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  1. Updates on Friday 7 July 2017

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Confirmed: Successful Cumbrian primary school to close

A well-performing South Cumbrian Primary School is to close because it doesn't have enough pupils.

St Peter's CE School, at Heversham near Milnthorpe, only teaches 15 children at present, but has capacity for 105. It was joint top performer in Cumbria in the 2016 SATs results.

Exterior photo of the school surrounded by trees and shrubs.
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The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust that runs it says there are no children in Reception and Year One, and no foreseeable significant increase in pupil numbers. It says that means the school is not financially sustainable.

The trust says its board recommended in March that the school should close, which has now been confirmed by Secretary of State for Education.

Its formal last day will be at the end of August, and it's holding a special open day on 17 July to celebrate its history.

Dog buried in Cumbrian field prompts RSPCA inquiry

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found dead and buried in a field in Barrow.

The charity says it was alerted by the police after the animal was found in a field off Holbeck Park Avenue on the edge of the town.

An RSPCA inspector said it's thought to be a Staffie or mastiff-type cross, and its body has no obvious injuries apart from slight bruising.

Based on examining its teeth, the charity says it's thought to have been quite young.

Verbal abuse being treated as hate crime

Police are appealing for information after eight men were reported to have shouted abuse at three people outside a north Cumbrian Primary school.

Longtown Primary School
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The incident happened outside Longtown Primary School last night at about 20:30.

Cumbria police are treating it as a hate crime, since they say the victims were abused because of their gender and sexual orientation.

Cycling drug dealer jailed for almost four years

A drug dealer who used a bike to travel round Carlisle trying to sell cocaine and heroin has been jailed.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that when the police stopped Stephen James Earle, 31, of no fixed address, in the city last month, he had 16 rocks of crack cocaine and 25 wraps of heroin in his jacket pocket, with a street value of more than £400.

Portrait of Stephen James Earle
Cumbria police

He had admitted possessing both class A drugs with intent to supply them, and having a small quality of cannabis.

It was said Earle had been sent from Merseyside to sell drugs and fund his own addiction.

Jailing him for three years and nine months, recorder Michael Murray said drugs were "one of society's great problems", and told Earle: "You were part of that in peddling these awful substances to people."

Battlefield development given green light

Plans to build houses on part of a historic Cumbrian battlefield have been approved.

The development will see 100 houses built on the edge of Longtown, near the Scottish border, where the Battle of Solway Moss took place in 1542 between England and Scotland.

Map showing location of development and battlefield near Longtown
Ordnance Survey

Councillors agreed to grant planning consent today subject to certain conditions, in line with officers' recommendations.

Adding lanes to Cumbrian road 'would create traffic pressure elsewhere'

People living along one of the main routes into Carlisle are being given more time to raise their concerns about proposals to widen the road.

Cumbria County Council wants to add extra lanes to Warwick Road, between the Tesco junction and Eastern Way, to ease congestion.

But more than 2,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the plans to be scrapped.

The sustainable transport campaigner Bridget Fox says they have a point:

The new road space quickly fills up with new traffic. And of course that traffic doesn't evaporate at either end of the new bit of road, it just adds to existing pressure on existing side streets, town centres (and) parking places."

Another Osprey chick in South Cumbria

A third osprey chick is on a nest at a South Cumbrian nature reserve.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust says it already knew of two at Foulshaw Moss near Witherslack, but its staff have recently confirmed the additional chick is there as well.

Three osprey chicks on their nest with Whitbarrow Scar in the background
Darren Williams

All three of the young birds were tagged with ID rings by a specialist last weekend during a visit in which they were also weighed and measured.

The charity says the three, now known as Blue U0, Blue U9 and Blue N0, are from the fourth clutch of eggs produced by the pair of ospreys at Foulshaw Moss.

Whitehaven bypass - political reaction

One of Cumbria's Labour MPs has reacted to today's news that there'll be a consultation next year on a bypass for Whitehaven.

John Woodcock, the member for Barrow and Furness, says he's contacting the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling to ask whether the government's also committed to improving a well-known A-road bottleneck between Grizebeck and Kirkby-in-Furness.

Traffic on the narrow A-road at Dove Ford
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Consultation announced over a new Cumbrian bypass

The government says people in Whitehaven will be consulted next year about a proposed bypass for the town.

Traffic on the A595 in Whitehaven
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A study funded by Cumbria County Council is already under way to see if the relief road is needed.

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling has urged people in the town to show their support for the scheme.

