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Local authorities argue against storage of dismantled nuclear submarines

HMS Dreadnought, the Royal Navy's first nuclear-powered submarine Credit: PA

There are calls for neither Sellafield nor Chapelcross to be chosen to store radioactive waste from dismantled nuclear submarines.

They come after the Ministry of Defence included the two facilities on a shortlist of potential sites for the project.

But both local authorities have formally objected to the idea, saying it won't benefit their area.


Rubbish problem tips businesses over the edge

Some of the rubbish that has been dumped at Willow Holme Credit: ITV Border

Traders on an industrial estate in Carlisle fear fly tipping and pot holes are affecting their businesses.

Over the past few months, mattresses, sofas, and dirty nappies have been dumped on private land at Willow Holme.

The area is owned by Able UK, which says it's working with tenants to clear up the problem, but Ian Winter who sells caravans on the site says it's putting customers off visiting.

Super-tides expected on region's coastline

The Scottish and Cumbrian coastlines on high tide warning

The Environment Agency has been warning people living near the coastline from Gretna to Silloth to be prepared for flooding.

The warning comes as the British coastline could experience its highest tides for 18 years this weekend.

They're being dubbed 'super-tides' and are caused when the gravitational pulls of the moon, sun and planets all combine in a freak astronomical phenomenon.

Flood Warning for Silloth Supertides

The Environment Agency is warning people in Silloth to be prepared to respond to possible flooding.

There's a Flood Warning in place for the Cumbrian coastline from Gretna to Silloth including Port Carlisle, Skinburness and Rockcliffe.

The warning comes as the British coastline could experience its highest tides for 18 years this weekend.

They're being dubbed 'supertides', so what are they and how are they formed? The Environment Agency says:

  • Tides are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun. Because the sun and moon go through different alignment, this affects the size of the tides.
  • When the gravitational pull of the sun and moon combine, we see larger than average tides – known as spring tides. When the gravitational pulls offset each other, we get smaller tides known as neap tides. We see two periods of spring and neap tides roughly every month.
  • However there is a longer cycle at work too, associated with the gravitational pull of the planets in the solar system. This means we can see additional, albeit relatively small, increases and decreases in the size of spring and neap tides over long periods of time.
  • We are currently at the height of those increases, so the astronomical tide is at an 18-year peak – although this is only a few centimetres bigger than a more average spring tide.

However, the Environment Agency is keen to point out that these 'supertides' would need to be combined with storms for it to cause significant differences in water level.


Cally Temple restored to former glory

Cally Temple has been given a facelift by community volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A community project to turn a dilapidated building into a visitor attraction has reached a milestone.

Cally Temple near Gatehouse of Fleet was first built in 1779, but had been left to go to ruin.

Now thanks to a group of community volunteers it has been restored to its former glory.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working to conserve the building, and now the scaffolding has finally come off.

Public asked for views on four-year plan for Eden

Residents are being urged to give their views on Eden District Council's four-year plan for the area.

The council is inviting comments in a public consultation running for five weeks, from today (11 February) until 20 March 2015.

Members of the public, other local authorities, community and business groups and parish councils are being encouraged to read and have their say on the 'Draft Council Plan', which will guide the council’s direction and priorities from May 2015 to April 2019.

“Although what’s in the Draft Plan is the result of widespread consultation, we need to know if we’ve got it right. Have we addressed the most important issues for Eden and have we missed anything out? This is why we welcome feedback from as many people and organisations as possible."

– Cllr David Whipp, Eden District Council’s Organisation and External Relations Portfolio Holder

Once consultation responses have been considered and incorporated where appropriate, the final Council Plan 2015-2019 will be agreed and adopted at a meeting of full council on Thursday 16 April 2015. There will be an opportunity following the elections in May for any new district councillors to comment on and potentially amend the Plan.

To obtain a copy of the Draft Council Plan 2015-2019 and details on how to respond to it, contact: Deborah Garnett, Senior Communities Officer at Eden District Council on Tel: 01768 817817 or

Copies of the Plan can be emailed, collected from the council’s offices or sent by post.

A guided tour of the Lake District's Stickle Tarn as it goes up for sale

The Lake District National Park Authority has put seven sites up for sale, including the iconic Stickle Tarn.

The Tarn's well known to fell walkers, set within the Langdale Pikes, 1,500 feet above sea level - and three miles west of Grasmere.

It has a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 and is already attracting interest.

But not everyone is pleased it is up for sale.

Our correspondent Hannah McNulty made the hour long hike up it to find out who may want to buy it.

The swimmers in the piece are professionals and were being supervised and were only in the water for a short amount of time.

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