Following continued misuse Copeland Council has suspended garden waste collections for seven householders who repeatedly put household rubbish in their brown bins.
Green waste bins from the seven homes in Cleator Moor, contained large amounts of non-garden waste, which resulted in an entire lorry load having to be sent away for disposal, rather than made into compost meaning around 600 other conscientious gardeners had their recycling efforts go – literally - to waste.
The council says it wasn't the first time the householders had done this – after previous contamination incidents officers provided stickers for their bins explaining what can and can’t be collected. However, the dumping continued so the council will now not collect these garden bins for six months.
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.
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.
Whitehaven's Civic Hall is open for business, after its controversial closure fifteen months ago.
Copeland Borough Council is in talks with several businesses interested in moving in.
One company, Inspira, has already used it for a careers event, and is expected to begin a short-term tenancy in February.
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.
West Cumbrian school children are coming up with ideas to give a coastal walkway the artistic treatment.
Pupils at Lowca are looking at history, geography and science to create artworks that will give walkers more information about the area.
The project is being run by Copeland Council.
A series of meetings about the future of healthcare in the region begins today.
Health bosses are currently writing a five-year plan designed to give people better services across Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden.
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.
Over £22,000 has been awarded to Copeland Young Sports Leaders Academy to provide sports qualifications for up to 120 young people.
The money has doubled the number of sports leaders that the Academy can train in schools like St Bees School near Whitehaven.
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.