Have your say about St George’s Barracks proposal

The proposed ‘garden village’ on the site of St George’s Barracks may be good for Rutland, but whatever your view regarding the development, we should consider the potential impact on Morcott.

Even though the new village will be set between Edith Weston and North Luffenham, almost 3 miles away, 3,000 homes are planned, which means villages south of Rutland Water will be impacted in some way.

The additional traffic (potentially 6,000+ cars) will be huge. And no doubt some of it will come through North Luffenham and Morcott en route to Uppingham. Willoughby Road already has more traffic than any other village road: it risks becoming a rat run between the new village and the A47 for those heading to Leicester or Corby.

Morcott Parish Council will engage with the Consultation process, but I urge all village residents, particularly those in Willoughby Road, to look at the initial plans and RESPOND to RCC with comments and concerns.

Consultation is NOW: there are several opportunities – please take advantage of one of them. 

Alternatively, a new website has been launched with details of the masterplan for St George’s, and information about how to comment on the proposals can be found online at: www.stgeorgesrutland.co.uk

Activity Location Date Time
Presentation and drop-in session St Mary and St John Primary School, North Luffenham Wednesday 16 May 2018 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Drop-in session Uppingham Town Hall Thursday 17 May 2018 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Presentation and drop-in session Edith Weston Village Hall Wednesday 23 May 2018 6.30pm to 9.00pm
Drop-in session Ketton Library Wednesday 30 May 2018 2.00pm to 8.00pm
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Volunteers wanted for Church Springclean

What are you doing Saturday morning? That is this Saturday 12 May 2018. If you can spare an hour during the morning (we’ll start at 9.30am), the churchwardens would be delighted to see you at St Mary’s Church for a much-needed springclean.

 

Dusters, polish, hoovers – and coffee and biscuits – all provided. If you prefer to tackle overgrown shrubs in the churchyard , there is also plenty to do, but please bring your own gardening tools.

We really appreciate everyone’s help. Questions? Call Jane on 747157.

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Neighbourhood Watch News

Many villagers will be spending a lot of time in the garden, and if you’re anything like me (site admin Jane Williams) this means forgetting to lock the shed at night, leaving lawnmowers and other equipment vulnerable to thieves. Do be careful about locking not only sheds and garages, but the back door if you’re in a far flung corner of your rolling acres…

We’ve also been alerted to an incident last month in Wing, which was a forced entry to a parked car: hearing the noise, the owner returned to find a thief stealing her handbag: a nasty confrontation. It seems unattended cars in Rutland are being targeted in ‘remote’ locations such as at allotments, dog walking locations or similar.

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Annual Parish Meeting & MPC Meeting

The Parish Clerk has asked me to flag up the date and agendas for the upcoming 2018 Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Morcott Parish Council Meeting.

Both are to be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018 in the Village Hall, starting at 7pm with the Annual Parish Meeting. The Agenda for this is essentially to sign off Accounts to 31 March 2017; to present Budget/Precept for 2018-19 financial year; to receive the Chairman’s Report. Then the floor is open to members of the public to speak on any village issue.

This meeting is immediately followed (starting at 7.30pm latest) by the Annual Parish Council Meeting, the Agenda for which includes Electing a Chairman before going into a ‘normal’ Council Meeting with a full list of business.

Complete Agendas, and supporting documentation available to the public, can all be found on the Parish Council’s own official website: http://www.morcottparishcouncil.org.uk/council-meetings.html#item-638855-1063004

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Offers invited for Dining Chairs

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There is a new post on the For Sale/Freecycle page of the village website. Here’s a picture of the 6 dining chairs, described as:

Six ladder back dinning room chairs in excellent condition. Brown wood with brown velvet seat covering. Fire resistant certified. Open to offers. Please telephone 747360

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French Night Dinner: last call for tickets!

The French Night dinner in the Village Hall on Saturday 28 April is nearly here!

Here’s the LINK to all the detail if you have forgotten.

Please get in touch with Alison Johnson ASAP if you still want to come but have not yet bought your tickets.

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Jumble Sale 21 April

The next Church Jumble Sale will be on 21 April 2018, held as usual in Morcott Village Hall, with doors open at 2pm (small charge to get in; tea/coffee and a raffle available).

Tricia Williams would be glad to see donations and helpers get organised from 9.30am that morning.

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