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OAKHAM TOWN COUNCIL APPOINT NEW MAYOR AT AGM

18th May 2022

Cllr Sally-Anne Wadsworth has been appointed Oakham Mayor for the next year.

 

NEW CHAIRMAN DAVID GRAHAM IS SEEKING YOUR IDEAS, PLEASE VISIT AND WRITE YOUR SUGGESTIONS IN THE BOOK. AT VICTORIA HALL OAKHAM RUTLAND

10th May 2022

The hall’s new Chairman, David Graham gives a whistle-stop tour of the Victoria Hall and plans for the future.  

He invites YOU during the merry month of May to pop into the hall, enjoy the space and write down your ideas for what you would like to take place upstairs.

 
Leicestershire Police  Investigation continuing following fatal collision in Rutland

AN INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING AFTER TWO PEOPLE DIED FOLLOWING A COLLISION IN RUTLAND YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, A 54-YEAR-OLD WOMAN – WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DRIVING WHILE UNFIT THROUGH DRINK OR DRUGS AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT.

10th May 2022

An investigation is continuing after two people died following a collision in Rutland yesterday afternoon (Monday 9 May).
The incident happened on the A47 Peterborough Road in Barrowden, just to the east of the crossroad with Barrowden Lane and Luffenham Road.
Emergency services were called just before 4pm, following a report of a collision involving a silver Fiat Qubo and a black Volkswagen Golf.
The occupants of the Fiat – a man and a woman – were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Golf was taken to hospital where she currently remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.
The driver of the Golf – a 54-year-old woman – was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs at the time of the incident. She has since been released from custody pending further enquiries.
Detectives are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage or who witnessed the collision to come forward.
Detective Constable Kasie Carter, from the force's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our investigation is very much ongoing and we are carrying out a number of enquiries into the incident.
“I would ask that anyone who was travelling along the A47 yesterday afternoon and saw what happened, but has not yet come forward, to do so.
“I am particularly keen to speak to any motorists with a dashcam or who saw either vehicle prior to the collision occurring. Any footage or information you have could be vital.”
You can pass on information by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/rti/rti-beta-2.1/report-a-road-traffic-incident/ and quoting incident 394 of 9 May.
Alternatively call 101.

 
De Merke Estates is holding a public consultation for our emerging plans for new homes and community

DE MERKE ESTATES IS HOLDING A PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR OUR EMERGING PLANS FOR NEW HOMES AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN BARLEYTHORPE, PUBLIC CONSULTATION OAKHAM. VICTORIA HALL

10th May 2022

De Merke Estates is holding a public consultation for our emerging plans for new homes and community facilities in Barleythorpe, Oakham. They are pleased to invite you to take part and have your say on our emerging proposals. The purpose of the public consultation is to gather local views to inform the submission of a planning application to Rutland County Council.


As part of our consultation, they would like to invite you to our in-person event at:


The Rutland Suite, Victoria Hall on the 11th May between 2-8pm.


At the event you will be able to view the proposals, speak with members of the team and provide input and feedback.

 
Rutland County Council

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING RESULTS IN CHANGE OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

10th May 2022


Rutland’s Annual Council Meeting has resulted in a change of political leadership after Council Leader Oliver Hemsley (Independent) stood down. He was replaced by Lucy Stephenson (Conservative), who was elected by a majority of 18 Councillors.

Cllr Hemsley announced on Thursday 5 May that he was leaving Rutland’s Conservative Group and intended to serve as an unaligned independent councillor, while remaining in his post as Leader.

In a further announcement at Annual Council on Monday 9 May, Cllr Hemsley confirmed he was resigning as Leader and leaving the Council’s Cabinet. He will remain a Rutland County Councillor and continue to represent Langham Ward.

Following Cllr Hemsley’s resignation, Councillors attending the Annual Council meeting voted to elect Cllr Lucy Stephenson as the new Leader of Rutland County Council. Cllr Stephenson will serve as Leader until after Rutland’s next round of full elections in May 2023.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Stephenson said: 

“I feel very strongly that I have the skills to serve as Leader of Rutland County Council with a Cabinet that is representative of the Council as a whole. This is our Council. I want all Elected Members and our residents to be proud of it. We have a vision for the county that has come from our residents. Our job is now to work together to achieve this.”

Rutland’s Annual Council meeting is held in May every year to make appointments to various committees roles and other key positions.

Cllr Jeff Dale (Independent) was re-elected to serve as the Council’s Chairman. Cllr Nick Begy (Together4Rutland) was re-elected as Vice-Chair.

As the newly elected Leader of Rutland County Council, Cllr Stephenson named an alliance Cabinet made up of the following Elected Members:

  • Cllr Marc Oxley (Independent and Green Group)

  • Cllr Rosemary Powell (Independent and Green Group)

  • Cllr Karen Payne (Conservative)

  • Cllr David Wilby (Conservative)

One seat on Cabinet remains unallocated. Specific portfolio responsibilities for each Cabinet member will be confirmed later this week.

Annual Council also appointed members to six committees of Rutland County Council, before electing a chairperson for each one:

  • Cllr Alan Walters (Independent and Green) Chair of Audit Risk Committee Chair 

  • Cllr Andrew Brown (Independent and Green Group) Chair of Conduct Committee

  • Cllr Lucy Stephenson (Conservative) Chair of Constitution Commission

  • Cllr Gale Waller (Liberal Democrat) Chair of Employment and Appeals Committee

  • Cllr Edward Baines (Conservative) Chair of Planning and Licensing

  • Cllr Gale Waller (Liberal Democrat) Strategic Overview and Scrutiny Committee  

Following the appointments made at Annual Council, Members were asked to agree an indicative schedule of meetings for the next 12 months, including dates for future Full Council and Cabinet sessions. A number of Councillors were also appointed to represent the Council on external organisations.

Full details of public meetings and all appointments from the Annual Council meeting will be published online. Once published, the dates for public meetings can be viewed on Rutland County Councils Meetings page.


 
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FORMER CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR IAN RAZZELL (INDEPENDENT) HAS RESIGNED FROM RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL

10th May 2022


Councillor Ian Razzell (Independent) has resigned from Rutland County Council, effective immediately. 

Cllr Razzell has left the Council’s Cabinet and resigned his role as a Ward Member for Oakham South.

Ian issued the following statement.

It is with regret that I offer this, my immediate resignation from Council and all elected positions.

It has been the privilege of my time in Rutland to support residents and the veteran family but I cannot compromise further on values and standards and the power plays that go on amongst members must be accountable, only to those who determine them.

 In this case, that is elected members.

 I thank all Officers for their support and residents for their frank engagement.

Values and Standards are binary

Ian Razzell

 
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OAKHAM ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
6:00 PM 

6th May 2022

Tuesday, 10th May 2022 @ 6:00 pm

a chance for any Oakham residents  to raise Oakham matters.


