Cross-party tributes have been paid to Brendan Jameson, the county councillor for Kendal Strickland & Fell and Leader of South Lakeland District Council, who has died suddenly at the age of 66.Cllr Ian Stewart, Leader of Cumbria County Council's Liberal Democrat Group, said:
"I was shocked when I heard that Brendan had passed away at the weekend. For a man who was so full of life it came as a unexpected, bewildering and tragic piece of news.
Brendan and I had worked together for many years and his enthusiasm, hard work for his community and determination earned him my respect, which was shared by all those who came into contact with him.
It is especially sad that Brendan will not see the benefits of his hard work on the Olympics, which he had been a champion for at a Cumbrian, regional and national level. Our deepest sympathies go to his partner Julie and his family.
The County Council and Conservative Group Leader Cllr Eddie Martin also paid tribute:"Brendan had been a county councillor since 2009 and district councillor since 1999. He had dedicated over a decade to helping local people, pushing the case for South Lakeland and Cumbria and making a difference.
I worked closely with Brendan on the Cumbria Leaders Board and always admired his enthusiasm and approach to life. It is very sad that so much life and energy can be extinguished so quickly and unexpectedly."
Cllr Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council's Deputy Leader and Leader of the Labour Group, said:
"This has come as a bolt from the blue and is tragic and shocking news.
People from across the political spectrum in Cumbria have been rocked by Brendan's unexpected death, but our thoughts must go out to his close family and friends.
The chief executive of South Lakeland District Council has released this statement paying tribute to Brendan Jameson
Tributes have been paid to Brendan Jameson, the leader of South Lakeland district council following the news of his death. The council are expected to release a statement later on today.
The future of the Citizens Advice Bureaux in the Scottish Borders has been assured.
After forty years of service it was in jeopardy but Scottish Borders Council have now provided it with a new contract.
Volunteers say a three year contract providing welfare advice has secure the future.
The contract will last for three years and could be extended.
Tony Potts, Copeland Rail Users Group said: "We don't want to see a micro franchise here on the west coast. Being independent from the main line could cost us our links to Lancaster and the North East. We want to see better connections. The line should be improved but not in the way suggested."
The future of Cumbria's coastal rail line is to be discussed.
The county council is assessing whether it would be viable for the takeover of the line's franchise, up for renewal next year.
The council wants to discuss the proposal with several interested parties, such as existing rail companies.