The deadline for the submission of comments on the proposed development at St George’s Barracks has, at our request, been extended to 14th Jun 18. If you say nothing, RCC will accept your tacit support to the proposed new town of 3,570 new homes, an industrial estate and a 200 hectare quarry on your doorstep. It is really important that you have your say using the questionnaire provided or by email using the pro forma at: https://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk.
I attach a copy of a letter that I hope to get published in next week’s papers:
Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC
If we are to be able to influence RCC’s view of the proposed development at St George’s Barracks it is essential that as many people as possible complete the Feedback Form. It doesn’t matter if you are for or against the proposals, your view is really important. We will have forms available at Village Day or complete on line:
YOUR VIEWS WILL HELP THE COUNTY COUNCIL WITH THEIR PLANNING
13th May 2018
ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS
WHAT WORTH THE WORD OF OUR COUNTY COUNCIL ??
On Friday 11th May, Rutland County Council released the first draft of the Master Plan (https://www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk) for the redevelopment of St George’s Barracks. The event had plenty of gloss, but in reality very little substance. Certainly the group that I sat with felt that this was a lost opportunity to bring something really positive to the County. There is nothing in the plan that will attract tourism, our highest income earner, to the County. The scope of the imagination of the planners is really limited and appears to follow a commitment to cram as many houses as possible into the limited space available. The huge future quarry site which covers almost 50% of the site in the plan is termed as a “Country Park”, but you will have to live for a long time to see it.
You will recall that in December, when the proposed development was presented to us, the Chief Executive of the Council made a number of assurances to us, which included key planning assumptions:
• This would be a typical Rutland village with a wide variety of houses and excellent amenities, including the development of a hotel and leisure facilities on site.
• The infrastructure bid proposals were based on a development of 1,500 to 3,000 new homes (3,000 being the top estimate if the whole site was available for development).
• The planning density was to be no more than 20 Homes/Hectare.
I am afraid that every one of these critical commitments has been broken. A coach and horses has been driven through these assumptions and it is now clear that the brief given to the planners was to design a new town for more than 3,000 new homes, regardless of how much land was available after the designation of the vast quarry site. As a result, though not explicit in the documentation, the proposal will include swathes of terraced homes, town houses and apartment blocks, none of which can be found in any typical Rutland Village. The proposed total density of Housing has increased from “no more than 20 Houses / Hectare” to 30 houses per hectare and in some areas considerably more. What is proposed is a new dormitory town stuck in the heart of this Rural County, that has been designed for ‘anywhere’, with precious disregard for everything that makes Rutland special. Maybe an appropriate name for the new town should be “Rutland Forsaken”. This cannot be considered to be Right for Rutland.
It is therefore essential that everyone see the ‘exhibition’ in the School Hall on Wed 16th May from 6.30pm to 9pm and takes the opportunity to tell the County County Council and the ReGenco Planners what they think about their proposals. This really will affect you and your families for years to come.