ROL House
Long Row
Oakham, Rutland
LE15 6LN
t: 01572 723627

 
 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL UPPINGHAM BY-ELECTION LIB DEM STEPHEN LAMBERT WINS

5th May 2022

Dave Ainslie, Independent – 327 votes 

Phil Bourqui, Reform UK – 36 votes 

Giles Clifton, Conservative – 205 votes 

Stephen Lambert, Lib Dem – 661 votes ELECTED


Rutland County Council is now made up:

Conservatives 6 members

Independent 6 members

Independent (Non-aligned) 4 members

Independent (Together4Rutland) 4 members

Liberal Democrats 5 members 

Green Party 1 Member

Labour 1 Member

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCILLOR IAN RAZZELL HAS RESIGNED FROM THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY, HE WILL REMAIN AS A COUNCILLOR AND SERVE AS AN INDEPENDENT MEMBER

5th May 2022

Rutland County Council is now made up:

Conservatives 6 members

Independent 6 members

Independent (Non-aligned) 4 members

Independent (Together4Rutland) 4 members

Liberal Democrats 5 members 

Green Party 1 Member

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCILLOR SAMANTHA HARVEY HAS RESIGNED FROM THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY STATING SHE WAS A VICTIM OF UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR, MISOGYNY AND DISRESPECT AMONG MEMBERS.

5th May 2022


 
Councillor Oliver Hemsley Conservative Leader of Rutland County Council Oakham Rutland Radio_edited_

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL LEADER OLIVER HEMSLEY HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS LEAVING RUTLAND'S CONSERVATIVE GROUP WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. HE WILL SERVE AS AN UNALIGNED INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR, WHILE CONTINUING IN HIS ROLE AS LEADER OF THE COUNCIL.

5th May 2022

Statement:

I am leaving the Conservative Group effective immediately, but I will remain as Leader of Rutland County Council, and I will continue to work with the existing Cabinet, Group Leaders and all elected members. Our Constitution does not require the Council Leader to be from any particular group and so I intend to complete my current four-year term in office.

There are times when one questions the reasons for certain actions, and I have reached one of those times, I have been the Leader of Rutland County Council for four years and we as a Council have managed to deliver cost effective good quality services, this has been achieved with a changing backdrop to the world, Brexit, COVID and now severe unrest in the Ukraine due to Russia’s actions, which is causing large increases in cost of living. These are all things that are happening in the world, we have a duty of care for Rutland and that is our role.

As leader I have never used a whip I have always tried to work with everyone to arrive at a consensus of the right decision, I can assure you all that often we have had a strong debate and still found it difficult to come to a consensus but that is democracy. I sincerely believe that at this time the political argument needs to be put to one side and we need to focus on Rutland and what our residents need from us and remember who we are here to serve.

Rutland is a very special place and the position we find ourselves in over Council Tax has been years in the making we had inequalities that have been compounded year on year and even though Government has been asked to look at this we have been ignored, side-lined and given no further improvements in our spending power, there are one off fundings that appear and often are heralded as additional funding but is ringfenced, re purposed, or borrowed from another budget, this is not nor can be a solution for the long term, I hope that by having no allegiance to any party I can be blunt about the unacceptable position and hopefully get an answer to the question that  I have been asked by residents: “Why is our Council Tax so High?” I continually point out that we are a low cost council we are innovative, we lead the way on many things just imagine what we could do if we had a fairer level of funding. I have not had an answer from anyone on Why only you can raise more via Council Tax, this cannot continue as we run the real risk of becoming a exclusive aging population with no thought for our younger and most important residents.

Over recent months it has become clearer that we need to do what we know is right and reflects the role that we hold. Lead by example is always key and is important for us to remember. Rutland has for many years been asking for fairer funding, we don’t want more than others we just want it to be equitable, we need to be shown some respect, I know we are all busy but today we have lost sight of the reason why, I stood to represent my Ward, and this week I have been told I am failing, why is this because I have been unable to stop a housing development in the ward, we have many issues in the country and I am impressed on the one hand on what we have achieved and on the other hand deeply saddened that we continue to ignore the inequalities and the people we serve. We need to relearn the art of listening nationally and locally.

Moving forward we have Devolution, Levelling up, Health Care, Education and more all items that will need strong leadership and a consensus and reflecting on what people need, I encourage all councillors to reposition their political motivations as we all have strengths that can make Rutland continue as Multum in Parvo,  and stability is what is needed at this time and for all of us to work together to protect and enhance the county we all love and hold the responsibility to represent. I look forward to continuing to serve Rutland and realise that people work with people and politics is like supporting rival clubs you can still all agree it’s a great game so let’s play fair and make Rutland the point of agreement, it is a great place that we should all be proud to represent and have a responsibility to regardless of politics.

Councillor Oliver Hemsley

Leader of Rutland County Council

 
Rutland County Councillor June Titterton-Fox why she has resigned from the Conservative Pa

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCILLOR JUNE TITTERTON-FOX WHY SHE HAS RESIGNED FROM THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY ALONG WITH TWO OTHERS AND SET UP A NEW PARTY TOGETHER4RUTLAND

23rd April 2022

"I am a great believer in if you are unhappy about something you have 3 choices. 1. Put up with it. 2 change it 3. Leave

I have been unhappy for some time with being a Conservative County Councillor back bencher and a member of the Conservative Party. 

When I was elected in 2017 I promised that I would not toe the party line and fight to get my residents the support and service they deserve. This has been near impossible recently to achieve.

On a national basis, In my memory I have never known a party to really disrespect our residents. They seem to lead with a ‘do as I say not as I do’ attitude. I am appalled by the latest policy to ship refugees to Rwanda. A country known for breaking the rules on Human Rights. Last year we took 100% of asylum seekers from that country for that very reason.

So yesterday I left the Conservative party along with 2 other councillors. So that ticks of No.3. 

And now to No.2 we have formed a new political party called Together4Rutland. It’s in its very early stages but every journey begins with a first step. So hopefully we can bring about change."

http://together4rutland.org/

 
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BREAKING NEWS: CONSERVATIVES LOSE CONTROL OF RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL AFTER A FURTHER THREE COUNCILLORS RESIGN FROM THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY.

22th April 2022

Conservatives no longer hold  a ruling majority after Three more Rutland County Council Conservatives have resigned from the Conservative Party, Gordon Brown (Ketton Ward), June Fox (Exton Ward ) and Nick Begy (Greetham Ward )
Rutland County Councils Conservatives no longer have a majority. 
The three councillors have set up a new group  Together4Rutland and issued a statement:
We are Increasingly concerned with the direction of travel of the Conservative group, and as backbenchers have felt marginalised, finding it harder to provide the support for the residents for whom they took up public service to help
We cannot continue to support the national Conservative party on moral grounds, with Ministers and senior MPs having lost the respect of the public and failing to recognise the serious financial position of Rutland County Council caused by a lack of government funding compounded by additional burdens from new legislation.
The new group feel that now is no time for party politics in local government in Rutland and wants the opportunity to openly question policy which impacts all residents and not just follow the Conservative party line. The three councillors look forward to working together with all members of the council to avoid unnecessary political arguments and remembering why they hold these privileged positions. They are hoping that the other members of the county council will agree with this position and look to join with the new Togther4Rutland group to achieve the best outcomes for the whole of Rutland.
Paul Ainsley, who left the Conservative Group shortly after the council voted to reject money that would have been needed to progress the development of St George's Barracks, has also joined the group, having previously been Independent non-aligned. That decision led to the Local Plan being scrapped.
Councillor Nick Begy was the vice-chairman of the council.

