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Hundreds of syringes found in dumped medical waste

Six black binliners full of clinical waste including hundreds of syringes have been found in a lay-by near Kendal.

Council official John Barwise with bucket of sharps

John Barwise from South Lakeland council said the bags were reported by a member of the public and found to contain eight of the tubs used in clinics and hospitals to collect hazardous waste.

He said the labels appeared to have been been scratched off so the source could not be identified.

The bags are thought to have been fly-tipped over the weekend in the lay-by on the A6 between Kendal and Selside.

To dump this sort of waste in a public place is highly irresponsible, illegal and potentially dangerous."

John Barwise

Council to offer free parking in south Cumbria

Free parking is being offered in South Lakeland on Sundays in the lead up to Christmas.

The offer will apply to pay and display car parks run by South Lakeland District Council throughout December.

It also covers the car park at Westmorland Shopping Centre.

Electric car 'power points' project goes a step forward

Seven charging points for electric vehciles could be set up in South Lakeland in residential roads where off-street plug-in supplies would not be possible.

Electrict car plug
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The council has been given a £187,000 grant under a national scheme to identify charging points.

Barrow hopes for more money to build economy

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Barrow council officials are planning talks with government ministers over getting more money for economic development in the area.

It follows a collaboration between councils in Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster, which have united to get the Morecambe Bay area recognised as an economic region and submit a multimillion-pound bid for Growth Deal funding.

Barrow Borough Council leader Ann Thomson told a meeting of the full council: “We are now hoping to discuss our proposals with Government ministers to build a case for further investment in our region.”

She said the council was pressing forward with schemes such as the Marina Village and the £3.5m Harding Rise offices, next to the new Waterfront Business Park.

Council cash brings three 'changing places' loos

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Ellis Butcher

Seriously disabled people visiting places in South Lakeland are to get access to specialist loos.

South Lakeland District Council has committed £50,000 towards special Changing Places toilets which are bigger and better-equipped than traditional facilities for disabled people.

Changing places toilet

Eight bids were submitted and four met the criteria for cash to pay for feasibility studies.

Three applicants now plan to provide changing places toilets in Cartmel, Kendal and Millerground, Windermere, and all three will also be granted £20,000 to help their project become a reality.

Cumbrian council is owed more than £500,000

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South Lakeland Council is owed £576,000, with some of the debts dating back to 2014, a meeting heard.

Officers said the debt was a small fraction of the £46m it had issued invoices for over the past five years, and it collected 98.8% of the money owed to it.

The meeting heard that 35% of the £576,000 related to works carried out on a "dangerous structure" in Kendal, although the council declined to reveal which building it was.

'Millionaire's Row' jetty gets owner in council hot water

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Ellis Butcher

The owners of a luxurious holiday home on a stretch of the shores of Windermere known as "Millionaires' Row" are to get a letter ticking them off for replacing a dilapidated jetty without permission.

The jetty in question

The jetty was replaced as part of newly-built Louper Weir, south of Bowness, and South Lakeland Council, which owns the bed of the lake, has to give consent for jetties or any other "encroachment" on it.

An architect representing the applicant submitted a statement to the council, saying the four-year project had been a "steep learning curve" to get to grips with local policies and requirements, adding “unfortunately, in this instance, something slipped through the net".

Councillor Doug Rathbone suggested it stay and that the committee writes a letter to the applicant strongly expressing its disappointment that the jetty was installed before all permissions had been granted.

I’m not against jetties, I know that people need jetties, but I do think we need to keep them under tight control.”

Keith HalltschMember, South Lakeland Council lake administration committee

More finding refuge from war-torn Syria, council told

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More Syrian refugees are heading to Cumbria in the latest round of a Government resettlement programme, South Lakeland councillors have been told.

Councillor Giles Archibald, the council's leader, told a meeting: “We have well over 200 refugees in Cumbria now and we have taken in six families and more will be coming."

Mr Archibald, who heads the ruling Liberal Democrat group, said: “I understand that pretty well all of these families are so happy with the arrangements we have made and where they are staying that a lot of them are very likely to stay even if they have a chance to go back to Syria."

People’s lives have been changed because of what we’ve done and I think that’s important to bear in mind.”

Giles Archibald

Lake sailors told prices rise to reflect costs

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Boating and sailing enthusiasts on Windermere face an increase in fees and charges from April next year.

South Lakeland council officers said the majority would go up by just 2%, in line with the Retail Price Index.

The Glebe

The charges are for services such as using slipways or moorings, but some, such as where a tractor or the mast hoist at Fetty Nab was used, will go up by more than 2%, to reflect the cost of providing such services to lake users.

Some legal fees and charges levied by SLDC, are being increased from between 11% and 150%, but officials said these were being brought into line with those imposed by other local authorities.