Chair North Luffenham Parish Council
Tel: 01780 720124
As a valued member of the community I am writing to you to share details of our current recruitment campaign. I would like to take this opportunity to ask that you promote this within your communities and encourage those interested in a career with us to attend one of the seminars.We are welcoming applicants aged 18-57 from all sections of the community; however we are particularly keen to hear from women and members of minority ethnic groups, so that the force reflects it communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.The recruitment seminars will be held across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland throughout May and into early June. Those attending will have the opportunity to find out first-hand what it is like to be a police officer and more about the recruitment process. They will have the opportunity to meet serving police officers, hear about their experiences, and find out about the rewarding and diverse career opportunities.Full details of the recruitment campaign are on our website at www.leics.polcie.uk I have taken the time to include details of the up and coming seminars for you to share within your communities:
12 May Wigston Police Station, Bull Head Street, Wigston LE18 1WX 1000-1200 12 May Usmani Mosque, 308 St Saviours Road, Spinney Hill LE5 4HJ 1000-1200 12 May Market Harborough Police Station, Fairfield Road, Market Harborough LE16 9QJ 1400-1600 14 May Shree Sanatan Mandir, 84 Weymouth Street, Belgrave LE4 6FQ 1700-1900 15 May St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ 1800-2000 15 May Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby LE19 4AQ 1800-2000 15 May Castle Rock High School, Meadow Lane, Coalville LE67 4BR 1830-2030 16 May Bosworth Academy, Leicester Lane, Desford LE9 9JL 1900-2100 18 May Home Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Home Farm Close, Beamount Leys LE4 0SU 1200-1400 18 May Uppingham Town Hall, 49 High St E, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9PY 1930-2100 20 May Force HQ, St Johns, Enderby LE19 2BX 1200-1400 22 May The Brite Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Braunstone LE3 1LE 1200-1500 23 May Code Student Accommodation, 42 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GH 1300-1600 24 May Fearon Hall, Rectory Road, Loughborough LE11 1PL 1800-2000 24 May Castle Rock High School, Meadow Lane, Coalville LE67 4BR 1830-2030 25 May Hood Park Leisure Centre, North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1HU 1830-2030 26 May Mansfield House Police Station, Belgrave Gate, Leicester LE1 3GG 1000-1200 26 May Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby LE19 4AQ 1400-1600 26 May Wigston Police Station, Bull Head Street, Wigston LE18 1WX 1400-1600 26 May The Venue, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray LE13 0UL 1930-2130 27 May Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara, 106 East Park Road, Spinney Hill LE5 4QB 1100-1300 27 May Market Harborough Police Station, Fairfield Road, Market Harborough LE16 9QJ 1400-1600 29 May Moat Community College, Maidstone Road, Spinney Hill LE2 0TU 1700-1900 29 May Fearon Hall, Rectory Road, Loughborough LE11 1PL 1800-2000 30 May Manor High School, Copse Close, Oadby LE2 4FU 1800-2000 31 May St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ 1800-2100 31 May Hilton Hotel J24, East Midlands Airport, Derby Road, Castle Donington DE74 2YW 1900-2100 1 June King Centre, Main Road, Barleythorpe LE15 7WD 1900-2030Simon Cole, QPMChief Constable
RCC would like to give the people of Rutland the opportunity to tell them how they feel about local Community Safety, so that they can have a better understanding of the local issues
Please follow the link below for the Consultation survey
The information that you provide will be considered during future development and delivery of services and help to shape the priorities for the 2017-2020 Strategy Plan.
There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council (Trust) to be held on Thu 10 May 18 at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held in North Luffenham School Hub (Off the School Hall). Members of the Public are welcome to attend, however there will be no public forum at this meeting.
PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC
Dahlias free for collection.
We have a number of Dahlia tubers we would like to find homes for.
Mixed colours growing to about 4ft tall.
Ready for collection now.
To arrange pick up from Digby Drive please phone Graham on 01780 721033
The Leader of RCC commented last week that “the Publication of the first high-level plan for St George’s Barracks marks the start of a conversation between the Council, the MoD and Rutland Residents as we begin to plan for the future of this extremely important site” Consultation around the first high level plan for St George’s will begin with a public exhibition at Victoria Hall in Oakham from 3pm to 7pm on May 11 and from 10am to 2pm on May 12th. In addition a roadshow will take place to communities. The North Luffenham presentation will take place on Wednesday 16th May at St Mary and St John School at 6.30pm, to be followed by a display of maps etc and a chance to discuss proposals with key staff involved in the project. As a conversation is very much a two way process I would hope that RCC will be prepared to listen carefully to local concerns.
I would urge all villagers to attend this presentation of the Master Plan at 6.30pm on Wed 16th May in the School Hall.
PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC
Next week the County Council’s initial Master Plan for the development of St George’s Barracks will be published. This will propose building more than 3,000 homes on the barrack site in additional to a quarry and an industrial site. To pre-empt the publication of the Master Plan the North Luffenham / Edith Weston Parish Council Working Group have sent a personalised letter to every County Councillor expressing out concern at proposals to build a town considerably larger than Uppingham in the heart of the County, and asking them if this really is Right for Rutland. A copy of the letter to Councillors is attached for your information.
