The next meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 14th October at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
Here are the links to the agenda and the previous minutes:
Please be aware that the consultation on Highways England’s proposals to upgrade the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner starts on Friday 24th September and runs for six weeks until 6th November.
Please see our online petition on Change.org in support of our proposal for a northern bypass which is now online and please encourage lots of people near and far to sign it!
Here is the link to the Highways England Consultation page. There are useful visualisations for each section, including Appleby to Brough:
Should you require paper copies of all these documents, please contact Highways England, newly named as National Highways, or I have 4 copies if you contact me.
Warcop & Musgrave Parish Councils have been lobbying Highways England to design a more northerly route which would take the new road away from the villages of Warcop and Sandford as well as individual properties along our section of the route.
While some welcome amendments to their design have been made, we still feel that the new road should be further away to reduce air, noise and visual pollution. We recognise that this would mean part of the road running across a small section of an Area of Outstanding Beauty, but we believe the needs of current and future residents should be more important than preserving a small section of low-grade land currently damaged by the activities of the MOD.
Please can you make sure you attend one of the face to face consultation events and also send in an official consultation form with your views? The more responses they receive saying their current proposals are unacceptable the better. The Warcop Parish Hall dates are Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th October.
Specifically, if they won’t consider our northern bypass proposal, then they can improve their design by a) building the new carriageway between Café 66 and Dyke Nook to the north of the existing road, not the south, including storage ponds; b) between Brough and Warcop, design a straight line new road to the north of the current road, thus reducing the need for complex junctions at Langrigg, Flitholme and Warcop. This would then join with HE’s route to the west of the army playing field.
We have also asked that they consider extending the non-road user section from Moorhouse Lane to Appleby, for cyclists, walkers, horse riders etc. In addition, we have requested that they construct a new footpath from the primary school in Warcop into the centre of the village for road safety reasons.
Here is a link to the consultation dates and venues table: https://apis.mail.yahoo.com/ws/v3/mailboxes/@.id==VjN-7JRFnL-fyeiiYaiwEM2LjhViDAwg8ygWGLv1Jt7lEoyZrdudzMVHlm2dtTWuXSDvpXSQPIt7834jXjyRXCwNNg/messages/@.id==AEIdcLpeOirgYUiAWA5zODiRm2c/content/parts/@.id==2/thumbnail?appid=YMailNorrin&downloadWhenThumbnailFails=true&pid=2
Please remember that this road will be there for hundreds of years so the chosen route must be safe for future generations and as far away from villages and houses as possible.
Chair, Warcop Parish Council
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Thursday 12th August at 7:30pm at the Parish Hall. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Below you can find the agenda and last set of minutes:
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.
WARCOP PARISH COUNCIL
MEETING DATES 2021/22
Please note the change of evening to THURSDAYS.
Subject to change
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.
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.
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.
Chair, Warcop Parish Council
Many thanks to Tony Dent and Alan Burgess for their help in sanding down, cleaning and re-painting the goalposts on the Village Green in Warcop. Even the nets have been washed!
We hope that this will prolong the life of the goals for a few more years and give lots of enjoyment to the children and adults who play there.