Fight 4 Rutland

Many PCs in the vicinity of the proposed development  at St George’s Barracks set up a committee of councillors representing each council.

A huge amount of  time and effort from each representative has been spent on this and now have to bring in various consultants that covers all areas of the development.

The cost of this will be many £1000s and the Parish councils have each given a contribution depending on their finances. Many Rutland residents have already contributed and it is hoped many more of you will do so in order to fight RCC.

By going to this website you will find further information on what has been achieved so far and how to donate.

This is the action page:

Rutland County Council is undertaking consultation on changes to its Statement of Community Involvement.

Rutland County Council is undertaking consultation on changes to its Statement of Community Involvement. They tell us the changes will allow “ a focus on electronic and web-based formats”.

 This consultation has been run from Friday 19June 2020 for 4 weeks, ending at 4.30pm on Friday 17 July 2020.  Responses received after this date will not be considered.


This is likely to severely disenfranchise a large proportion of the Rutland population particularly those over 65. The Office for National Statistics report that in 2018 some 12.7m adults (20% of the population) were estimated to have no or limited digital skills.

We are also told that over 75% of all internet non-users are aged over 65.

For Rutland with a population of 38,000 that equates to 7,600 people with no or limited internet skills with 5,700 of those in the older age group.

Please do not allow so many to be disenfranchised tell RCC it is important everyone has a voice.

Please reply to the consultation by Friday.




Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that as a result of the resignation of John Dejardin, a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the said Parish Council.

If by 20 July 2020 (14 days* after the date of this notice), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy**, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.



Date: 30 June 2020

* In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, day of the Christmas break, of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.

“The Christmas break” means the period beginning with the last week day before Christmas Eve and ending with the first week day after Christmas Day which is not a bank holiday, “the Easter break” means the period beginning with the Thursday before and ending with the Tuesday after Easter Day, and “a bank holiday break” means any bank holiday not included in the Christmas break or Easter break and the period beginning with the last week day before that bank holiday and ending with the next week day which is not a bank holiday.

** If an election is triggered, paragraph 6(2) of the 2020 Regulations applies and a poll to fill the casual vacancy does not take place. Instead the vacancy is filled at the ordinary election on 6 May 2021

The Wing 100 Club

The 100 Club is alive! As many of you know Wing has, as many villages have, a 100 Club. People can buy shares in this club and once a month there are 3 members who are “picked out of a hat” to win prizes. This is normally done at the Thursday morning coffee morning but in view of Corvid-19 the village hall is closed until further notice. But the draw has been taking place!

The winners have been notified but here are the results for the rest of us.


1st            128  Victor Naylor
2nd       23    Kay Lambert
3rd        48    Bryan Spooner

1st            59     Peter Cox
2nd       95     Jon Roberts
3rd        85     Robert Norton

Rutland Welcomes You

This website has been developed by Rutland County Council working with town and parish councils, and local businesses.

It’s part of the ‘Open for Business’ campaign to welcome residents and visitors back to Rutland’s towns following the Covid-19 lockdown.

It’s aim is to support the safe reopening of Rutland’s high streets, providing information on what changes to expect, along with details of each business’ opening hours and the measures they are putting in place to ensure safe shopping.

We hope it offers useful information for local people and visitors, as well as supporting our hard-working local businesses.

Cllr Lucy Stephenson is Rutland County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, Highways, Transportation & Road Safety. She explains: “We’re delighted to be in a position to reopen our high streets and welcome shoppers back. Lockdown has been very challenging but with the Council, residents and local businesses pulling together, we’ve been able to reach this milestone.

“Things will be a little different at first, with some temporary measures in place to ensure safe shopping for all parties. It’s vital we all do our bit to follow the rules, protect ourselves and each other.

“Local businesses and retail staff have been vital for so many of us over the last few months, keeping us stocked with essentials and keeping our spirits up. This is an opportunity to keep supporting them as we continue to ease out of lockdown. It’s time to restart Rutland’s economy.

“We’ll be monitoring the situation closely and if safety guidelines aren’t being followed, we’ll step in and take action.”

The ‘Open for Business’ campaign has been funded through the Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. There are stringent rules on how the funding must be spent and the overall aim is to establish a safe trading environment for businesses and customers. The funding is part of the European Regional Development Fund which aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union

Fight 4 Rutland

We are pleased to advise you of the launch of Fight4Rutland.

Fight4Rutland (F4R) is a local campaign group of Rutlanders dedicated to achieving the best for Rutland and Rutlanders in every way and opposes the disastrous over-development planned for St George’s Barracks (SGB). Over 2,300 houses slap bang in between North Luffenham, Edith Weston and Normanton and next to Rutland Water, in a Local Plan seemingly driven entirely by the MOD and Rutland County Council (RCC) in the face of widespread opposition from Rutlanders.

