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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 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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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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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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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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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

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Goals Re-painted

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.

Thanks,

David Keetley

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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 announced that the new S6 service to Penrith, calling at Warcop, will start on Tuesday 13th April.

Cumbria Classic Coaches have announced that they are ending their Tuesday bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith at Christmas 2020. 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 April, 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 S6 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