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  1. Thursday 24 August 2017

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As it happened: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Our updates have now ended for the day.

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel for Cumbria.

Here's a recap of the day:

Have a very good evening.

Cumbrian MP joins campaign opposing road widening

John Stevenson MP
John Stevenson

The Conservative MP for Carlisle has backed a campaign which opposes widening one of the main roads into the city.

John Stevenson says widening Warwick Road to create an extra lane is a waste of money and that it could be better spent elsewhere:

He said: "I very much hope that the county council will reconsider their proposals and not proceed. I don't think this is a good use of taxpayers' money. I think it's recognised by the people who use this road and the local residents that there is not a congestion issue that warrants this investment."

In a statement Cumbria County Council said: "Cumbria County Council is now reviewing the consultation feedback from local residents regarding the proposal to widen Warwick Road and create an extra lane.

"A final decision on the scheme is likely to be made by the end of September and could mean progressing with the original proposal, progressing with an amended proposal or withdrawing the scheme entirely."

Online reaction to plan to shut down common land 'car park'

Here are a few of the posts online from people reacting to a plan by South Lakeland Council to close a piece of common land in Kendal that's been used as a free car park for decades to replace it with a riverside garden:

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Explained: Kendal Common land 'car park' to go

More now on today's news that South Lakeland District Council is planning to enforce a ban on vehicles using a piece of common land in Kendal as a free car park and turn it into a riverside park:.

What's wrong with parking there?

South Lakeland District Council says it has been told in legal advice that a number of laws come together to prohibit driving on common land including the Road Traffic Act 1988, the Law of Property Act 1925 and the Commons Act 1876. It adds that parking on common land interferes with its intended use for recreation or exercise which constitutes a 'nuisance' meaning it's a criminal offence.

Why is the council doing this now?

South Lakeland District Council says it's happening now, after years of discussion about the common land, because a report prepared by members of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport has raised "significant concerns" about vehicles driving on and off the site to park. The council says it obtained an absolute freehold to the site in 2005 and that it has a responsibility to ensure its land is safe for use and to take reasonable steps to ensure it is safely used.

Artist's impression of the proposed riverside park at New Road
South Lakeland District Council

Couldn't the council just turn it into a proper car park?

A council feasibility study has found that if the land was 'de-registered' as common land, it could be developed as a car park lawfully but that only 68 parking spaces could safely fit into the same area that holds about 200 vehicles a day. In a report to councillors, this isn't recommended because it could take between 12 and 18 months to do so and the council would still need to close the site.

Are there any obstacles to the plan?

One major obstacle is that the Cumbrian fun fair company Taylor's says it has a charter dating back from 1309 giving it permission to run regular fun fairs on the common land. The council says it's in talks with the company to hold their fun fairs on Gooseholme common land on the opposite side of the River Kent for the next three years but that these plans for New Road common would allow a fun fair to run on the site

Speak with one voice to get road and rail improvements, outgoing northern transport boss says

The outgoing chief executive of transport for the North says the county has to speak with a single voice if it wants to get the government to pay for improvements to roads and railways.

David Brown met politicians at Carlisle Airport this week to talk about the transport issues facing Cumbria.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria's Caroline Robertson, he said from that meeting a clear message emerged that journeys across Cumbria between the east and the west as far as the North East of England are most in need of improvement:

My job becomes much easier if individual places like Cumbria can come forward with one single plan and one single voice.

David BrownChief executive, Transport for the North

David Brown is set to become the chief executive of Arriva Rail North which operates Northern trains in September.

University to welcome Princess Royal next month

Cumbria's university will be welcoming the Princess Royal next month as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Royal Household says that Princess Anne will also open STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) laboratories at the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street campus.

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Listen: Drivers views on plan to shut 'car park' on common land

BBC Radio Cumbria

Earlier on we told you how a Cumbrian council is planning to shut down access to a piece of common land in Kendal which has been used for decades as a free car park.

South Lakeland District Council says it's not safe and even unlawful to allow motorists to park on the land south of New Road.

Here's what some drivers told BBC Radio Cumbria's John Bowness when they were told about the plan.

Drivers' views on plans to end use of common land 'car park'
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Millom poet centre: Who is Norman Nicholson?

Earlier we told you about how plans to turn the former home of Millom poet Norman Nicholson had received strong support from people in the town, according to the Norman Nicholson Society.

Here's introduction to the man and his work:

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Health Secretary meets Cumbrian hospital staff during private visit

The Health Secretary met more than 50 members of staff working for the trust which runs hospitals in North and West Cumbria.

Jeremy Hunt and Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England Jane Cummings were at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle yesterday.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust says they took part in a discussion on patient safety during a private visit which was not open to the media.

