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Kirkby Moor windfarm application rejected

A wind turbine farm Credit: PA

South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee has refused an application for repowering the Kirkby Moor windfarm.

The proposal by energy company RWE comprised the decommissioning of the 12 existing turbines on the Kirkby Moor site and replacing them with 6 turbines with a blade tip height of 115m, over two and a half times the height of the current turbines.

Laura Fiske, Planning Officer at Friends of the Lake District, which opposed the application, said:

Six 115m tall turbines would have been inappropriate and intrusive in this location and massively out of scale with their surroundings, flashing over a skyline from more distant viewpoints.

The development threatened to impact on some of our most iconic views including many Lake District peaks such as the Old Man of Coniston, Black Combe and Kentmere as well as views from Coniston Water and Kirkstone Pass.

We are very grateful for the support offered by the local community in dealing with this application and would like to extend our thanks to them

– Laura Fiske, Planning Officer at Friends of the Lake District

Missing: William Notley, 58, from Jedburgh

William Notley, 58 Credit: Police Scotland

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing in Jedburgh on Tuesday.

William Notley, 58, from was last seen at his home address in Bongate Gardens around 5.15 am Tuesday.

William sometimes sleeps outdoors or in remote farm buildings and barns and has been known to travel on public transport around the Jedburgh area.

He is described as being of smart appearance, white, 5ft 6 inches tall, slim built with receding brown hair.

He speaks with an English accent.

William is believed to be wearing blue jeans, a yellow polo shirt under a khaki green jumper and a grey hooded top and black Sketcher trainers.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their inquiries to come forward.

Inspector Alistair Hutchens of Melrose Police station said:

We are getting increasingly concerned about William and are keen to establish his whereabouts as soon as possible.

Anyone who believes they have seen him since Tuesday is asked to contact us as soon as possible on 101.

– Inspector Alistair Hutchens


Cumbria Police Chief breathes sigh of relief over budget... but funding review still to come

The Chief Constable of Cumbria Police has said he's relieved the force isn't facing cuts as big as expected.

Senior Officers were anticipating savings of more than £11m ahead of the chancellor's statement.

But although the government announced the overall police budget will stay the same, Cumbria could still lose out in the months ahead as the formula for police funding is set for review:

Carlisle businesses already planning moves to new 'Local Enterprise Zone'

The new 'Enterprise Zone' Credit: Kingmoor Industrial Park

Graham Haywood, the Director of Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership says talks are already underway with businesses about moving to Carlisle's Enterprise Zone.

The Chancellor announced yesterday the city's bid had been successful.

The Kingmoor Park area in the north of the city will get the status from April 1st 2016.

It helps the wider economy because the economy needs to grow and by growing it creates wealth into the local economy and more spending power, there'll be loads of construction jobs, supply chain jobs for those businesses, and I think there's a real chance that kingmoor park will attract at least one major development that could bring very substantial benefit to the local economy.

– Graham Haywood, the Director of Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership
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