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Top award for three of Copeland's beaches

Silecroft beach was among three in Copeland to get a Seaside Award Credit: Copeland Borough Council

Three beaches in Copeland have won a Seaside Award.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg have been named as having the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Fourteen beaches in the north west of England achieved the same status, which is awarded by the charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Copeland Borough Council runs the beaches and says it is pleased with the recognition.

This is great news.

Our staff and local community partners work hard to keep our amenity beaches safe and inviting for locals, holiday makers and day trippers."

– Julie Betteridge, Copeland Council’s director of customer and community services

Executive recommends Copeland Budget

Copeland Borough Council’s Executive recommended the proposed budget for 2015/16 at their meeting last night.

The Council needs to make savings of £1.484 million, and proposals in the budget include plans to cut Council costs by sharing resources with other councils.

The budget report will now go before full council for approval as part of the Budget meeting on 26 February.

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Copeland householders could be eligible for flood grants

Copeland Borough Council has announced that there is still time for householders to apply for grants to make their homes more resistant to floods.

Grants of up to £5000 are available through the council.

The money can be claimed back even if the person has already paid out for the anti-flood measures and had them installed.

The scheme closes in mid-February.

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West Cumbrian councils consider area's nuclear future

Allerdale Borough Council is being recommended to support a move to exclude county councils from having a say on whether Cumbria should have an underground nuclear waste store.

Both Allerdale and Copeland voted to continue looking at west Cumbria as a possible site in January.

However, the county council used its veto to rule out the plan.

The government now wants to begin a new search with the county council no longer having a veto.

Full Report: Thousands petition against public toilet closure

Thousands of people have signed a petition in West Cumbria against the closure of public toilets.

The facilities in Whitehaven, Cleator Moor and Egremont are now shut.

Cafe owners say people are using their toilets without buying anything which is putting them out of pocket.

It comes as Copeland Borough Council looks to save more than 26 million pounds over the next two years.

Samantha Parker's full report is below.

Nuclear waste debate: Decision day for west Cumbria

Three councils will decide today whether or not they want to look at possible sites to bury high level nuclear waste in west Cumbria.

The executives of Allerdale, Copeland and Cumbria County Council's cabinet will hear representations from those for and against moving forward in the process.

Allerdale and/or Copeland can only move progress to search for sites if they have the backing of the county council.

If they decide to go through in depth desk tops studies will look at whether the geology in west Cumbria is suitable.

Cumbria County Council will meet at 10am in Carlisle, Copleand at 10am in Whitehaven and Allerdale at 3pm in Maryport.

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