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'An historic decision' for Penrith

Residents in Penrith have voted in favour of establishing a town council for the area.

The result of a postal ballot showed that 65 per cent of people voted in favour and 35 per cent voted against.

The local electorate had been asked for views that formed part of a Community Governance Review being conducted by Eden District Council.

“The people of Penrith have made an historic decision in voting for a town council. I am pleased that the result shows a significant majority for the decision. This will mean that all of Eden District will have a town or parish council to represent the views of residents. I welcome the result. We will ask the council at its next meeting on 18 September to endorse the result and agree to set up a shadow town council to engage with residents and make preparations for elections in May 2015.

“We have a long tradition of working with town and parish councils in Eden and I we will extend this to the new town council for Penrith.”

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson, Eden District Council Leader

Concern for missing man in the Borders

Concern is growing for the welfare of a missing man in the Scottish Borders.

Barry Davies, 37, was last seen at Teviothead near Hawick late last night, Monday 28 July.

Police believe he may have access to a silver 4x4 and he was last seen carrying a camouflage rucksack.

Mr Davies is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build. He has a shaved head and blue eyes. He was wearing dark coloured trousers with side pockets, a black biker jacket and black gloves.

Police Scotland are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward and for Mr Davies to get in touch with friends, family or the police.

BT: "Phone boxes are lifesavers in an emergency"

Kendal Town Council wants to remove two phone boxes from the town's market place and is asking what people think all summer in a consultations with the public and businesses.

It stresses no decision will be made until local people have a chance to say what they think.

BT say the can't remove a phone box if it's still making money and the council would have to pay nearly £4,000 to this to happen.

"I am afraid we just can’t put in or remove boxes for free or based on good will. We also do not have the stock of red phone boxes to meet requests.

“But what can we say, BT is the only communications company with a regulatory obligation to provide a public pay phone network covering all parts of the country. This means many phone boxes are available where there’s either a poor mobile signal or where there’s no mobile signal at all. So, these boxes are lifesavers in an emergency.

“However, a number of these boxes will be unprofitable as 71% of our boxes currently lose us money.”

– BT Spokeperson


'Cumbria is a low risk area for bovine TB'

A spokesman for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) - the department of DEFRA that deals with cases linked to bovine TB - told ITV Border what is being done surrounding the current outbreak.

“Cumbria is a low risk area for bovine TB. Each year there are a small number of bovine TB incidents in the county, typically due to infection being inadvertently carried in cattle bought from herds in a high risk area. AHVLA has also found no evidence of TB infection in local wildlife.

“Bovine TB can have a devastating effect on farm businesses, which is why there are strict measures to control it. In low risk areas such as Cumbria, herds within a three kilometre radius of a TB incident are placed on more regular testing to reduce the risk of infection.”

– AHVLA spokesman
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