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Solar park approved

Artist's impression of a solar park Credit: ITV Border

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.

Health summit in West Cumbria

A health summit has taken place in Allerdale to address concerns regarding health provisions in West Cumbria.

Representatives from a whole range of health organisations and businesses attended the meeting at Lakes College in Workington.

The leader of Allerdale Borough Council Alan Smith says he is dedicated to pushing this through to keep services in West Cumbria.

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Police crackdown on vehicles without road tax

Driving without up-to-date road tax and insurance is illegal Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police in north and west Cumbria are clamping down on vehicles without up-to-date road tax and insurance records.

They worked with staff from DVLA Gateshead Pound in a week-long operation that saw 16 vehicles clamped or seized, and seven on-the-spot fines.

  • Seven vehicles were clamped and seized in Carlisle
  • Four vehicles were seized in Aspatria
  • Two vehicles were seized in Cockermouth
  • One vehicle was clamped in Maryport and one vehicle was seized
  • One vehicle was clamped in Crosby

“We are very pleased with how the operation went and we will look to conduct more in the future. Driving without tax or insurance is illegal and can cause serious implications to law-abiding road users were a collision to occur. We would ask that anyone who believes they can get away without paying for road tax are wrong. Officers will be alerted to vehicles that are being used without road tax and will subsequently target those drivers.”

– Sergeant Gill Atkinson, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team

People of Allerdale pay respects to World War 1 dead

Paying their respects: more than 500 men from Workington alone were killed in the fighting. Credit: ITV News Border
Hundreds of people marched through the town to the war memorial at Vulcan Park. Credit: ITV News Border
Professional soldiers were joined by local groups of cadets. Credit: ITV News Border

People from all over Allerdale paraded through Workington today to remember the fallen of World War 1.

A hundred years ago this year hostilities began in Europe – leading to a conflict that claimed millions of lives. More than 500 men fromWorkington alone were killed in the fighting.

Civic leaders, cadets, community groups and the British Legion joined hundreds of people who marched through the town to the war memorial at Vulcan Park.

A short service saw the laying of a wreath to honour the fallen.

Military parade through Workington to mark World War 1 centenary

Soldiers have been parading through Workington today to mark 100 years since since the start of World War 1.

Several organisations took part in the parade, including the 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regimental Band, the British Legion, cadets groups and local school children.

The parade started at 10.45am at Workington station and it will end with a service at St Michael’s Church.

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Operation launched to tackle livestock thefts

Police in Allerdale are launching a specific operation to tackle livestock theft. It follows a large number of cases across the whole of Cumbria. Police are asking farmers to consider the following actions:

  • Keeps hedges, fences and gates in good repair to assist security and visibility.
  • Be vigilant, make regular checks and encourage your neighbours to report the presence of strange vehicles.

  • If livestock is stolen, it is important that you can give police an accurate description.

  • Ear tags and horn brands can help identify livestock. Freeze branding, hot branding or tattooing your postcode can also be carried out. Consider micro chipping or dye in your dip.

Milk thefts in Allerdale

Police are investigating a spate of milk thefts in Allerdale.

Officers say thieves have been targeting homes in Silloth and Wigton over the last five months.

One suspect was seen jumping from a car to garb a bottle on a doorstep before running back to the car and driving off.

One of those said to be responsible for the thefts is said to be aged between 16 or 17 and of a slim build. He was seen in a grey hooded jacket.

Police ask that anyone with any information should call them on 101.

Shoppers encouraged to support local businesses

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."

Council says new app is "brilliantly interactive"

A council in west cumbria has come up with a new way to fight environmental crime like fly tipping and dog fouling.

Allerdale Borough has launched a system on their website enabling smartphone users to report any mess they see using satellite technology to pinpoint exactly where the problem is.

The council say it will also save the tax payers money.

"This technology is brilliantly interactive - you see a map on the screen of your mobile phone or tablet computer, then hit the 'locate me automatically' button and report a problem on the spot.

"That means it's perfect for those who are just visiting too - they don't have to know road names to report an issue.

"We try to promote the 'Council in a Click' message and encourage people to report problems to us online - this takes that initiative to another level."

– Councillor Phil Tibble, Executive Member for Customer Services, Allerdale Borough Council

"We know how angry people get about things like dog mess and fly tipping and the Council's made no secret of the fact that it has a zero tolerance approach to these issues.

"What's great about our use of this new technology is that we will be able to identify hot spots, increase our officer's presence in those areas, and hopefully eradicate the problems in that locale for good."

– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member for Locality Services, Allerdale Borough Council
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