OPEN LETTER TO THE RESIDENTS OF RUTLAND FROM THE RUTLAND CONSORTIUM


OPEN LETTER TO THE RESIDENTS OF RUTLAND FROM THE RUTLAND CONSORTIUM Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Dear Rutland Resident

Every household in Rutland will receive a brochure from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) urging us to agree to the closure of acute and obstetric services at Leicester General Hospital, and the Birthing Centre at Melton Mowbray. It is important that you reply with your own views, but please read the following carefully before you finally decide how to reply, otherwise Rutland may lose a great deal because of a lack of public information.

We are concerned by key proposals which could disadvantage Rutland: –

OPEN LETTER TO THE RESIDENTS OF RUTLAND FROM THE RUTLAND CONSORTIUM

New plans issued on 1st September propose removal of approximately 500 acute and maternity beds from Leicester General Hospital and Melton Birthing Centre. Future services and beds to replace those removed will be based at Glenfield Hospital and the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI).

The plans admit that 100% of Rutlanders will be disadvantaged by these proposals because of reduced accessibility.

Travel times will be increased, public transport and parking may be more difficult. They also say that they are planning to reduce their acute workload by 20%, so if Rutlanders go elsewhere that is helpful.

This could mean going to Cambridge or Oxford for specialist treatment.

LOSING SIGHT of RUTLAND’S NEEDS.

These plans only look two years ahead, yet were prepared over a period of seven years. However, this did not involve enough people who understand Rutland’s distinct needs. There is substantial housing development and our population is growing. The proportion of elderly and the very elderly is growing much more rapidly than elsewhere reaching 35% of our population by 2035.Also the plans take no account of rural poverty.

LOSS of NATIONAL POLICY APPLICABLE TO RUTLAND.

National and local policy is to move services closer to home and many Rutlanders can support that. CCGs know that hospital and community services are interdependent and a national requirement exists, that alternative provision must be offered before they close beds. None has been offered so far. CCGs have a duty (under S.14T of the Health and Social Care Act 2012) to reduce health inequalities for communities. They have to improve access to services and health outcomes achieved. These current proposals appear to fly in the face of these duties. They can be seen as a conscious decision to reduce services for Rutlanders. Rutlanders need local services and beds to prevent unnecessary admissions to LRI and Glenfield as well as local beds to enable speedy discharge from major hospitals back to local services. Local services can include out-patient services such as diagnostics, dialysis, chemo, urgent care, which can all be based successfully in the community. Many Rutlanders support services focused on a hub, preferably based upon Rutland Memorial Hospital or an equivalent provision. If this were cut, it would be a serious loss to existing provision. The information that is available makes it clear that the success of the proposals on offer are dependent on undertaking more care in the community yet the current consultation is silent on community services and the future use of Rutland Memorial Hospital. Until we understand what services will be available to us here in Rutland we are unable to support the reconfiguration of Leicester Hospitals.

LOSS of INVOLVEMENT IN PLANNING.

This consultation document has been issued after proposals for acute and maternity services, which disadvantage Rutland, are already well advanced. However planning started in 2013 to develop a community strategy that is not yet finished. Some Rutland people were so frustrated at their lack of involvement that 100 of them took the bull by the horns in 2019 and prepared a Rutland Health Plan. It was received favourably by the CCG CEO and an official Rutland Health Plan was promised for January 2020. We are still waiting. The current consultation document contains proposals for developing community services for Leicester City on the vacated LGH site. There is absolutely no reason why Rutland cannot be treated in the same way. It has more to lose than any other community across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland if the current plans remain unmodified.

LOSS of QUALITY, CAPACITY, ACCESSIBILITY and OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL?

Strong rumours continue that Rutland Memorial’s future is uncertain and nothing clear has been said. If all acute and maternity beds at Leicester General and Melton are closed without local alternatives being offered in advance of a decision to close Leicester General, then Rutland could become a ‘Health Desert’. It is not surprising, therefore, that people are very concerned there is an unstated hidden agenda to close Rutland Memorial as well as to take away access to acute and specialist services. The local hospital at Ashby was closed 6 years ago but the promised alternative services were still not in place at the beginning of this year and we fear Rutland could experience similar gaps in services. What can we do?

Questionnaire

Please do not agree to the closure of Leicester General until you are satisfied the proposals for some alternative services and/or compensations for losses in Rutland are acceptable. CCGs are required to demonstrate they have ‘engaged’ with our local community, and have listened. This is in order to propose changes shaped to meet local needs and avoid negative impacts, most particularly on the most vulnerable. Without this in place, we Rutlanders, especially the elderly and people on low incomes, will be losers. It is an important time to make your views known – Our MP (Alicia Kearns) , County & Parish Councillors and the Press will receive information from the CCGs, so it is important that they understand our expectations of healthcare in Rutland, please make your views known. We will be saying that we want a package of integrated health services as developed by over 100 Rutlanders in September 2019 and written up as “A Health Plan for Rutland”. We will stress that we cannot accept closure of acute services until the alternatives are set out and clear costings are presented.

What is the Rutland Health & Social Care Consortium? We are a group of local residents, knowledgeable about Health and Social Care both as consumers and professionally. We are very concerned for the future Health and Social Care provision for Rutlanders, especially as our community ages. We study National Health Policy and how it is applied locally. We are particularly worried by what we identify as repeated breaches of legal and policy requirements. The views expressed here also reflect and present the views of a group of 100 Rutlanders who attended a consultation event in September 2019 which informed the report ‘A Health Plan for Rutland’. Our thanks are due to those people for coming to the event and for their valuable input. Our members are:- Jennifer Fenelon (Chair), Christine Stanesby, Janet Seden, Kathy Reynolds, Judy Worthington and Miles Williamson-Noble. The core membership is advised by specialist contributors and National Healthcare consultants We can be contacted at rhscpc@icloud.com The ‘Health Plan for Rutland’ can also be obtained by emailing rhscpc@icloud.com

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.
https://fight4rutland.org/

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 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 VACANCIES


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 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.

June   

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

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

Rutland Welcomes You


https://www.rutlandwelcomesyou.co.uk/about

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 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.

Best Wishes

The Fight4Rutland Campaign Team

The Story so Far

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

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