 
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DAVID GRAHAM NEW CHAIRMAN OF TRUSTEES MARKS NEW ERA FOR VICTORIA HALL OAKHAM RUTLAND

22th April 2022

A new chairman has been elected by the board of Trustees at Victoria Hall in a bid to revitalise Oakham’s much-loved town hall.
David Graham, who is an Oakham Town Councillor, Oakham shop owner and professional musician, was elected Chairman of Trustees at a meeting on Tuesday 19th April and Cllr Paul Ainsley was appointed as Vice Chairman.
David, who has lived in and around Oakham most of his life says, “I am honoured to have been elected as Chairman of Victoria Hall. I’ve performed there since I was a lad and thoroughly look forward to working with the trustees and the local community to make this place a vibrant hub of activity and events again for the town.”
Peter Jones, who has been Chairman for several long years and a trustee for nearly 20 of those, stood down recently and says, “I have loved my time at Victoria Hall but felt it was time to hand over the reins to a younger generation, so that they can create the kind of activities they want to happen in this, the centrepiece of the town”.
The upstairs of the hall is in the process of being leased with a view to hosting concerts, band nights, comedy nights, dance events and much more. The Allman Gallery downstairs is being refurbished and through the kind support of Oakham Town Council, grants have been awarded to clean the front of the building, install glass doors and refurbish the downstairs toilets.  
David added, “This is such an exciting time for the hall. I am passionate about live events and committed to ensuring there is a regular programme of high quality events for people of all ages to enjoy, as well as making the wonderful dance floor and space available for all that wish to use it.”
The trustees are currently looking for additional trustees to join the board and are hoping that some younger people will come forward to represent the views and wishes of their generation.

 
The referendum for the neighbourhood development plan for the   Parishes of Oakham and Barleythorpe

THE REFERENDUM FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE 
PARISHES OF OAKHAM AND BARLEYTHORPE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY 26TH MAY 2022.

22th April 2022

Oakham & Barleythorpe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

The referendum for the neighbourhood development plan for the 

Parishes of Oakham and Barleythorpe will take place on Thursday 26th May 2022. 

 View the Referendum version of the Oakham and Barleythorpe Neighbourhood Plan

Further details of the Referendum can be viewed in the Information Statement document below.

Oakham and Barleythorpe NDP Information Statement


Information about how to vote in the Referendum can be found on the Council’s 

Elections and Referendums webpage

Independent Examination- Examiners Report

The report of the Independent Examination of the Oakham and Barleythorpe Neighbourhood Development Plan prepared by Independent Examiner has been received and recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should, subject to the recommended modifications, proceed to referendum.


View the Oakham & Barleythorpe Neighbourhood Plan report of the Independent Examiner 


 The report also recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to a Referendum based on the Neighbourhood Area as approved by the Council.


Under Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Rutland County Council is required to publish a decision statement following the examination of a Neighbourhood Plan setting out the nature of the changes made to the plan.


View the Decision Statement 


Oakham & Barleythorpe Neighbourhood Plan Stages

Stage

 Neighbourhood Area Designated

April 2016

 Draft Plan Published

May 2019

 Final Plan Submitted

11 Nov 2020 

 Examiner's Report Approved

18 March 22 

 Referendum

26 May 2022 



Further details of the neighbourhood plan preparation are available on the 

Oakham & Barleythorpe Neighbourhood Plan website.

(The website as of 22nd April 2022 has not been updated since May 2021 and contains some mistakes.)

Documents 

 
Rutland County Council say all primary school starters offered places at preferred schools

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL SAY ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL STARTERS OFFERED PLACES AT PREFERRED SCHOOLS

20th April 2022

Tuesday 19 April was National Offer Day for children who are due to start primary school in September 2022.
Ahead of this year’s National Offer Day, Rutland County Council received and processed 313 applications for September 2022 primary school admissions.
A total of 299 children (95.5 percent) were offered their first-choice school. All 313 applicants (100 percent) were offered a place at one of their preferred schools.
Rutland parents and carers have 14 days to confirm if they wish to accept or decline the place they have been offered for their child in September. 
Details of how to respond are included in the offer email or letter, and more information about school admissions is available online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/admissions

 
Corby Male Voice Choir is trying to fill all the seats in All Saints Church on Friday the

CORBY MALE VOICE CHOIR ALL SAINTS CHURCH OAKHAM RUTLAND ON FRIDAY THE 6TH OF MAY TO RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE DEC’S UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL.

20th April 2022

Corby Male Voice Choir is trying to fill all the seats in All Saints Church Oakham Rutland on Friday the 6th of May to raise as much money as possible for the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

 
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CANDIDATES FOR THE UPPINGHAM WARD VACANCY, 5TH OF MAY 2022 RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION.

19th April 2022

Stephen Lambert Liberal Democrat

(Stephen shown in image above with Peanut)

Phil Bourqui Reform UK

Giles Clifton Conservative

Dave Ainslie Independent

 
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OAKHAM TOWN COUNCILLOR ADAM LOWE SAYS HE WILL NOT RESIGN AFTER HE THREATENED OAKHAM  MAYOR ZOE NEALSON, HE ASKED QUESTIONS AND MADE COMMENTS ABOUT HER SEXUALITY.

12th April 2022


Rutland County Council conduct committee met on the 22nd March 2022


The Decision Notice:
Subject Member: Cllr Adam Lowe – Oakham Town Council


Date Complaint Received: 16th July 2021


Date of Conduct Committee Decision: 22nd March 2022


Summary of Complaint and Findings That Cllr Lowe had attended another
Cllr’s home for a meeting during which
he made several offensive comments.
Cllr Lowe subsequently threatened the
Cllr after a complaint was made.


Decision The Committee found that Cllr Lowe was in breach of the following Oakham Town Council Code of Conduct
obligations:
“He or she shall
4.1.1 behave in such a way that a
reasonable person would regard as
respectful and
4.1.2 not act in way which a
reasonable person would regard as
bullying or intimidatory”.
The Committee held that the following
sanctions should be imposed:
1. Cllr Lowe be issued a formal
letter of censure.
2. Oakham Town Council be
recommended to remove Cllr
Lowe as a member from
committee(s) and other
appointments.
3. A press release and other
appropriate publicity be
published of the Decision.
DATED 22 MARCH 2022

 
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 HMP STOCKEN, RUTLAND, INMATES JAILED FOR PRISON MUTINY

7th April 2022

Seven inmates who caused more than £50,000 of damage when trying to take control of a Rutland prison have been given sentences totalling more than 18 years.

The group, who were being held at HMP Stocken, each pleaded guilty to a charge of participating in prison mutiny at an earlier hearing and were sentenced today (Wednesday 6 April).

At around 5pm on 18 January 2020, Varldo Araujo climbed onto the safety netting on one of the landings before hitting a prison officer with a metal bar. The wing of the prison was subsequently locked down, with staff ordered to leave for their own safety.

A number of other prisoners then climbed onto the safety netting and began throwing furniture and emptying rubbish onto the landing. Liquids were also poured onto the floor to try and prevent prison officers from entering the wing, while washing machines and dryers were dragged from the laundry room and damaged. A pool table was also damaged and lights and CCTV cameras were smashed.

Eggs were also thrown at two prison officers by Araujo.

