South Lakeland District Council

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Brexit leaves council 'extremely uncertain' about finances

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Council finance directors have been left "extremely uncertain" about how much money they will have over the next five years because of Brexit, according to a senior South Lakeland councillor.

Fragment of council tax form
BBC

Councillor Andrew Jarvis, the cabinet member for finance, said they were "making assumptions" about how much cash the council could have after a Government delay in revealing how town halls will be funded over the next decade.

The council has forecast a deficit of £625,000 for 2020-21, growing to just under £2m by 2023-24, which it now planned to address.

Mr Jarvis said: “Over the next four months I will be working with cabinet and the senior leadership of the council to focus on options for closing the projected deficit in the short term and identifying a programme of actions to potentially deliver significant savings and move us closer to a balanced budget for the long term."

Bin crew problem means collection delay in Bowness

South Lakeland Council says that problems on a refuse collection round mean they will not be able to collect green bin recycling in the Bowness and Crook Road areas today.

Householders are asked to leave green bins out and they will be picked up tomorrow.

Cumbrian councils sign up to making climate top priority

Three Cumbrian councils have now passed motions declaring a "climate emergency", effectively saying that all decisions will be made with the consequences for the environment and carbon emissions taken into account.

Campaigners in council chamber
BBC

Campaigners with banners and posters crowded into a meeting of Eden Council last night to see a motion by the Liberal Democrat leader of the authority, Virginia Taylor, commit to being carbon neutral by 2030 and taking a number of other steps.

The motion also declared there was an ecological emergency, saying the council should actively safeguard the natural environment.

Carlisle and South Lakeland councils have already passed similar resolutions and Barrow is expected to follow next week.

Kendal's markets 'need breath of new life'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Plans to breathe new life into Kendal’s "declining" indoor and outdoor markets should take a major step forward next week.

South Lakeland District Council is drawing up a tender to lure private sector companies to take on the operation of the markets on a five-year lease.

Kendal Market Hall
SLDC

Officials say there is a pressing need for an improved layout, new units, better branding and a more consistent appearance of stalls in the market, first given a charter by King Richard 1 in 1189.

The Market Hall, built more than 130 years ago, also needs investment and it is hoped a company with experience in markets can take it on.

More than 12 companies showed initial interest and the council’s ruling cabinet will be asked next Wednesday to move the project forward.

Cumbrian council warns of email 'tax reduction' scam

Another Cumbrian council has warned of scam emails about council tax reduction benefits.

Officials at South Lakeland say the emails contain a link to a fake government website, which they asks for sensitive personal information.

They say that although the council does use email for some communications, it would never ask for personal details in this way.

The council says the email should not be confused with a second communication, which has just gone out, checking peoples' entries on the electoral register.

South Cumbria economy 'could treble in size with investment'

A new partnership among councils and businesses around Morecambe Bay could lead to the local economy more than trebling in size, according to consultants.

Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster councils commissioned independent research which found a diverse £7bn economy built on tourism, advanced manufacturing and education, with 96% of workers living in the same area.

The study argues that having already seen some of the fastest growth in the north, that could grow to £25bn with the right investment and ambition.

The report, published at the launch of the new economic partnership, puts the case for government investment to support recruitment, and to improve the road, rail and digital infrastructure

Kendal Fell's future gets taken in hand

People who use Kendal Fell are being asked about plans to improve the management of the large area of hillside to the west of the town.

Kendal fell golf course
SLDC

The fell land was given to the town in 1767, and while part of it has been occupied by a golf club since 1897, other areas are open to the public and becoming overgrown.

Coarse grasses and brambles are now swamping the wild flowers and other habitat that used to attract rare butterflies.

A management plan has been drawn up by the council, golf club, conservation groups and other organisations, and local people are being given a chance to comment on it.

Councillors defer Kendal estate flood scheme

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Plans to combat flooding on a Kendal estate have been deferred by councillors after objections.

Hallgarth estate residents went to a meeting of South Lakeland council’s planning committee to condemn a scheme by South Lakes Housing.

Area of flooded ground
SLDC

The housing association wants to create a storm basin on open ground (pictured) to hold water during heavy rain, protecting nearby properties and draining 26 new homes planned by the association for the top of the estate on land off High Sparrowmire.

But residents of the estate, which has suffered repeated flooding, told a meeting the inadequate current drainage system needed fixing first and the basin could aggravate problems once the 26 new homes are hooked up to the “overloaded” system.

Planners and engineers defended the scheme and said refusing it would be difficult to defend if the developers appealed, but councillors voted unanimously to defer the decision.