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Your views: council's dog fouling crackdown

Dogs are no longer welcome at sections of around 20 parks in Allerdale. Credit: ITV Border

A local authority's plan to ban dogs from certain parts of its parks is polarising opinion on social media.

Allerdale Borough Council is bringing in the measures to make areas in which children and sports teams play cleaner, and safer.

Not fair for the genuine people who do clean up their dogs mess it takes a few seconds to clean it up it's a minority who don't."

– Stephen Lee Smith, Facebook

It only penalises responsible dog owners ........such a shame they've had to go to such extremes."

– Shelly Johnston, Facebook

About time,so many people think that dogs are humans. Reality check they are dogs."

– Andrea Lyndsey Baxter, Facebook

Seems barking........."

– Stuart Smith, Facebook

What annoys me is they never provide bins. Pick it up then do what with it. I do pick mine up but, annoys me there is never a bin to dispose it in?"

– Steph Felks, Facebook


Call for Lake District volunteers

Waterhead, Ambleside Credit: PA

Lovers of the Lake District are being sought to help visitors make the most of their time in the area.

With the height of the holiday season fast approaching, the Lake District National Park is seeking a team of dedicated enthusiasts to meet and greet Windermere Lake Cruises’ passengers at Bowness and Ambleside piers.

Volunteers will be asked to hand out leaflets, talk to people about the national park and encourage them to drop off at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to play a part in promoting opportunities to enjoy a spectacular place. Our drive to encourage visitors to park up and get round the world renowned locations by boat, bus, train, bike or boots make it a very appealing initiative.

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the huge amount Brockhole offers, without adding to pressure on the roads. This way, holidaymakers can enjoy a beautiful boat trip, as well as a veritable feast of activities.”

– Lorraine Brierley, Lake District National Park’s commercial assistant

For further information contact Lorraine on 01539 792605 or email


'It's taken 5,500 people to get DG Council to listen'

A retired businessman, who has handed in a petition against the planned flood defence system at Whitesands, in Dumfries, has slammed the town's council.

David Slater says it's taken a 5,500 signature petition to get Dumfries and Galloway Council to engage with people who are concerned about the plans:

The main area of concern for protesters is the plan to scrap 230 parking spaces at Whitesands, which they say will affect local businesses.

Environment Agency confident nuclear waste plan is 'safe'

The Environment Agency is asking residents for their views on the proposed expansion of a nuclear waste repository in West Cumbria:

The Environment Agency is the environmental regulator of the nuclear industry in England and is independent of government and industry.

LLW Repository Ltd wants to dispose of more radioactive waste at its site and has applied to us for an environmental permit. We will only issue a permit once we're satisfied that further disposals at the site are safe for people and the environment, both now and in the future.

We've assessed LLW Repository Ltd's environmental safety case and consider it demonstrates that future waste disposal is safe within the limits we have set.

Before we make a final decision, we want to consider the views of local people and other organisations.

We are hosting a drop-in event at Drigg and Carleton village hall on Thursday 18 June, from 11am to 7:30pm, where people can learn more about the issue and our proposed decision."

– Steve Hardy, Environment Agency's nuclear regulation group

If you are interested in learning more from the Environment Agency, or submitting a comment about the plans, you can do so here.

National Grid route could cause 'major damage'

The Lake District near Keswick. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A group that aims to protect Cumbria's landscapes says the National Grid's planned route to carry electricity from a proposed new power plant, could cause "major damage" to the Lake District.

Friends of the Lake District think the choice of route, which was revealed yesterday, is wrong, because it could lead to 50ft pylons being built across the national park.

They would be part of a network carrying electricity from the planned Moorside Power Station, to the National Grid.

But the group says the plans would mean 12.5 miles of new overhead lines in the Lake District, and a further 15 miles of new lines and pylons running next to the national park:

We are obviously deeply disappointed by the choice of Onshore South with Tunnel over the offshore route, especially as the majority of the 1,200 consultation responses received supported the offshore option.

National Grid’s own environmental study supported taking the cables offshore to avoid the Lake District as their chosen route runs through or close to the National Park for 27 miles.

It is vital that National Grid engage with local communities and the many organisations that live, work and care for these great landscapes to discuss how to mitigate the damage their proposals could cause.

We know our 10,000 members and supporters feel very strongly about a new pylon line damaging the National Park.

National Grid's own consultation demonstrated the strength of public opinion - the majority of the 1,200 respondents wanted to see the route go offshore and avoid these sensitive landscapes altogether. “

– Kate Willshaw, Policy Officer at Friends of the Lake District
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