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Appleby Horse Fair Arrangements

You will be aware that this year’s Horse Fair has been re-scheduled and starts on Thursday 12th August. Warcop Parish Council, in consultation with the police and MASCG, will put in place various measures to ensure that the correct regulations are followed by our visitors.

In Warcop, only bow top caravans are permitted and no motorised caravans. There are designated places near Crooks Beck. Areas near the sheepfold, the village green and small areas opposite will be fenced off. Benches will also be removed temporarily.

In addition, following the successful 2019 trial, we will block off the layby adjacent to Crooks Beck with concrete railway sleepers to prevent motorised vehicles parking there. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience to residents.

Members of the Parish Council will meet the police at liaison meetings on the 3rd, 6th and 9th August at 12 – 1pm to discuss any issues. So if you have any concerns, please contact a member of the Parish Council, who will raise them directly with the police.

If you see any criminal or dangerous activity, please ring 101 and ask for the dedicated Horse Fair line.

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Parish Council

Parish Council Meeting Dates 2021 – 22

WARCOP PARISH COUNCIL

MEETING DATES 2021/22

Please note the change of evening to THURSDAYS.

  • Thursday12th August
  • Thursday 14th October
  • Thursday 9th December
  • Thursday 10th February 2022
  • Thursday 14th April 2022
  • Thursday 9th June 2022

Subject to change

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Community Parish Hall

Air Ambulance Bag Collection

Please bring your filled bags to the hall on Saturday 10th July between 9 – 11am. The GNAA van will come at 11:30am.

Thank you for supporting this important charity.

Here’s a poster with more details on:

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Community Parish Council

A66 Upgrade – Public Meeting

Organised by Warcop & Musgrave Parish Councils

You are cordially invited to attend a public meeting on

Friday 23rd July, 5pm at Warcop Parish Hall

A chance for you to express your views and ask questions about Highways England’s preferred route between Appleby and Brough, and to consider our alternative proposals.

This meeting is open to all members of Warcop and Musgrave Parishes and we have also invited members of the Highways England team, our MP, our District and County Councillors, a representative from Natural England and members of the Parish Councils.

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Community Parish Council

A66 Northern Route – a plan of our alternative proposal

Please find here a link to a planning drawing of our alternative A66 dualled route compared with Highways England’s proposals.

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Community Parish Hall Parish Hall News

Warcop Parish Hall Trustees’ AGM

This will take place on Thursday 17th June at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Agenda and minutes can be found via these links:

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Parish Council

Warcop Parish Council AGM & Meeting

The Annual General meeting of Warcop Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 8th June 2021 at 7:00 pm at Warcop Parish Hall. This will be followed be the usual Parish Council meeting at 7:30 pm. Covid-secure precautions will be in place, such as face masks, social distancing and hand sanitising.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Community

A66 Consultation Dates

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We have just been informed that the statutory consultation on the A66 route will take place at Warcop Parish Hall between Sunday 3rd and Wednesday 6th October 2021. Further details will be provided by Highways England nearer the time.

We hope that you will put these dates in your diary and that everyone will attend and express their views.

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Outreach Mini Eden Coffee Van

Look out for a new venture with the Mini Eden Coffee Van in the Parish Hall Car Park every Friday morning 09:00 – 11:00 am. Here is a link to its website for more information:

OUTREACH VAN – Mini Eden (loveminieden.co.uk)

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Community Parish Council

A66 – an Update

Warcop and Musgrave Parish Councils have recently met with the design team from Highways England and there has also been a Microsoft Teams Community Liaison Group meeting. This group had representatives from Appleby, Brough, Warcop, Musgrave as well as local councillors. Local residents should also have received a leaflet updating them on the latest plans for the upgrade to our stretch of the A66 between Appleby and Brough. (Apparently there is a similar leaflet for Kirkby Thore.)

At the first meeting, we were presented with x 10 detailed drawings of the route with junctions and the alignment. This was essentially HE’s preferred route. They also showed us some draft plans where the road at Warcop makes use of the existing carriageway and only one new carriageway is built, to keep the road further from properties. A new local road would be built behind the tank park on AONB and MOD land. Another road at the eastern end would be built on AONB land to create a local link onto Brough main street.

It is hard to describe much of this without detailed maps but the main points of our campaign are as follows:

1. A completely northern route should be considered and HE should draw up proper detailed plans to assess the advantages and any issues.

2. The junction at Sandford has now been moved back to the road end but does now have east and west connectivity. There are 4 storage ponds and the new carriageway goes unacceptably close to Dyke Nook Cottage and other properties. An alternative would be for the new carriageway from Café 66 to go to the north of the existing road, not south. (This is not AONB land.)

3. At Warcop, there are two options: the first has the road elevated thus increasing noise, air and visual pollution. The second is at the current ground level with a new bridge over the new dual carriageway just next to the current army P junction. This would lead onto the range and the new local road.

4. At Flitholme and Langrigg, we questioned why there needed to be a new access road from Flitholme to Langrigg. One idea was to build a new link road from Flitholme to the Warcop Musgrave road B6259 to avoid this. At Langrigg the owners of Low Broomrigg Cottage will be surrounded by two new access roads with increased traffic plus a four-lane highway closer to their and others’ properties.. We couldn’t see why the two existing lanes could not go under the new road and meet the old A66 as a T-junction and then residents can turn left and join the new road at Warcop or turn right and join at Brough via a slip road off the old A66.

5. At Brough, HE say if they can’t build the new access road to Brough Main Street, they will have to build the new dual carriageway to the south west of Brough, demolishing one house and connecting at the Musgrave Lane bridge. This also seems like an extravagant solution at further expense.

6. The two parish councils were told we would be sent electronic copies of their plans as well as paper copies. If we can share them on this website, we will.

7. We intend to call a public meeting at Warcop Parish Hall some time in July for local residents to express their thoughts and feelings about the current proposals. We will invite Highways England, Natural England, local councillors, our MP, the media and any other relevant people. We hope that as many local residents as possible will attend (subject to the Covid regulations in force at the time.)

8. Highways England say there will be a statutory public consultation in the autumn, possibly September.

While there are signs of some movement from HE, they say that our proposed northern route would not receive approval from statutory bodies such as Natural England or the Secretary of State for Transport. The test is that only in “exceptional circumstances” would a road be allowed to be built over AONB land. Highways England and Natural England seem to suggest it is preferable to worsen the air, noise and visual pollution for a whole community, in order to protect an area of dubious natural “beauty” which is essentially barren and unattractive. We continue to challenge that point of view and are quite prepared to seek a legal challenge and perhaps go to a future public inquiry, if necessary.

We recognise that there a mixed views and opinions on this issue but in our recent survey of Musgrave and Warcop residents, 94% of respondents preferred a northern route.

Thank you.

David Keetley

Chair, Warcop Parish Council