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Warcop Parish Council Virtual Meeting

The next meeting of Warcop Parish Council will be via Zoom on Tuesday 8th September at 7:30 pm. An agenda will be published on noticeboards and here on the website when available.

If any member of the community wishes to join in the Zoom meeting, please contact our Clerk, Heidi Strong, by email heidi.strong45@gmail.com.

Here are the minutes of our last meeting:

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Shap Chippy Van Coming Soon!

Shap Chippy are planning to start a weekly fish & chip service from their mobile van which will be sited at Warcop Parish Hall car park every TUESDAY evening from 5-7 pm. There will be a pre-booking system and it is hoped that the new scheme will start in early October. This will be a great boost for everyone after the lockdown period and we expect residents will help collect meals for neighbours who can’t drive so that they don’t miss out!

Please check here for further details when we receive them.

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Sign up for Parish Information!

Warcop Parish Council is trying to set up a parish-wide mailing list to enable it to send relevant information to the 220 households that make up the parish in Bleatarn, Sandford, Warcop and part of Coupland Beck. If you click on any page after the Home Page on our website, you will see a simple sign-up form. You can choose how to receive information and you can opt out whenever you like.

The idea is to tell you about the things the Parish Council is working on as well as telling you about its meetings and the minutes. We will also seek your opinion on issues from time to time – for example, we are currently meeting with Highways England to try and persuade them to create a northerly route for the dualled A66 that takes it over MOD land and further away from Warcop and nearby properties.

We would also like to tell you about events, classes or activities at the Parish Hall, as well as any developments the trustees are working on. For example, they have recently been successful in securing funding to build an extension to our store rooms as we do not have enough space, which is due to the hall’s success.

The whole point is to keep you – the nearly 600 residents of our parish – as fully up to date as possible, so that you feel informed and involved in our community.

Please sign up as soon as possible, so that we can build up a really good number of contacts, then we will begin to send out occasional emails.

Thank you,

David Keetley

Chair, Warcop Parish Council

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Plans for Upgrade to Warcop Play Area

Warcop Parish Council is embarking on an imaginative plan to completely upgrade the existing play area on the village green as we feel the current equipment is old and unexciting. It is checked regularly by Eden District Council to ensure it is safe.

This project is being led by Councillor Katie Hauser and a small working group. So far a number of companies have drawn up plans and quotations for a variety of schemes. In order to raise the considerable funds required, there will be several fund-raising events in the coming months as well as applications to a range of funders.

Katie has sent out a questionnaire to seek people’s views and we will inform you of the results and which scheme the Parish Council has chosen.

In the short term, the Parish Council has asked EDC if it can at least re-paint the existing swings and slide to brighten them up until we have all the funds we need to create a completely new and exciting adventure play area.

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Warcop Remote Post Office -Tuesdays 2-3pm

The Post Office service at Warcop Parish Hall has re-opened on a new day for the time being, on Tuesdays. Please note the revised opening time from 2 – 3 pm with effect from the 8th September.

A poster is attached below.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FACE MASKS/COVERINGS MUST BE WORN AT THE POST OFFICE IN LINE WITH RECENT GOVERNMENT ADVICE.

The meeting room will be Covid-secure with a Perspex screen, hand sanitiser, social distancing rules and one customer in the room at a time. We look forward to meeting as many customers as possible.

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Community Minibus Restarts – Friday 10th July 2020

Please note that the Community Wheels Friday minibus service will restart on Friday the 10th July. Covid-19 precautions will be in place on board which means that places will be limited at first.

The service runs from Appleby, Great Asby, Ormside, then to Warcop and Sandford before returning to Appleby to connect with the 10:00 563 Stagecoach bus to Penrith. The other route covers Appleby, Dufton, Silverband, Milburn, Long Marton and back to Appleby.

You need to sign up to join the scheme and obtain a pre-payment card. Details of routes and times are on the posters at the Warcop and Sandford bus stops, or phone 01228 226428 to join the scheme.

 

 

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Warcop Parish Hall Re-opening

The Trustees of the Parish Hall have agreed to have a limited re-opening of the hall from the week beginning the 13th July. Only a few groups will be able to use the hall at first, such as the Tuesday Drama group, the Friday morning Art class (from 7th August) and the Post Office at a new time and day of Tuesday afternoon, 1-2 pm. The kitchen will not be available initially as Trustees have to ensure that the hall is Covid-safe and all necessary risk assessment have been carried out. We hope to gradually expand the number of users and activities in the coming weeks. No indoor exercise classes are permitted at the moment.

In the light of recently updated government guidance, Trustees are currently considering allowing some sport and exercise classes to re-start from September. These include Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Extend Exercise and Bat & Chat and strict Covid-secure measures will be in place.

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A66 Preferred Route Announcement – May 23rd 2020

The government has now published its Preferred Route for the dualling of the A66 between Penrith and Scotch Corner.  The link to the website with the full brochure is below. You will notice that there are no changes to the Appleby-Brough section. However, a number of people have questioned the fact that we have only been offered one option and Highways England have been contacted asking them to re-consider a northerly route which goes across MOD land and also A.O.N.B. land. We believe that the published route is too close to Warcop and the junction into Warcop will include a 30′ high bridge and a slip road over the army playing field to achieve east and west access to the new road. This will increase noise and pollution levels. The Sandford junction is west only thus increasing traffic through Warcop for drivers wanting to go east.

Our proposals suggest a fully northern route behind all houses with east-west junctions at Sandford road end and at Brough. The old A66 road would be used to join the new dual-carriageway, and would avoid a big junction at Warcop and keep the army playing field intact. It can then be used for local traffic and cyclists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is an extract from Highways England:

The selection of the preferred route follows an exhaustive review of options over several years. We have taken into consideration ecological, environmental and historical features as well as our analysis of responses to the public consultation which took place between May and July 2019.

Our aim is to increase safety, reduce congestion and improve journey times by dualling the remaining single carriageway sections along the A66 between M6 junction 40 at Penrith and the A1(M) at Scotch Corner. Other improvements are also proposed along its length, such as at Kemplay Bank roundabout and the junctions with the M6 and A1(M).

You can find out more about our decision in the Preferred Route Announcement brochure, which is available from www.highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a66-northern-trans-pennine along with our Options Consultation Report.

Next Steps

We will now develop the preferred route design ahead of a future public consultation. This will offer you and other interested parties more opportunities to provide your views on more detailed designs before we apply for a Development Consent Order which provides the necessary planning approvals to enable us to start construction on the project.

 

If you have views on this route or our suggested northern option, please contact Highways England on this email address:

a66ntp@highwaysengland.co.uk 

 

 

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Garden Waste Skip Scheme

After an initial suspension of the scheme because of the Covid-19 pandemic, EDC has now restored the garden waste skip scheme for villages. We receive 7 skips per year and the first one is already in place by Crook’s Beck in Warcop.

Many other parts of Eden have kerbside green wheelie bin collections. We have over 200 households in our parish and this would be a preferable scheme for us in the future as it would be easier for the elderly or those who can’t drive.

This is what the skip looked like in June 2018 after about two days!

David Keetley

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CARONAVIRUS HELP

Warcop Parish Council, Sandford & Warcop WI and the two churches are working together to offer help and support for any local resident who is vulnerable or in self-isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic. Leaflets with contact numbers will be distributed to all households so that anyone who needs help with shopping, prescriptions, emergencies or just general support and reassurance can phone someone and obtain the help they need.

Parish Council coronavirus leaflet

David Keetley on behalf of Warcop Parish Council