Cumbria County Council

Election 2017 Results

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Barrovians 'less active' after sports council closed down

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

There's been a call to revive Barrow Borough Sports Council after a county council study suggested fewer people were taking part in physical activity.

The sports council fell victim to spending cuts three years ago, and Emma Broadbent, Barrow’s community development officer, said participation had "dropped massively" despite new events and a lot of work.

She said: "We have all of these wonderful opportunities but our inactivity levels have increased. People aren’t playing as much football or team sports."

Councillor Ben Shirley suggested the sports council be relaunched, saying the figures helped make the case for the area to have a "full size, 4G floodlit pitch".

Barrow steps up call for new Walney Channel crossing

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Local politicians in Barrow are going to step up lobbying for a new link between Walney Island and the mainland.

Walney channel and bridge

The only crossing at present is the 111-year-old Jubilee Bridge, and the Barrow local committee of Cumbria County Council raised the issue of a second crossing because of increasing traffic.

Walney councillor Mel Worth told a meeting at the Nan Tait Centre that a causeway across the channel, one end of which dries out at low tide, was more “realistic” to lobby for.

“There are difficulties with a causeway, both environmental and navigational, but a causeway is probably the cheapest,” said Councillor Worth.

Other councillors said a second bridge would cost £187m, and the feasibility of a tunnel could be investigated. The chairman, Councillor Kevin Hamilton, said they should start lobbying "properly and constructively".

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Questions raised over Carlisle's numbers of rough sleepers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Questions have been raised about the number of people sleeping rough in Carlisle after councillors were told that the official figure was zero.

Hardwick Circus

The county councillors at the meeting of the Carlisle area committee heard claims that some people slept in the gardens of Hardwicke Circus, a roundabout outside the Civic Centre.

Councillor Val Tarbitt, who is Armed Forces Champion, said she had been told homeless ex-servicemen went there, and Councillor Lawrence Fisher added: “I regularly report those people who sleep at the New Waterton Hall on some benches that are outside.”

The meeting has asked to meet city council representatives to discuss homelessness.

A city council spokeswoman said the authority monitored rough sleeping and the figure varied: “We work closely with local partner agencies and are committed to assisting all vulnerable people within the district who are homeless or at risk of homelessness."

Youth charity bids for £20,000 for Allerdale Fridays

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The Cumbria Youth alliance charity has asked county councillors for £20,000.

Targeted youth work carried out through the Friday Night schemes aims to improve young people’s “emotional resilience” through a series workshops held across the borough.

A report which will go before the committee says the sessions will focus on giving young people the skills and confidence to be able to “cope better” with problems and issues in their lives.

Walney school closed after pipe bursts

South Walney Junior School is closed for today after a burst pipe caused flooding.

Workington Port ships in a surplus after 'very good year'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

The county council-owned Port of Workington has had "a very good year", hitting all its targets with profits of £362,000 and several major transport projects, a meeting was told.

Pipes being unloaded from boat
Port of Workington

The port manager Jeremy Lihou told the harbour board that the highlights of the past year included handling pipes for United Utilities' new water main from Thirlmere to West Cumbria.

He said much of the surplus was because good winter weather meant dredging could be delayed until later in the year, and because this tied in with other work the dredger was doing in the Irish Sea at the time, the Workington contract could be done more cheaply.

All in all, we have had a really good and successful year.”

Jeremy LhouPort manager

County sets climate change target 'without a target date'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Cumbria County Council has set a target for the county to become carbon-neutral, but a councillor has pointed out that the authority has not set a date by which it should be reached.

Councillor Will Clark
Cumbria County Council

Councillor Will Clark (pictured) from Ambleside welcomed the commitment, but said it was important to have a date.

He called for more action to “maximise energy efficiency, promote sustainable travel, and support for the community to reduce energy consumption.”

Councillor Celia Tibble, the cabinet member for the environment, said a target date was being worked on but had to be “credible and achievable”.

Mental health staff 'uneasy' as management is transferred

Local Democracy Reporting Service

NHS staff in south Cumbria who are "uneasy" about the transfer of mental health services to a trust in Lancashire will be getting visits from senior managers over the next few weeks to allay their concerns, a meeting was told.

The management of services currently run by Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust switches to Lancashire Care Foundation Trust from October, although the staff who provide the care will not change.

Helen Horne, chairwoman for the patients' group Cumbria Healthwatch, told the county council meeting: "The noise in the system is one of unease. That’s the ripples we are getting.”

Professor Robin Talbot, chairman of the partnership trust, said he and the chief executive Stephen Eames would be visiting staff in Kendal and Barrow.