A47 Roadworks at Morcott

Thanks to Parish Councillor Martin Whitfield for this summary regarding the current roadworks:

The works to the A47, which have just commenced, are a result of more than three years of pressure by the Parish Council and other concerned individuals upon Rutland County Council to take steps to improve safety on the length of the road within the Morcott parish boundary.

The A47 is to be slightly widened in the vicinity of the staggered junction with the A6121 Stamford Road and the B672 to Caldecott, so as to permit central right turn lanes to be provided.  This will mean that A47 traffic arriving from the east will have a full width lane in which to wait briefly, as necessary, for an opportunity to turn north towards Stamford without impeding following through traffic.  Similarly there be a full width lane for A47 traffic arriving from the west to wait, if required, before turning south towards Caldecott.  During periods of heavy traffic, having to make these turning manoeuvres has frequently been intimidating and, not surprisingly, there have been substantial numbers of accidents on both parts of the junction.

The widening of  the A47 will be achieved by relocating the existing traffic island about 2m to the north, as well as the kerbs on that side of the road.

The work is expected to take about 6 weeks.

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Minutes of Morcott Parish Council Meeting held 15 July

The minutes of the last meeting of Morcott Parish Council, held on 15 July 2014, are published HERE in PDF form.

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Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 15 July

The next meeting of Morcott Parish Council is Tuesday 15 July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. As always, members of the public are encouraged to attend.

AGENDA

  1. Members register
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Declarations of interests and requests for dispensation:
  4. To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 11th March 2014
  5. Clerk’s Report and actions since the last meeting
  6. Democratic 10 minutes: an opportunity for the electorate to speak on any subject relating to the village
  7. To receive the schedule of accounts since last meeting
  8. Conservation Area Appraisal
  9. Cemetery wall
  10. Update on the Burghley owned premises – The White Horse Inn
  11. To consider the results of the site meeting in Morcott with Neil Tomlinson and Rob Baxter of Rutland County Council’s Highways department re A47/A6121/B672 Junction
  12. Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment for Rutland 2014 – Draft Methodology
  13. To consider the quotations for painting the phone box
  14. Planning applications

 

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Leicester University Botanic Gardens: Ladies Club Open Outing

Morcott Ladies Club is going to the Botanic Gardens at Leicester University on Wednesday 2 July 2014 and anyone is welcome to join them.

A coach is booked, and the plan is to get there in time for coffee, tour the gardens, have lunch in the on-site cafe and start the return journey at 3pm.

As well as the magnificent gardens there is a sculpture exhibition in the grounds.

There is a charge for non-members, so please contact Tricia Williams on 747515 as soon as possible, to book your seats.

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Last chance to give Conservation Area feedback to RCC

This is a reminder that 4.45pm on Tuesday 24 June is the absolute deadline for giving Rutland County Council your views on the Morcott Conservation Area.

At the public meeting in the Village Hall on 13 May, there was support for the idea of extending the Conservation Area  and Morcott Parish Council’s official response to RCC reflects this.

Our views as individual householders and residents are equally important, so do make sure you respond by the deadline.

MPC’s response is very detailed, but any individual response can be quite simple, even to the extent of saying that you agree with MPC.  Of course, you may disagree with MPC and in that case should express an opposing view.

To re-iterate, you can respond by downloading and filling in the form from RCC website, but as the deadline looms, simply emailing localplan@rutland.gov.uk may be easier.  Any queries, phone 01572 722 577 and ask for the Planning Policy section.

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Kids’ Summer Holiday Club Weeks at N. Luffenham

A local organisation called Funding Fitness is running two multi-sport clubs for children aged 5-11 in the summer, which will be held at North Luffenham Primary School.  Open to all local children, the weeks of operation are 21 July and 11 August.

This PDF contains all the info you might need to know, including costs, timings and how to book.

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Morcott Conservation Area Appraisal: Parish Council Response

Morcott Parish Council has agreed its response to Rutland County Council’s appraisal of the village’s Conservation Area.

It is reproduced in full below, with Appendix 1 and 2 attached as pdfs, along with photographs that correspond to specific points in MPC’s response.

