Ridlington Village sign

The Parish Council is a tier of local government and has the ability to raise a “precept” on the council tax bills produced by the local billing authority, in our case, Rutland County Council.

The precept is the only source of tax revenue available to a Parish Council and is levied on local households to pay the Parish Council for:

  • The funding of services, for example, lighting and grass cutting;
  • Administrative costs including office expenses and the clerk’s salary, etc.; and
  • Reserves to cover unforeseen costs and future one-off expenses.
The setting of the precept will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, 13th November at 7:30.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.

There will be a temporary road closure on sections of Holygate Road, Top Road, East Lane and Main Street in Ridlington.

It is anticipated the works will take 1 day. The closure shall come into force when the appropriate signs and diversion route are erected on site.

The duration of the Closure shall be as follows: from 7th November 2019 to 7th November 2019

The alternative route during the closure will be via the route shown on the attached plan (also available to view at the Council Office) and as shown on https://one.network

The alternative route during the closure will be via the following streets: Holygate Road, Top Road, East Lane and Main Street with a reciprocal route.

Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.

The closure is to enable BTS Group to undertake tree cutting works on behalf of Western Power

For any queries regarding the above, please contact Mr B Rush, Network Co-Ordinator, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP or telephone 01572 722577.

See attached for the official notice…https://www.ridlingtonparishcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TRO-19-118-NOTICE.pdf

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This event is being held to help people find out what it takes to become a local councillor and will cover the nomination process and standing for election, the role of a councillor and what support is available, including allowances and training.

There will be a chance to speak with RCC Officers and Directors about council services and also the opportunity to speak to existing RCC Councillors about the role in practice.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 10th 2018 at Rutland County Council, Council Chamber, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, Le15 6HP.

There will be two session, the first will start at 10:00 am and the second starting at 12:30 pm.

The event is open to anyone who is interested in hearing about the role of the Councillor and considering standing in the 2019 local elections.

For further information, or to book a place on the event, please contact governance@rutland.gov.uk or call 01572 720 991.

The Group is asking residents to share their views about the attractiveness and vitality of the town through an online survey. 

They are keen to ensure the widest representation from residents and would be grateful if the survey could be placed onto our website.

Therefore, please find the links below for the press release and the online survey, both of which have recently been circulated to local media.

The Press Release:    Click here to download

The Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HRMKP5Q

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The revamped village hall was opened to the public on Sunday 25th February. Some 38 villagers came to view the completed work and to enjoy the drink, nibbles and the general get together.

The committee is delighted with the positive response received and as one member of the community put it – “ Congratulations to everyone involved – a transformation!! “

Again, this work would not have been possible without the donations and time given by people within the community over the years. Thanks to them.

New Bar for the Village Hall

This is to inform you that, following confirmation from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been identified in the wild bird population in Rutland.

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

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 at: www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2017-to-2018

You can assist in promoting awareness of Avian Flu and the above Prevention Zone measures by adding this information to your website and including it in newsletters.

Posters provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) can be downloaded via the link below. Printed copies will be sent to all Parish Councils via internal mail this week.



Thank you,
Mat Waik | Strategic Communications Advisor
Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 6HP
t: 01572 758 328 | m: 07973 855 469 | e: mwaik@rutland.gov.uk

As we come to the end of 2017, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone for your continued generosity, for your willingness, time, energy and support. We also wish to thank you all for your donations towards the Church, including the Church Roof Fund, and for doing what is best for our community. We pray that everyone has a blessed Christmas with Faith and Love, and a New Year filled with Health and Happiness!



The end of my second year as Chairman of the Parish Council.
When I took over the role 2015 I believed that a more modern approach was needed to get the word out about what the Council were doing for the Village. I think this is now beginning to happen.
The website is up and running and due to be populated by the other committees in the Village. It has taken an extremely large amount of work to get it to this stage with the design, financing and conformity to the Transparency act. We are all volunteers and have had to learn new skills and deal with the frustration of doing things twice following a let down by 2Commune the original website provider. None of the original material on 2Commune site was transferable.
The new independent site has been operational since August last year.

The precept has been lower this year as last years increase, the money for compliance of the Transparency Act, has been refunded by the Government. We have our laptop and scanner, monies now also reimbursed. In the future, Rutland Council will devolve more responsibilities to Parish councils in order for themselves to save money such as grass cutting and highway repairs etc.

With regard to the precept charged to households in this Village, the amount is substantially lower than the majority of similar sized Villages. We have room for increase to finance the paid Clerks position.

We have been able to give grants to the Church and the defibrillator, which could help save the life of any one of us.

I must say that most of our dealings with the RCC have been fruitful. We have attended Forum meetings which have on the whole been beneficial.
As you are aware the street lighting has been replaced. This was done to ultimately save money.
The Parish Council have not contributed to the cost of these lights, but will be responsible for the electricity bills which I have been informed will be lower than previously as the bulbs are LED.

Achievements this year:

  • The setting up of a Parish Council and Village website.
  • Compilation of advice for delivery to each home entitled, Unauthorised repairs and development in Conservation and Article 4 Villages
  • Repairs to the Highways in Village
  • Cutting back of the dangerous corner is now much better after years of inaction.
  • Successful refund of all our set up costs for Transparency Act compliance
  • Nullifying the 1990 lease of the VH to the committee due to expire in 2020.
  • Two councillors attended a presentation entitled Charitable Trusts and their relationship with Parish Councils
  • Commenced stage one of getting paid clerk

My thanks go to the following people and committees:

Village Hall Committee, for the excellent way that volunteers look after our Village Hall. The extraordinary lengths that the committee went to in an effort to gauge the views of the Village and to address those views.
Councillors on the Parish Council for volunteering their time in attending meetings, their input and energy dealing with issues arising. More recently thanks to those Councillors who helped me at a time of personal difficulties.
The Parochial Church Council and the Playing Fields Association for their voluntary work in looking after these assets for the Village.
Especially Chris Lees our retired Clerk who did such a sterling job for over 4 years.

Finally, Thank you everyone who has attend these meetings as it shows you care about your Village. This is a beautiful place to live, which needs our protection and we will do our best to protect it and the inhabitants.