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Public consultation over new nuclear power station

The Moorside Project would be built in the land surrounding the existing Sellafield site Credit: PA

A public consultation on plans to construct a new nuclear power station is set to start in May.

NuGen’s proposed Moorside Project, which would be Europe’s largest new nuclear development, would be built on land surrounding the existing Sellafield Site.

The consultation will start with an event at the Moorside Information Centre in Whitehaven’s Civic Hall on May 16.

More than 20 consultation events are to be held across Cumbria and the process is expected to last for 10 weeks.

“NuGen is very keen to hear the public’s views on the project and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to either come to one of the Cumbrian events, drop into the Moorside Information Centre, or register to “Have Your Say” through the consultation website.”

– Fergus McMorrow, NuGen’s planning lead in Cumbria

Blencathra could be sold to charity group

Blencathra went on sale in May last year Credit: PA

A Cumbrian mountain could be sold to a local charity group, set up with the aim of buying the 'community asset'.

"Friends of Blencathra" posted on their facebook page last night that "the trustees wish to proceed with our offer", bringing the crowd-funded charity closer to securing ownership of the fell.

The news comes after much discussion and negotiation, with Blencathra reported to have been sold to an unnamed party last July but the sale didn't go ahead.

The mountain was originally put on the market at £1.75 million. Its owner Lord Lonsdale claimed the move was necessary as he needed to raise £9 million to pay an inheritance tax bill.

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Fishermen could face further salmon restrictions

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Fishermen on the Cumbrian side of the Solway Firth could face further restrictions on the number of salmon they can catch.

The Environment Agency is proposing new rules that would mean only three salmon a year can be kept, rather than the ten currently allowed.

It claims the changes are necessary because the fish population is dangerously low. Although the low numbers of salmon are not due to over-fishing but to the poor survival rate of salmon at sea, the agency believes cutting the number of fish caught will help the population recover.

But haaf netters say the move would threaten a method of fishing that is unique to the area and dates back to the Vikings.

Muircleugh wind farm proposals rejected

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Plans to build a wind farm between Stow and Lauder have been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

Airvolution's application for the seven turbine site at Muircleugh was unanimously refused by the Council’s Planning and Building Standards Committee yesterday morning.

The council believes it would have an "unacceptable" impact on the landscape and character of the area.

But the company behind the plans claims the council has 'lost out on over £3.9m of investment' to the region. It says it is considering its options with regards to next steps.

Penrith walkers step back in time

orma Benathon of the Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group hosts a guided walk around the Duke of Gloucester pub in Penrith which has links to Richard III. Credit: Eden District Council

Walkers followed in the steps of Richard III this morning when they took part in a guided tour around Penrith.

Organised by Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group and Eden District Council the walk was held to coincide with two national events taking place this month – the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and English Tourism Week.

Led by Richard III Society Penrith and North Lakes Group members Marjorie Smith and Norma Benathon, it was aimed at giving members of the public an insight into the connections Richard had with Penrith during the late fifteenth century.

Several of the town’s historic landmarks took centre stage on the walk including The Gloucester Arms pub in Great Dockray (formerly Dockray Hall where Richard repeatedly lodged while carrying out alterations to the Castle) and Penrith Castle where he stayed on numerous occasions.

“During English Tourism Week we are delighted to have worked with the town’s Richard III Society to help stage this walk. It is fitting that at the same time as we are being encouraged to celebrate the country’s rich tourism industry we should celebrate the town’s links with this most famous of England’s kings.

"The fact that Richard III is in the international media spotlight at the moment with all the events happening in and around Leicester this month was something too good for Penrith not to link into.”

– Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer, Eden District Council

Wet wipes are the scourge of our beaches

The UK's leading marine charity says the Government must come up with a plan to tackle litter on our beaches. But the Marine Conservation Society also says we should all take a share of the blame.

Yes, the simple wet wipe, flushed away, has become the scourge of our beaches, There is good news though with Cumbria proving to be one of the tidiest county's in the country. Paul Crone reports:

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LDNP confident they'll find responsible buyers

The Lake District National Park Authority says it hasn't sold Stickle Tarn because the bids it received were not 'responsible'.

The plot of land in Langdale was one of 8 up for sale and has met fierce opposition from campaigners.

"The Lake District National Park Authority has now clarified that Friends of the Lake District is one of a number of ‘interested groups’ with whom they will be ‘exploring alternative responsible ownership for Stickle Tarn....in the coming weeks’. We welcome the prospect of discussion with the National Park Authority, the local community and other interested groups to discuss the future of this iconic tarn for future generations.

"We are very pleased at the prospect of these discussions and look forward to playing a key role in ensuring that Stickle Tarn remains protected. However, being a responsible charity we will seek expert advice as to our potential liabilities before making any final commitment."

– Spokesperson for The Lake District National Park Authority

Long Bridge at Portinscale and Lady Wood at White Moss, near Rydal, have been sold and the Authority is still looking for buyers for the other 6.

National Park bosses reject Stickle Tarn sell off bids

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The Lake District National Park have announced the outcome of proposed sales of eight different locations in Cumbria.

One of the most iconic sales, Stickle Tarn, received tender bids but National Park bosses have had to decline them.

"We have received a number of tender bids and have given these careful consideration. However, at this stage we do not believe we have found a bidder who fully meets both our requirements and some of the concerns expressed by the local community and various interested parties.

"We have listened to the community and taken on board their feedback. We remain committed to exploring alternative responsible ownership for Stickle Tarn and will work with the community and interested groups in the coming weeks."

– Spokesperson for Lake District National Park

These are the other seven plots of land up for sale:

  • Yewbarrow Woods, Longsleddale
  • Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood, Ambleside
  • Blea Brows, Coniston Water
  • Lady Wood, White Moss (between Rydal and Grasmere)
  • Baneriggs Wood, White Moss (between Rydal and Grasmere)
  • Amenity land with river frontage, River Derwent, Portinscale
  • Waterside Knott, Newby Bridge
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