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Making room for a view

Ullswater after the clear up Credit: Gordon Lightburn

The iconic views of Ullswater’s western shore are open to residents and visitors once more, thanks to a project to clear scrub and manage trees that were increasingly obscuring the view.

Local residents identified the views along the lake shore were becoming increasingly covered by trees, with residents and visitors unable to fully appreciate the beauty of the lake.

This led to the launch of Felling for Views – a project led by the Lake District National Park and Eden Rivers Trust as part of the Ullswater Valley Plan.

Ullswater before the clear up project Credit: Gordon Lightburn

Since August volunteers have undertaken work including tree thinning, scrub clearance and control.

It is hoped it will also help improve safety along the A592 and have a positive effect on the lake shore.

Projects ranger for Lake District National Park, Dylan Jackman, said:

This has been a real success story for Valley Planning. We listened to the community and put Felling for Views into action, creating some stunning vistas from the northern section of the lake that are already benefitting visitors and residents.

It’s a great start and we plan to continue working with others to reveal further view across the lake.”

– Dylan Jackman

Fireshow 2015: Spellbound Sensations

A photo from the 2014 Carlisle Fireshow Credit: ITV Border

The theme for this year’s Carlisle Fireshow is 'Spellbound Sensations'.

The performance will explore the themes of dragons, wizards and magic – all linking in with the date of this year’s event, Saturday 31 October.

Here's what you can expect to find there:

  • Pre-entertainment will start at 6.30pm including a Fireshow performance at 6.45pm.
  • The Bitts Park bonfire lit at 7pm.
  • A fairground will be open from 5.30pm on Devonshire Walk car park.
  • The firework display will follow the bonfire at around 7.20pm and will include 2,000 spectacular sparkles. The 30-foot high bonfire will be centre stage and include a huge animated dragon.
A photo from the 2014 Carlisle Fireshow Credit: ITV Border

Admission to the event is free but a charity collection will be held with all donations going towards the Rotary Club of Carlisle South, which donates most of its fundraising efforts to local good causes. Proceeds will also be donated to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event.

Cllr Anne Quilter, portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Young People, said:

This year’s event will be packed full of Spellbound Sensations! As it will coincide with Halloween, there will be ?magical entertainment.

As ever there will be a strong community feel to the event and we will be asking local schools to play their part in the event.

– Cllr Anne Quilter


Crook Inn given the go-ahead

A computer generate image of what the Crook Inn could look like Credit: WT Architecture

Back in 2012 an historic pub that was once the haunt of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott was saved from demolition after locals raised £160,00 to buy it.

The Crook Inn at Tweedsmuir was at risk of falling down after it closed in 2006.

Save the Crook Inn sign displayed outside the existing building Credit: ITV Border

To avoid the building being converted into flats, locals raised the necessary funds and put forward plans to transform the pub into a community hub.

After three more years it has been announced today that the planning application has been successful and permission has been granted.

The news of the go-ahead was announced on the WT Architecture website along with a computer generated image of what the building could look like once it is completed.

We are delighted to announce that our proposals for the development of The Crook Inn have been granted planning approval and listed building consent by Scottish Borders Council."

– WT Architecture spokesperson

£1m plan to transform Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park Credit: ITV Border

A million pound plan to transform Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge on Windermere has been approved.

The development by the National Trust will include a new water-sports centre. It's hoped the investment will bring in more visitors.

But some people are objecting to the proposal because they fear it will cause extra noise and traffic problems.


Support Our Soldiers morale boosting boxes

Servicemen and women serving abroad are receiving 'morale boosting' care packages, thanks to a man from Cumbria.

Ryan Winthrop from Whitehaven has been collecting and assembling the boxes for the charity 'Support Our Soldiers' for five years.

Every month he sends around 50 boxes to service women and men who are deployed all over the world.

In the lead up to the Christmas period the amount of boxes Ryan sends out to forces on tour goes up to around 500.

A typical box for Support our Soldiers Credit: ITV Border

Boxes and donations can be dropped off at your local Co-operative funeralcare across Cumbria

The co-operative funeralcare Credit: ITV Border

If you'd like to get involved or find out any more information you can visit the Support Our Soldiers website.

Tune in to Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see the full report of when ITV Border went to meet Ryan from the charity.

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.

Borders Railway: Over 125,000 journeys in first month

The Borders Railway re-opened in September Credit: ITV Border

Exactly one month since the line opened on Sunday 6 September, more than 125,000 passenger journeys have been made on the Borders Railway.

Public interest in the new line soared following almost a week of celebrations which came to an end at the official opening by Her Majesty The Queen on Wednesday 9 September.

As demand to travel is so high, ScotRail has added additional carriages to busy trains.

The 125,971 total passenger journeys have included students, commuters, tourists and eager rail enthusiasts.

Over 125,000 passenger journeys have been made in the first month alone. Credit: ITV Border

As well as this figure, 17 sold out steam trains will have run on the line before mid-October, carrying around 6,200 passengers on special return journeys from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said:

The incredible interest in the Borders Railway over the first few weeks highlights what a remarkable achievement has been made by the opening of the new line.

By helping to create new opportunities for the people of the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh, this line better connects the regions and benefits both the local people and the local economy.

There is a great future ahead for Scotland’s railways, and the Borders Railway is an exciting part of that.”

– Phil Verster, ScotRail Alliance
Borders Railway re-opened in September Credit: ITV Border

Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay, said:

The historic reopening of the Borders Railway has clearly captured people’s interest and I am delighted to see the soaraway success of services and impressive passenger numbers.

It is particularly good to see the Borders and Midlothian reap the benefits of being reconnected to Scotland’s rail network after an absence of almost half a century.

Alongside delivering greater connectivity through landmark projects such as the Borders Railway, the Scottish Government is committed to a record £5 billion investment in our railways to improve rolling stock, rail infrastructure, as well as recruiting 100 new train drivers, all of which will ensure that Scotland’s rail network remains among the best in the UK.”

– Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council, added:

I was always confident that the Borders Railway would be a success, but even a passionate railway supporter such as myself has been taken aback by the huge numbers who have embraced the new service.

We have not only had Borderers using the service for work and recreation but many people from the central belt have been jumping on board to visit our region. The knock-on effect has already been seen, with local businesses such as cafes and restaurants reporting extra trade.

The aim of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme is for the railway to stimulate growth in our businesses, investment into our region and to create new jobs - already we are starting to see signs of all three and it bodes very well for the future.”

– Councillor David Parker
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