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VILLAGE DAY 2020

North Luffenham Parish Council have decided to host a Village Day in 2020. The chosen date will be over the VE Day 75th Anniversary Bank Holiday Weekend on Friday 8th / Saturday 9th May 2020. It is hoped that we can bring the village together with a series of events, which may include fun sports, dog show, teas, cakes, games and activities, stalls, BBQ and a village Caleigh (dance) including live music and a bar on the Oval. We hope that all village clubs and organisations will participate and that individual villagers will offer to organise activities to raise money for charities of their choosing. We are now looking for expressions of interest – would you like to participate – can you bring something special to the day? If so, please contact the Parish Clerk, John Willoughby, (Tel: 01780 729283) (email: nlparishclerk@outlook.com).

Tim Smith
Chair North Luffenham Parish Council

Inclusion of St George’s Barracks within the 2017 Local Plan

Last Summer the County Council issued a consultation document seeking views on the inclusion of a development at St George’s Barracks within the Local Plan. The results of this consultation have been quietly published and can be found on the County Council’s Web Site at:
https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/local-plan-review/

The results of the consultation show that there is very little, if any, support for the inclusion of the St George’s Barracks Site within the Local Plan. That is to say that there is strong condemnation and concern at the proposals put forward by the County Council. Your voice has been heard – the challenge will now be to make RCC change the current proposal to build over 2,200 new homes on the site. The Parish Council will be publishing a response to the consultation document shortly, which we will send to every County Councillor.

For ease of Reference I am attached the key documents to this post:

 

PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC

LPR St Georges Consultation 2018 summary of responses

LPR Additional sites 2018 summary of responses

WATCH OUT – THIEVES ABOUT

Sadly in the early hours of this morning the village was once more hit by a group of thieves targeting motor vehicles. It is most strongly recommended that all valuable items are removed from cars overnight and that particular care is taken in respect of Sat Navs, Keys, Cash etc. Please remain vigilant, ensure that your car is locked  and report any suspicious activity to the Police.

Paul Cummings – 01780 720124

Been subject to a crime? Or want to prevent one from happening? Go to www.leics.police.uk/support

Safari Supper – 6th April 2019

The draw for the Safari Supper took place on Saturday 23rd March and letters with all the details concerning the event have now been distributed to the 27 households taking part. Should you have any questions about the event do please contact Paul Cummings Tel: 720124.

We look forward to seeing you on 6th April 2019

An Invitation to Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show

Apologies for using the ‘C’ word even before Spring has come. However we have just received the invitation below:

The largest Christmas show in the country! Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, a cast of over 130 performers deliver an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.

This is your opportunity to join Wakerley & Barrowden WI members, partners and friends for the 2pm matinee performance on Monday 18th November, leaving Barrowden at 10am to travel to Thursford in Norfolk, returning at approximately 8pm. Non members and gentlemen are very welcome to join us.
There are a few remaining tickets left at £52 which include luxury coach travel.

For tickets or more information contact :
Jane Stevenson 01780-721958

This Post will expire at 11:06am on Thursday April 11th, 2019.

NORTH LUFFENHAM PARISH COUNCIL’S RESPONSE TO THE ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS EVOLVING MASTERPLAN

The Parish Council have reviewed and considered the latest proposals for the proposed development of 2,215 new homes at St George’s Barracks. I attach a copy of our paper, which identifies the concerns that we have raised through the St George’s Barracks Advisory Board. and would welcome any thoughts that you might have.  NLPC Response – Jan 19 V1. 

As noted in the recent Newsletter the County Council will consider an application for a Housing Infrastructure Fund bid on Mon 21st January at 7pm in the Council Chamber at Catmose, Oakham. You are encouraged to attend to show the Council the depth of opposition that exists locally to the proposal to build a new Town larger than Uppingham in the heart of this rural County.

The current version of the Masterplan can be found at: https://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk

Experience the Christmas Story at the Village Carol Service- 6PM – Sunday 16th December

Everyone is invited to the Village Carol Service this evening, Sunday 16th December at 6pm in the Church. Through Drama, beautiful well known Music, Poetry and Song experience the wonderful Christmas Story coming to life. This is a family service for everyone and will include Drinks and Mince pies after the Service.

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – EVOLVING MASTERPLAN

Rutland County Council’s December Cabinet Meeting on 18th December is to review the latest version of the Evolving Masterplan, together with the business case for a supporting bid to the national Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

This will allow Cabinet to assess whether the Plan should be recommended to Rutland County Council’s January 2019 Full Council meeting for approval.

The Agenda and Reports for Cabinet on 18 December, including the latest version of the St George’s Evolving Masterplan, have been published and can be viewed online at:

https://rutlandcounty.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=133&MId=1881

The latest version of the Full Evolving Masterplan for St George’s, together with a shorter Executive Summary, can also be viewed and downloaded at:

http://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk/the-masterplan/

Remembrance Day 2018

On Sunday 11th November the village is invited to gather at the Village Church to remember those that have lost their lives in War and those that have served their Country in War and in Peace.

We will also especially remember those Soldiers and Airmen from Great Britain and the Commonwealth who are buried in our beautiful churchyard.

To commemorate this, the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, a beautiful arch of over 600 knitted poppies has been prepared in the Church Porch, in addition the School will be helping to decorate the Church with poppies.

