Flood Improvement Work Completed

Work commissioned by the Environment Agency and carried out by Waitings has now been completed on Crooks Beck. Members of the Parish Council and several local residents met the representatives of the Environment Agency on Monday morning for 3 hours and again on Tuesday morning for another couple of hours. On both occasions we had to ask the EA not to do the planned work by the low bridge to remove a build up of silt over many years (not caused by Storm Desmond or other storms last winter.) We also found out that even the removal of two willow trunks on the main stretch of the beck had been removed from the plan. However, after long discussions, walking  up and down the beck. exploring  access routes and trying to persuade the EA that only widening the beck as much as possible, starting from Rambler Cottage, including some work near the road bridge too, they finally agreed to do as much of this work as funding will allow. The original, now obsolete, scope of works plan can be seen  via this link: Flood Work Scope.

The contractor Waitings revised their plans and the EA obtained the necessary consents for this work.  Work was almost completed when a broken sewage pipe under the beck was discovered during the works and was then repaired by Waitings on behalf of United Utilities. There was  some disruption and noise while the work was carried out for which we apologise, but we hope you understood the need for this work. We would like to thank the workers and staff of Waitings for their hard work and flexibility. As well as the main stretch of Crooks Beck being widened and lowered to take more water, they also cut off a build up of soil on the village green side of the low road. They also did some soil removal on the far side of the road bridge near Joseph’s, which should help. The only bit of work they did not do was the original work on the other side of the low bridge! Coir matting has been pegged down to stabilize the embankment and this has grass seed within it and it is biodegradable too.

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The Parish Council and the EA accept that more work will have to be done in future through bids for further funding. Possible future solutions could be some sort of vortex brake dams which control the flow of the two becks into the village and would allow water to spill out onto non-risk land outside of the village and therefore reduce the flow of the becks during heavy rainfall. A Draft Flood Investigation Report for Warcop is about to be published on the Cumbria County Council website via:  If you look at Appleby’s or Kirkby Stephen’s, for example, you will see the level of detail, photos from members of the public and recommendations for future work. A public meeting to discuss this and take any further ideas from residents is due to be held some time in October, date to be arranged. Watch this website!

We do hope that the work will help reduce the flood risk to residents in the Brookside area. Thank you to all who have helped with this and tried to make the EA respond to what Warcop needs. Well done to the team of volunteers who re-planted thousands of daffodil bulbs on the beck side which had been removed during the original clear up back in spring! They should look fantastic next year. All in all, a good outcome and we have achieved a lot so well done to all those who helped.WP_20161008_09_30_54_Pro WP_20161008_09_33_14_Pro

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Highways England Meeting

Jonathan Reade from Highways England and Andy Render from Keir met with four members of the Parish Council and four local residents on Tuesday 16th August in the Parish Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to hear updates on three potential schemes of interest to our community: the 50 mph speed limit on the A66; the possible dualling of the A66; a possible cycle way from Sandford to Appleby.

  1. The 50 mph speed limit is imminent – when the over-sticky tape is replaced with new signs. Highways England and the police will monitor speeds and we should perhaps ask someone from the traffic police to come and talk to the Parish Council in the coming months to get their perspective on the new speed limit. While there are no average speed cameras, they is a possibility of them later if speeds don’t reduce. We need speed checks not just at the new police lay-by but on the worst bends. Further junction work might also happen if needed. They will look at suggestions made by local residents who live very close to the A66.
  2. Dualling the A66 – a report to ministers is being finalised and likely to go to them in October. We should lobby Rory Stewart our MP round about that time to use his influence as that is when decisions to take schemes to the development stage are made. If successful, it means the scheme is committed and detailed work starts plus all the statutory consultations etc. The earliest start would be 2021/22 but a lot can happen in governments and the economy in that time! This isn’t the only scheme in the pipeline, of course. Jonathan referred us to an interim report which you can access via this link: There is a  shorter summary but the 205-page full report is perhaps more interesting because of the huge amount of data it contains about traffic flows, accidents, speeds, freight use, projections and so on. Have a look at it if you can. It covers the A69, A66 and A685. The encouraging aspect is that HIghways England see the sense of dualling the A66 and it has a strong economic as well as a safety benefit and would support the “Northern Powerhose” policy.
  3. Cycle Way – Jonathan seems confident that the track bed and viaducts are fairly sound and feels a scheme like this would cost about £2m. He doesn’t seem to think that would be an issue, although they might find technical problems. They will try to find some funds to do a survey this year. Because it’s a safer route which can’t be built next to the A66, he seems to think it stands a good chance, possibly from the 2017/18 financial year. It would start at Sandford Bridge and go right to Appleby, with options to link to caravan parks along the way and places like Haybergill.

The Parish Council will receive updates and let you know what is happening. We intend to meet with them again in a year’s time to see how the speed limit has gone with relevant data


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New Chair of Parish Council

At the last Parish Council Meeting, David Keetley was elected as the new Chair of Warcop Parish Council as Tim Wass expressed a wish to stand down as Chair, due to new work commitments. Tim will continue as a Parish Councillor and we appreciate all the excellent work he has done in recent years. A summary of the recent meeting will be published soon.


Warcop Art & Craft Exhibition a Great Success!

Warcop Art Exhibition a Fantastic Success!