The A595 is a vital road for the Cumbrian economy, providing key connections to large employment hubs in Sellafield, Whitehaven and the Port of Workington, but drivers are regularly held up by congestion

Chris GraylingTransport Secretary

Congestion should trigger more road building - drivers' campaigner

Plans to widen one of Carlisle's main roads will be considered again, after more than 2,000 people signed an online petition against the proposals.

Cumbria County Council wants to widen Warwick Road, one of the routes into the city, to ease congestion. It would mean adding extra lanes between the Tesco junction and Eastern Way, at a cost of £1m.

Roger Lawson, from the campaigning group the Alliance of British Drivers, thinks it will be money well spent:

We think that if congestion is present, then councils should look at expanding the capacity of roads, or building new roads to relieve the congestion. It's as simple as that.

Roger LawsonAlliance of British Drivers

But some residents of Warwick Road say the scheme will cause more congestion, increase noise pollution and make it difficult to get in and out of their driveways.

World Heritage status would help the whole region, says chair of bid group

It's claimed that the whole of the North West would benefit if the Lake District is declared a World Heritage Site this weekend.

Delegates from nearly 200 nations will decide on Sunday whether to grant the status to the National Park.

It's estimated it could generate an extra £20m each year in tourist revenue.

Portrait of Lord Clark
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Lord David Clark of Windermere has chaired the partnership of 25 organisations that have worked towards the bid.

He says if it is successful, it won't just be the Lake District that benefits:

I look forward to days when cruise ships come into Workington, Whitehaven and Barrow, and people visit the Western parts of the Lakes. Because we must get more people over there, to provide employment. It isn't only about the Lakes, it's about the whole of Cumbria and the whole of the North West."

Lord Clark

New assistant manager for Bluebirds

Barrow football club have named Mickey Moore as their new assistant manager.

It reunites him with the Bluebirds' boss Paul Cox, who he was previously assistant to at Mansfield.

Battlefield housing decision due today

A decision is expected today on whether houses can be built on a historic battlefield in Cumbria.

Gleeson Homes wants to build 100 new houses on part of the battlefield of Solway Moss, at Longtown near Carlisle, where an outnumbered English force beat the Scottish army in 1542.

Map extract showing battlefield site
Ordnance Survey

It's though that the battle took place to the south and east of Longtown, on a different part of the site from where the houses would be built, and officers have recommended the plans for approval.

They will be considered by city councillors today.

More disruption for rail users in Cumbria

Rail passengers in Cumbria are again being warned to expect disruption, as members of the RMT union go on strike in their continuing dispute with the train operator Northern over the role of guards on trains.

When the government let the new Northern franchise, it included a requirement to introduce driver controlled operation on up to 50% of its services by 2020.

But the RMT wants a guarantee of a second "safety-critical member of staff" on board trains.

Despite multiple strikes, Northern haven't given this assurance.

Fewer than half of all normal routes will be running on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Northern says it aims to run 'more than 40%' of its timetable - and will supplement this with rail replacement buses.

Severe accident: M6 Cumbria southbound

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M6 Cumbria southbound severe accident, between J40 for A66 and J39 for B6261.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J40, A66 (Penrith) and J39, B6261 (Shap), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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More consultation as thousands oppose Cumbrian road-widening scheme

Plans to widen one of Carlisle's main roads will be considered again after more than 2,000 people signed an online petition against the proposals.

The county council wants to widen the main route into the city from the east, Warwick Road, to ease congestion.

The part of Warwick Rd being considered for widening
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It would mean adding extra lanes between the Tesco junction and Eastern Way at a cost of £1m.

But some people living nearby say it will cause more congestion, increase noise pollution and make it difficult to get in and out of their driveways.

The council met some of the residents on Monday, and has extended the consultation deadline to 14 July.

Decision time for Lake District's World Heritage Status bid

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

Delegates from nearly 200 nations will rule this weekend on whether the Lake District should become a World Heritage site.

It's estimated the status could generate an extra £20m a year in tourist revenue.

The decision will be made by Unesco, the organisation responsible for encouraging international co-operation in education, science and culture.

Picture of lake, almost certainly Ullswater, with mountains behind
Lake District World Heritage Bid

Few of the Lake District's annual 18 million visitors would deny it's a beautiful place, but Unesco's delegates will now decide if it's special enough to be ranked among places like the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon.

The committee that evaluates bids recommends approval, saying the Lakes is a glacial landscape shaped by farming traditions that give it 'special character and exceptional beauty'.

It suggests though that "special attention" is needed to ensure tourism impacts are reduced, and its economic benefits go more directly to farming.

Delegates are due to vote on Sunday. The meeting is being streamed online.

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