PBG CUMMINGS – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Garden Club is having A CLEAR OUT……
GARDEN SHED SALE
SATURDAY 28 April
10AM – 12PM
NORTH LUFFENHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE
PLANTS, seeds, POTS, tools, GARDENING SUNDRIES, bric-a-brac
(BUT NO SHEDS ACTUALLY!)
COME GRAB A BARGAIN OR TWO
Many thanks indeed to the 150 Villagers that attended the APM on Monday evening. The Minutes of the meeting will be published shortly.
The evening provided an opportunity to hear the County Council’s response to the “Concerns” paper that had been prepared by the Joint Edith Weston / North Luffenham Working Group. The RCC paper which was discussed at the meeting is attached below.
In questions the key points arising included – “What are the proposed infrastructure developments and how can we influence this” and “where is the evidence that a new town of this size is needed, which dwarfs the requirement identified in the local plan”.
The Parish Council Working Group will meet shortly to discuss how we get our message across to the whole County.
The next milestone in the process will be the publication of a draft Master Plan and we have invited RCC to present this to the village on Wed 16th May 18 in the School Hall at 6.30pm.
PBG Cummings Tel: 01780 720124 email: email@example.com
I would wish to thank everyone that helped in the organisation and the 30 Couples that participated in the Safari Supper on Saturday evening. It certainly was great fun and enabled lots of people to meet new friends. At the end of the evening we were able to present a cheque to the sum of £600 to Dove Cottage Day Hospice – many thanks to all.
If you have any comments on how to improve the event do please contact me. If you were unable to attend please do join us next time – it is well worth while.
Paul Cummings – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01780 720124
North Luffenham’s Annual Parish Meeting will held at 7.30pm on Monday, 16th April 2018 in the School Hall. All residents of North Luffenham are welcome.
The Chairman and many of your Councillors will be in attendance to answer any questions concerning Parish Council affairs. The agenda is shown below together with the Chairman’s Report which will be considered at the meeting.
Following the Annual Meeting The Leader of RCC, Cllr Oliver Hemsley and the Chief Executive Mrs Heln Briggs will make a presentation on the ‘Concerns paper’ that had been presented by the Parish Council concerning the proposed development of up to 3,000 new homes, an industrial estate and a quarry on the sire of the Barracks. This development will inevitably impact upon all residents and you are strongly urged to attend this meeting to put your concerns to the County Council’s representatives.
Many thanks indeed to Ken Hall who, after a chat in the Fox last evening, kindly agreed to give the Village Sign a bit of wash and brush up (or should that be spit and polish) – it now gleams!! Many thanks indeed Ken and to Jason Allen for facilitating the clean up.
This month on Thursday 12 April at 7.30pm in the Community Centre we will be welcoming Neil Tyers from the National Auricula and Primula Society. A specialist grower of Auriculas, he will give an illustrated talk on all aspects of growing and keeping these wonderful plants.
For our final speaker of the season, on Thursday 10 May, we will have a presentation from a previous visitor to our garden club, Geoff Hodge, looking in detail at scented plants in the garden. Geoff is a prolific garden writer, with a wide area of knowledge which he loves to pass onto other gardeners.
All welcome, non members pay £2.
Please note the correction to the date: the meeting is MONDAY 16th APRIL – Apologies !!
This year on 11th November 2018 it will be the centenary of the ending of the Great War after which the poppy became the symbol of Remembrance.
To mark this there are many schemes using poppies.
Here in the village , our Rector, Pippa would like a scheme for knitting/ crocheting poppies for a Cascade of flowers outside the church. This should be beautiful provided enough poppies are made! This project will be spearheaded by Fay Cummings and further details will follow after Easter.
In Oakham, it is hoped to replicate a version from the Tower of London with clay poppies at the castle.
I would like to set up an opportunity in the village for the clay poppy scheme ( open to men, women and older children ) and hope this would be one Saturday in June.
Apparently during a session of about 2 hours , it takes each person about 15 MINUTES to make a poppy. These will then be taken away for firing. All tuition is given. Artistic talent not needed.
Cost is zero although donations are welcome.
I need about 20 expressions of interest to set this up.
So if you would be interested please contact me by email : email@example.com