F4R is campaigning for a reasonable plan that would benefit our local communities, wildlife and tourism instead of  damaging this by creating a dormitory town of 2,300 plus houses.  We are also concerned about RCC’s increasingly anti-democratic position, refusing to currently allow public presentation of deputations or questions, (zoom attendance is allowed but no other participation) and generally appearing to be trying to force the development through at any cost and regardless of the changing socio-economic profile of the UK, including Rutland, following the Covid-19 crisis.

Herewith the links to our website , our FaceBook page and our Twitter feed  All will be regularly and frequently updated as the fight for Rutland progresses.

Best Wishes

The Fight4Rutland Campaign Team

The Story so Far


St George’s Barracks (SGB) ‘Garden village’ /Township

SGB, proposed by Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Homes England supported by Sir Alan Duncan (former MP), with a massive U-Turn by Rutland County Council (RCC).

What started out in 2017 as a Local Plan with broad support from Rutlanders, has been changed out of all recognition, into a Plan that will build a new Township larger than Uppingham

It is someone else’s problem (what does the MOD do with SGB?).

Looking for a Plan (not the 2017 Plan, a completely different 2018 version to suit)

A Plan with no Vision – RCC will only look at a 50-year County vision in 2021 AFTER the Local plan.

RCC Cabinet/ MOD/ MPDateEveryone else
MOD announces plan to sell SGB site for HousingNov 2016
RCC Draft Local Plan to consultation (SGB NOT included)Aug 2017Plan was broadly accepted by residents BUT is not then formally adopted by RCC
MOD and MP pressure RCC to include SGB in the Local PlanMid 2017
RCC CEO Helen Briggs signs a Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MODCounty Cllrs are NOT allowed to see the MOUOnly CEO and Council leaders
U -Turn by RCCAnnounced that Local Plan will now include SGB with a Full Public ConsultationNov 2017
Public presentation of “RCC saving Rutland from uncontrolled development by MOD”Village meetings led by Helen Briggs (CEO), Cllr Oliver Hemsley (Leader) and ConsultantsNov 2017Strong vocal opposition from Parish Cllrs and residents presentHelen Briggs and Oliver Hemsley surprised at the level of opposition
Parish Councils Group consultation chaired by Sir Alan Duncan for MOD to present SGBJune 2018Most Parish Council reps voice opposition to SGB and the major change to Local Plan
“It is in the national interest whether RCC like it or not” -Sir Alan Duncan MPIn the local paper – people urged to support the Council’s plans
Specific Public consultation on the Master Plan for SGB (under Reg 18)Aug-Sept 2018 1500 responses – 95% againstRCC one-word response “Noted”In spite of the huge changes to the Local Plan, the whole Plan was not consulted on – only the changes resulting from the inclusion of SGB
Homes Infrastructure Fund (HIF) grant £29.4m awarded in principle. Terms yet to be negotiated and will remain confidential.March 2019
MP Sir Alan Duncan says“This is great news for Rutland”2019£16m of the HIF grant is to de-contaminate the SGB Military base.Road junction upgrades will likely swallow up the rest
County Cllrs demand a full Council debate and vote on the terms of the HIF grantJan 2020Nothing disclosed as @ June 2020
Cabinet narrowly win a vote 15-11 in full Council to submit the Local Plan to Reg 19 process.Feb 2020Fight4Rutland campaign group formed
8-week Public Consultation postponed due to COVID-19 crisisMarch 2020
RCC announces changes to Reg 19 consultation process, so that the Local Plan consultation can be held only on line.Consultation period reduced from 8 to 6 weeksJune 2020Fight4Rutland launches campaignFull Council will not be allowed discuss or vote on the new process
RCC Cabinet announce a 3-week consultation on the change to the “Statement of Community Involvement”June – July 2020This reduces Reg 19 consultation to on line only.The normal practice of making copies available in libraries is suspended.
RCC CEO Helen Briggs will retire.Interim CEO takes over.July 2020
Reg 19 Revised Local Plan Consultation for 6 weeks (reduced from 8 weeks)Aug – Sept 2020Residents will ONLY be able to view plans and comment online.Fight4Rutland campaign website and media will help Rutlanders have a voice
RCC to hold a public consultation on 50-year Vision for Rutland2021This is too late for any meaningful public consultation and involvement
  • The MOD do not care about Rutland – they are only in it for the money from selling SGB
  • Rutland County Council caved into political pressure and are deaf to the voice of Rutlanders
  • Creating a ‘Vision for Rutland’ after committing to a New Town is perverse (‘cart before the horse’)
  • The COVID-19 crisis will create enormous changes for the future – another argument against committing to a New Town now
  • This is the last chance to get RCC to see sense
  • A Township at St George’s barracks will be just 400 metres from the South shore of Rutland water – our Jewel in the crow


Food Bank Donations

David Wood writes:

“Very many thanks to everybody who have given to the Food Bank by leaving donations in the Church porch. We have now sent 8 boxes to the Food Bank in the last four weeks – you are all very generous.

Please keep donations coming – there is continued heavy demand.

In addition, we were able to make a cash donation of £92.50 to the Food Bank from extra donations made for VE Day.

Thank you very much.

David Wood”

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