More than 80 additional prison officers were brought in to bring the wing back under control. A review of CCTV footage which captured the incident identified all those involved. At Leicester Crown Court:

Varldo Araujo, 30, was also charged with – and pleaded guilty to – one count of causing actual bodily harm and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker. He was sentenced to 66 months
Tommi Harradine, 24, was sentenced to 52 months
Abdirahman Hassan, 24, was sentenced to 44 months
Feddell Gilligan, 31, was sentenced to 42 months
Ishmael Brown, 32, was sentenced to 16 months
David Rhoden, 36, was sentenced to seven months
All those above are still serving prisoners.

A seventh man – 25-year-old Adnan Sharif of Cowley Road in Ilford, London – was subsequently released on licence, but was today sentenced to 44 months.

Detective Inspector Deb Hubbard, the senior investigating officer, said: “All involved will now be serving further time in prison because of what they did that day – and I hope they take time to reflect on the consequences of their actions.

“Violent behaviour in prison and particularly towards prison staff simply won’t be tolerated and we will endeavour to bring those responsible to justice.

“I would like to thank HMP Stocken and the Ministry of Justice for their co-operation throughout our investigation.”

Prisons Minister, Victoria Atkins, added: “This was appalling behaviour that culminated in a cowardly attack on one of our brave, frontline officers, and it is absolutely right that all involved will spend more time behind bars as a result.

“Assaults on our hard-working staff and the wilful destruction of prison property will never be tolerated and we will always pursue the strongest possible punishment.”

 
ballot box voting

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION,  FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AS CANDIDATES TO BECOME A RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCILLOR FOR UPPINGHAM WARD.

7th April 2022

Four people have been nominated as candidates to become a Rutland County Councillor for Uppingham Ward.

The poll for the Uppingham by-election will take place between 7.00am and 10.00pm on Thursday 5 May 2022. The four candidates nominated are as follows:

  • Dave Ainslie, Independent 

  • Phil Bourqui, Reform UK

  • Giles Clifton, The Conservative Party Candidate

  • Stephen James Lambert, Liberal Democrat

In line with Electoral Commission and Government guidance, it is recommended that voters wear face coverings in polling stations to reduce the risk from COVID-19. Hand sanitising stations and single-use pencils for marking ballots will also be provided.

The deadline for receiving new applications to register to vote for this election is midnight on 14 April 2022. Guidance on how to register can be found at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

New applications to vote by post and any requests to cancel or change an existing postal or proxy vote must reach the Council’s Electoral Services Team by 5.00pm on 19 April in order to be valid for this election.

New applications to vote by proxy except on the grounds of a medical emergency must be submitted before 5.00pm on 26 April 2022.

For more information about the County Council by-election for Uppingham Ward, please visit: www.rutland.gov.uk/countyvacancies or email: elections@rutland.gov.uk . Alternatively, please call: 01572 722 577.

Having called a separate election for two vacant seats on Uppingham Town Council, one candidate stood validly nominated and has been elected unopposed. The notice of this uncontested Uppingham Town Council election has now been published online: www.rutland.gov.uk/elections. As a result, there will be no Town Council election on Thursday 5 May 2022. The remaining Uppingham Town Council vacancy must be filled by a further election, which will be advertised in due course.

 
Rutland County Council refuses rabbit farm planning application

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL REFUSES T&S RABBITS, RABBIT FARM PLANNING APPLICATION

7th April 2022

Rutland County Council has refused a planning application for a temporary workers’ dwelling and separate agricultural building on land near Hambleton, submitted by T&S Rabbits (REF: 2020/1439/FUL).
The design for the proposed agricultural building was deemed by Planning Officers to be inconsistent with existing buildings or landscape features in the local area and would appear particularly prominent – causing significant harm to what is a sensitive and largely undeveloped landscape. Without the agricultural building there would be no way of operating a commercial enterprise at the site and therefore no need for a workers’ dwelling, as was also proposed.
Proposals for this development were also directly at odds with current local planning policy relating to the Rutland Water Area (Policy CS24). This states that any new development which is near to Rutland Water but falls outside of five clearly defined ‘Recreational Areas’ must be small-scale development for recreation, sport and tourism facilities. Such development would also have to be considered critical for nature conservation, fishing or the essential operation of existing facilities.

 
Liveryman Geoff Thompson who has been appointed by HM The Queen to be High Sheriff of Rutland_edited

LIVERYMAN GEOFF THOMPSON HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY HM THE QUEEN TO BE HIGH SHERIFF OF RUTLAND. HE WILL SUCCEED DAVID WOOD, AT A DECLARATION CEREMONY AT OAKHAM CASTLE ON 5 APRIL 2022

31st March 2022

Liveryman Geoff Thompson has been appointed by HM The Queen to be High Sheriff of Rutland. He will succeed David Wood, at a Declaration Ceremony at Oakham Castle on 5 April 2022

 
Councillor Oliver Hemsley Conservative Leader of Rutland County Council Oakham Rutland Radio_edited_

RUTLAND COUNCIL LEADER OLIVER HEMSLEY HAS SHARED THIS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE FOLLOWING THE SAD NEWS THAT SIMON COLE, RETIRED CHIEF CONSTABLE OF LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE, HAS PASSED AWAY.

31st March 2022

"Rutland County Council is deeply saddened by the loss of retired chief constable Simon Cole. 

"Simon was an immensely dedicated public servant whose kindness and good nature was matched only by his determination to protect and serve the communities under his care. Throughout three decades in policing and 12 years at the head of Leicestershire Police, Simon earned the respect and admiration of everyone he worked with. I can scarcely imagine how much he will be missed. 

"The thoughts of everyone at Rutland County Council are with Simon’s family, and all those who served beside him."

Oliver Hemsley
Leader of Rutland County Council

 
Rutland looks back on 25 years of independence

RUTLAND LOOKS BACK ON 25 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

30th March 2022

Friday 1st April 2022 is the 25th anniversary of Rutland regaining its status as an independent county, as well as the formation of Rutland County Council as a unitary authority. 

Rutland was a district of Leicestershire from 1974 until 1997, regaining its independent status only after a long-running campaign by local councillors, residents and communities. 

“As well as being a huge milestone for the county, this anniversary is a chance to pause and think about the things we value most about living in Rutland. We have a lot to be thankful for – particularly after the past two years and everything we’ve experienced because of the pandemic. It’s also timely that 2022 is also the year in which Council agreed to endorse and adopt the community’s new shared vision for Rutland. This is something we can all work towards over the next 30 years and then look back on what all we have achieved together – maintaining our independence while continuing to work closely with our friends and neighbours.”Councillor Jeff Dale, Chairman of Rutland County Council

Oakham Library is hosting a display illustrating Rutland’s battle for independence, covering the campaigns from the 1960s to Independence Day on 1st April 1997, together with a selection of local history books telling the stories of England’s smallest County. Oakham Library is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday – Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday.

The full picture of our wonderful County can be explored in the displays at Rutland County Museum, which covers everything from fossils to Romans to the present day. Further details about the various collections on display at Rutland County Museum can be found online at: rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk. The Museum is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with no booking required.

 
Leicestershire Police mourn the death of former Chief Constable Simon Cole QPM. Who retire

LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE MOURN THE DEATH OF FORMER CHIEF CONSTABLE SIMON COLE QPM. WHO RETIRED THIS MONTH AGED 55.

30th March 2022

It is with great sadness that Leicestershire Police announce the death of Simon Cole, aged 55, who recently retired from the force.

