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Windermere improvement works to begin next year

Windermere. Credit: ITV Border

Work on a £300,000 scheme to improve the waterfront at Windermere is expected to begin early next year.

Councillors have approved a contract to carry out the improvements.

The plan is to widen the promenade at Waterhead, on the lake's northern shore, as well as resurfacing walkways, repairing walls and installing a ‘panorama’ board, to identify key Lakeland landmarks that can be seen from the shore.

The aim is for the work to be finished by Easter 2016, to minimise disruption to the tourism industry at one of its busiest times.

We are investing £280,000 and Lakes Parish Council is putting in at least £20,000 to make this a reality.

These plans have been shaped following steering group meetings and in partnership with key stakeholders, including the parish council, civic society, Cumbria Tourism, Lake District National Park, the two local district councillors and all the respondents to the consultation.

It is an excellent example of true partnership working and has resulted in a scheme that greatly improve a popular and much-loved Lake District location.’’

– Councillor Giles Archibald

Villagers club together to keep only shop open

The village's only shop. Credit: ITV Border

Villagers who have been fighting to save their only shop from closure have become its new owners.

The former Co Operative store in Hallbankgate near Brampton, closed in the summer after 140 years.

A community group made up of local residents has now bought it after raising around £70,000, and they're busy refurbishing the shop.

They hope it will re-open in the spring.


Cumbria tax office closures will 'save taxpayer money'

HMRC has explained the closures. Credit: PA

The UK's tax authority has explained the decision to close two tax offices in Cumbria, with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Offices at Lillyhall and Carlisle are expected to close by 2018.

HMRC says its workforce in the North West is spread across 24 offices, and that to modernise it needs to close some of these.

Instead, it will have two regional centres, in Liverpool and Manchester, which it says will save the taxpayer money:

HMRC is committed to modern, regional centres serving every region and nation in the UK, with skilled and varied jobs and development opportunities, while also ensuring jobs are spread throughout the UK and not concentrated in the capital.

HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices. This makes it difficult for us to collaborate, modernise our ways of working, and make the changes we need to transform our service to customers and clamp down further on the minority who try to cheat the system.

The new regional centres in Liverpool and Manchester will bring our staff together in more modern and cost-effective buildings in areas with lower rents. They will also make a big contribution to the economy of the North West region providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”

– Lin Homer, HMRC’s Chief Executive

Hundreds of tax jobs facing axe in Cumbria

Hundreds of jobs will be lost in Cumbria. Credit: PA

HMRC has announced it plans to close 139 local tax offices, including ones at Lillyhall in Workington, and in Carlisle.

The closures:

  • Lillyhall - to close in 2018, with the loss of 200 jobs
  • Carlisle - to close in 2017/18, with the loss of 123 jobs

It's part of a plan to replace local offices with 13 regional hubs, and the new centres are expected to open in the next five years.


Walkers brave weather for D&G veterans fundraiser

The group are walking 40 miles across Upper Nithsdale Credit: ITV ews Border

A group of fundraisers have been braving the heavy rain to take part in a charity walk for ex-servicemen and women.

They're walking 40 miles across Upper Nithsdale to raise money for the Veterans Helping Veterans fund.

The rain has been unforgiving during the walk Credit: ITV News Border

The organisation sends veterans and their families for one week breaks to St Mary's House in New Abbey for rest and recuperation.

Some of the activities on the trip include clay-pigeon shooting and fishing.

Many of the veterans are living with conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and require counselling.

The walk began in Moniaive at 7am and is expected to finish in Dumfries town centre at 7pm.

Enya McGlinchey is one of the fundraisers Credit: ITV News Border

"It's Remembrance day tomorrow and it's for a great cause as the soldiers aren't getting as much recognition as they should be.

"My great-great-granddad was killed in action in France and my great-granddad was sent over to bring back the soldiers from France as well, so this time of year always means a lot to me."

– Enya McGlinchey, Fundraiser

Debt advice: who can help?

A church in Eden is offering an advice service to help people who are in debt.

Penrith Methodist Church has joined forces with the charity Christians Against Poverty, one of a number of organisations that can help:

The Penrith chapter of Christians Against Poverty can be contacted free on 0800 328 0006

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