South Lakeland District Council

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  1. Ukraine refugees 'will be welcome in Lake District'

    Refugees from Ukraine will be welcomed in South Lakeland, according to the district council.

    The council's leader Jonathan Brook says the area has a "proud tradition of giving safe refuge to innocent people caught up in terrible world events".

    He pledged the area would do "all that we can" to support Ukraine and "stand ready to work with partner organisations to welcome refugees displaced by the conflict".

    Refugees brave the cold in a frozen field at a border checkpoint in Medyka, Poland, after fleeing from Ukraine

    Mr Brook also called on the UK government to "act decisively and compassionately" to support those forced to leave their home country, said the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

    Ukrainians fleeing Russia's invasion can come to the UK if they have relatives who are British nationals, under changes announced by ministers.

    But one of Cumbria's Conservative MPs says the government needs to do more to help those trying to flee the country.

    Neil Hudson, who represents Penrith and the Border, believes the visa system should be widened and says the UK should offer sanctuary to those who need it, not just with those with links to the country.

  2. Weather on the fells: Cloudy with heavy rain and breezy

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 6C to 8C (43F to 46F).
    • Winds: South-westerly gales in the morning, gusting up to 55mph to 60mph. Winds will lessen somewhat in the afternoon, with maximum gusts reducing to around 40mph to 45mph.
    • Cloud: Overcast, with cloud bases around 600ft to 1,600ft (200m to 500m).
    • Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain throughout, with rain falling heavy at times. A very breezy day for the fells.
    • Visibility: Generally good below the cloud, but poor during rainfall and above the cloud bases.
    • UV levels: Low.
  3. 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.

  4. 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
  5. 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