LRBA exists to improve, extend and maintain the wonderful network of bridleways in the two Shire counties of Leicestershire and Rutland and their immediate surroundings. At LRBA we have a splendid programme of LRBA Rides, for which you have to be a member. For other Non LRBA Rides please click here. The annual cost is only £10 and all you have to do is to send in the Membership Form. If you have a problem with a bridleway or byway, please go to the FAQ's section to see how to report it.
St. Georges Barracks Development Plans and Bridleways
Extension of Consultation Period - The consultation has been extended to 15th June. It has aroused much interest, and if you have not already seen the plans, you might like to attend. There are 4 extra consultation sessions:
• Victoria Hall, Oakham Wednesday 30th May, 10am to 2pm
• Ketton Library, Ketton Wednesday 30th May, 2pm to 8pm
• Manton Village Hall, Monday 4th June, 4pm to 8pm
• Ketton Library, Ketton, Tuesday 5th June, 2pm to 6pm.
The former Bomber Command RAF base at North Luffenham, Rutland, and now St. Georges Army Barracks for the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Military Working Dogs Regiment, is being vacated in 2020 /21. The brownfield site is then planned to be redeveloped as a quarry for which there is already planning permission – later to be transformed into a country park and open space – and 3000 homes. The latter will form a garden village, in the north-west part of the site, of 10,000 population – much bigger than the neighbouring villages of Edith Weston (941) and North Luffenham (620).
The consultation is about these plans and how they can be improved. The plans booklet mentions "a well-defined walking and cycling network" internally and "provide strategic walking and cycling links to nearby villages...." We need to press for these links to be multi-user so as to allow for horse riders and the disabled, AND to be off-road.
Vicky Allen, our Networks Officer and President, attended the first consultation session. The World War II airfield means there are no recorded Rights of Way across it. However, there was a road, Butt Lane, from North Luffenham village to Wytchley Warren and, a long time ago, on towards Stamford. Vicky suggested that this be re-created as a bridleway or restricted byway - no motors - running in the gap between the new village and the planned quarry, which could be there from the start and throughout the development and quarrying periods. At the Wytchley Warren end it is close to the long bridleway E226 running over the top of Ketton Quarry. So it could provide a long recreational route from North Luffenham and Edith Weston to Ingthorpe and to Great Casterton on the east side of the A1 at the edge of Stamford. Eventually, the restoration of the quarried area will be discussed at which time multi-user routes into and around the planned country park can be suggested.
The planners and consultants Vicky spoke to liked her proposal. If you attend the sessions or respond to the consultation please support our ideas.
The rides cost £10 (£5 for under 18s); the Ride Entry Form should be sent to the individual ride organiser listed on the Rides Programme. We have area meetings twice a year in the 7 areas across the two counties, at which we discuss bridleway matters. The dates and locations of the next set of meetings can be seen in Area Meetings. The News section gives information on bridleway closures and problems as well as events. The latest issue of our Newsletter can also be found in the news section and shows how active we are in trying to improve the network of riding routes in our region.
Day to day updates are to be found on our Facebook page, so click on the logo below to catch up on our latest news and photographs. This was started in October 2016 by two Administrators - Lynne Pass and Mary Holland and is currently building up its membership. It’s available for LRBA members to post information about local Bridleway problems and hazards so that it is immediately available to warn local riders. LRBA members can post and update information relevant to equestrians. We can publicise and enhance details of LRBA events and those of other local equestrian organisations. Adverts are not permitted. If you have other information about events, bridleway problems or related matters, please feel free to contact a member of the committee.
HELP: The Pennine bridleway is 205 miles long and was opened in 2012, but the local authority is being stubborn about tacking a dangerous 5 mile stretch on a busy road. Please sign the petition by clicking here.
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