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Cockermouth to vote on planning permission overhaul

People living in Cockermouth will go to the polls today to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.

If a majority vote 'yes', then certain shops will be able to expand their businesses, turn them into cafes, change their shop fronts and change windows and doors without planning permission.

It's the first initiative of it's kind in the UK.

Cockermouth to vote on future of planning permission

Cockermouth residents could become the first in the UK to directly influence development in their town.

A vote is being held tomorrow which could see residents able to make certain developments without having to seek official planning consent from Allerdale Borough Council.

If the referendum sees a 'yes' victory the following changes could be made:

  • Market Place could be given a 'café society' feel as people will be able to change the use of business premises to cafes, restaurants and bars, and establish pavement dining areas.
  • Housing will be created as flats will be allowed to be created above commercial premises.
  • Business owners will also be able to change their shop fronts.
  • New windows and doors can be installed on buildings inside the conservation area.

Allerdale Borough Council is urging all eligible voter to attend tomorrow's meeting.


Cumbrian cricketer is recalled to England squad

Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England cricket squad after recovering from a wrist injury Credit: PA

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England cricket squad for the first Test against India next week.

The all rounder, who plays his county cricket for Durham is returning to the side after recovering from a wrist injury sustained in the West Indies.

The 23-year-old was one of the few England players to impress during the last ashes tour in Australia last summer.

Have you seen missing Jordan?

Police are appealing for the public's help to find missing 16-year-old Jordan Black.

Jordan, from Whitehaven, was last seen in Cockermouth at 11am on Friday 20 June.

He contacted people that night to say he was fine but would not be returning home. He has not been heard from since.

Jordan has not been seen since Friday Credit: Cumbria Police

Jordan is 5ft 9” tall, of slim build, with short dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a grey Nike sweatshirt, grey converse jogging bottoms and black adidas trainers.

Anyone who knows where Jordan is should contact Cumbria Police on the 101 number.

100th birthday celebration for Cockermouth woman

Well known Mabel Proctor, from Cockermouth, has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mabel's home was destroyed in the 2009 Cumbrian floods. At 95 years old she was the oldest evacuee at the Sheep and Wool centre in Cockermouth.

Pam Royle joined Mabel Proctor for the celebrations Credit: ITV Border

The celebration took place at Bridge End, the area where Mabel used to live, which was rebuilt after the floods.

Along with friends and family that came over from Australia, presenter Pam Royle was invited to join in the celebrations.

Family and friends had also arranged for Mabel to arrive in a chauffeur driven 1970 Morris 1,000 Traveller to make her day even more special.

Mabel celebrated her 100th birthday Credit: ITV Border


Charity ride on 13 Pounds 17 Shillings and Sixpence

Alan can cycle up to 100 miles a week at this time of year Credit: ITV Border

81-year-old Alan Bonner is taking on the Jennings Rivers Ride this weekend on a bike that he's owned since he was 15.

Alan says he doesn't trust carbon fibre and would rather stick with what he's got - a Paris bike that cost him, in old money, 13 Pounds 17 Shillings and Sixpence (£13/17/6).

He still rides the bike he bought when he was 15 Credit: ITV Border

Alan cycles between 80 - 100 miles a week at this time of year. He says he loves the exercise, the outdoors and the sunshine. "It's a really enjoyable thing to do."

Alan's training area Credit: ITV Border

He will join more than 1,000 others on Sunday for The Jennings Rivers Ride, which takes in some of Cumbria's most beautifully scenery and toughest roads.

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