Simon, who had served in policing for over 30 years, was found dead at his home address in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, this morning.

This matter has been referred to the Coroner.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Simon’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “It is hard to put into words how devastating this news is for the entire force who loved and respected Simon. Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time and we will support them as much as we can.

“We want to respect their privacy and the Coroner’s process and would ask that the public and media do so too.

“We are offering support to our staff and those who worked closely with Simon.

“I know Simon had a great impact on many of the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and his death will be a great loss to many of the people he worked with.

“All we can do is pull together and mourn the loss of a greatly respected man.”

A public book of condolence will be established in the coming days via our website.

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Simon Cole QPM grew up in Leicestershire and took up his position as Chief Constable of the force in June 2010. Having been educated in Market Bosworth, Northampton, Oadby and Colchester, Simon joined West Midlands Police on the Graduate Entry Scheme.

Simon joined Hampshire Police in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable where he led on delivering Neighbourhood Policing. He became Deputy Chief Constable in 2008 before returning to Leicestershire as Chief.

Locally Simon represented the force on the Strategic Partnership Board, working with partners from all over the force area to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. He had a huge impact on national policing portfolios and held a number of voluntary roles including;

Visiting Fellow of the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester

Member of the De Montfort University Faculty of Law Advisory Group

Vice President Leicestershire Guides

Vice President Leicestershire Scouts

Vice President of Police Mutual, which aims to support members of the police family

Board Member of De Montfort University (2017-2020)

Trustee of Care of Police Survivors Charity

Member, Oadby and Knighton Multi Academy Trust                                                      

He was a keen sportsman chairing the Leicestershire Police Sports and Leisure Section, Force Benevolent Fund and Police Sport UK National (PSUK) Lawn Tennis, cricket and Rugby Sections.

He was awarded a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Durham, an MA in History from University College, Worcester, and a Diploma in Criminology and Policing from Cambridge University. In 2014 Simon was very proud to be awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours List, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University.

In 2020, Simon was awarded the Sir Robert Peel Medal by the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. The Sir Robert Peel Medal is awarded annually for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence Based Policing; COVID meant that it was actually presented in 2021.

 
Ofsted has published the results of its focused visit to review children’s services in Rutland.

VOLUNTARY ACTION RUTLAND RELOCATING & RESHAPING TRUSTEES SELLING OAKHAM LANDS' END WAY SITE

29th March 2022

Voluntary Action Rutland (VAR) has provided a wide range of services to the Rutland community from its premises on Lands’ End Way, Oakham for over 23 years.  Thousands of community activities and meetings have taken place at the Rutland Community Hub over this time.  In its best years, more than 28,000 people a year walked through our doors.  Our very popular and much-used community transport and social car scheme has been running, continuously and without a break, for nearly twice as long.
However, we now live in an economic environment in which much has changed over the last few years.  Long gone are the generous government and other grants that used to underpin much of our operation.  And, more recently, the economic downturn created by the COVID pandemic has all but depleted the office rental income we used to receive from companies and organisations based at our hub which, in turn, allowed us to subsidise the costs of providing high standard meeting rooms for charitable and community events and at affordable prices.
This severe negative impact on VAR’s income means that after much consideration, and with very deep regret, the Trustees have decided that we have no option but to put the Rutland Community Hub site up for sale and, later this year, to discontinue the current provision of office and meeting facilities. 
This will see VAR returning to its roots as a community transport and social car service as, regrettably, providing and managing office and meeting premises at discounted rates for charities and community groups can no longer be maintained.
We are determined that, despite this most unwelcome change, VAR will remain, although operating from smaller and more affordable accommodation, so as to continue to help and support the Rutland community.  In the immediate term, and for the future, our volunteer transport scheme will continue to operate as normal.

 
Rutland County Council passes Motion expressing solidarity with Ukraine

RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL PASSES MOTION EXPRESSING SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE

29th March 2022

Rutland County Councillors have unanimously approved a Motion that pledges the authority’s support for Ukraine and its people, while expressing serious concern at the escalating humanitarian crisis caused by Russian aggression.

The Notice of Motion was presented by Council Leader Oliver Hemsley and jointly seconded by the opposition group Leaders Councillors Marc Oxley and Councillor Gale Waller. Full Council on Monday 21 March was the first Full Council Meeting with an opportunity for Motions to be considered since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.

As well as expressing support for Rutland residents who are from Ukraine or have close ties with the country, the Motion condemns the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, while making it clear that the Council stands ready to provide support for those displaced and affected by the war. Rutland County Council will also fly the Ukrainian flag outside its offices in Oakham.

On Monday 14 March, it was confirmed that the government had launched the new ‘Homes for Ukraine’ sponsorship scheme that offers a route to safety for those fleeing the war. Through this scheme, Rutland residents can put themselves forward to provide accommodation to Ukrainian families in need. Rutland County Council is committed to support Ukrainian refugees and their sponsors and is encouraging people to register their interest online if they can help: homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk.

For Rutland residents who are unable to take part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme, there are other ways to support Ukraine. You can donate through trusted charities and aid organisations, such as the Disasters Emergency Committee: donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal.

“The situation in Ukraine has left millions of lives in ruin. People fleeing the country are in desperate need of lifesaving aid. The UK is honouring its long-standing tradition of helping people beset by war and conflict. We are very to be a safe place for those who need it, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. “We are overwhelmed by the show of support that has come from local people in Rutland, who can now provide shelter for refugees through the Homes for Ukraine scheme. We, in turn, will be on hand to support them.”Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

Phase One of the new scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian person or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property – supported by local councils. Individual sponsors will be asked to provide homes or a spare room rent-free for a minimum stay of six months and will receive funding of £350 per month.

Ukrainians arriving in the UK under this new scheme will then be granted three years leave to remain, with entitlement to work, and access benefits and public services. The government has indicated that the UK will welcome as many arrivals as possible, based on the number of sponsors who come forward.

Further details about how to support families affected by the war in Ukrainian can be found on the national GOV.UK website: www.gov.uk/government/news/ukraine-what-you-can-do-to-help

 
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TIM NORTON IN OAKHAM APPEALS FOR CAMP BEDS TO SUPPORT UKRAINE COLLECTIONS

29th March 2022

A car dealership has found itself at the heart of community efforts to support people in Ukraine. 

Staff at Tim Norton Motors in Oakham have helped to transport donations to a central collection point in Peterborough.

The amount of donations they have received is amazing, but they are still looking for dried food and camp beds.

Donations can be dropped off at Tim Norton in Long Row, Oakham.

 
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RUTLAND’S DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH MIKE SANDYS IS URGING PEOPLE NOT TO BE COMPLACENT AS ENGLAND NEARS THE END OF FREE UNIVERSAL COVID TESTING ON FRIDAY 1 APRIL.

29th March 2022

In February, the Government unveiled plans to start living with COVID-19, signalling the gradual withdrawal of all remaining coronavirus restrictions. From Friday 1 April, free symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID testing will only be available to certain people. This follows on from earlier changes to COVID restrictions, including an end to the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test result (effective from 24 February).

Despite the easing of the restrictions, Rutland County Council is urging residents to remain cautious and keep following important safety measures to reduce transmission of the virus – particularly with the very high rate of COVID cases seen in recent weeks.

