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Cockermouth votes 'yes' for planning permission overhaul

Hundreds of people in Cockermouth yesterday voted in favour of new authority to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.

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The 'yes' vote will overhaul planning permission applications in the town Credit: ITV Border

Certain shops will now be able to expand their businesses, turn them into cafes, change their shop fronts and change windows and doors without planning permission.

Border's business owners question George Osborne

The Chancellor of the Exchequer told businesses in the Borders that they could be "hardest hit" by a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

George Osborne was in St Boswells this morning at the start of a whistle stop tour of Scotland.

He took questions from small business owners on a number of diverse issues but inevitably the conversation turned to the vote on Septempber 18th. Jenny Longden has this report.

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Independence would be 'felt hardest' in the Borders says Chancellor

The Chancellor sits down with business people from the Borders Credit: ITV Border

Chancellor George Osborne says the economic impact of independence would be 'felt hardest' in the Borders.

He met with business people from the local area today to discuss issues affecting them that the UK Government could help with.

During his visit to St Boswells, he said:

'People in the Borders are concerned about the economic impact of independence. This of course is a decision for the people of Scotland, but I think the economic consequences would be felt the hardest perhaps in the Border areas, and it is another reason why we are better together'.

Chancellor visits Borders Book shop

Mr Osborne tours the book shop and deli with owners and local MSP John Lamont Credit: ITV Border

The Chancellor of the Exchequer stopped off at a Borders Book shop and deli this morning to meet with local business leaders from the area.

George Osborne toured the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells before sitting down with business people to discuss their concerns.

Among the issues raised were taxation and transport links to the Borders.

Mr Osborne is in Scotland along with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to watch the naming of a new warship in Rosyth this afternoon.

George Osborne was in the Borders to talk to local businesses Credit: ITV Border

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Kendal celebrates Independent's Day

The campaign is in its fourth year Credit: PA

Local businesses in Kendal are celebrating Independent's Day.

The national campaign aims to promote businesses and highlight the benefits of buying local products.

Traders will showcase their goods in the market place in hope to encourage more customers to visit independent shops.

Figures suggest that if every adult in Kendal spent £5 per week in their local independent shops, it would be worth an extra 5.1 million pounds to the local economy.

Safety hat trick for Sellafield team

The Evaporator D project team. Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A team from Sellafield Ltd are celebrating a million hours without an employee injuring themselves.

It is the third time the team has reached a million hours without an employee accident which would result in the person having to take a day off work.

Project manager Dan Priebe says it is a 'significant achievement'. The team have spent 12 months working on the delivery and installation of 'the largest module ever to be delivered to the Sellafield site, the massive Evaporator module'.

Dan Priebe went on to say, 'this is clear demonstration of the team’s commitment to maintaining our impressive safety standards and reflects well on the continued success of a strong safety culture throughout the year.'

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