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Flood Prevention Work

Warcop Parish Council has as one of its priorities further upstream flood prevention work to help reduce the chances of properties flooding again, as happened in December 2015 during Storm Desmond. After that storm, the Environment Agency worked on Crooks Beck, adjusting the profile of the far bank so that is captures more water. This has had some effect and many at risk properties have also improved their flood defences.

The Parish Council has lobbied for further work in the last five years and various Flood Risk Management reports were published and can be accessed on the Cumbria County Council Website or via this link:

Recently we have approached the Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency, the MOD, the A66 Trans-Pennine team and The Woodland Trust to see if further Natural Flood Management works can be put in place on the fells where the streams that feed into Warcop originate and/or on farmland, with the relevant permissions.

We have been told that there might be some officer time available to survey the landscape and perform the necessary modelling and the EA have at least two promising funding streams that can be applied for to cover some of the costs, although success is not guaranteed.

What we hope to see, if all the above partners can work together collaboratively on this, are a range of natural measures such as leaky dams and storage ponds, plus extensive tree planting, to slow the flow of the becks before they deposit large amounts of water into Warcop during periods of heavy rain. If we experience another severe storm like Desmond, even these measures might not protect properties completely. However, they will help.

The Parish Council will try to keep you informed of any further progress on this priority which we believe is vital in order to further protect properties in our village.

Here is a report published by Cumbria County Council in 2016:

Warcop Flood Investigation Report (DRAFT (cumbria.gov.uk)

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Warcop Parish Council Zoom Meeting

The last meeting of Warcop Parish Council took place on Tuesday 9th February at 7:30 pm via Zoom. The agenda and minutes of the last meeting are below:

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New Tuesday S6 Bus Service

Please note that all Western Dales bus services have been suspended due to the new Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions. Please check here for news of when it will start operating.

Cumbria Classic Coaches have announced that they are ending their Tuesday bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith at Christmas. However, the good news is that the Western Dales community group have applied to take on the service, starting in 2021. Please see details sent by them below. The key points for Warcop residents is that the new service starting in January, will run three times on a Tuesday, it will be a minibus service so numbers might be restricted, and the bus will pick up in the middle of Warcop at the bus shelter. The 563 Appleby to Penrith Stagecoach service continues Monday to Friday, with the Friday Rural Wheels minibus linking with the 10:03 am bus at The Sands in Appleby.

A copy of the timetable is available here:

Further to earlier correspondence about the forthcoming withdrawal of the Cumbria Classic Coaches Tuesday service 574 from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith, I am pleased to be able to inform you that two operators have come forward to offer replacement services

Kirkby Stephen – Brough – Penrith (Tuesday only)

The Western Dales community group from the Sedbergh area will introduce a service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith starting Tuesday 5th January (subject to approval of this start date by the Traffic Commissioners Office)

Ø  To avoid competition with, and abstraction of passengers from, the existing Stagecoach 563, and also as the vehicles used have only 16 seater (currently further restricted due to Social Distancing guidelines), the service will not pick up at points from Appleby Sands to Penrith, or drop passengers in this section on return trips.

Ø  As before, the service will run on Tuesdays

Ø  There will be three trips a day in each direction, with the first and last also running to/from Sedbergh (see attached timetable)

Ø  As a smaller vehicle is used, it will be able to get under the Warcop rail bridge and serve the centre of the village (Sandford will not currently be served but this may be possible in the future)

(Appleby) – Long Marton – Penrith

Stagecoach will additionally divert their first trip on the Service 563 towards Penrith and the last trip from Penrith via Long Marton

Ø  This will start (subject to approval from the Traffic Commissioner) on 4th January

Ø  This diversion with be made Monday to Friday

Ø  Brampton village will also be served

Ø  In response to customer requests the service will now additionally serve Scattergate in Appleby

Ø  Due to the new routing Crackenthorpe will not be served on the journeys that run via Long Marton. The later journeys to Penrith will run via Crackenthorpe and anyone returning there from Penrith can travel via Appleby.

Details will appear on our website from Monday next week

www.cumbria.gov.uk\buses\S6

www.cumbria.gov.uk\buses\new\563.asp

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Electricity North West Priority Services Register

Get ready for winter weather by signing up to your energy supplier’s Priority Services Register (PSR).

