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Whitehaven GP surgery rated 'inadequate'

Whitehaven GP surgery has been labelled inadequate by England's Chief Inspector of General Practice.

The surgery has been placed under Special Measures following the Care Quality Commission inspection.

PHOTOS: The Aurora

Many of you have been sending us your photos of last night's Northern Lights sightings.

They're so good, we thought we'd share them with you.

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Taken near Siloth Credit: Gareth Brownrigg
The Aurora over Calderback Common Credit: Beth Faulder Photography
The Northern Lights Locharbriggs Credit: Kevin Sloan
The night sky at Birdoswald Credit: Helen Tuck
The Northern Lights from Loch Ettrick Credit: Kevin Sloan
Dumfries and Galloway's view of the Aurora last night Credit: Mike Alexander
This is the view over Shap Credit: @mars_stu on Twitter
The Northern Lights could be seen over Whitehaven Harbour Credit: Jonathan Reid
The Aurora over Skiddaw and Blencathra Credit: Martin Campbell
The aurora in Kirkmaiden Credit: Ian Reid


Kier Construction responds to Council

DG One Leisure Complex Credit: ITV Border

Kier Construction has released the following response to the statement from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The statement has been agreed between Dumfries & Galloway Council and Kier:

Kier has met with Dumfries & Galloway Council for mediation discussions.

Under the rules guiding this mediation we are unable to make any further comment until this process is concluded.”

– Kier Construction

Young Farmers' vivid imagin-hay-tion

Hay bales art by young farmers Credit: ITV Border

Young farmers across Dumfries and Galloway are turning their hands to a spot of agricultural art.

Hay Bales cow by the young farmers Credit: ITV Border

A series of decorated hay bales have sprung up in fields overlooking main transport routes in Dumfries & Galloway namely the A75 and A76.

The hay bale animals can be seen from the main roads Credit: ITV Border

Cows, sheep, and tractors have been made primarily from hay bales in an effort by the D&G young farmers to recruit new members by proving farming can be fun.

Report published into Lord Balleyedmond helicopter crash

Lord Balleyedmond Credit: UTV

A report surrounding the investigation into a helicopter crash that killed 4 passengers has been released today.

Among the victims was Lord Balleyedmond, who lived at Corby Castle near Carlisle.

The summary of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch Report (AAIB) has been published on their website today:

The helicopter departed from a private site with little cultural lighting at night and in fog.

Although the commander had briefed a vertical departure, the helicopter pitched progressively nose-down until impacting the ground.

The four occupants were fatally injured. Safety action has been proposed by the CAA, and two Safety Recommendations are made."

– Air Accidents Investigation Branch Report

After thorough analysis and investigation, the report arrived at the following conclusion:

The helicopter departed the private site in fog and at night. Operation from the site in such conditions was permissible under existing regulation.

Departure from a licensed aerodrome in such conditions would not have been permitted.Evidence suggests that the flight crew may have been subject to somatogravic illusion caused by the helicopter’s flight path and the lack of external visual cues.

The absence of procedures for two pilot operation, the pilots’ lack of formal training in such procedures, and the limited use of the automatic flight control system, may have contributed to the accident.

Opportunities to reduce the likelihood of such an event, presented by the report into the operator’s previous fatal accident, appeared not to have been taken.

The UK will adopt new regulations involving non-commercial complex aircraft operations in 2016 and, following the accident to G-LBAL and other occurrences investigated by theAAIB involving helicopters, the CAA intends to complete a review the subject of IFR flying outside controlled airspace by 1 October 2015."

– AAIB Report

The investigation was launched after 4 people were killed when a helicopter came down in thick fog in a field in Gillingham, near Beccles, in March 2014.

One of the passengers killed in the crash in 2014 was Cumbrian businessman Lord Ballyedmond.

Lord Ballyedmond, one of the richest men in Cumbria, was chairman of Norbrook, the world's largest privately owned pharmaceutical company and he owned Gillingham Hall.

Here is a profile on the peer:

  • He was one of the richest men in Northern Ireland and had an estimated wealth of around £500 million.
  • Lord Ballyedmond was the chairman of Norbrook, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world.
  • He was known as Edward Haughey until he was made a life peer in 2004.
  • The peer owned Gillingham Hall, a stately home near the crash site.
  • Lord Ballyedmond served in the upper houses of both Britain and Ireland.
  • He was 70-years-old when he died leaving behind his wife Lady Mary, who he had two sons and a daughter with.
  • He lived at Corby Castle near Carlisle.


Chief executive post to be scrapped

Paul Walker was Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Credit: ITV Border

After five years of service, Chief Executive of Copeland Borough Council Paul Walker has left his job due to a cost-cutting shakeup.

The announcement was followed by the news that the Chief executive post is to be scrapped entirely.

Paul has been a member of the Council’s Corporate Leadership Team who has successfully led the workforce through some significant periods of change, brought about by the unprecedented cuts in central government funding.

The Mayor of Copeland Borough Council, Mike Starkie, has said he hopes that all who know Paul will join the Council in wishing him every success in the future.

The Council services that reported directly to the Chief Executive post will be realigned and the scope of the existing three Director job descriptions are being reviewed.

The Termination Payment made to Paul Walker reflected his entitlements to contractual pay and a redundancy payment in relation to the Council's approved redundancy policy.

It amounted to a total of £119,321, which will be funded through efficiency savings.

The total amount Paul walker will receive in termination payments.

Council: 'The complexity of the project means that this has been a time consuming exercise'

DG One Leisure Complex Credit: ITV Border

The latest report on the progress of works being carried out and the detailed project programme will be presented to Full Council on 19 October 2015.

The complexity of the project means that this has been a time consuming exercise, not just through the planning of remedial works but also through the accompanying legal case against the original contractor, Keir Construction.

As will be appreciated, the Council is working to have all strands of the project and accompanying legal case in place before taking any decisions on the way forward.

This will form the basis of a robust case, ensuring that we are in the best possible position to recover all costs relating to the building and subsequent closure of the site.

The temporary facilities that have been put in place to ensure no loss of service for DGOne customers have been a resounding success, with around 71,700 visits to the pool at the Ice Bowl. These facilities will remain in place for as long as they are required.

We anticipate that work will begin on the DGOne site as soon as possible after the Council makes a decision.

– Dumfries and Galloway Council spokesperson

A590 reopened after 3 car collision

Road traffic collision A590 Credit: ITV Border

Police were called today to reports of a three vehicle collision on the A590 close to Greenodd Ulverston.

The vehicles below were involved in the collision:

  • - A Red Skoda Fabia, driven by a 54 year old female from Lancashire
  • - A grey Renault Scenic, driven by a 43 year old woman from Ulverston
  • - A Silver Vauxhall driven by a 48 year old woman from Ulverston

All three drivers received treatment for minor injuries at the scene.

The road was closed for a time following the collision to allow police investigation and for recovery of vehicles.

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