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Lottery grants Borders £56million over 20 years

More than £56million has been awarded to Borders projects from the National Lottery over 20 years. Credit: PA

More than £56million has been awarded to Borders projects from the National Lottery over 20 years.

New figures have been released as the National Lottery celebrates its 20th birthday. More than 1,812 grants have have been awarded to individuals and organisations in the Borders from the four lottery distributors in Scotland.

The largest grant was just over £4.9million awarded to the Abbotsford Trust for the conservation of Abbotsford, the former home of Sir Walter Scott. The Trust has also benefited from two other awards amounting to £1.05 million.

Other notable National Lottery supported projects in the Borders include Wilton Lodge Park (£2.722 million), Heritage Hub in Hawick (£1.982 million), Eastgate Theatre in Peebles (£1.593 million) and two awards to the Tweed Rivers Project totalling £4.1 million.

Most recently Burnfoot Community Futures received around £1.2million, across three awards, to deliver a community owned hub to provide a range of new local services.

"For 20 years National Lottery funding has and continues to play an important role in directly empowering our communities and enabling the outstanding community action that offers so much to the quality of life in the Borders.

It is a time to congratulate the National Lottery in its 20th year and to congratulate our Borders communities in recognition of the huge community effort involved in securing such a level of investment, from every corner of the Borders.”

– Councillor Jim Brown, SBC’s Executive Member for Community Planning

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Council backtracks on on-street parking

New on-street parking charges will NOT be introduced to Cumbria. Credit: PA

Charges for on-street parking and residents’ parking permits will not be introduced across Cumbria.

During the consultation process concerns were raised about the current enforcement process. It was felt that Cumbria County Council could have left itself open to legal challenges.

“It is clear that there are strong concerns about enforcement in both on-street parking and residents’ permits. We agree. That’s why we’re bringing this back in house.

“The consultation also brought out concerns about the legality of Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders for the introduction of on-street parking charges. The law is less clear here so we sought additional external legal opinion. Counsel’s opinion suggests that we could be open to legal challenge and if we want to proceed we would have to consult again by means of ordinary Traffic Regulation Orders.

“I have discussed this option and the findings of the consultation with the Leader of the council and I have decided not to introduce on-street parking charges at this time.

“It has also emerged that the policies on the issuing of residents’ permits across the county have been inconsistent. This raises questions about fairness. So my decision is to keep things as they are until we can carry out a proper review,”

– Jim Savege, Corporate Director for Environment and Community Services

“I support the Director in his decisions. Having asked local people for their views on these matters, we must listen to them. Charges without robust enforcement undermine the legitimacy of the policy.”

“Whilst we can’t say that this will never come back at some stage – given the financial pressures caused by government cuts, I can say that we have no immediate plans to do so and any proposals in the future would be preceded by further public consultation.”

– Stewart Young, Leader of the Council

People to have their say on Cumbria Council savings

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People can have their say on how Cumbria County Council should make its savings.

The Council needs to cut £83 million from its budget over the next three years. The first of a series of drop in events takes place at Windermere Library this afternoon:

  • Windermere Library, Ellerthwaite, Windermere, LA23 2AJ Tuesday 18th November 11.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Kendal Library, Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4PY Wednesday 19th November 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Ulverston Library, Kings Road, Ulverston, LA12 0BT Thursday 20th November 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
  • Ambleside Library, Kelsick Road, Ambleside, LA22 0BZ Wednesday 26th November 11.00 am - 1.00pm
  • Kirkby Lonsdale Library, Chapel Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2AL Thursday 27th November 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
  • Milnthorpe Library, 19 The Square, Milnthorpe, LA7 7QJ Friday 28th November 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
  • Sedbergh Library, Main Street, Sedbergh LA10 5BN Wednesday 3rd December 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
  • Grange Library, Grange Fell Road, Grange over Sands, LA11 6BQ Friday 5th December 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Recycling coffee to make mushrooms

A local community-owned company in Moffat is making money from food waste.

Moffat Can is already known for recycling and repairs. Their aquaponics project uses waste from farmed fish to grow plants in water. Then there's the garden - all organic, of course.

This latest project involves the town's cafes and restaurants. Fiona Armstrong reports.

Lottery windfall comes to Cumbria and North East

Cumbria's Military Museum received £1.5million from the National Lottery to relocate within Carlisle Castle. Credit: ITV Border

The National Lottery has invested more than a billion pounds in Cumbria and the North East over the last 20 years.

Projects include relocating Cumbria's Military Museum within Carlisle Castle, which was opened last month. In all there have been more than 15 thousand grants across the area in that time.

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14-year-old needs £60,000 for chance to walk again

A teenager from Cumbria has been given the chance to walk again.

But his family have just a few months to raise the money for the life changing operation.

14-year-old James Burns has cerebral palsy and the muscles in his legs have stopped working properly. The procedure on his spine should make things better. His family have just seven months to raise £60,000 before he can have the life changing operation.

Matthew Taylor reports.

Click to visit James' Just Giving page.

Unemployment figures fall in South of Scotland

Unemployment figures have fallen for the third month running Credit: PA

The latest unemployment figures show a drop in the number of people out of work and claiming benefits in the South of Scotland, for the third month running.

In Dumfries and Galloway there are 131 fewer claimants and in the Borders the figure shows a drop of 103.

The total amount of people out of work:

  • Dumfries and Galloway: 1826
  • Scottish Borders: 1182

Unemployment falls in Cumbria

Unemployment figures have fallen for the eight month running Credit: PA

Unemployment has fallen in Cumbria for the eighth month in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The number of people out of work and claiming benefit is now below 5,000 for the first time since July 2008. The latest figures show a drop of 206 on the October figure.

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