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  1. Hopes for near-normal return of Torchlight festival

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Jason Rushworth

    Organisers of Kendal's Torchlight festival, which usually attracts thousands of people to the town, are hoping visitor numbers can return to near-normal this year.

    Kendal with River Kent and flowerbeds

    Kendal Torchlight's chairman Craig Russell has been trying to drum up support for the event, which runs from 24 to 26 September.

    The theme will be "garden of delights" and there will be processions, performances and street theatre.

  2. Boundary proposals could redraw Cumbria's constituencies

    The political map of Cumbria could be redrawn under new proposals to change the boundaries dividing MPs' constituencies.

    The Boundary Commission for England says the aim is to make Parliament fairer by giving each MP a roughly similar number of voters.

    It means redrawing and renaming some seats.

    In Cumbria, there would be a new seat that included part of South Lakeland and north Lancashire, while Copeland would be combined with parts of the Lake District such as Windermere.

    The suggestions will have to go through consultation before being finalised.

    If approved, the changes would be introduced in time for the 2023 general election.

    Sign saying Polling Station
  3. Leader of South Lakes council to step down

    The leader of South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has announced he's stepping down after five years in the post.

    Liberal Democrat councillor Giles Archibald will step down as leader at SLDC’s annual meeting on 19 May, when a new leader will be appointed.

    Mr Archibald said: “It has been a huge privilege to be leader and I want to express my enormous thanks to fellow councillors and to the officers and council staff who have worked extraordinarily well and hard during the Covid-19 crisis to tackle its effects and maintain services,

    “I have nothing but admiration for the way they have worked.”

    He will continue as a councillor serving the Kendal Town ward.

    Cllr Giles Archibald
  4. Kendal investment plans recommended for approval

    Ewan Murrie


    A new investment plan for Kendal looks likely to be approved by South Lakeland District Council.

    Officials have recommended the council's cabinet approves plans to invest more than £500,000 in the area over three years.

    The Kendal Town Centre Strategy and Vision aims to build affordable homes and modify unused space.

    In addition, if approved it's hoped the strategy could also attract investment from the private sector.

    Stricklandgate, Kendal
  5. Leading Cumbrian Conservative steps down to work for union

    The leading Cumbrian local politician James Airey has announced he is retiring from politics to work for the National Union of Farmers.

    James Airey

    Councillor Airey served on the county, district and Ulverston town councils, and fought the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency for a seat in Parliament at the last election.

    Politicians, including from political parties, were quick with best wishes.

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  6. Morecambe Bay councils put 'merger' proposal out to public

    People living around Morecambe Bay are being asked for their views on plans to have a single, all-purpose, local authority, instead of three district councils and parts of two counties.

    In a joint statement the leaders of all three district councils, Barrow Borough, South Lakeland and Lancaster City, said they believed the larger body was a better solution.

    Morecambe Bay Map
    Quote Message: It’s important that people have their say, whether they agree or disagree with the proposals, as any local government reorganisation will have significant implications for our communities and the way services are delivered.
    Quote Message: We need to understand people’s views and any concerns and challenges they believe the creation of a new unitary may bring." from Council leaders' statement
    Council leaders' statement
    • You can find out more about the proposals and fill in a survey on each of the council's websites.
  7. Morecambe Bay councils put merger plans to ministers

    Councils in Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster have voted to put plans to create a single, all-purpose council around Morecambe Bay to the government.

    In a joint statement, the three local authorities said that while proposals for Lancashire and Cumbria had already been put forward by other councils, the Cumbrian plan was based on existing boundaries.

    But, the statement said, the government had invited other proposals and "we believe that a cross-boundary authority around Morecambe Bay is the best way forward for Barrow, Lancaster and South Lakeland."

    The move has been supported by the former Barrow MP, now Lord Walney, and the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

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  8. Bay councils draw up Covid-19 recovery plan

    A plan to help the economy around the Morecambe Bay area to recover from the effects of Covid-19 has been produced.

    Representatives from three local councils, Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster, have written to the Chancellor asking him to back their plans with funding over the next two years.

    Suggestions include making the most of the area's potential to develop wind, solar, hydrogen, nuclear and marine technologies.

    There's also suggestions for the agriculture industry, better health services, good quality housing and new jobs.

    Morecambe Bay
  9. MP welcomes £650,000 grant to Furness peninsula councils

    Councils covering Barrow and Ulverston are to get £650,000 to help them provide services through the pandemic.

    The government said £550,000 would go to Barrow council, and £100,000 to South Lakeland.

    Simon Fell in House

    The Barrow and Furness MP Simon Fell said the money had not been ring-fenced, meaning the councils will decide how best to spend it in areas such as public health, local vulnerable people and the running of vital services.

    The MP said it would "ease financial pressures on both Barrow and South Lakes councils and ensure they are able to continue providing vital local services this winter."

  10. Plans laid to bring bay communities under one council

    People in south Cumbria are being asked to support plans for a new local council that would bring together Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster.

    The government wants to make changes to the local government structure, and in the past, Cumbria County Council has said it wants a single all-purpose council within the existing boundaries.

    But the Liberal Democrat councillor Giles Archibald, the leader of South Lakeland Council, says the existing links among the councils covering Morecambe Bay shouldn't be ignored.

    Quote Message: Over 95% of the people who work in Morecambe Bay, live in Morecambe Bay, we already have the health trust footprint across the Morecambe Bay, we have an area of natural beauty that crosses boundaries, so we think it makes sense." from Giles Archibald
    Giles Archibald
  11. Self-employed step forward for Covid-19 hardship grants

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Jason Rushworth

    More than half of the self-employed workers in Barrow borough council and the South Lakeland District Council areas have claimed grants through an extended government scheme to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic, new figures reveal.

    But the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) says businesses are still "reeling" from the impact of Covid-19 and need further support

    HM Revenue and Customs figures show around 1,100 people in Barrow and 3,500 in South Lakeland applied to the second round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme since 17 August.

    Claims made by people in Barrow amounted to £2.2m, or £2,000 per person on average, and £8.5m in total was claimed by SLDC residents, an average of £2,500 per person.

    Quote Message: As the second wave of coronavirus approaches, local lockdowns and individual quarantining measures are inevitable, and the government must do more to support businesses that will be impacted by these restrictions.” from Andy Chamberlain director of policy at IPSE
    Andy Chamberlaindirector of policy at IPSE