Cyclists get their own spaces in multi-storey car park
An area for cyclists has been set aside in the main multi-storey car park in Kendal.
The area has changing rooms, lockers, and a special stand on which cycles can be hung for maintenance, and it is within site of the car park's staffed office, and covered by CCTV.
South Lakeland council cabinet member Dyan Jones said: “An initiative like this
underlines the council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, by promoting
cycling as an alternative to travelling by car."
The cycle hub is a free facility that makes it easier for people working or visiting Kendal to leave their car at home."
Memorial to Australia's first submarines to be rededicated
A memorial in Barrow to Australia's first two naval submarines will be rededicated tomorrow after the mystery around the fate of one of them was finally solved.
It is 105 years to the day since the first boat, AE1, was lost with all hands, off the coast of what was then German New Guinea, and the wreck was only found two years ago
AE1 was built at the shipyard in Barrow by Vickers, and a memorial to the vessel and its sister, AE2, was put up in Ramsden Square in 2013.
After AE1 was found, experts concluded its loss was caused by a diving accident rather than enemy action, and new plaques will be dedicated on the memorial.
Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound
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M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, before J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.
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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on the move after 24 years
It's been revealed that the Great Yorkshire Showground is hosting Harrogate's Autumn Flower Show for the last time.
After 24 years it will move 17 miles down the road to Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon.
Organisers say it's about "future proofing" the event and that it would be "too expensive" to continue to stage it at the Great Yorkshire Showground.
More than 40,000 people are expected at this year's event which began today and continues over the weekend.
Flower show organisers say the Spring Flower Show will remain at its current home at the Great Yorkshire Showground.
Lengthy road closures after crashes to be discussed
Councillors and police are to discuss the disruption caused when the A590, the only main road into Barrow, is closed by accidents.
High Furness councillor Matt Brereton told a meeting there was still work to be done about accident blackspots, but he was also concerned about the way surrounding roads were used as rat-runs when the main roads were closed.
Councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways and also had a 27-year career in the fire service, said the length of time the road was now closed after accidents was "unacceptable".
I attended numerous road accidents on many busy roads and there was always a desire, particularly by the police, to get the road open very quickly and get the traffic flowing.”
It is leading to problems with congestion, speeding through 30mph zones and putting extra strain on the roads maintenance the county highways have to deal with.”
Because of the rare species that live in the river, work is only allowed for a few months a year, and engineers this summer found their attempts to repair damage by Storm Desomond were interrupted so badly by heavy rain pushing up water levels that they are now running out of time.
This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would continue until the end of October, when the Environment Agency's "window" for working in the river ends.
Works to complete the permanent repair of Victoria Bridge will then recommence in the spring when the window re-opens.
We do not anticipate any further closures of the bridge being necessary throughout the remainder of the works.”
A father and son have failed in their attempt to limit the number of helicopter flights that take off from near their land to service Walney's offshore windfarm, but gained an exclusion zone.
The company that runs the wind farm, Orsted, wanted planning permission to increase the number of flights each day from six to 10, but Geoff Sharpe and his son Steven (pictured), said they had never been consulted and they wanted no flights at at all.
Mr Sharpe senior said: “Our livestock bolts on to the railway line and they’ve destroyed about 600 yards of steel fencing. The helicopters are buzzing us when we are calving the cows.”
Juan Murray, planning agent for Orsted, said none of the legal consultees raised any objections, and that attempts to use Walney Airfield or land near Barrow docks had been blocked on security grounds by the Ministry of Defence.
Councillors agreed to the increase in the number of flights, but added an extra condition that the Sharpes' farm at Roanhead be excluded from any fly zone.
Housing grant helps to prevent homelessness
A Cumbrian council is spending more than £280,000 to help prevent people living in six rural houses becoming homeless.
South Lakeland District Council's cabinet approved the grant to the housing association South Lakes Housing, that already runs more than 3,000 former council homes.
It's planning to buy six of the houses in Newby Bridge, improve them, and secure the tenancies of existing residents.
The tenants had contacted the area's Lib Dem MP Tim Farron and South Lakeland council stepped in after the owners of the cottages, Lake District Estates, said the company intended to sell the homes.
Police appeal for sightings of missing Egremont man
Police have appealed again for help tracing Peter Jewell, 67, from Egremont, who has been missing since 18 August.
Mr Jewell has since only been seen once, in a pub in Barrow, the Furness Railway on Abbey Road, on 3 September.
Victoria Bridge in Kendal, damaged in Storm Desmond and closed repeatedly this summer during repairs, may not now be fully fixed until next summer.
The "environmental window" for contractors to get in the River Kent and fix the bridge, had been lost, because of the damage caused by heavy rain this summer, the councillor in charge of highways told a Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal.
Councillor Keith Little said that after heavy rain, a coffer-dam built to protect repair work channeled raised river levels into part of the bridge that had not been damaged before.
It put twice the volume down there at twice the velocity. That again caused some under-scarring at the footings.
What we are doing at the moment is making the bridge winter safe and putting in the work we need to do which will hopefully keep the bridge open throughout the coming months."
Travel: Road closed while dangerous tree is felled
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The A592 between Windermere and Newby Bridge has been closed until 15:30 while a tree is felled.
Westmorland show expected to draw large crowds
About 30,000 people are expected to attend today's Westmorland County Show, said to be Cumbria's biggest one-day event, at the showground near Crooklands, south of Kendal.
Free buses will run between Kendal and the site itself, and drivers are being asked to allow extra time for journeys in the Crooklands and Milnthorpe areas.