The best way to catch up on what's happening in Ketton is to follow us on our social media channels which can be accessed at the top of the page. The following is an overview from Ketton Parish Council of what has been going on in the village over the last month.
Latest Parish Council News - February
During February we can look forward to almost 2 more hours of daylight, spring flowers in profusion, squabbling bluetits, but still a chance of snow !
At our last Full Council meeting of 2019 we had the great pleasure of a Christmas Concert given by the Ketton Handbell Ringers (sporting their new music stands, purchased with the help of a Whitebread Trust donation), and then we welcomed Alison Lyons as our new co-opted Parish Councillor - she will part of the PR&M committee. The 2020/21 budget proposal was agreed; in order to break even and not to call on reserves the precept will be raised and result in the 'average' household paying £11.58 per year more in Council Tax. The pedestrian refuge near the railway crossing, the new 'Ketton' sign and 'gate' on the Barrowden Road entrance to the village, and the new 'slow down' illustrations on the 20mph signs on the approach to the school have all now been installed, and we thank our County Councillors, Karen and Gordon, for their help and persistence with these projects. Ronnie Burt is now the Flood Warden for Ketton and was thanked for all his efforts so far in warning road users of the recent floodings at Collyweston Bridge; the parish council has requested RCC install a flap-down flood warning sign at the corner of Geeston. Monty Andrew, Edis and Andy Payne and Graham Mills were all thanked for helping the police to deal so efficiently with the cattle that escaped onto the A6121 at the end of November.
Very sadly David Naylor died suddenly just before Christmas. David, with his wife Pat, had, for a number of years, given voluntary support to Ketton Parish Council; they undertook the huge task of digitising the Empingham Road Cemetery records, and David had been instrumental in researching and developing a Village Plan. He was heavily involved in Ketton School PTA when his children were pupils there, and latterly in Ketton Community Choir, Ketton History Group (maintaining the website) and the Ketton and Tinwell Joint Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. He will be greatly missed and we send our condolences to Pat, Alex, Peter and their families.
Rutland's Draft Local Plan 2018-2036 was published last month. The Bartles Hollow site, on which prospective developers had been gathering public opinion, was not included in the sites allocated for development. The only sites allocated for residential development in Ketton remain the 3 formerly owned by Hanson - the Crescent, Chater Field and orchard, and Home Farm. There will be a public consultation on the Pre-Submission Local Plan, 10th February to 20th March - search on www.rutlandcounty.moderngov.co.uk or drop in to the library to find out more.
Dates for your diary: Sat Feb 1st County Councillors' surgery 10.15 to 11.15am in the library; Tues Feb 4th 12.30pm lunch at Carver Court; Fri Feb 7th Ketton Showtime at the Northwick Hall; Sun Feb 9th Messy Church at the Methodist Church; Wed Feb 19th 12 to 1.15pm soup lunch at the Methodist Hall; Thurs Feb 20th Ketton Films 7.30pm at the Northwick Hall; Fri Feb 21st Trad French Music and Dance 8pm at the Northwick Hall; Mon 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd March Lent Lunch 12 to 1.15pm in the Congregational Hall; Thurs March 12th Annual Parish Meeting; Tues March 17th copy deadline for Chatterbox; Wed March 18th 12 to 1.15pm soup lunch at the Methodist Hall; Sat May 16th Ketton Village Fete at KSCC (tombola contributions to shop or Parish Office please).
New RCC Website
Rutland County Council has a new website (same address www.rutland.gov.uk ), with an improved layout and structure, and designed to work better on smartphones and tablets. Some new functions are 'find my nearest' online map to locate services and report problems, 'my bills and benefits' to view Council Tax or Business rates bills and instalments, 'adult and social care self-assessment' for information and advice on choosing the best care and support.
IT Training Sessions
If you are struggling with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop then why not sign up with Sarah at the Parish Office for free one-to-one IT training sessions on a Monday between 1.30pm and 4,30pm ? Since the scheme started in late January almost 20 villagers have had at least one session with Berni, our very patient and dedicated volunteer trainer.
Proposed safe pedestrian access to school
The below plan shows a new safe pedestrian access to the school which would create a new secure and lit path which would run to the right of the Library, along the boundary with the old School House, and into the school playground. It would solve the current and potentially dangerous problem of pedestrians and cars mixing at the school entrance. It is suggested that the car park is also improved and tarmacked with increased car parking spaces.
Following the presentation at the school, organisers received eleven declarations in favour and two against the proposal. Thus at the December Ketton Parish Council meeting, councillors voted and approved, in principle, the proposal to install a secure pedestrian footpath (to the right of the Library), which would ensure that pedestrians are isolated from moving vehicles, and to resurface the car park behind the Library. County Councillor Diana MacDuff will liaise with Rutland County Council regarding possible funding for the project. The meeting agreed that Cllrs McGilvray and Cade will act as Parish Council representatives in further discussions with the other parties involved in the project.
Currently, no other proposals have progressed to the same level as the ones presented at the meeting, and are therefore not under consideration by KPC.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. Anyone who keeps poultry or birds must adhere to strict biosecurity requirements, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a garden flock.
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
• Ensure the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources
• Feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds
• Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
• Clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
• Reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas
Further information about Defra’s biosecurity requirements can be found on the GOV.UK website.
If anyone suspects disease in their flock or finds dead wild birds such as wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, they must report this to Defra.
You can contact Defra’s helpline by calling: 03459 33 55 77
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from avian influenza is very low.
As a precaution, people should avoid contact with sick, dying or dead poultry or wild birds, avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird faeces and avoid untreated feathers.
Further updates on avian influenza in England can be found online