Mike Sandys, Director of Public Health for Rutland County Council, said: 

“We are observing the lifting of all remaining COVID-19 restrictions with extreme caution. These last two years have been hugely difficult for families everywhere and our NHS. We want Rutland residents to remain safe, which is why we’re encouraging people to continue with safety measures that can help us to reduce the spread of the virus. There are elderly and vulnerable residents in Rutland who need to be protected and small everyday actions can help us do this. 

“You are no longer required by law to wear a face covering indoors spaces, but it’s still advisable to do so, especially with COVID cases increasing rapidly over the last two weeks. We also recommend that people continue to follow the basic guidance around letting fresh air into indoor spaces and washing your hands regularly. If you do get sick and think it might be COVID, try to consider others and keep away from people – just as you would if you had a nasty cold or the flu. It requires very little effort but has been shown throughout the pandemic to have a big effect in reducing infection rates.”

Rutland County recorded 347 cases of COVID-19 in the week of 15 – 21 March. This equates to 857 cases per 100,000 population, compared to an England area average of 898.  

Mike Sandys added: 

“It’s down to us to stay safe now. We’ve learned a lot from these past two years, and we all know how to protect our friends and family. I hope that people will remain sensible, make the right choices and continue to think of others. I also can’t stress enough just how important and effective the COVID vaccine has been in combatting the virus, so please get vaccinated and take every opportunity to get a booster jab when it’s offered to you.”

For those who haven’t received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, information about local vaccination clinics can be found on the Leicester City CCG website.

The COVID-19 vaccine has successfully reduced transmission of COVID-19 and hospitalization. As we move on to Spring, a spring booster of the COVID-19 vaccine is being made available to people aged 75 and over, people who live in a care home for, or people aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system.

 
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NOTICE OF ELECTION PUBLISHED FOR RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL
BY-ELECTION 
UPPINGHAM WARD

29th March 2022

A Notice of Election has been published for the Office of Rutland County Councillor for Uppingham Ward, following the resignation of former councillor Miranda Jones.

Following receipt of a request from two local government electors, an election will be held to fill this vacancy on Thursday 5 May 2022. Further details can be found in the full Notice of Election, published on our County Vacancies page

Nomination packs for candidates wishing to stand in this election are available from the Council’s Elections Office. Anyone who would like to request a pack must first contact the Elections Office by phone, by calling: 01572 758 385 or 01572 720 907.

Nomination papers must be completed and delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP. Returns must be made between the hours of 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday following the date of the publication of the notice of election, but no later than 4pm on the Tuesday 5 April 2022.  


 
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RUTLAND RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON A NEW PARKING POLICY

29th March 2022

Rutland County Council is launching a public consultation on a new Parking Policy that will guide public parking provision in Rutland.

The new policy covers areas such as public parking capacity, infrastructure and enforcement. It aims to support Rutland’s local economy and environmental aims by enabling residents, businesses, and visitors to safely access and enjoy local services and amenities. 

Rutland County Council will shortly be seeking feedback on the overarching aims and objectives contained within its new Parking Policy. Consultation will run from Monday 28 of March until midnight on Sunday 1 May 2022.

The new Parking Policy aims to ensure the safety of those using the highway, regardless of how people choose to travel. The policy also aims to ensure the efficient movement of vehicles through Rutland’s two market towns and along key routes. Finally, it seeks to protect the environment by working in tandem with emerging transport policies that aim to support a reduction in car dependency, wherever possible.

“We’re encouraging residents and businesses to have their say on the new Parking Policy because transport and how we get around are key to the health, sustainability and vibrancy of our local communities. Whether you drive a car, ride a bike or simply walk to your destination, the quality of public parking can have a big bearing on your journey. We are responding to what we’ve heard in the Future Rutland Conversation by taking an inclusive approach. We want to think about Rutland beyond roads and cars while understanding that these will always be important for rural communities. Better parking provision and better routes can help our local economy and our environment by allowing people to move around more easily.”Councillor Ian Razzell, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Rutland County Council

Residents and businesses can take part in the consultation on Rutland’s new Parking Policy and read the document in full by going to: www.rutland.gov.uk/parking from Monday 28 March. This includes a Microsoft Word version of the consultation questionnaire, allowing those with visual impairments to use audio transcription technology.

For anyone without a computer or internet access, paper questionnaires can be obtained from Rutland Libraries or by calling: 01572 722577 and asking to speak to the Council’s Transport Strategy Team. You can also email: tstrategy@rutland.gov.uk

All the feedback gathered as part of this consultation will be reviewed, with a summary of the findings published online. These findings will then be used to amend the policy where needed. 

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL ENDORSES AND ADOPTS FUTURE RUTLAND VISION

29th March 2022

Rutland County Council has adopted the Future Rutland Vision as a key document that will underpin its new Corporate Plan, along with future council strategies and approaches.

The decision was taken at a Full Council Meeting on Monday 21 March, where Councillors also recognised and endorsed the Future Rutland Vision as having been directly shaped by local people.

The Future Rutland Vision is a product of the Future Rutland Conversation, which began in April 2021 as an in-depth discussion with everyone who lives and works in Rutland. The aim of Future Rutland was to create a new shared vision and set of common goals for the county’s long-term future.

Multiple rounds of public engagement have taken place over the past 12 months as part of Future Rutland. This included a consultation in November 2021 where residents were asked to read a draft of the Vision and share their views on it. This feedback was then used to create the final Future Rutland Shared vision, which was published at the beginning of March.

 “It’s been fantastic to see Rutland residents getting involved in the Future Rutland Conversation over the past 12 months. We asked people what they value about life in Rutland and what they want the county to be like many years from now. All this insight – the discussions we’ve held and the ideas that have been shared – has been translated into a long-term Vision which communities and organisations in Rutland can now work towards.  As a council we recognise that we’re uniquely placed to bring people together to help advance the aims and aspirations captured in the Vision – whether by developing new public policies and strategies with partners and the community, or by acting as a link between local groups and organisations who can bring about change. The Council’s next Corporate Plan is being developed and will include our specific commitments in relation to the Future Rutland Vision, explaining how we will contribute directly to various aims and aspirations. As with Future Rutland itself, the development of the Corporate Plan is a process where we want to involve our residents and we will be able to share further details soon.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of the Council

Rutland County Council’s next Corporate Plan will set out the Council’s main commitments, including targets for key services, over the next five years (2022-27). Consultation on the new Corporate Plan is due to begin in spring, before a final plan is presented to Full Council in July 2022.

“I want to thank everyone who has taken part in the Future Rutland Conversation since it began last year. As well as leading to the creation of the Future Rutland Vision, this is a process that has brought the Council closer to many residents. This is something I look forward to building on as we work together over many years to achieve the aspirations contained in the Vision.” Cllr Hemsley added

The final Future Rutland Shared Vision is available to read online at: future.rutland.gov.uk, together with a report that summarises all the feedback received during November’s month-long Draft Vision consultation. You can also find out more about the Future Rutland Conversation by emailing: rutlandconversation@rutland.gov.uk

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL COUNCIL TAX ENERGY REBATE TO BE PAID IN APRIL

29th March 2022

Millions of households across the country – including here in Rutland – will soon receive a Council Tax rebate worth £150 to help with rising energy costs.

