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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A5087 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A5087 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from Vulcan Road to Roose Road.

    A5087 Cumbria - A5087 Salthouse Road in Barrow-In-Furness closed in both directions from the Vulcan Road junction to the Roose Road junction, because of a vehicle hitting the bridge.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Ulverston foster carer rewarded for keeping family together

    A woman from Ulverston who gave up her job to keep her mother's foster family together has been named as Cumbria's Foster Carer of the Year.

    Stephanie Lane, 35, grew up with her mum working as a foster carer from the age of 11.

    When her mum Janet died last year, Stephanie trained as a carer so she could keep the three children her mum has fostered since they were young together in the home they'd always known.

    Stephanie Lane
    Quote Message: Mum cared long-term for two teenaged siblings and also a little boy with additional needs and they had all been with her since they were tiny - all they’d really ever known was mum.
    Quote Message: It was a no brainer for me to take over where mum left off.” from Stephanie Lane Foster carer
    Stephanie LaneFoster carer
  3. Debenhams closures hit Cumbria branches

    Debenhams stores are set to close, the BBC understands, following the failure of last-ditch efforts to rescue the ailing department store chain.

    It means all 12,000 employees are likely to lose their jobs when the chain's 124 shops cease trading.

    In Cumbria there are branches in Barrow, Carlisle and Workington.

    The jobs are set to go over the coming months unless the administrators do a deal for all or parts of the business as the process unfolds.

  4. Ice Age fish numbers increasing in Ennerdale Water

    Numbers of a species of fish which dates back to the Ice Age and was on the brink of extinction have increased, a survey has shown.

    The fish found in Ennerdale Water are thought to be the last spawning in an English river.

    With money from fishing licence sales, the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Wild Ennerdale have worked together on a restoration project to boost the numbers.

    This year’s survey showed Charr numbers have increased significantly.

    Peter McCollough, fisheries officer at the Environment Agency, said: "This project is a great example of how money from fishing licence sales is used to protect and improve fisheries.”

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  5. Covid testing starts for Cumbria University students

    Students at Cumbria University will start being tested for coronavirus this week so they can go home safely for the Christmas break.

    The university is hosting on-campus testing and students are encouraged to take two tests, 72 hours apart, before travelling home as soon as a negative result is confirmed.

    The Government wants students across the UK to go home during a travel window between 3 and 9 December.

    It's expected that thousands will start returning to Cumbria from other universities later this week.

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  6. Carbon neutral ambition for Lake District parks revealed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has revealed it plans to be carbon neutral within five years.

    The authority told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it had already taken steps towards its goal including replacing its fleet of pool cars with electric vehicles, installing electric charging points and adding solar panels onto its buildings.

    Chief executive Richard Leafe said he was very positive the plan could be achieved by 2025.

    He said: “As a national park authority we have been working to reduce our carbon budget for the past decade and, as always, we set ourselves challenging targets.

    “I’m pleased to confirm we are well on the way to achieving this and have already reduced our carbon footprint by 44% since 2010."

    Lake District
  7. PM promises Cumbrian boy that Santa can still visit

    An eight-year-old Cumbrian boy called Monti was so worried about Santa delivering parcels in a pandemic that he wrote to the Prime Minister for advice.

    Monti and his Mum

    In the letter, Monti asked: "If we leave hand sanitiser by the cookies can he come? Or will he wash his hands?

    "I understand you are very busy but can you and the scientists please talk about this."

    He got a reply from Boris Johnson thanking him for his letter which he said raised important questions.

    In his reply the PM said: "The chief medical officer has asked me to tell you that provided Father Christmas behaves in his usual responsible way and works quickly and safely, there are no risks to your health of his."

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