RESPONSE FROM MORCOTT PARISH COUNCIL

1      Morcott Parish Council (MPC) welcomes the Conservation Area Appraisal which reflects and complements Morcott’s Village Plan. The latter provides information and illustration which provide context for this response and it is commended for examination alongside it.

2      It welcomes the intention that it should have the status of supplementary planning guidance and be a material consideration when the County Council considers planning applications in the village.

3      MPC supports Management Proposal 1 in Appendix 3 of the document aimed at ensuring that new development pays special attention to the preservation or enhancement of the character or appearance of the village. In line with this intent, we request that the Appendix to Morcott Village Plan entitled “Development Principles and Guidelines” be appended in full to the Appraisal to add further detail and guidance.

4      It confirms that it does not view it necessary at present to introduce an Article 4 direction in Morcott. It considers that unsympathetic alterations to houses are rare and not sufficiently widespread to justify the removal of individual property development rights which an Article 4 direction would introduce.

5      It supports Management Proposal 2 in Appendix 3 to extend the conservation area to include Crown House and Sycamore House, in line with the requirement in the Listed Buildings Act for the review of conservation area boundaries.

Further, MPC recommends that the advent of the appraisal is used for a more extensive review of the conservation area boundary to include some of the built environment adjoining it together with areas of open land around the village. Both the Village Plan and the Conservation Area Appraisal confirm that the fine views of undulating farmland enhance the character of the conservation village and need to be preserved. In many other Rutland villages (Ashwell, Barrowden, Braunston in Rutland, Egleton, Lyddington, Seaton, Tinwell) the conservation area boundaries are not drawn as tightly around the village as they are in Morcott. The English Heritage guidance (paragraph 1.15) notes that the boundaries of some conservation areas designated many years ago (as Morcott’s were) may have been drawn too tightly.

The parish council’s proposals for an extended conservation area boundary are attached as Appendix 1, together with supporting maps and photographs.

It should be noted that this idea was aired and widely supported at the public consultation in the village on 13 May 2014.

6      Morcott Parish Council supports Management Proposal 5 in Appendix 3 of the Conservation Area Appraisal which recommends that there should be liaison with the statutory undertakers to secure the routing of electricity cables underground, as has happened in other Rutland villages. As well as having an adverse impact on the overall quality and appearance of the conservation area, this old method of power supply is vulnerable to damage in bad weather and causes frequent breakdowns in supply.

A further problem is that in order to maintain the supply the electricity company appears to have the right to pollard and possibly de-crown obstructive trees. As an example, a cedar at the eastern end of the churchyard was aggressively pruned in December 2013. Photographic evidence of this is available.

7      The appraisal rightly observes that low, vitrified kerbstones are an attractive feature of the Morcott street scene. However, it fails to note the damage to these which has been caused by heavy goods vehicles, which often mount the kerb to pass obstructions. Although there are restrictions in place which should limit the access of such traffic these are regularly ignored. It is strongly recommended that the appraisal recognises this and recommends action to reduce further risk. This could involve the re-siting of the road signs which limit access to make them visible at the entries to the village and through enforcement of the controls.

8      MPC welcomes the intention expressed in Management Proposals 3 and 4 in Appendix 3 to raise awareness of the implications of conservation area designation and to provide advice on the sympathetic repair of features of architectural or historic interest.

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Appendix 1 – is the proposal from Morcott Parish Council to extend the boundary of the current Conservation Area.

Appendix 2 – maps the suggested boundary extension.

Appendix 3 – is an aerial photo on which key sightlines into areas C, D and E are indicated.

Photo C

Photo C

Photo D

Photo D

Photo E

Photo E

Photo C, Photo D and Photo E each illustrate an area referred to in Appendices 1 + 2.

THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE: The above is Morcott Parish Council’s response to RCC.  In addition, all villagers are encouraged to make their own individual responses direct to RCC, whether your view is in line with MPC’s response, or whether your view differs from MPC’s response.

Individual responses may be made by EMAIL to localplan@rutland.gov.uk or by using the RESPONSE FORM that can be found on RCC’s website page about Morcott Conservation Area Appraisal.

The deadline for submitting responses to Rutland County Council is 4.45pm on 24 June 2014.  If you have any queries about submitting your response, please contact RCC on 01572 722 577 and ask for the Planning Policy section.

 

 

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