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 - JUNE
It is hard to believe that we are already past the longest day; June has certainly 'burst out all over' with the abundant sun and recent rain encouraging the vegetation in our village, both wild and cultivated, to grow apace. A huge thank you to our village handymen, Dave and Barrie, for keeping our grass cut, open spaces tidy and for revarnishing the junior play equipment and outdoor classroom in Hall Close. Volunteers from Ketton Green Spaces group have been watering the new orchard trees in Hall Close, as well as starting to identify trees and other plants in our village green spaces - the ox-eye daisies in the unmown part of the cemetery are quite a site, and a rare orchid has also appeared there! The established apple trees in Hall Close have a fine crop (was it all that Wassailing?).
A second storage container, funded by the Whitebread Trust and Ketton Horticultural Society, is now in Hall Close; a big thank you to the volunteers who helped prepare the area, get the container in and then paint both of them.
There is now additional off-road parking just beyond Carver Court, on the Empingham Road, on the former site of the recycling skips - RCC paid for the removal of the surrounding conifer hedge to improve visibility.
Ketton's Conservation Area Appraisal has been formally adopted by RCC; the Conservation Area boundary has been extended to include parts of Geeston, various areas off the High Street and further parts of Aldgate.
Both May and June's Full Council meetings took place virtually, as will our meetings for the foreseeable future. June's meeting started with a tribute by Monty Andrew to Geoffrey Turner, who died recently, just 3 weeks after his wife Katherine passed away. Geoff came to the village in the 1950's to work at the cement works - Ketco as it was; he eventually became the manager and was highly thought of by his workforce. He was church warden for 25 years, and during his time as Chairman of the Parish Council the parish bought Hall Close, as well as the adjoining land for the new school. Both Geoff and Katherine's funeral services took place in their driveway in the High Street, with the priest then walking in front of the hearse slowly along the High Street so that people could pay their last respects - reminiscent of times past, and very fitting for such well-love villagers.
Our council meeting then proceeded with reports from our 2 County Councillors - Gordon Brown and Karen Payne. Rutland County Council is currently working close to budget, but there is likely to be a significant shortfall for the rest of the year, unless there is more government funding. The new section of the Empingham Road remains closed due to problems with the new bridge - the side supports are such that children could access the deep drop to the quarry road below. The new Local Plan (up to 2036) will now progress to public consultation, mainly online, during August/September, and RCC's Statement of Community Involvement document is out for consultation (online, via RCC's website) until July 17th. In order to promote sustainable and safe travel, the government has announced funding for cycle paths, and RCC has launched its electric bike scheme, whereby Rutland residents, 16+, can hire an electric bike for travel to work, education or social activities (phone 01572 748138 or email email@example.com ).
Updates from the Ketton Together volunteering scheme, and the Ketton and Tinwell Joint Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group were also received - more details on both of these will be in the summer issue of Chatterbox (copy date July 18th, editor John Collier, email firstname.lastname@example.org )
Finally some reminders:
St Mary's Church is open for prayer or quiet time Tuesday and Saturday, 2pm to 4pm.
Rutland Library Service is running a children's summer reading challenge, with games, quizzes, videos and activities; the library service also provides access to e books and newspapers and magazines online if you have a library card.
The NHS offers an online service which includes ordering repeat prescriptions, contacting a GP or emergency dentist, managing long term conditions and monitoring physical and mental well being https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/
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