Cumbria County Council

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Ombudsman orders council to say sorry to family

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cumbria County Council has been ordered to apologise to a father and his children, and to pay them more than £1,000 in compensation, after a watchdog found failings in the way he was helped to care for his daughters.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman ruled that the authority’s mishandling of a children’s services complaint caused the family “distress, uncertainty and frustration”.

The council accepted that the service was not good enough but has now promised to act on the recommendations, stressing that “significant improvements” had been made.

The complainant, identified in the report only as Mr Q, asked the council for help in 2015 because he felt unable to cope with his two daughters, and the next year there was an allegation of physical assault by the father on one of his daughters.

He later claimed that the council had not provided him with adequate support, had not shown “empathy or sincerity” and failed to deal properly with his complaints.

Cumbria House, Carlisle

Work poised to start on new Pooley bridge

Cumbria County Council says it is now ready to start work on the new bridge at Pooley Bridge, and will start by removing the temporary crossing next month.

The three stone arches of the original historic bridge were swept away during Storm Desmond in 2015.

Pooley Bridge artist's impression
Cumbria County Council

It will mean no car access from the western side of the River Eamont and the steamer pier until next spring, although a footbridge will be put into place and parking will be provided.

This will take about a week, during which time a bus service will be provided to take visitors around the lengthy diversion.

The £5m project should be complete in time for next summer.

We appreciate there will be disruption for the local community, businesses and visitors while there’s no road crossing the river and I’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding during this period.”

Councillor Keith LittleCumbria County Council

Businesses angry as Kendal bridge shuts again

Businesses have been expressing their frustration over the latest closure of Victoria Bridge in Kendal, after divers discovered new damage cause by the River Kent when it was in spate earlier this week.

The bridge was first damaged by Storm Desmond, and temporary repairs were made, but since engineers began work to fix the structure permanently, it has been undermined and closed twice, and heavy rain today is expected to make matters worse.

Bridge closed signage
Cumbria County Council

Cumbria highways officials say the perfect solution would be a new bridge, but that would mean closing one of just five road crossings that connect the two halves of the town for many months and needs major capital investment.

Cumbria County Council officials say the latest closure is likely to last a week to 10 days, and they will have engineers working all the available hours to get the work done as soon as possible.

To get to work in the morning and for guests to get here it's just a nightmare for everybody."

Jennifer BoowGeneral manager, Riverside Hotel

Whatever they're trying to do obviously is not working so there has to be a plan B."

Patrick Brennandfuel station owner

Travel: Kendal bridge closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

Victoria Bridge, which carries the A6 across the River Kent, was closed in both directions last night after an examination of new flood damage.

It's at least the second time rising river levels after heavy rain have undermined the bridge supports as engineers try to make permanent repairs to damage originally caused by Storm Desmond, almost four years ago.

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Boulders and trucks put newly-fixed bridge through paces

This is the moment that trucks and boulders were used to make sure a newly-fixed bridge was strong enough to take traffic. Simon White captured the moment.

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Patient public praised for coping with bridge closure

It took two weeks to repair the damage to the structure - but it's open now!

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Kendal Victoria Bridge re-opens

Victoria Bridge in Kendal has re-opened to traffic, nearly two weeks after it was closed because of structural damage.

The Bridge was found to be at risk of collapse after flash flooding last month.

It carries the A6 through the town's one-way system and its closure led to diversions and delays for drivers.

Cumbria County Council says contractors and a specialist diving team worked seven days and 12-hour shifts to get it back open, and have thanked the public for their patience.

Victoria Bridge, Kendal

Bridge damaged by Storm Desmond reopens

A bridge in south Cumbria connecting Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale has now reopened three-and-a-half years after Storm Desmond.

Middleton Hall Bridge.
Cumbria County Council

Middleton Hall Bridge along the A683 had structural damage from the floods in 2015 and a temporary structure had to be put in place.

But Cumbria County Council says it has now completed the final repairs after five weeks of work and the bridge has been reopened to traffic.

Middleton Hall Bridge.
Cumbria County Council