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Drivers diverted through Kendal after M6 accident

Drivers are being diverted through Kendal. Credit: PA

Traffic is being re-directed through Kendal following a three-vehicle accident on the M6 northbound, between J36 and J37.

Police say two people have been seriously injured in the collision.

The northbound carriageway, which is set to re-open within the next 15 minutes, has been closed between the junctions, and drivers are being diverted from J36 through Kendal on the A6, to re-join the motorway again at J39.

Traffic is currently also delayed on the southbound carriageway as emergency services attend the incident.

The air ambulance was called, but police have not yet released further details.

The accident. Credit: ITV Border

Windermere improvement works to begin next year

Windermere. Credit: ITV Border

Work on a £300,000 scheme to improve the waterfront at Windermere is expected to begin early next year.

Councillors have approved a contract to carry out the improvements.

The plan is to widen the promenade at Waterhead, on the lake's northern shore, as well as resurfacing walkways, repairing walls and installing a ‘panorama’ board, to identify key Lakeland landmarks that can be seen from the shore.

The aim is for the work to be finished by Easter 2016, to minimise disruption to the tourism industry at one of its busiest times.

We are investing £280,000 and Lakes Parish Council is putting in at least £20,000 to make this a reality.

These plans have been shaped following steering group meetings and in partnership with key stakeholders, including the parish council, civic society, Cumbria Tourism, Lake District National Park, the two local district councillors and all the respondents to the consultation.

It is an excellent example of true partnership working and has resulted in a scheme that greatly improve a popular and much-loved Lake District location.’’

– Councillor Giles Archibald


Cumbrians send Christmas gifts to Calais migrants

Christmas presents are amongst the gifts. Credit: ITV Border

Christmas presents are amongst the aid packages that Cumbrians are sending to refugees and migrants in Calais.

A group of nine volunteers has set off from Carlisle, and they're also taking food, clothing and bedding to the series of camps known as 'The Jungle'.

Dalbeattie campus gets £25m go-ahead

Plans went on display earlier this year. Credit: ITV Border

The construction of a £25 million Dalbeattie Learning Campus has moved a step closer.

Funding for the scheme had been held up because of a European ruling, but the Scottish Government says that has now been resolved.

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New £21m Kelso school finally gets go-ahead

An artist's impression of the new school. Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The building of a new £21.4 million school in Kelso has been given the go-ahead, and is expected to begin in early 2016.

Kelso High School will be built at Nethershot on Angraflat Road.

The project had stalled because of a European ruling, which affected ten schools and two health centres across the country.

But the Scottish Government now says that has been resolved.

I am pleased that the issues which have held back the new Kelso High School have finally been settled.

It has been a frustrating period for everyone associated with the school including the wider community, and the people of Kelso should be thanked for their patience during this time.

The new school will include grass and synthetic sports pitches and community facilities, which will provide health and educational benefits for not just generations of schoolchildren but the whole town.”

– Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Scottish Borders Council

Villagers club together to keep only shop open

The village's only shop. Credit: ITV Border

Villagers who have been fighting to save their only shop from closure have become its new owners.

The former Co Operative store in Hallbankgate near Brampton, closed in the summer after 140 years.

A community group made up of local residents has now bought it after raising around £70,000, and they're busy refurbishing the shop.

They hope it will re-open in the spring.

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