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Burglars break into Allerdale Council

The building was broken into. Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses, after burglars broke into the council headquarters in Workington.

At around 2:29am on Saturday 29 July a window at Allerdale House, the base for Allerdale Borough Council, was smashed from the road near the Workington Reds football stadium.

A laptop worth around £1,500 was stolen from the building.

Anyone with information is asked to 101.

Children can swim for 10p at local pools in Cumbria

Credit: Wigton Baths

Children aged 16 and under will be allowed to swim in local swimming pools and baths in west Cumbria for only 10p.

The offer can be taken up at the new swimming pool in Workington, centres in Cockermouth and Keswick, Wigton Baths and at Netherhall Community Sports Centre in Maryport.

Those intended to take part are dvised to check with their local pool as dates, times and sessions will vary.

The scheme is set to continue throughout the school summer holidays.


Factory closure 'devastating'

The factory will begin closing in the next few days.

The closure of the Eastman factory in Workington, with a loss of 152 jobs, has been called "devastating" by Allerdale Borough Council:

“This is devastating news – particularly for those 152 people who have lost their jobs. I feel for every one of them and their families – this is a truly terrible day.

“When you consider that in February this year, there were 1,114 jobseekers in Allerdale this is a huge increase in this area’s unemployment figures. That’s a rise of more than 13% and really puts into context how losing such a major employer is so detrimental to the local economy.

“When the threatened closure was first announced, we met with the management of Eastman, and with other agencies and employers in the area, to see what we could do to help, and I will make sure that these meetings continue.

“We want to be involved in securing the future of the site and we want to see employment back on there as quickly as possible. We will be speaking to the company and our partners in West Cumbria to make sure this happens.”

– Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council


Honorary Aldermen title for two former Councillors

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.

“One of the most enjoyable parts of my role as Leader of Allerdale Borough Council is when I am asked to recognise the hard work and dedication of those people who have made a difference in our communities. Today is one of those occasions.

“The title of Honorary Alderman is bestowed on those who have given years of distinguished service and dedication to the borough. The official line in the Local Government Act says that they must have ‘rendered eminent services to the Council’.

"I hope that you will all agree that this is most definitely the case with these two former members.”

– Councillor Alan Smith, Allerdale Borough Council

£200,000 for new Allerdale council sports scheme

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.

Cockermouth traders insist the town's "open for business"

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.

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