South Lakeland

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Latest updates South Lakeland District Council



Council with no sex shops reviews policy

South Lakeland council says it has never had an application to run a sex establishment.



Cafes listed in guide for breast-feeding mums

Martin Lewes

A new guide's being drawn up listing cafes and other businesses which will welcome breast-feeding mothers.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against mothers who need to feed their baby.

South Lakeland council set up a register after a pilot in Ulverston proved successful, and businesses taking part are able to display a sticker on their windows.

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More than 1,200 flood in to claim money

South Lakeland District Council says the final count showed 1,247 people applied for £5,000 flood resilience grants when the scheme closed at the end of last week.

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Council officials say this means about two thirds of those who were eligible asked for a grant.

The authority has now approved more than £2.4m worth of work such as flood gates, concrete floors or raised kitchen units and electrical circuits.

The money can also be used to pay for additional measures to protect a house against flooding, which wouldn't be covered by household insurance.



Views south on South Lakes development sites

People are being invited to comment on development plans for three areas in south Cumbria.

South Lakeland District Council has approved draft planning briefs for the sites in Endmoor, Burton-in-Kendal, and Holme.

A consultation is taking place between 6 April and 25 May, and the findings will be used to help determine what is encouraged or expected on each site.



Public views sought on Market Place facelift

More artists' impressions have been published of what South Lakeland District Council officials would like to do in Kendal Market Place.

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The authority says it has £200,000 to spend on creating what officials describe as "a high-quality, versatile space suitable for hosting a wide range of community-focused events and markets".

There will be a display on the first floor of the Westmorland Shopping Centre this Saturday, and on Wednesday 1 March, and in the reception area at South Lakeland House. The closing date for comments is 10 March.


Councillors agree 2.8% hike in South Lakeland tax

South Lakeland's ruling Liberal Democrat councillors have voted through a 2.8% increase in the authority's share of council tax.

The increase is the equivalent of £5 a year on a Band D property; Councillor Peter Thornton, the cabinet member for finance, said it was "a balanced a sustainable budget".

Conservative opposition councillors moved amendments which they said would mean no increase; council leader Ben Berry said: "Residents don't have to pay a penny more than they do now to receive a better service."



Council offers firms cash grants for bike lock-ups

Businesses in South Lakeland are being offered grants of up to £1,000 to provide facilities for staff who cycle to work.

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The money is to help firms provide secure facilities such as a rack or bike boxes.

Officials hope more people cycling will reduce congestion on the roads, and help people keep fit.



Agency extends pumping stations scheme

Pumping stations managing water levels in a Cumbrian valley will continue to be operated by the Environment Agency while an alternative arrangement is agreed, landowners are told.



No change for Carlisle and South Lakeland

Labour remains in control of Carlisle Council, and the Lib Dems keep charge of South Lakeland.



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