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NuGen boss admits Moorside project will be delayed

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The company in charge of developing a new nuclear power station in West Cumbria has admitted for the first time that the project will be delayed.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson said the consortium had hoped to have Moorside power station up and running next to the Sellafield nuclear site by 2025 but that this now wouldn't happen.

He said that he expects to have secured a new investor by early 2018 and the start date to be the late 2020s.


Food festival brings tasty £2 million to Cumbria

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This year's Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth brought nearly £2 million into the local economy, according to the organisers.

More than 40,000 people descended on the town last weekend, pushing the revenue the event brings to the area up by around 15 percent on the previous year.

Stalls and cooking demonstrations took place on Main Street, with children’s activities as well as a pop-up restaurant at Wordsworth House, and a beer festival.

This is a phenomenal outcome for Taste Cumbria and I am delighted that the event has had its biggest impact on the local economy so far.

– Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council


200 jobs under threat as west Cumbrian tax office set to close next year

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Workers at a tax office in west Cumbria have been told it will close next year with the potential loss of more than 200 jobs.

The Public and Commercial Services Union say the Lillyhall Contact Centre near Workington will shut in October 2018.

HM Revenue and Customs has said it will be talking to its staff to establish the support they need and whether they're able to move to another HMRC location or other government department, or a role outside the civil service.

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