In response to the recent surge in energy prices, the Government has announced a crisis support package for households, including a new ‘Council Tax Energy Rebate’ and additional money for local Household Support Fund grant schemes.

Approximately 20 million UK households will receive a £150 rebate to go towards energy bills. For most households, this will be made as a direct payment to bank accounts.  The scheme is not designed to take money off Council Tax bills. Second properties or empty homes are not eligible for the rebate.

Rutland County Council is supporting the rollout of this Government-funded crisis support package by paying the rebate to residents after 1 April 2022. To be eligible for the Council Energy Tax rebate, you must:

Live in a property in Council Tax bands A-D
Be the Council Tax bill-payer on 1 April 2022
The Council estimates that around 10,000 households in Rutland will qualify for the rebate. For those who pay Council Tax by direct debit, the rebate will be paid straight into bank accounts approximately one week after their first Council Tax direct debit instalment is paid in April.

“For those on direct debit, we envisage that all rebate payments will be made by the end of April. For those not on direct debit, we are working with the Post Office and will be using their ‘Pay Out’ scheme. This means eligible residents will receive a letter with a barcode that will allow them to go any Post Office and claim their £150 rebate. Residents will have to show the barcode and identification to receive their payment. We have almost 2,500 residents in this position and would encourage people to claim as soon as they can.” Councillor Olive Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

Some funding will also be available for households who might not qualify for the £150 Energy Rebate. This will include vulnerable households in Bands E to H. Rutland County Council will publish further details about this second scheme at the end of April. 

“We appreciate that residents who are not eligible for the main Energy Rebate scheme will be waiting to hear about the Council’s discretionary scheme. We have £43k to distribute, which equates to around 286 awards of £150.  We don’t envisage making any announcements before the end of April but this will depend on progress with the main scheme.” Cllr Hemsley added

Anyone who is unsure of their Council Tax band should check their printed Council Tax bill or look online at: www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands.

 
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RUTLAND FARMER AND COUNTY COUNCILLOR ANDREW BROWN WARNS SOARING COSTS COULD LEAD TO SHORTAGES IS TAKING PART IN A WESTMINSTER PROTEST TO HIGHLIGHT A FOOD CHAIN CRISIS IT IS CLAIMED COULD LEAD TO SHORTAGES AND RATIONING.

15th March 2022

Andrew Brown, an arable farmer based near Uppingham, said increasing gas prices, the war in Ukraine and Brexit had created a "perfect storm".
He is joining other farmers and MPs at a rally in London to lobby for a change to agricultural policy. 
Mr Brown said some farmers would not be able to afford to buy fertiliser this year
Mr Brown said the supply of wheat had also been hit by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
"A lot of countries like Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Pakistan rely completely on the wheat that comes out of the Black Sea from Russia and Ukraine and currently none is coming out.
"This is a very serious situation we're in."
He said the UK needed to produce more of its own food but new rules following Brexit had made this more difficult.
"The government are taking away support payments from farmers so I'm being forced into an environmental scheme, which involves me taking half my farm out of production," he said.
"That may be very good to the wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland but if that loss in production has got to be made up by the government importing food, it's madness."

 
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OAKHAM AND RUTLAND POLICE AWARDED FOR LIFE SAVING AND BRAVERY AT LEICESTERSHIRE  CHIEF CONSTABLE AWARDS EVENING

14th March 2022

At The Chief Constables Award Evening held in Leicester two Oakham & Rutland Leicestershire Police Officers were awarded a Royal Humane Society Commendation for Performing CPR on a man last year here in Oakham
At The Chief Constables Award Evening held in Leicester two Oakham & Rutland Leicestershire Police Officers were awarded a Royal Humane Society Commendation for Performing CPR on a man last year here in Oakham

Pc 1742 Appleton and Pc 1312 Lloyd have been awarded a Royal Humane Society Commendation for carrying out life saving CPR on a man last year, retired DCI Chris Baker and his wife Sue helped at the scene.

Pc Ingram, Pc Tranter and Pc Lloyd have been awarded a commendation for bravery after they helped a suicidal male, last year here in Oakham, The male had an axe with him at the time
At the Chief Constable Award Evening, Pc Ingram, Pc Tranter and Pc Lloyd were  awarded a commendation for bravery after they helped a suicidal male. here in Oakham last year, The male had an axe with him at the time with the intention to take his own life. Pc Ingrams empathy and clear instruction from Pc Tranter ensured the situation de-escalated safely for all.

The incident happened on the 17th August 2021

Leicestershire Police were called shortly before 8pm on 17th August 2021 by a member of the public concerned for the welfare of a man in Alwyn Close, Oakham. Officers attended the scene and found a man inside the address in a distressed state. The man was in possession of an axe and threatened an officer before chasing him to High Street where he was detained. The man, 38, was arrested on suspicion of assault. No one was injured during the incident.

It followed a incident the previous month where police attended to a man who brandished a sword in public 

 
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MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION IN OAKHAM, POLICE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE FATHER WHO WAS WITH ONE OF THE CHILDREN . IF YOU ARE READING THIS PLEASE CONTACT LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE

12th March 2022

Leicestershire Police received a call at 4.35pm this afternoon (Saturday) from a third party who saw a black Nissan Qashqai stop next to where a toddler was walking in High Street, Oakham, near to the junction of Burley Road.
The child was a few paces behind their father and was seemingly spoken to by the occupants of the car. It was reported they were trying to coax the child into the car with them.
The child’s father turned around and the car sped off, but stopped further up the street and spoke to another child.
The car then left the area.
The driver of the car has been arrested in the Hinckley Road area of the city after being stopped by police following the information given by the original caller.
The 53-year-old, from Leicester, was arrested on suspicion of the attempted abduction of a child and remains in police custody this evening.
Officer in the case DC Steve Williams said: “I want to hear from anyone who may have seen a car matching this description being driven in a suspicious manner.
“I understand people will be concerned. We acted on the information we received very quickly and have a man in custody.
“We’d like to speak to the father who was with one of the children and hear their account. If you are reading this – please contact us.
“Any information you have, no matter how small or insignificant you make think it is – let us decide; tell us what you know.”
Call 101, quoting crime number 22*144121 or report information online at Report a crime | Leicestershire Police (leics.police.uk)

 
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NEWLY ELECTED GREEN PARTY RUTLAND COUNCILLOR WINS ELECTION BY OBJECTING TO SOLAR FARM

11th March 2022

A new Green Party councillor who narrowly beat a Tory in a Rutland County Council by-election has spoken out against a proposed solar farm.

Cllr Rick Wilson believes his clear opposition to the proposed Mallard Pass solar farm development  helped him to victory.

Cllr Wilson says

"We do need renewable energy which has been brought into sharper focus by recent world events, but there are other green initiatives we can pursue and there are more suitable locations."

The solar farm plans have been widely criticised, including by Rutland MP Alicia Kearns (Con). Although the ultimate decision will not rest with Rutland County Council - it will be decided by the Government Planning Inspectorate because of the size

Is this the real reason for the resignation of Green Party Councillor for Uppingham ? 