The Service will start at 10.45 am, however you are urged to arrive by 10.30 am to secure a seat.

We will be joined by CO 1 Military Working Dog Regiment RAVC, Lt Col Neil Lakin RE and a contingent from the Regiment together with our Uniformed Youth Groups and representatives of the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association. The Act of Remembrance will be led by Air Vice Marshal Nigel Sudborough CB OBE DL the President of RBL Rutland.

16 Villagers lost their lives in WW1 and their names are commemorated on the village war memorial, their stories do live on and you can view them here on the Rutland Remembers website.

If you are unable to join us on Sunday do please visit the Village Church to see the beautiful Poppy installation and maybe pause for a minute at our Commonwealth War Graves Commission Plot.

NORTH LUFFENHAM BONFIRE NIGHT – 5 NOV 2018

The annual Bonfire and Fireworks Event run by the Parish Council will be held on The Oval on Monday 5th November 2018. All are welcome.

DOORS OPEN – 5.45 pm

BONFIRE LIT – 6.10pm

FIREWORKS – 6.30pm

BBQ / HOT DRINKS / MULLED WINE

There will be a bucket collection to help offset the cost of the event – please give generously,

PBG Cummings:  Tel: 01780 720124

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2018

This year Remembrance Day will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The village will mark this special event in a number of ways:

  • Remembrance Day Service – 10.40am on Sunday 11th November in the Parish Church, followed by Wreath Laying at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the Churchyard. All are most welcome.
  • A Poppy art installation in the Church – The Village Knit and Natter Group have knitted over 600 poppies which will form a magnificent evocative arch at the Church Door throughout November
  • An opportunity to display copies of photographs, letters etc of family members that have been involved in any conflict in the past 100 years. These will be displayed in the Church. If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Whittaker – Tel: 721216 email: rutlandwhittakers@outlook.com.

PBG Cummings:  Tel: 720124 / email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

St George’s Barracks – Presentation to RCC Scrutiny Panel

On 11th October 2017, Paul Cummings (Chair NLPC) representing the SGB Advisory Group gave a presentation to the RCC Special Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Panel. The aim of the presentation was to highlight the concerns of of the villagers of North Luffenham, Edith Weston, Ketton, South Luffenham, Manton, Empingham and Normanton and to try to show the County Council some of the significant and unresolved flaws in their proposals to build a new town of 1,500 to 3,770 homes (a town larger than Uppingham) and a huge limestone quarry on the existing St George’s Barracks site. A copy of the presentation is attached.

Presentation Scrutiny Panel

On 26th November 2018, The County Council will be considering an application to the Government (Department of Housing Communities and Local Government)  for Housing Infrastructure Funds (HIF). We are concerned that such an application will inevitably lead to a Planning Application in 2019 to develop the site. Once this process has started in November it will be very difficult, and indeed probably impossible to stop. The proposals will see the site being turned into a massive construction site which could take up to 40 years to complete. It is the view of local Parish Councils that there remain many unresolved objections both as to principle and procedure. We believe that the current proposals are totally unsuitable for St George’s Barracks and that the County Council have isolated themselves and lost the confidence of those most affected and indeed much of the County. We believe RCC has an obligation to hear, diligently listen to and act upon the views, hopes and aspirations of its communities.

As noted in the conclusion to our presentation, “If the current proposal is the only one on the table, it deserves to be rejected out of hand. If a genuine root and branch alternative is considered possible, we trust you (RCC) will take our views into account from the outset, we stand ready to work together to find a solution that is Right for Rutland.”

BONFIRE NIGHT – MONDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2018 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Parish Council are finalising plans for Bonfire Night 2018 and need to identify more volunteers to assist with Stewarding and Bucket Collections. This is a great Village evening but it does need your help to deliver a safe and financially secure event. If you would be able to help please call – Paul Cummings: 01780 720124 or email: pbgcummings@gmail.com.

Many thanks

LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION – ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS

Thank to everyone that has submitted a response to the Local Plan consultation regarding the proposed development at St George’s Barracks. Responses delivered to The Fox or 11 Digby Drive will be delivered to RCC this morning. The Parish Council met on Thursday 20th September and endorsed a formal response to the consultation which is attached.

Clearly this is but one element of a major campaign to convince the County Council that a new town is not needed in the heart of the County. The next stage will be to make our County Council members aware of the strength of opinion against a development of the proposed size, currently 2,700 new homes. Further information on how you can help will be published later this week.

Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC – 01780 720124 / pbgcummings@gmail.com

SGB – Consultation Sep 18 NLPC Response

NORTH LUFFENHAM PARISH COUNCIL – EGM – 20 SEP 18

Further to our previous publication regarding an EGM on 20 Sep 18, please find attached a revised Agenda for the Parish Council EGM to be held on Thu 20 Sep at 8pm in the Community Centre.

PBG Cummings   Chair NLPC

NLPC EGM 20 Sep 18 – Agenda Amdt 1

CONFUSED BY THE RUTLAND LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION ??

The Parish Council’s St George’s Barracks Working Group will host a “Drop In” session in the School Hall this evening, Fri 14 Sep 18,  from 7pm – 9pm. Copies of the full consultation document will be available to read and members off the Working Group will be on hand to discuss some of the key issues that arise from the consultation document. All are welcome.