Category Archives: General News

General news & information from the surrounding area.

Outing to RHS Hyde Hall with Easton on the Hill Horticultural Society

On Saturday 21st July there are still places available for anyone who would like to join this outing.  It is a chance to visit these very fine RHS gardens.

Depart Easton on the Hill Village Hall at 08.30.  Return from Hyde Hall at 16.00.                               Non-members pay £17.50                                                                                                                             Please contact Joy Forster on 01780 762156 to book your place.

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – REVIEW MEETING – 22 JUN 18

On 22 Jun 18, Sir Alan Duncan MP Chaired a meeting to review the St George’s Barracks Masterplan. Invited were representatives of Rutland County Council, their consultants, RegenCo, the Ministry of Defence (Defence Infrastructure Organisations), County Councillors and representatives of a number of Parish Councils.

Though not an official record of the meeting, which has yet to be published, please find attached a summary of the notes that I made at that meeting. My personal perceptions are included in the final paragraph of the document.

The most important outcome of the meeting was an agreement to form an Advisory Group to work with RCC to help inform the Barrack Development Plan.

SGB Review 22 Jun – Merged V3

PBG CUMMINGS – Chair NLPC

Tel: 01780 720124,   email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

Free events for Rutland based Community groups & Voluntary Sector organisations.

The Rutland Community Wellbeing Service has organised four events for local voluntary organisations and community groups. These free short events (no longer than a half day) are intended to provide some initial awareness of topics that may affect local groups.

The events and dates are:

Lone Worker Safety – Afternoon of 18th June 2018

Trustee Roles and Responsibilities – Afternoon of 25th June 2018

Environmental Impact of your group – Morning of 28th June 2018

Safeguarding – Morning of 17th July 2018

For more information and to book your free ticket visit the news section of their website https://www.rutlandwellbeing.org.uk/news or call 01572 725805.

Simon Mutsaars Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Rutland said “The Rutland Community Wellbeing Service intends to run a number of awareness and information events on a range of subjects and we hope that the information provided in each short session will prove invaluable to local voluntary and community groups.”

St Georges Barracks: HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE DEVELOPMENT MASTERPLAN CONSULTATION 

There is just one week left to comment on the draft Masterplan consultation that proposes to turn St.Georges Barracks and the airfield training area in to a new town and large quarry. If you are concerned about these proposals then make sure your voice is heard, the more comments received from the local community the more chance we have of influencing the final form of the development.
Our influence has already been felt in the choice of options, the chosen option includes a ‘green gap’ between the new town and North Luffenham because the Parish Council lobbied on your behalf on this point. So what you say now matters.
You can respond on line by going to this webpage:
There is a link at the bottom of the page to the online form.
Or if you would like a paper form and a copy of the development proposals please contact Tim Collins at 6 Sycamore Road or by email tim.collins.nlv@btinternet.com
Key Issues to consider in your response
1. The scale and density of the proposed new town; is this ‘Right for Rutland’? If build as currently proposed the new town will have 3,500 homes, this equates to about 9,800 people. Rutland’s total population is currently only about 38,000 people. What do you think?
2. While we welcome the Masterplan’s proposal for a green gap to separate the village from the new town is this green gap wide enough? The current plans also suggest that much of the green gap should be given over to playing fields. The Parish Council feels that the green gap could be wider, a proper ‘greenbelt’ between our village and the new town and that it should not be suburbanised with playing fields. We feel the last point is of particular importance as it poses a real risk to the green space: unused playing fields have been sold off for housing development and if well used they pose a threat of development creep with clubhouses and night time flood lights. We believe the green gap should be part of the proposed country park and available for the quiet enjoyment of all local residents.What do you think?
3. The Masterplan proposes that a quarry should be developed to within a few hundred metres of North Luffenham and that it should extend up to the southernmost boundary of the old airfield. This poses a noise and pollution risk to our village. The Parish Council believes there should be a wider separation zone, and that the quarry should not cross south of the old airfield taxi way. This would provide a better buffer zone, be less intrusive in the wider landscape and would also conserve an access corridor to the proposed heritage and ecology zone around the Thor Missile Sites. Importantly this access corridor would continue to provide fantastic views over the Chater valley, views that would be lost to the public if the site was quarried.What do you think?
4. The Masterplan does not currently set out any clear plans for the infrastructure that will (or won’t) be provided before and during the building of the new town. We feel this is a major omission. In addition to the issues already mentioned the acceptability of the proposals will depend on improvements to major road junctions and how the routes the inhabitants of the new town are steered (through careful design and planning) to use in getting to and from it.What do you think?
Now is your chance to make your voice heard – don’t miss out.
PS – If you have already responded and feel there are still issues you would like to raise then please respond again to the consultation

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – HAVE YOUR SAY NOW

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:

SGB May 18 – V2

Paul Cummings – Chair NLPC

email:  pbgcummings@gmail.com

IMPORTANT – St GEORGE’S BARRACKS PLAN – FEEDBACK FORM

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:

Have Your Say

YOUR VIEWS WILL HELP THE COUNTY COUNCIL WITH THEIR PLANNING

ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS – THE REALITY REVEALED

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.

PBG CUMMINGS
Chair North Luffenham Parish Council
Tel: 01780 720124
email: pbgcummings@gmail.com

Police Recruitment Campaign

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
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
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
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
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
1900-2030
Simon Cole, QPM
Chief Constable