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.
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.
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.)
Follow this link to find out more about the work of the Eden Valley Railway: http://www.evr-cumbria-org-uk
The long wait is over. Superfast Broadband is now available in Warcop. Contact your Internet Service Provider to find out how to get speeds of up to 80mbs.
Warcop’s new website is now up and running. There are currently sections for The Parish Council, Parish Hall, Methodist Chapel and St Columba’s Church – plus useful information and news for all local residents. We have also started a local business directory to promote local businesses and services. If you have any photos of the local area please get in touch and we’ll add them to the website.
If you’d like to contribute to the website with news, events or information then just let us know.
This website is for everyone in the Warcop Parish which includes Warcop, Sandford, Beatarn and Coupland Beck so please use it and help us to make it even better!