The closure of the Eastman factory in Workington, with a loss of 152 jobs, has been called "devastating" by Allerdale Borough Council:
A new leisure centre for West Cumbria is now a step closer with a grant of £1.5million pounds from the National Lottery.
Allerdale Council are planning to start work on the sports and swimming facility in Workington next month. The new leisure centre is due to open in spring 2016.
Two former Allerdale Borough Councillors have been honoured for their commitment to the community.
Jim Musgrave and Maureen Rourke were given the title of Honorary Aldermen in a ceremony in Workington last night, Wednesday, 16 July.
Jim Musgrave was a founder member of Allerdale Borough Council and is, to date, its longest serving member. He was also the only councillor to serve continuously on the authority since its inception in 1974.
Maureen Rourke spent 20 years serving as a borough councillor. She was Deputy Mayor and Mayor but it was in the area of housing that Maureen made a big difference to our communities.
She was a member of the first Derwent and Solway board and helped guide the transfer of council housing into the housing association’s care.
Allerdale Borough Council have been awarded a grant of more than £200,000 by Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
The money will go towards developing a new three-year sports programme aimed at people aged 14 and over.
One of the programmes to be started is 'Make a Move', aiming to encourage more women, teenage girls and young people with disabilities to get involved in sport.
Another, Sportit!', is aimed at people aged between 30 and 60 in deprived or rural areas, emphasising it's never too late to take up sport.
The Community Sports Activation Fund allows local authorities, charities and other organisations to apply for funding for innovative projects that will get more people playing sport.
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Businesses and residents in Cockermouth are facing two and a half months of disruption after the main street was closed because of flood damage.
It's nearly 5 years since the town flooded but its effects have led to subsidence under the road.
The county council is spending 1 point 7 million pounds on repairs. Allerdale Borough Council is allowing shoppers to park free for up to two hours in some car parks to help traders who will be affected.
Some businesses fear that they may lose trade because of the closure and are hoping to get across the message that shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs and other outlets will all remain open during the work.
New jobs, shops, businesses and housing are on the cards for Allerdale after the council agreed to form a partnership with a land investment fund to regenerate surplus land in the borough.
The Allerdale Investment Partnership will see the Council working with Lucent Strategic Land Fund to create new jobs, housing, retail and leisure opportunities – and generate significant money that will be reinvested in strategic projects across the district.
Three initial sites have been selected as surplus to requirements and Executive Members also approved their disposal by the Allerdale Investment Partnership.
Land at Ashfield Road South/Ellerbeck Lane,
WorkingtonLand adjacent to Derwent Park,
WorkingtonLand at Church Street, Workington
Shoppers across the region have been encouraged to support local businesses as part of the Government's Small Business Saturday initiative.
The scheme aims to highlight what independent retailers bring to their high streets and encourages people to shop locally.
Deborah Cosgove, Project Manager at Allerdale Borough Council, said: "We've been going additional work as to how we can actually support them in the longer term to be more sustainable to grow or even just to make sure they can cope over what can be very difficult times for people."