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Keep up to date with the latest news from the North Luffenham Parish Council

Covid-19 RCC Newsletter 3

Dear resident,

This is my third note during these difficult times and this time it is a plea.  Many people, understandably, are taking this period of forced isolation to have a good clear out.  That’s great but please store what you want to dispose of until the municipal waste sites and charity shops re-open.  Both were closed partly because of the need for social distancing but mainly because of the risk of staff becoming infected from the virus being on the goods disposed of/donated.  DO NOT leave goods outside the closed charity shops.  The charities will not be collecting these donations and their removal will be the responsibility of refuse collectors/street cleaners, both of whom will be at risk if the bags are contaminated.  Thank you for your co-operation.

We have all witnessed the courage of NHS staff, albeit for most of us through the medium of our TV screens.  We recognise their dedication and the risks to their own health this brings.  Can we also remember the dedication of staff working for Rutland County Council and give them a “thank you” too.  Like all employers Rutland Council has adopted home working where possible but not all staff can work from home nor follow safe working practices such as social distancing.  Staff answering your calls are in the office, refuse collectors cannot keep a safe distance from each other as they dispose of our waste and social workers, RCC’s Admiral Nurses and so on still visit people in their homes and like health service colleagues do not always have sufficient personal protective equipment.  So, if you see any of these folk going about their work give them a cheery wave –from a safe distance, of course!

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward 01780 722169

North Luffenham Tip – Closed

Several people have been searching the vilalge web site for information on the status of the North Luffenham Household Waste and Recycling Centre (The Tip..)

This was closed on 20th March by RCC as part of the Coronavirus distancing measures. Its not known when it will open again

COVID-19 RCC Newsletter 2

Dear resident,

This is my second note during these difficult times.  Rutland County Council has recently announced additional on line support to businesses which can be found here Rutland County Council is now part of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP so their services are open to Rutland businesses. 

Our local health providers have also set up a web site which can be accessed here Stay isolating if you can and stay safe. If you need to contact me the details are below.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward 01780 722169

Bus Services

Bus Services from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice

Centrebus will be operating in Rutland as follows:

12 & 29 – For details see Centrebus website

747 – normal service

RF2 – normal service

9 – no service (see separate RCC notice)

146 – normal service

RF1 – may go to a two hourly service

47 – no service

For up to date information on all services please visit / @CentrebusLive


CallConnect services are operating as normal and the Booking Centre will open:

Mon-Fri 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Sat 8.30 am – 4.00 pm

Tel: 0345 263 8153 / / @callconnect

The above information is subject to change

COVID – 19 RCC newsletter

Dear resident,

I hope you are well and safe at this difficult time.  Rutland County Council is rising to the challenge of delivering essential services for residents but you will find changes to what is normally provided such as the closure of the municipal waste sites.  The Council is regularly updating its Covid-19 web pages, including explaining how Government announcements, for example on business rates, is being managed.  To find out more please go to  In addition for those of you who don’t subscribe the Council produces a free regular newsletter “Your Rutland” which also carries useful information.  You can subscribe here Remember, follow the social distance advice and stay safe.  If you need to contact me the details are below.

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward 01780 722169

Social Distancing reduces the spread of the Coronavirus and lessens the impact on the NHS

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Parish Council Meetings

Following guidance from Central Government actual Parish Council meetings along with committees and working groups are to be suspended for the time being due to CORVID-19.

Central Gov’t is currently working on new legislation to allow future meetings to be held virtually. This means that the NLPC meeting scheduled for 23rd March is cancelled. Further information about the Annual Parish meeting scheduled for April and the Annual Parish Council meeting in May will follow, though at present it is likely both will be postponed to later in the year.

Dog Fouling

We recently posted an item with regard to the increase in dog mess that was being seen around the village especially in Church Street and also in close proximity to the childrens play area on the Oval. This issue is now a national campaign by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ and they have just produced the following short video.

The Parish Council is also considering introducing a scheme run by RCC which has proved to be very successful in other parishes across Rutland. If adopted we will be looking for support from residents.

Bird Scarers

North Luffenham Parish Council has received complaints that on two occasions bird scarers have been used in Ancaster Way apparently to scare away the starlings in the laurel bushes.

It is considered a criminal offence to set off fireworks in the street or other public places without permission.

Bird scarers are very loud as their purpose is to scare away birds from farm crops and in an urban setting are a nuisance and in particular cause upset to the elderly.

The Parish Council is working with Rutland County Council to try and alleviate the problem that the starlings are causing.

Thank you to all those volunteers who joined in with the litter pick 🚮 today, it was a great success!

A full boot load of rubbish was collected around the village today by a large group of volunteers from the village.

A large proportion of the rubbish collected was found along Edith Weston Road and Station Road, so the luminous tabards came in very handy to keep everyone safe along the road side.

It took 10 volunteers about 2 hours to scour the village and surrounding roads to complete an entire sweep of the area.

In the future it would be greatly appreciated by all in the village, if every now and again when walking around the village you could remember to take an empty bag with you and be on the look out for litter, it really doesn’t take much effort to keep the village looking clean and tidy.

Also some less than pleasant items were collected 💩 and again, for those of you who have the appropriate bags and are used to picking this up after your own dogs and disposing of it in the red bins around the oval, it would be especially appreciated of you could be on the look out for this as well. Some of you have been already, which is commendable, but we need more of this to help eradicate the dog fouling problem completely!

Thanks again everyone! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

St Georges Barracks – CPRE Rutland Video

For those of you who were not able to attend the recent meeting held by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) in Oakham, they have posted the related video on YouTube. The video includes information on the St Georges Barracks plan, interviews with local people and excerpts from RCC’s meetings on the new Local Plan, which is intended to enable the development.

NLPC and Trust Meetings; Monday 2nd March 2020 @ 7pm North Luffenham Community Centre

Please find attached the agendas and supporting papers for the forthcoming meetings as above

Planning Application 2020/0097/FUL

PROPOSAL: To erect a pent roof concrete garage on a concrete base on the drive
parallel with the front of the house.
29 Ancaster Way North Luffenham Rutland LE15 8LH

An application for the above proposal has been received by the Local Planning Authority and
you are invited to submit your comments by 20 February 2020. The details of the application
are available to view on our website 2020/0097/FUL.

Dog Fouling On The Increase Again!

With the dark mornings and evenings there appears to be a rash of dog fouling on the pavements along Church Street. Please be a responsible dog owner and clear up after your pet. If walking your dog in the dark please keep your dog on a lead and carry a torch – always carry bags and ensure that any mess is cleared up immediately.

Perhaps better known as dog roundworm the embryonated eggs of which can be ingested by humans causing disease called toxocariasis. Young children are particularly at risk as it is picked up by ingestion of eggs from infected dog faeces. It is fortunately rare but rare things do happen. Dog mess is not only unpleasant but a potential source of an unpleasant infection.

The vast majority of dog owners conscientiously clean up after their dogs and please continue to be vigilant when walking your dog. If users of The Oval see an infringement please continue to challenge and point out that there are bins provided.

Thank you.