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South Lakeland District Council's cabinet announced

South Lakeland District Council Leader Peter Thornton announced the new cabinet at a meeting of the Full Council last night.

The new Cabinet membership, and portfolio responsibilities, is as follows:

  • Leader of Council, Portfolio for Promoting South Lakeland and Finance – Cllr Peter Thornton
  • Deputy Leader of Council, Portfolio for Environment and People – Cllr Sue Sanderson
  • Portfolio for Innovation and Improvement – Cllr Jonathan Brook
  • Portfolio for Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Graham Vincent
  • Portfolio for Economic Growth, Town Centres and Small Businesses – Cllr Giles Archibald
  • Portfolio for Housing and Strategic Growth – Cllr Heidi Halliday
  • Portfolio for Culture, Arts and Events – Cllr Chris Hogg

Cllr David Williams, Leader of the opposition group on SLDC, also announced his Shadow Cabinet:

  • · Shadow Leader - Cllr David Williams
  • · Shadow Deputy Leader – Cllr Tom Harvey
  • · Shadow Culture, Arts and Events – Cllr Roger Bingham
  • · Shadow Innovation and Improvement – Cllr James Airey
  • · Shadow Economic Growth, Town Centres and Small Businesses – Cllr Janette Jenkinson
  • · Shadow Health and Wellbeing – Cllr Ben Berry
  • · Shadow Housing and Strategic Development – Cllr John Holmes
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TSSA rail union suspends Bank Holiday strike action

The TSSA - one of the two rail unions - planning strike action over the Bank Holiday has suspended the action after receiving a new pay offer from Network Rail.

One of the rail unions planning strike action has suspended its plans. Credit: PA Wire

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association were due to walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on Monday.

But after talks with Network Rail, Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, confirmed that the union had suspended the action,

The RMT, which represents most Network Rail employees, is still to announce if the strike is going ahead.

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NHS Borders considers relocation of East/West Brigs ward

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Representatives from NHS Borders have outlined proposals to relocate the East/West Brigs Mental Health Rehabilitation Ward to Crumhaugh House in Hawick.

Currently located on the Galavale site in Galashiels, the ward is a rehabilitation inpatient unit for patients with long-term mental health problems.

In July 2014 a project team was established to look at potential relocation options to improve the quality of care for patients.

Out of four possible locations considered, the ground floor of the currently vacant Crumhaugh House property in Hawick was identified as the preferred location.

In its current location, ward staff are presented with real challenges including patient observation and a lack of therapeutic space, which has an impact on patient recovery times.

“The option to relocate to Crumhaugh House, which was most recently utilised for inpatient care by the Mental Health service whilst Huntlyburn Ward on the BGH site was refurbished, addresses the patient safety issues that we are currently facing, and will provide patients with a high quality, safe, equitable and accessible service.”

– Dr Cliff Sharp, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director for Mental Health at NHS Borders

Crumhaugh House is currently owned by NHS Borders.

It was put on the market in July 2013 but a buyer has not been identified.

Utilising the building for Rehabilitation patients would provide 13 inpatient beds, and relocate 28 employees to Hawick.

The move would require a capital investment of £1.87 million.

The full business case, which will take into account feedback gathered during a public engagement phase, will be presented to the public meeting of NHS Borders Board on August 6th 2015.

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'Deal could be close' to avert planned rail strike

ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills has learned that Network Rail has tabled a new pay offer to RMT, Unite and TSSA unions in a bid to avert next week's planned strike.

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Four arrested for Carlisle theft and assault bailed

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Four women who were arrested in connection with a theft and assault incident at a Carlisle store have been bailed.

The incident occurred on Tuesday 19 May 2015 between 9.30pm and 9.45pm.

Three bottles of wine were stolen from Spar store on Fusehill Street .

An employee of the shop was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries after he challenged the women, who then assaulted him.

A 16-year-old , a 22-year-old, and a 25-year-old have been bailed until 24 June. A 34-year-old has been bailed until 22 May.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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