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Rutland Local Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 September 2017 13:27

Uppingham has hosted a number of meetings to consider the draft Rutland Local Plan, currently out to public consultation. 

The Rutland Branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) met in the historic Club Room of The Falcon Hotel for over 5 hours to consider its response to the plan under the chairmanship of local Rotarian Malcolm Touchin. Present was Branch President, the Lord Lieutenant, Dr Laurence Howard.

Representatives of twenty one parishes met in the magnificent Oak Room of the hotel last week to consider their concerns over the plan. Items discussed included the spatial strategy for development and its impact on small villages, future strategy on neighbourhood planning and a number of inequalities in the plan. 

Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum and its partner Uppingham Business Forum have also considered their views on the document. Both Forums are represented on the Board of Community Partnership Uppingham First which met this week  and approved a written response to the draft plan this week informed by the recently updated Uppingham Town Centre & Business Zones Plan. Of particular concern are the draft Rutland Local Plan's proposals to limit the future economic development of Uppingham in deference to Oakham.           

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:47
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Pensioners to Support the Uppingham Hopper PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:57

Trustees of the E J Toon Charitable Trust have written to over 200 beneficiaries of the Trust asking if they could help deliver what unitary authority Rutland County Council say they cannot; grant aid the restoration of the Uppingham Hopper Bus Service. 

Despite the county council (and therefore Uppingham ratepayers) providing an annual grant of £80k to subsidise the Oakham Hopper service, RCC says it can only afford to give a one off interest free £25k loan repayable over five years to help fund the Uppingham bus. No contribution can be made to running costs. The community will therefore have to find £5k a year just to refund the capital cost of the loan. Uppingham Town Council has offered to support the bus operating costs to the level which it is legally allowed to do so.

E J Toon beneficiaries are over 80 years of age and receive £50 every Christmas. Many of them were users of the Hopper service during its trial period earlier in the year, ironically part funded by RCC. Beneficiaries have been asked if they would give up their 2017 entitlement to supplement the donations being made by members of the public. Largest single donation so far is £500. Community Partnership Uppingham First has set the end date for initial fund raising as September 12th 2017. The project has the personal support of the Uppingham Town Mayor Alec Crombie MBE.

Member of the public wishing to support the project should send a cheque made out to Uppingham First c/o The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY.


Last Updated on Friday, 01 September 2017 18:36
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Forum AGMs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:10

Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum hosted two AGM's this month. The UNF Executive Committee had its AGM on Thursday August 17th. Agenda items included approval of the new Uppingham Community Emergency Plan, the specification of the community aspects of the town's new virtual portal and a report on the progress of UppWatch, the town's new good neighbour scheme.

On Thursday August  31st over 65 residents attended the public AGM of the Forum. Items discussed included the recent rise in crime, the Uppingham Hopper Fund and the Rutland Local Plan.   

Last Updated on Friday, 01 September 2017 18:30
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