Each energy supplier has a priority services register which allows them to prioritise their services to pensioners, young children and those with health issues during times of power cuts or poor weather.  It is free to join.  They each have slightly different criteria so check with your supplier to see if you are eligible to join and ask to be added to their list.

The electricity provider for Cumbria is Electricity North West.  Their application form is attached.  All you need to do is print the form, fill it out and send it back to them.  By being on their PSR they can provide you with blankets, torches, warm food and drinks and even alternative accommodation during prolonged power cuts.  You can also get a free home energy assessment from Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) to look at all of your utilities to see where you might be able to save on bills and where you can make improvements to your house and find funds to make these changes. 

If you need any help with signing up for this scheme, please ask any member of the Parish Council and they will be happy to assist.

– Electricity North West (Electricity) 0800 195 4141 

 www.enwl.co.uk/power-cuts/priority-services-register

– Cold Weather Priority Initiative (Oil) 0121 781 7267  www.ukifda.org/cold-weather-priority-initiative

– United Utilities (Water) 0345 072 6093  

www.unitedutilities.com/help-and-support/priority-services

Here is a link to a leaflet with further details and an application form about the Electricity North West scheme:

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A66 Border TV Interview

ITV Border News were invited to film and interview a few local residents to hear their concerns about Highways England’s proposed route for the A66. In the light of the 94% in favour of an alternative northern route, the reporter was keen to find out what the main concerns are and the impact of the new road which would come closer to the villages of Warcop, Sandford, Langrigg and Flitholme, thereby increasing noise, air and visual pollution.

Watch the programme on ITV on Wednesday 2nd December at 6pm

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Warcop Parish Council Minutes of Meeting of 27th October 2020

Here are the minutes of the last meeting of Warcop Parish Council:

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Warcop Parish Council Meeting

There will be a Zoom meeting of Warcop Parish Council on Tuesday 1st December at 7:30 pm. If you have any issues please speak to a member of the Council or contact the Clerk, Heidi Strong.

The Agenda and minutes of the last meeting are available via the links below:

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Alternative Route Survey Results – Overwhelming Support for Northern Option

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Warcop Parish Council recently produced a survey sheet which went to every resident in Warcop Parish. It was a simple request to see if there was sufficient support for an alternative to the route between Appleby and Brough published by Highways England. The Parish Council believes that the proposed route will be too close to Warcop village and other residential and business premises along the 5-mile route.

Musgrave Parish Council also used the sheet to ask the residents of its parish and the results are included with Warcop’s. Some 300 sheets were distributed and almost 200 returned.

The forms were counted by the Reverend Clive Hicks.

94% of forms returned were in favour of the alternative route, with 6% supporting the original route offered by Highways England.

Such overwhelming support for the alternative route means that both Parish Councils will pass on this outcome to our MP, Dr Neil Hudson, and to Highways England. We believe that Highways England should now draw up a detailed scheme for the northern route. We will keep you informed of the responses we receive. We also hope to have this survey result in The Herald.

Warcop and Musgrave Parish Councils would like to thank everyone who took part in the survey which shows a very high level of community engagement.

Here is a copy of the results table:

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND UPDATES

Meanwhile, Highways England has published updates on progress on the whole project. Here are two links which might help you find out more. One is to a virtual consultation where you can click on the relevant section to see a video. The other is to the complete update booklet.

https://a66ntp.virtual-engage.com/

https://assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/roads/road-projects/A66+Northern+Trans-Pennine/A66_Junction_Brochure_WEB.PDF

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Highways England Meeting: Our Preferred Route

A group of Parish Councillors and and local residents recently met with a team from Highways England to propose an alternative route to their published “preferred route.” As our community was only offered one option which many might not fully appreciate the implications of, we wanted to suggest a completely northern route behind the MOD buildings, through a valley and eventually returning to the straight part of the old road beyond Sandford road end.

We think their proposal would increase noise, air and visual pollution, reduce property prices and take away the army/community playing field and create huge bridges which would be higher than the railway line embankment.

Warcop Parish Council intends to send out a questionnaire to all residents soon n which we will ask people to consider whether they prefer the Highways England option I or our northern option I (north).