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Whitehaven schools' £33 million funding boost

Work on the £33m development should begin next year. Credit: ITV Border

A £33 million funding package for an education campus and community sports facilities in Whitehaven has now been agreed.

The development will be built on the current site of St Benedict's High School, and construction could start as early as next year.

The facilities will be used by St Benedict's, as well as Mayfield Special School, and the sports facilities will be accessible to the whole community.

This has been a passion of mine for a decade now. The work has been painstaking and at times gruelling but this shows what can be achieved when we all share a common vision.

These investments will be transformative for Whitehaven and for thousands of young people and their families now and in the future. It’s an enormous step forward. New schools, a new hospital, new nuclear investments. We’re building a new and exciting future and our best days are ahead of us."

– Jamie Reed MP

CCTV cameras rolled out across Cumbria

CCTV cameras will be rolled out across the county. Credit: PA

A new network of CCTV cameras will be launched in Cumbria today.

The project has been commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, and will be implemented by Cumbria Constabulary.

53 cameras will be operated across Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Whitehaven, Penrith and Barrow, and more could be added if necessary.

The project will cost £2.5 million over the next seven years.

CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live, work and visit Cumbria.

At the same time CCTV will help in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder as well as providing proactive support for the business community. When I came into Office in November 2012 there was the real prospect of all the CCTV cameras in the major urban areas across the county being switched off. Today, we have a state-of-the-art system which will be supported for the next seven years.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

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Barclays customer 'disgusted' by Alston bank closure

Barclays customers in Alston are criticising the bank's decision to close the local branch.

It means the Cumbrian town will be without a bank from December. HSBC pulled out less than two months ago.

Alston isn't the only rural location to lose its bank. Over the past year alone we have reported on a number of other rural bank closures in Cumbria.

But residents in Alston say this closure will really affect their daily lives, as Katie Hunter reports.

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Photos: Rugby World Cup on Scafell Pike

RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont with the Webb Ellis Cup on Scafell Pike Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire/Press Association Images
England Women's Rugby World Cup winner and England Rugby 2015 ambassador Maggie Alphonsi, RFU Board Member Ian Metcalfe and RFU Chairman Bill Beaumont, with the Webb Ellis Cup on Scafell Pike Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire/Press Association Images

New charges for Peebles car parks

New charges at three car parks in Peebles will come into force on Saturday 1 August.

  • At Edinburgh Road Car Park - drivers will only pay 20p for the first two hours
  • Greenside and Swimming Pool car parks, the first four hours of a stay between Monday and Saturday will also now have a 20p charge

The introduction of a nominal 20p charge at these car parks has been made to avoid confusion and will ensure motorists understand that a ticket has to be displayed during charging periods.”

– Councillor Gordon Edgar

Rugby World Cup reaches new heights in Cumbria

The rugby world cup trophy has been in Cumbria as part of its 100-day tour around the British Isles.

It's the cup's second visit to our region. The tour began on the England Scotland Border at Carter Bar in June.

The organisers said they felt on top of the world after taking the trophy up Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain. Later it went on to inspire young players in Workington.

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