Cumbria County Council

Election 2017 Results

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  1. October floods bill runs to more than £1m

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gareth Cavanagh

    More than £1m worth of damage was caused in Cumbria by October's bout of flooding, it has been revealed.

    About 40 properties were flooded and 90 sites identified as needing repair on the county's roads after more than 12in (30cm) of rain fell in a 24-hour period, causing damage in Whitehaven, Keswick, Cockermouth and Carlisle.

    The river overflowed its banks in Cockermouth

    Keith Little, Cumbria’s transport chief, said the figures are expected to rise as further damage is assessed in coming weeks.

    The Labour councillor said about 350 flood-related calls were taken by the council's highways team in the last five days of October.

    "We have already identified more than £1m of damage which will need to be met from our existing budgets," he said.

    “Unless this government steps in and levels up the funding for areas like Cumbria there will be further events of this nature in the future, putting more pressure on local committee budgets,” he added.

  2. Plans for Carlisle's Garden Village on display

    Plans for the creation of a new village and link road on the outskirts of Carlisle have gone on display.

    An exhibition on the proposed St Cuthbert's Garden Village and Carlisle southern link road is being held at the racecourse until 19:30 on Tuesday.

    Under the plans 10,000 new homes will be built on the southern edge of the city.

    Graphic of the location of the St Cuthbert's Garden Village

    The scheme was awarded £320,000 by the government at the beginning of the year.

    Cumbria County Council and the city council has pledged £10m towards the scheme.

    The government announced the creation of 14 Garden Villages, described as self-contained communities throughout England, in 2017.

    Caldew Crossing bridge on the Carlisle Southern Link Road

    Proposals include a southern link road which will link the M6 at Junction 42 to the A595.

    An artist's impression of the Caldew Crossing bridge can be seen above.

  3. Pupils hope masks will lower Covid infections

    The deputy head teacher of a Cumbrian school hopes the use of masks in class will help to reduce Covid-19 infection rates.

    As reported on Monday, health bosses in the county are reviewing whether to introduce the move across schools in Cumbria, which is contrary to guidelines for England.

    Schools in west Cumbria have seen the most significant outbreaks with youngsters in secondary schools, aged 12 to 18, accounting for the greatest number of new cases, followed by the five to 11 age group.

    Since last week, every child at Beacon Hill school in Aspatria has had to wear a face covering in class.

    Pupils wearing face coverings at Beacon Hill Community School

    Beacon Hill's deputy head teacher, Adam Young, said: "We've taken the decision to have all students in masks as we felt that was the right thing to do to keep our students safe as the last thing any of us want is to revert back to remote learning."

    Although masks are challenging for some pupils, they say they would rather use them in order to stay at school.

    "It's difficult wearing the masks but it's keeping us safe and it's better than home school", said one teenager.

    Pupils at Beacon Hill Community School wearing face coverings in class

    The school hopes to be able to remove mask wearing next week if the number of Covid-19 cases is reduced.

  4. Two Carlisle schools become no-car zones

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gareth Cavanagh

    Parents of children at two Carlisle primary schools will be encouraged to stop parking outside the gates at drop-off and collection times because of safety fears.

    Cumbria County Council has granted a six-month order for St Bede's RC and Inglewood Community Infants schools, after hearing how cars were clogging up the roads outside.

    Under the School Streets initiative, parents will not be allowed to park up outside the school gates at times when children are going in or out of the building.

    The road leading to St Bede's Catholic school, Carlisle

    Stanwix and Houghton councillor Elizabeth Mallinson said: “Most parents are wonderful, they really are supportive but you do get that element of parents who have to park on double yellows.

    “I know we’re all busy people and it’s easy to say but I think a little bit of consideration for the wider community and our schools wouldn’t go amiss at times.”