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We've now passed over to the technology to post major breaking news or travel reports over the Christmas holidays.
Here's a reminder of some of today's developments:
- Police, firefighters, and coastguards were involved in a search for a missing woman along the Eden River through Carlisle
- The Labour leader of Cumbria County Council, Stewart Young, shone an interesting light on the Borderlands Growth deal, by pointing out that it might demonstrate the benefits of the union between England and Scotland
- And a new year looms, and with it almost certainly a new debate over exactly what it is appropriate to provide for visitors to the Lake District National Park.
We'll be back on Monday 30 December, and preparing to do it all again for another year. As always, If there's news you think we should know or you want to share a photo you've taken in the county, let us know by sending an email, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Have a very good and peaceful Christmas.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Short-term emergency accommodation for homeless people is to be created at Grange-over-Sands.
Offices at the Hampsfell Road depot, owned by South Lakeland District Council, are to be converted into two separate units on the ground and first floor.Copyright: Google
A meeting was told they would be used by people finding themselves without a home at short notice, and the accommodation will be managed by SLDC’s homeless team.
There will be a self-contained one-bedroom unit for one adult and a child and a two-bedroom unit for one adult and two children, with shared shower and kitchen facilities, and they will be used on a short-term basis, councillors were told.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
There may not be enough money to pay for plans to improve special needs provision in Cumbria's schools, councillors have been told.
A report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission published in May found that the impact of special educational needs and disabilities reforms in Cumbria was “highly variable” and that the county was too slow to implement reforms.
The council’s action plan has now been formally approved by Ofsted, but at a meeting councillor Christine Bownditch, whose son has severe learning difficulties, said: "It’s all wonderful, but where’s the money going to come from?"
Sally Senejko, area service manager for inclusion for Allerdale and Copeland, said money was very tight, and while extra funding had been agreed before the election, it was not clear whether the funding would still be available.
Plans to put houseboats on Grasmere as holiday accommodation are "an unusual case", according to officials at the Lake District National Park Authority.Copyright: Google
Putting a boat on the water does not normally need planning permission, but the Lake District planners are being asked to decide whether or not this is a lawful development, which involves different considerations.
A letter from consultants acting for Lowther Estates cites a number of precedents, spelling out for example a judgement that a houseboat has to look like a boat, and a two-storey "timber chalet-type structure" on a floating pontoon would not qualify.
The authority has put out some guidance on its website, and no decision is likely to be made before mid-February.
BBC Cumbria Sport
Barrow manager Ian Evatt has told the BBC he will remain with the Bluebirds this season despite attracting interest from higher division clubs.Copyright: Barrow AFC
Evatt, whose side go into Christmas week with a two-point lead at the top of the National League table, was linked with League Two Grimsby last week and made the bookmakers favourite for the job.
Evatt says no approach was ever made by the Mariners.
Any remaining showers will quickly fade this evening.
Thereafter, a dry and increasingly clear night is expected, with a chilly feel developing, light winds, and minimum temperatures from 0C to 3C (32F to 37F).Copyright: BBC
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The leader of Cumbria County Council says a scheme to bring government investment into the region promotes the union between Scotland and England.Copyright: BBC
The £350m Borderlands Growth Deal will pay for projects in Cumbria, starting with a huge face-lift for the area around Carlisle's railway station,
It will also channel public money to Northumberland and Southern Scotland, including the possible reopening of the Waverley railway line from Carlisle to Edinburgh.
Labour's Stewart Young says it could demonstrate the benefits of being in the UK after a strong performance by the Scottish National Party in the general election.Quote Message: It is an opportunity for the UK government certainly to demonstrate that the UK government and the Scottish government can work together in the existing union." from Stewart Young
Rain will continue to ease off for many parts today, though skies will stay cloudy with a few further showers in places.
Brighter interludes will develop this afternoon with highest temperatures from 5C to 8C (41F to 46F).Copyright: BBC
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Objections are already being voiced to plans to moor up to 10 houseboats, similar to the one pictured, on Grasmere for holiday accommodation.Copyright: LDNPA
The boats, which would have electric motors, would acommodate up to six people, and plans sent to the Lake District National Park Authority suggest they would be based close to the southern end of the lake, although they would be able to move around and anchor anywhere.
The plans are being put forward by Lowther Estates, which owns the lake and the shoreline there, at Penny Rock Wood.
Papers with the application say there would be no need for any buildings on land and the boats would occupy only a very small part of the lake surface, so they would not change the character and appearance of the lake.
But there has already been some opposition from social media, with one existing business on the lake shore describing the idea as "frankly bizarre and nonsensical".