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Parish councils funding to continue

COPELAND Council will continue funding parish councils.

The council’s executive committee decided to continue the £67,000 funding for 2015/16.

The council had the option to reduce the grant by 30% - the same percentage as the council’s grant from central government has been cut - to assist with budget savings of £1.65m.

“We listened very carefully to our parish councils on this and they told us they did not want the grant to end, so we have decided to retain it.

“As one of the hardest-hit councils in the country this was a difficult decision, as we have considerable savings to make, but in the end we decided not to pass on the cuts to the parishes.

"They do an excellent job in delivering services that enhance the quality of life in our communities."

– Cllr Gillian Troughton, portfolio holder for finance and HR

Another home evacuated

A ninth home has been evacuated on Howbank Road in Egremont, after a drilling rig being used to cap a mine with concrete, fell around 50 feet into the shaft on 14th November.

The latest home had to be evacuated because the slippage of the ground surrounding the houses has increased.

Copeland Council say they are continuing to advise residents, for their own safety, not to return to their homes.

"“We are continuing to work with our contractors to identify a solution to the slippage, and our teams will be working on site throughout the weekend as well as continuing to monitor for further movement.

“In addition, along with a number of agencies, we are working to ensure that residents practical and welfare concerns are met.

"We realise that being evacuated from your home without access is incredibly inconvenient, but we must emphasise that this is a necessary safety measure.”

– Pat Graham, Director of Services, Copeland

The council couldn't specify when residents would be allowed to return to their homes, but say they are exploring potential access arrangements for next week.