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Carlisle City Council 'doing everything it can' to deal with starling issue

Carlisle City Council looks after the Portland Square area and Environmental Health officers are looking at what can be done about the starlings, as it accepts the mess, noise and the smell is a problem. It's cleaning the paths around the square on a regular basis.

It's believed to be the first time complaints have been received about the birds roosting in that particular area. Starlings are a protected species and the Council is getting advice on how to encourage them to roost elsewhere. Scott Burns is an Environmental Health Manager from the Council

Nursery owner: Parents 'cowering from birds'

The owner of nursery in Carlisle says parents have been forced to cower from a murmuration of starlings roosting in a park opposite the business. The birds have been landing in trees in Portland Square every night for months and leaving mess over the ground and cars. Staff at Little Angels Nursery have to clean the outside play area thoroughly every day before the children can go out. Owner Sam Milner says she and parents have complained to Carlisle City Council, who is looking into the issue, but she wants action to be taken to discourage the birds from coming back

The murmuration causing mess

The murmuration of starlings causing a mess Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle City Council says that it's doing everything that it can to deal with a murmuration that's nesting in a city car park.

There have been complaints about the mess caused by thousands of starlings roosting every night in the Portland Square area.

The Council says it's cleaning the area regularly but is limited as to what it can do as the birds are a protected species. It's looking at measures to encourage them to roost elsewhere.


Bid to launch lifeboat group in landlocked city

David Bowen, who is forming an RNLI group in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle might not be on the coast, but that hasn't stopped one campaigner launching a lifeboat charity group in the city.

David Bowen - an active member of the Silloth and District RNLI for many years - is appealing for volunteers in Carlisle to help raise funds for the charity that provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service from four stations in Cumbria.

The RNLI, which relies entirely on donations, rescued more than 100 people in Cumbria last year and Mr Bowen wants to boost fundraising efforts by establishing this new group.

While the majority of RNLI rescues are carried out in coastal waters, the charity helped rescue residents trapped in the Carlisle floods of 2005 and Cockermouth in 2009.

"The RNLI is funded by the people of Britain, we don't get any subsidies from the Government at all so without the public's help we'd find it very difficult to provide this life-saving service."

– David Bowen, Carlisle RNLI

Around 10 Carlisle volunteers have already come forward but Mr Bowen is aiming to double that number.

Anybody interested in volunteering can register their interest or find out more by calling Mr Bowen on 01697 478100 or 07729478482 or emailing

'I miss home': Carlisle war artist's powerful exhibition

An artist from Carlisle's showing the human side of conflict in his book.

Derek Eland asked soldiers to write their innermost thoughts on postcards, while he was embedded with the army in Afghanistan in 2011.

One soldier writes about "staying strong". Three days later he lost his legs.

37 jobs to be lost in Carlisle

John Lewis is set to close a depot in Carlisle Credit: PA

37 jobs are set to be lost in Carlisle as a John Lewis distribution centre closes.

The company has announced plans to close its depot at the Kingmoor Business Park.

A consultation process will now start with all employees, who are to be offered early retirement, voluntary redundancy or relocation to a new distribution centre in Milton Keynes.

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