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

Bin collection days over Christmas and the New Year

People living in Rutland are being reminded to check changes to their bin collection day over the festive season.

Usual collection dayNew collection day
Monday 25 DecemberSaturday 23 December
Tuesday 26 DecemberWednesday 27 December
Wednesday 27 DecemberThursday 28 December
Thursday 28 DecemberFriday 29 December
Friday 29 DecemberSaturday 30 December
Monday 1 JanuaryTuesday 2 January
Tuesday 2 JanuaryWednesday 3 January
Wednesday 3 JanuaryThursday 4 January
Thursday 4 JanuaryFriday 5 January
Friday 5 JanuarySaturday 6 January

For further information please refer to, your full waste guide can be found under ‘Find your bin collection day’.

Rutland County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport and the Environment, Cllr Christine Wise said:

“Our contractors are going to be working hard this winter to ensure that all bin collections are completed so we would please ask residents to ensure that they take a couple of minutes just to double check when their collection day is over the Christmas period. We would ask residents to please also keep in mind that this time of year can also cause disruptions to collections due to severe winter weather, like snow and ice, as well as delays caused by the sheer volume of seasonal waste. If collections along your street haven’t taken place on the expected day, please leave the bins out and our contractors will return to collect them as soon as possible.”

Rutland County Council is encouraging people to try and reduce the amount they throw away as waste over the busy Christmas period. On average, food waste makes up 50% of the material in Rutland’s black household waste bins. This is costly for households and bad for the environment. Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign providing handy tips and advice to help everyone waste less food:

Households in Rutland will get an extra blue bag for additional recycling over the Christmas period. Once full, residents are asked to place this bag next to their grey recycling bin on collection day. Collection crews cannot remove any other side waste. For information about what items can and can’t be recycled in Rutland, visit:

Residents are also advised to check opening times before traveling to use Rutland’s recycling centres at North Luffenham and Cottesmore over Christmas. Operating hours for the two sites can be found online at:

Christmas Greetings to Friends & Neighbours… via our very own Festive Tree in North Luffenham Church

Last year the Parish Church was given a wonderful large wooden Christmas Tree made by Men & Women in Sheds, Rutland. This year we would like to start a Community Christmas Card Scheme for the residents of North Luffenham whilst raising funds for the Church & making our parishioners’ lives simpler.

To share festive greetings with your friends & neighbours in the village, please drop your Christmas card, along with your donation for the Church to Dove Cottage, 4 Church Street, North Luffenham before 22nd December (date of our Carol Service).

Your cards will be displayed on our unique wooden Christmas tree in the porch of the Church which will be specially lit for the occasion.

Thank you for joining in our new village ‘tradition’ 🎄

for any information, please contact Janet Whittaker on tel 01780 721216 or email

Free December Bus Travel

Rutland County Council will be offering free one-way and return travel on all its local bus routes in December – including Saturdays – when passengers board in Rutland after 9am.

This means that all bus journeys starting in Rutland after 9am will be free, whether they end inside or outside the County. Tickets for journeys bought anywhere outside the County and finishing in Rutland will be priced as normal.

Free Christmas shopping bus

There will also be free return travel on three city buses to Nottingham, Peterborough and Leicester on the following dates:

• Saturday 9th December – Nottingham

• Saturday 16th December – Peterborough

• Saturday 23rd December – Leicester

Each of the three buses will collect passengers from Langham, Barleythorpe, Oakham, Gunthorpe, Preston and Uppingham, before travelling on to their destination. Dates for these buses are as follows, with specific timetable information to be published on the RCCs website and at bus stops in the near future.

Free parking for Christmas markets and Small Business Saturday

• Saturday 2nd December – Small Business Saturday (all car parks, all day)

• Thursday 7th December – Uppingham Christmas Market (Uppingham car parks only, 3.00pm onwards)

• Monday 11th December – Oakham Late Night Shopping (Oakham car parks only, 3.00pm onwards)

This initiative forms part of Rutland’s Bus Service Improvement Plan, which was approved by the RCC Cabinet in September and has secured national funding specifically intended to encourage greater use of public transport.

Any residents who have questions about these initiative can direct them the Transport Team at RCC by emailing: or for parking or by calling: 01572 722 577.

Rutland’s New Local Plan – Planning for Rutland’s Future

Rutland County Council are consulting on the Preferred Options (Regulation 18) stage for the new Local Plan from Monday 13th November until it closes at 4pm Monday 8th January 2024.  This is the second stage of public consultation for the preparation of the new Rutland Local Plan. 

The Local Plan covers the period 2021-2041 and will, when adopted, set out policies and proposals for future development in Rutland.

The easiest way to comment is via the online consultation portal. By using the portal, you will be able to save draft responses and come back to them later. It also enables easy access for future consultations. In addition, comments made by other people can now be viewed on the system once they’ve been made live rather than wait until after consultation has closed and the Consultation Statement has been published.

The new Local Plan web page includes more detailed information on how to submit comments in the Preferred Options consultation

For any further enquiries please email or call the Council’s customer services team on 01572 722 577 who will arrange for a member of the Local Plan team to contact you to provide you with a response.

The attached Public Notice provides a summary of the Preferred Options stage and how you can get involved

Wood For The Bonfire

Preparations for the Annual Bonfire Night at The Oval North Luffenham are well underway. The weather forecast is saying the skys will clear in time for the fireworks tomorrow.

The bonfire itself is a bit reduced from previous years, and so if you have any unwanted, unpainted, wood that could help build it up that would be appreciated.

If you want to donate wood, please feel free to take it to the Oval, and place it by the large shelter. It will be placed onto the pyre tomorrow

Residents vote in favour of North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in North Luffenham have voted in favour of a Neighbourhood Plan for their area, following a referendum on Thursday 19th October 2023.

The number of people who voted ‘Yes’ in response to the referendum question was 144. The number voted ‘No’ was 20. Total turnout for the referendum was 26.03%.

The full Declaration of Result of Poll for the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan referendum can be viewed online at:

Further information about the Neighbourhood Plan itself can be found at:

As the Local Planning Authority, Rutland County Council must formally adopt the Plan within eight weeks of the referendum.

Appeal for Village Bonfire Night – Volunteers Needed!

The annual Bonfire & Fireworks event hosted by North Luffenham Parish Council will go ahead on The Oval on Sunday 5th November 2023. 

Doors Open 5.30pm; Bonfire lit 6.15pm; Fireworks 6.30pm

In order to make it a safe and successful event, we do need more volunteers on the night to assist with Stewarding & Bucket Collections. If you can help, please email Tim Smith at

Agenda and Supporting Documents/Links

Please see links below that will take you to the individual meeting folders in our documents management system:

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

For The referendum version of the North Luffenham Neighbourhood Plan please click on the link below:

The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available to download below. For more information about the Referendum process,please visit the link below:

The referendum is to be held on Thursday, 19th October 2023 to decide on
the question below (please note that photo ID is required)

‘Do you want Rutland County Council to use the neighbourhood plan for the
Parish of North Luffenham to help it decide planning applications in the
neighbourhood area?’

Please see further details in notice attached.

Notice of Referendum

A referendum is to be held on Thursday, 19th October 2023 to decide on
the question below:

‘Do you want Rutland County Council to use the neighbourhood plan for the
Parish of North Luffenham to help it decide planning applications in the
neighbourhood area?’

Please see further details in notice attached.

Parish Council Draft Minutes – August 2023

Please see attached documents and link to our online documentation record folders.