Cotswold factfile

Cotswold District - factfile

The District covers approximately 450 square miles, and lies in the eastern half of Gloucestershire. About 83,000 people live in the District, scattered over nearly 200 settlements.

About The Cotswold District

 Key facts about Cotswold District

  • The district has 125 parishes (which are represented by 114 Town and Parish Councils) ranging from towns to hamlets.
  • Some 80% of the District lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are 144 designated Conservation Areas.
  • The District is home to about 6,000 listed buildings and structures.
  • The district's population is spread out over a wide area, however it is mainly concentrated in the settlements of Andoversford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Fairford, Lechlade, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury. 
  • The proportion of older people in Cotswold District is above average. In 2001, one in five of the population was 65 and over and this increased to 22.3% by 2011 compared with the national average of 16%.
  • According to the 2011 Census, the population of the District comprised approximately 52% female and 48% male.  
  • The main language spoken in the District after English is Polish.

More information about Cotswold district

  • Cotswold District has a strong economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
  • Tourism plays a major role in the district's economy, and the industry is worth over £1 billion across the Cotswolds Tourism area (which also incorporates Stroud, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury.)
  • The main towns have buoyant markets.
  • There are a range of leisure opportunities, some of which the District Council is responsible for providing. See leisure centres.
  • The District Council provides waste and recycling collections to all households in the district. Household recycling collections include weekly food waste, weekly recycling for a range of materials and fortnightly garden waste. The fortnightly garden waste collections alternate with household rubbish (non-recyclables) collections. See bins and recycling.
  • Parking at Council-owned car parks is available in most major settlements
  • We cut our share of local residents’ Council Tax payments by 5% for 2015/16, hard on the heels of a 3% cut in 2014/15 and a 5% reduction in 2013/14.  This combined reduction of 13% over three years represents the best performance in the UK.
  • Excellent transport links ensure the district is within easy reach of the M4 and M5, which provide convenient access to London, Bristol and Birmingham. Train stations at Kemble and Moreton-in-Marsh have direct lines to London and other regional centres. .
  • The whole area is studded with beautiful villages, and it offers a range of fun tourist attractions, good value accommodation, excellent local services, and superb commercial opportunities.
  • The award-winning Corinium Museum in Cirencester explores the area’s Roman heritage, and exhibits some of that era’s finest artefacts. 
  • The district is home to Britain’s largest water park, with more than 133 lakes providing opportunities to spot wildlife and enjoy many water sports.

Cotswold TV

Cotswold TV provides news reports about a wide range of issues and activities across the Cotswolds, including features about the services provided by Cotswold District Council. To watch their reports please:

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