Warcop held its first ever Art & Craft Exhibition in the new Parish Hall over the Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April to 2nd May. Organisers have hailed it a huge success with well over 400 visitors who came to see a wide range of local artistic talent on show. All the exhibitors commented on how light and attractive the Hall is and they were all keen to return for any future exhibitions. Visitors came from many local towns and villages with several coming from further afield.

Children were encouraged to come along as every pupil at Warcop C of E Primary School had drawn a picture which was on display. There were activities such as a treasure hunt and a drawing competition with prizes. About 90 children came over the three days. Visitors also enjoyed having to choose their favourite exhibit.

Feedback commented on the huge talent on show, the variety of work and how well organised the event was. There were paintings by Sara Sylvester, Ann Sandell and Margaret Shaw, photographers such as Alan Roberts from Kirkby Stephen and Hazel Deighton from Bleatarn, rugs and quilts, bead work, wood-turning by Phil Sampson and sculptures by James Popps from Brough.

The exhibition was organised by the Parish Hall Events Group and in particular by David Keetley, Peter Foskett, Hazel Deighton and Vivienne Willcock. Special praise goes to Peter Foskett who designed an amazing zig-zag display system made from 8’ x 4’ boards painted white. He also designed the posters/flyers and the distinctive exhibition logo. Over the weekend, a large team of helpers staffed the Hall covering entrance fee, raffle, sales and refreshments.

Key helpers were:

Glenda Burton, Caroline Shaw, Vivienne & Richard Willcock, Karen West, Mark and Carol Blackett-Ord, Lois Wiseman, Sue Fell, Pat Brady, Sarah & Grace Harrison, Carole White, Judith Heelis, Jenny Ramsden, Ray Bromby, Susan Coffer, Amanda Daldry, Hazel Deighton, Joyce and David Keetley and Peter Foskett. Colin Harrison, Gordon Deighton and David White also deserve great thanks for their contributions to putting up bunting, signs and transporting the boards to the Hall!

Favourite Artist Piece: Butterfly Quilt by Heather Wakefield of Sandford

Runner up: photograph by Hazel Deighton of Bleatarn

Spot Prize for Voting: Sue Latham

Children’s Drawing Competition Winners: Scarlett Harrison, Charlotte Eife, Abi Heron, Emma Moogan

Best Primary School Picture Winner: Parrot by Charlie Dinsdale

Many of the contributing artists donated prizes for the raffle, including prints, originals, wood-turning and bracelets. Over £1200 was raised from the exhibition and these funds will go towards much-needed equipment for the new Parish Hall.

Thank you to all the organisers, helpers, exhibitors and visitors who made this a fantastic first-time exhibition which will hopefully become an annual event. It was a real community team effort.



Warcop Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 25th May 7:30 pm

The next meeting of Warcop Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 25th May at 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the new Parish Hall. All members of the community are very welcome.

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Warcop Clean Up – After the Floods Volunteers Start the Big Clean Up

The Parish Council held several meetings which were attended by many local residents to help create a Flood Action Plan. Rory Stewart MP visited Warcop and offered support and the Environment Agency (EA) came down and visited the main areas of damage and concern.

The main areas agreed were:

Parish given permission for local volunteers to clear extensive undergrowth from Crook’s Beck from the centre of the village to the mouth of the Eden.

The EA agreed to fund the work to widen the beck to slow down the flow of water in any future floods.

Build up of gravel at Eden Bridge to be removed and threat to road as river is now effectively spilt in two. No agreement yet as to who will give permission or fund this.

CCC Highways to repair railings and posts alongside beck and fund paint for village volunteers to re-paint them after any EA work has been completed.

Highways repaired the low bridge over the beck whose wall had been partly washed away in the floods.

The Parish Council would like to thank all local residents who have worked so hard clearing trees and vegetation along the beck and disposing of the waste. Look out for some photos on the website soon to show some of the great work done and how it has opened up the views of the village. Many homes were flooded and we hope that this great example of community spirit will help prevent such flooding and heartache for residents in future.

Thanks also to those residents who helped make a good start on tidying up the willow maze in Warcop which had become overgrown. The Parish Council hopes to organise some more village tidy up sessions and would encourage lots of volunteers will come along to help.



A66 50 mph Speed Limit Operational

      You will have seen that work had started on implementing a 50 mph speed limit on the A66 between Brough and the Appleby bypass. The problem with the signs has been resolved and the new speed limit is now operational (as of 3rd September 2016.) There was a delay of several weeks because of an objection to the scheme which took some time to respond to by Highways England. Police will now monitor speeds from a new observation lay-by and at other places.

The Parish Council still has concerns about insufficient double white lines on the hill near Sandford road end, and the very short distance to that turn-off from the Appleby directiom that they have positioned the 50mph signs. Warcop Parish Council would value your feedback on the effects of the new speed limit in the coming weeks and months so please let us know your views.

Other safety improvements and average speed cameras are possible in the future if speeds and accident rates do not reduce. This is now a permanent speed limit and came as a result of lobbying by a number of local Parish and Town Councils.

A report on the case for dualling all or part of the A66 and A69 is due to go to ministers in October.November 2016 (see report on meeting with Highways England in separate article.)


Eden Valley Railway

Follow this link to find out more about the work of the Eden Valley Railway: http://www.evr-cumbria-org-uk