the News page to read the letters sent to GCC from the Council about Highway issues in Moreton


 RBL Consultation

Thank you to all residents who responded to the recent consultation about the former Royal British Legion (RBL) site.  The Council will use the results to inform its decisions and it is hoped to announce the results in the near future.

Playgrounds: The playgrounds are open with the exception of Queen Victoria Gardens.  The Council apologises for the closure owing to the weather related damage to the safety surfaces.  Please follow the guidance on the attached poster and keep safe.   Playground poster.pdf 






 Town Councillor Vacancies  Cotswold District Council have received suffient requests for an election to be held to fill the 4 vacancies on the Town Council. Under the Coronavirus regulations the date for this election will be 6 May 2021 unless the government allow it to be conducted at an earlier stage. Once the election date is confirmed the process begins with the Notice of Election which is published aroud 6 weeks before election day. Anyone wishing to stand as a conditate at the election will then need to submit a nomination paper to Cotswold District Council.

Headstone Safety Testing  -  2021

Please note, it is the grave owner’s responsibility to ensure that the headstone is safe and to ensure that the Council has up to date contact details.


To ensure that visitors and those working in burial grounds are not exposed to risks to their health and safety the Council will employ a qualified assessor to check the stability of the headstones in the cemetery. 


The assessor will also look for damaged or eroding bonding, movement of parts of a memorial from its original position, kerb stones breaking apart, undermined or unstable foundations, leaning memorials – particularly if there is evidence of recent movement, evidence of structural damage or disturbance e.g. cracks and the presence of vegetation which may cause cracks etc to widen.


This inspection comprises of:


A visual check for obvious signs that a memorial is likely to be unstable


A hand test to confirm that assessment or identify stability problems. This test is carried out by applying a firm but steady pressure in different directions to determine to what degree if any the headstone is loose.


A detailed inspection of larger, heavier memorials or where the initial inspection identifies significant risk. Measuring equipment may be used.


If a headstone is found to be unsafe a marker will be put on the stone or grave and the Council will, where possible, contact the grave owner.  It is the grave owner’s responsibility to ensure the Council has up to date contact details.


If repairs are not undertaken, then the Council will have to make the headstone safe; this usually involves laying the stone flat.  As this measure understandably causes distress to families and visitors, we ask that all grave owners regularly check the stability of their headstones and promptly undertake any necessary repairs.


Meetings and Committees

Upcoming Events

Thu May 20 @18:00 - 10:30PM
Spring Funfair
Fri May 21 @18:00 - 10:30PM
Spring Funfair
Sat May 22 @18:00 - 10:30PM
Spring Funfair
Sun Jul 04 @10:00 - 03:00PM
Annual Scout Fayre

Contact Us

The office is closed to the public however the Council can be contacted by email

clerk@moretoninmarshtowncouncil or assistantclerk@moretoninmarshtowncouncil for allotment queries

Tel: 01608 651448 


For Bins / Waste collection contact CDC 01285 623000

Normal Opening Hours*

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 9am – 4pm
Thursday: 9am – 4pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

…or by appointment.

*Subject to change due to external commitments and meetings.

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