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL UPPINGHAM WARD COUNCILLOR MIRANDA JONES, GREEN PARTY RESIGNS

11th March 2022

Rutland County Council Uppingham Ward Councillor Miranda Jones, Green Party Resigns

 
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OAKHAM PRIDE 2022 OAKHAM PRIDE MARCH

11th March 2022

Oakham Pride 2022 Oakham Pride March

 
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GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE RICK WILSON ELECTED, RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION RYHALL AND CASTERTON WARD

11th March 2022

Richard Peter Wilson, Known as Rick Wilson has been elected as a Green Party Candidate 281 votes.
Richard Foster, The Conservative Party Candidate, 268 votes. 
The number of ballot papers rejected was 2 for being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty.

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL IS AWAITING FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT A NEW GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP SCHEME TO HELP UKRAINIANS WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES.

11th March 2022

A recent expansion of the Ukrainian Humanitarian Route has already increased the number of people from Ukraine who are eligible to come to the UK. As well as immediate family members, British nationals and people of any nationality settled in the UK will now be supported to bring parents, grandparents, adult children, siblings, and their immediate family members to the UK. There are no requirements for salary or language tests. Full security checks will take place and the Home Office will continue to process applications as quickly as possible. People who may be eligible under this route are encouraged to call a national helpline on 0300 303 2785

Further details about how to support displace Ukrainian families can be found on the national GOV.UK website: www.gov.uk/government/news/ukraine-what-you-can-do-to-help

The government has also indicated that it will be launching a new sponsorship scheme to make sure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes have a route to safety. The scheme will match people, charities, businesses and community groups to Ukrainians who do not have family ties to the UK. Details of the scheme and how to apply will be published shortly by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

“The whole world has been united in its condemnation of the atrocious violence that’s being inflicted upon Ukraine and its people by Russia. Unsurprisingly, there has been a tremendous outpouring of compassion and support from local communities throughout the UK, including here in Rutland. The government has released some information about its plans for a new sponsorship scheme that will involve local councils. However, we are still waiting for important details. We hope to be able to provide more information about Rutland’s role in this very soon. Once we have the full guidance, we will do everything within our power to help.”Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

 
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OAKHAM GUIDED TOURS RETURN FROM FRIDAY 18TH MARCH 2022

11th March 2022

Oakham guided tours return from Friday 18th March 2022

 
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NOTICE OF VACANCY FOLLOWING RESIGNATION OF EDWARD ANDREW BURTON, A VACANCY EXISTS IN  THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR FOR THE NORTH EAST WARD OF OAKHAM TOWN COUNCIL

8th March 2022

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR OAKHAM NORTH EAST WARD OAKHAM TOWN CONCIL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that as a result of the resignation of Edward Andrew Burton, a vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the North East Ward of Oakham Town Council. If by 28 March 2022 (14 days* after the date of this notice), a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP by TEN electors for the said Ward, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option. The election will take place not later 7 June 2022. MARK ANDREWS RETURNING OFFICER Date: 8 March 2022

 
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A RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION FOR RYHALL AND CASTERTON IS DUE TO BE HELD THIS THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2022.

8th March 2022

A by-election for Ryhall and Casterton is due to be held this Thursday (10 March). Polls will be open from 7am until 10pm. If you live in Ryhall and Casterton Ward, you can find out more about the election by clicking the button below.

 
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RUTLAND COUNTY COUNCIL FUTURE RUTLAND

8th March 2022

The final version of a new shared vision for Rutland has been published by the Future Rutland Conversation.

The Future Rutland Conversation is an in-depth discussion with everyone who lives and works in Rutland, to understand what’s most important to them. The aim of Future Rutland has been to take this knowledge and use it to develop a new ‘shared vision’ for the county – something that unites communities, businesses, and public bodies around a set of common goals which can help to shape Rutland’s long-term future.

Over the course of this year-long project, the Future Rutland Conversation has heard from more than 2,000 people of all ages and from every part of the county. Multiple rounds of public engagement have taken place since Future Rutland first began in April 2021. This eventually led to the publication of a Draft Vision that describes a Rutland of the future based on the things which local people themselves say really matter.

Consultation on the Draft Future Rutland Vision took place throughout November 2021, when adults, young people, businesses, and visitors were asked to read the Vision and provide feedback via an online consultation. They were asked if the county that’s described in the Vision is a place where they would want to live and, importantly, whether they thought anything was missing. As with each previous round of the Future Rutland Conversation, anyone without internet access was encouraged to call Rutland County Council. They were then given the option to receive a paper copy of the survey questionnaire or a consultation over the phone. A letter was sent to every household in Rutland to make sure all residents had the opportunity to take part.

All of the feedback gathered as part of this final consultation was reviewed over a period of two months, during which time changes were also made to the Draft Vision. Changes were carried out where similar comments or observations were made repeatedly by a significant number of people – helping to identify key points that were either missing or underrepresented in the Vision.

A revised and updated version of the Future Rutland Shared Vision has now been published online at: future.rutland.gov.uk, together with a report that summarises all the feedback received during November’s month-long Draft Vision consultation.

When Rutland County Council first launched the Future Rutland Conversation, at the start of 2021, it was with the simple aim of speaking to local people about the things they care about. Over the course of this year-long process, Future Rutland has heard from well over 2,000 people, representing one of the largest sustained public engagement programmes ever undertaken in the county. 
“Adults, young people, businesses and visitors have all been encouraged to contribute to the Future Rutland Conversation and review the project’s findings at every stage. The end result is a new Shared Vision that’s been met with approval from Rutland residents and where every goal is directly aligned with the aspirations of local people.
“The Future Rutland Vision does not belong to any single group or organisation. However, Rutland County Council is uniquely placed to bring people together in a way that helps to advance the goals contained in the Vision – whether by developing new policies and strategies, or by acting as a link between the many local groups and organisations who can effect change. The Council is currently developing a new Corporate Plan that will set out its commitments in relation to the Future Rutland Vision and explain how we will contribute to various aims – helping to show others how they can do the same. The Council will also use its networks and leadership to promote collaboration between communities, organisations, and professionals, so that we can all share responsibility for the Vision.”
Mark Andrews, Chief Executive of Rutland County Council

 
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SUPPORT FOR HOSPICES WALK RUTLAND WATER DYING MATTERS IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND

8th March 2022

Sunday 3 April 2022, from 9.30 am, at Whitwell, Rutland Water!


Most people in Rutland know at least someone who has been touched and is thankful for the wonderful care our local hospices provide to allow people to die with the dignity and support they need.  


The sponsored walk is part of an ongoing collaboration between Dying Matters in Rutland, LOROS, Sue Ryder and Dove Cottage, to help ensure people in Rutland, Leicester, Leicestershire and the surrounding community can have the best end of life possible. Hospices rely on the community for much of their funding and that is why we would like invite everyone to participate.


So, please come and enjoy the beauty of Rutland Water, good company, healthy exercise and get your friends to either join in or sponsor you!  This is a great cause, and we need to raise as much funding as possible.”  


The sponsored walk will take place on the 3rd of April and will start at Whitwell car park from 9.30am. Walkers will be able take part at their preferred pace, with a choice of 3 routes, ranging from 3/5, 25 and 38 kilometers for the athletes amongst us.  All ages are very welcome and even dogs can join too, as long as they are on a lead.  


For anyone who would like to make a day of it, you can stop off for lunch at the Horse and Jockey at Manton (cost not included in ticket pice).  

Its a great opportunity to give something back for the amazing end of life care our local hospice continue provide to so many people in Rutland.


Click the button below to Register and Buy Tickets 

 
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