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 WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST CHANCE THAT THE ORDINARY PEOPLE OF RUTLAND WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO INFLUENCE OUR FUTURE.
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. https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/statement-of-community-involvement/
NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF WING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
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.
NOTICE OF VACANCIES
HELEN BRIGGS RETURNING OFFICER
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 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
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
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 https://fight4rutland.org/ , our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/Fight-4-Rutland-109059604199382 and our Twitter feed https://mobile.twitter.com/Fight4Rutland All will be regularly and frequently updated as the fight for Rutland progresses.
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/ MP||Date||Everyone else|
|MOD announces plan to sell SGB site for Housing||Nov 2016|
|RCC Draft Local Plan to consultation (SGB NOT included)||Aug 2017||Plan was broadly accepted by residents BUT is not then formally adopted by RCC|
|MOD and MP pressure RCC to include SGB in the Local Plan||Mid 2017|
|RCC CEO Helen Briggs signs a Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MOD||County 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 Consultation||Nov 2017|
|Public presentation of “RCC saving Rutland from uncontrolled development by MOD”Village meetings led by Helen Briggs (CEO), Cllr Oliver Hemsley (Leader) and Consultants||Nov 2017||Strong 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 SGB||June 2018||Most 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 MP||In 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 grant||Jan 2020||Nothing disclosed as @ June 2020|
|Cabinet narrowly win a vote 15-11 in full Council to submit the Local Plan to Reg 19 process.||Feb 2020||Fight4Rutland campaign group formed|
|8-week Public Consultation postponed due to COVID-19 crisis||March 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 weeks||June 2020||Fight4Rutland 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 2020||This 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 2020||Residents 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 Rutland||2021||This 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
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.
From Carolyn Comben:
Congratulations to children and adults who submitted entries to the fun art competition. What talented people our village people and their relatives are! I had such pleasure receiving and looking at the imaginative and beautiful wildlife themed entries that I wanted to share them with everyone so here they are. I hope to display them in the church when it is open again.
Many thanks to Angela and Mary for their help with judging.
Ages 9 and under
By Poppy (age 6)
Seasons by Darcy (age 8)
Emily (age 13)
Freya (age 12)
Hattie ( age 11 )
Amy (age 11)
‘Canine Caffeine’ by Amber-Rose Bedwell
Springtime by Fiona Cairns
‘A Moment in Time’ by Shirley Smith
I’ve been taking part in a research project since the outbreak of Covid19 using a symptom tracking app that is using techniques that I used to track the SARS virus nearly 20 years ago when I was in the virus “industry”.
It runs on your smartphone and it takes 1 minute of your time a day to anonymously report how you feel and what new symptoms you have. It has successfully been responsible for identifying a change of taste and smell as a symptom of Covid19.
With the government moving ( at last ) to “track and trace” this app will give independent data to check the progress of the disease. It is being used by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland – but not Health England who are using their own system. It is also being used in other countries by a total of over 3 million people.
You can download the app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/covid-symptom-tracker/id1503529611 for Apple devices and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joinzoe.covid_zoe for Android phones.
It is run by Professor Tim Spector 😦 https://covid.joinzoe.com/about ) of King’s College London. He says
Logging your health daily is more important than ever and due to the conflicting and unverifiable data from the government system this app might be of interest to others. With lockdown measures easing, there are plenty of new opportunities for ‘R’ to increase. As the weather improves and children and teachers head back to school, more people will come into contact with one another.
The risk of new COVID hotspots emerging is also likely to increase without adequate monitoring. Our app is a crucial early detection tool to understand if there is a risk of a second wave of the virus. It’s is more important than ever that you keep logging daily using our app to help us to detect new COVID hotspots earlier.
Protect your community as lockdown lifts by reporting for yourself and behalf of your children to stop the spread of new infections quicker. We would also like to encourage you to share the app with schools, parent’s associations, and other organisations within your community. The more of us there are using the app daily, the more accurately and quickly we will be able to identify potential hotspots.
How might I keep my kids safe as they return to school?
As children return to school, we know that parents may be wondering how they can protect their children from COVID. We’ve made sure to cover this topic in one of our latest blog posts. Read our six tips for keeping your children safe as they go back to school.
We encourage all parents to take just 1 minute each day to keep using our app to log on behalf of their children. This data will help us better understand how the virus might affect kids and identify potential COVID hotspots as schools reopen.
New incidence data: are the numbers falling?
Last week we published insights into the number of daily new COVID cases are occurring in England. We have now added daily case estimates for Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, which you can find on our website.
Stay well, Professor Tim Spector
We have now had two people who have been directed to “xx
Morcott Road” with the correct postcode to collect their French Bulldog puppy on which they have already paid a deposit.
The supposed owner is somebody who calls herself Donna Rose – who does not then answer her mobile and clearly has no puppies.
It is clearly a scam! This is being reported to the Pets4Home website
and we have contacted the police. We are waiting to see how many more visitors we get!