The Conservative MPs for Carlisle and Copeland, John Stevenson and Trudy Harrison, were also at the event.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings and Copeland MP Trudy Harrison meet hospital staff
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings and Copeland MP Trudy Harrison meet hospital staff

Strong support for lasting tribute to poet Norman Nicholson, says society

Norman Nicholson
Ray Troll / Norman Nicholson Society

A group hoping to turn the former home of Millom poet Norman Nicholson into a visitor and study centre says it has received lots of support from the public.

The Norman Nicholson Society has been given a £10,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a feasibility study and structural survey of the building on St George's Terrace.

Charlie Lambert, Norman Nicholson Society chairman told BBC Radio Cumbria's Caroline Robertson that the plan is supported by the town council, local schools and business leaders.

"Part of the application for this lottery grant was to show there was this wider support, that it's not just a bunch of poetry nuts who've got a hare-brained scheme," he said.

"A lot of people, an amazing number of people really, know about Norman Nicholson, and really respect his work, and think he should have a higher profile."

Your photos: Derwentwater

Thanks to Christine Duff from Tynemouth for sending in this photo taken at Derwentwater this morning.

If you've want to share a photo with the county, you can email them to us, send them using Twitter where we're @BBC_Cumbria or head to our Facebook page.

Derwertwater and surrounding fells
Christine Duff

Council leader 'couldn't live with himself' if he didn't close common land 'car park'

A senior councillor says he couldn't live with himself if the council didn't close an area of common land in Kendal that's used as a car park.

South Lakeland District Council says an independent report has deemed the common land south of New Road as unsafe to be used as car parking.

People can just come out onto the road higgledy-piggledy. Now that I know it's unsafe, that it's been made very clear it's unsafe, I couldn't live with myself if I did not take this action.

Cllr Giles ArchibaldLeader, South Lakeland District Council

It's been used as a free car park for decades and some local drivers have told BBC Cumbria how they opposed the move to turn it into a riverside park.

Cumbrian road expected to be one of the busiest in England over the Bank Holiday

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The M6 and A590 around the Lake District are expected to be among the busiest roads in England as hundreds of thousands of people travel over the bank holiday weekend.

According to the RAC, the M5 towards Exeter, the M3 towards Bournemouth and the M1 north from London will also be very busy over the weekend.

The motoring organisation predicts that Friday afternoon from about 15:00 to 19:00 is likely to be the busiest time for drivers as weekend drivers mix with commuters.

People travelling by train on the West Coast Main Line also face disruption as no trains are running in and out of London Euston over the weekend for engineering work on High Speed 2.

Your photos: Clouds over Windermere at Ambleside

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Clouds over Windermere at Ambleside
BBC Weather Watcher 'Ambleside Maggie'

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ambleside Maggie for sharing this photo of Windermere from Ambleside.

That blanket of cloud could be moving on sharpish through the morning according to today's forecast.

Keswick Show cancelled because of wet weather

One of the county's agricultural shows has fallen victims to the summer's wet weather.

Keswick Show was due to take place this Bank Holiday Monday but it's now been cancelled after talks between the land owner and the show's organising committee.

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BreakingPolice investigating man's death

Weston Avenue in Ulverston

The death of a 29-year-old man in Ulverston is being investigated, Cumbria Police say.

Emergency services were called to a house on Weston Avenue just after 01:00.

The death is being treated as "unexplained" with early investigations suggesting there may have been unknown substances at the house.

Overnight the street was closed with people evacuated from nearby homes or asked to close their windows.

The area was later confirmed to be safe.

Council ban on riverside 'car park' in south Cumbria

Drivers who've been able to park for free on common land in Kendal for decades could be blocked from doing so in less than a month.

South Lakeland District Council says that it has no option but to stop people parking on New Road 'car park' because an independent report has found that it's unsafe for drivers to do so.

Up to 200 cars a day use the strip of land beside the River Kent, according to the council.

New Road in Kendal

In a report to the council's cabinet, officers say that cars parking on the land "unreasonably and substantially" interfere with its use for recreation and that in most circumstances it is unlawful for motorists to drive over a common.

If approved, the council would close the common land to vehicles after the annual Kendal torchlight funfair leaves the site on 17 or 18 September 2017 to start work on a riverside park.

Weather: Scattered cloud on the fells

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours today.

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: Around 9C.
  • Winds: Fresh or strong west to southwesterly winds with gusts up to 35mph.
  • Cloud: Scattered cloud at 2,500ft (750m) which is occasionally more widespread down to 1,500ft (450m) in and around heavier showers.
  • Visibility: Good, falling moderate or poor in showers and very poor in hill fog.
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Weather: Dry with a few showers to start

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Look North weather

Some patches of fog and a few showers across the county this morning before some dry and bright weather later on.

A westerly breeze with highs of 20C.

Weather: North East and Cumbria

Find the full forecast for where you live with BBC Weather.

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Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

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