Plans are almost complete for the launch of Wigton market on Friday 11th March.
Allerdale Borough Council and Wigton Town Council have been working together to build on the monthly produce and craft markets which have been taking place over the past year.
The market will be held every Friday on the recently refurbished Corn Market Area in front of St Mary’s Church, in the Market Hall, with potential plans to extend into the southern end of Water Street car park.
Around 20 stallholders are expected for the first market day.
“It’s going to be great to see a bustling market back in Wigton again, and we’re really pleased to be able to support Allerdale Borough Council and Geraud Markets to get this initiative up and running.”
“This council has made a commitment to investing in our town centres to ensure that they thrive and are interesting and welcoming places to be. Wigton has had a market charter since the 1200s and we’re very pleased to be able to launch this new market.
"We know markets are just one way of attracting people to a town and that they add to its atmosphere and appeal so I wish the traders at the new Wigton venture every success.”
Residents in west Cumbria are being asked for their views on how £3.5 million can be cut from public services in Allerdale over the next four years.
Allerdale Borough Council has launched a public consultation that runs until 14 January and is urging as many people as possible to contribute.
The council says savings are needed due to a reduction in funding the authority receives from central government.
A local authority's plan to ban dogs from certain parts of its parks is polarising opinion on social media.
Allerdale Borough Council is bringing in the measures to make areas in which children and sports teams play cleaner, and safer.
Not fair for the genuine people who do clean up their dogs mess it takes a few seconds to clean it up it's a minority who don't."
It only penalises responsible dog owners ........such a shame they've had to go to such extremes."
About time,so many people think that dogs are humans. Reality check they are dogs."
What annoys me is they never provide bins. Pick it up then do what with it. I do pick mine up but, annoys me there is never a bin to dispose it in?"
Allerdale Borough Council is cracking down on owners who let their dogs foul in the district's parks.
Dogs have been banned from certain areas, as Hannah McNulty has been finding out:
The council has banned dogs from parts of around 20 parks in the district, and owners who break the rules will face heavy fines.Read the full story ›
A series of community events designed to make Allerdale in west Cumbria a better place to live are underway.
The district's annual town centre clean-up sees volunteers team up with the council.
Lori Carnochan went along to the first event:
Council buildings across the region will be flying flags for the military this week.
They are being hoisted ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday to recognise the contribution made by the nation's servicemen and women.
Allerdale Mayor Councillor Len Davies says it's an important reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve in the forces.
People in Allerdale are being encouraged to help spruce up their town centres.
The first of a series of community clean-ups, where residents are asked to get together and help pick up litter, gets underway in Silloth this morning.
A grieving widower who erected a controversial 9ft cross in memory of his late wife looks set to win his battle for planning permission.Read the full story ›
A solar park in Cumbria has been given the go ahead after the Government decided not to oppose the plans.
The photovoltaic solar park will cover eight fields at Pasture Farm near Aspatria.
Allerdale Borough Council had initially approved the plans but it was delayed by a last minute intervention from Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. He had received a request from protestors to hold a public inquiry.
But after examining the issue Mr. Pickles has decided to allow the original decision to stand.
Opponents had tried to stop the plan, by Livos Energy, on the grounds that the solar panels would industrialise the landscape. The area already has a number of wind farms.