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Council to make decision on re-settling refugees

Councillors will decide today. Credit: PA

Plans to re-settle 285 refugees in Cumbria will be considered today by the County Council.

The cabinet will be asked to approve proposals to re-settle the refugees, over a period of three years between 2017 and 2020.

Original plans were delayed because of the floods that swept through the county in December 2015.

County council names new chief executive

Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council has appointed a new chief executive.

Katherine Fairclough, who is currently deputy chief executive at Warrington Borough Council, will take up the post in March 2017.

She's replacing Diane Wood who is retiring after 35 years working in local government.

“I’m delighted with this appointment and I am looking forward to working closely with Katherine in the future.

"She brings with her a range of skills that make her ideal for Cumbria from her strong commitment to people, as well as to partnership, which are both key attributes to us as we move forward.

"I am now looking forward to working together to make the changes we need to deliver services differently both now and in the future.”

– Cllr Stewart Young, Cumbria County Council Leader

Cumbrians urged to be 'winter ready'

People can read advice about staying healthy this winter Credit: PA

A new campaign has been launched to help people across Cumbria prepare for winter.

The 'winter ready' campaign is aiming to provide advice and assistance on how to be ready for challenges thrown up by the Winter weather.

Advice includes:

  • · Emergency planning - advice on how to protect your home from flooding and find out if you are at risk.
  • · Financial support available – grants and funding available for people affected by flooding.
  • · Winter driving – how to stay safe, keep up to date with road and weather information and make your vehicle ready for winter.
  • · Health advice – staying well this winter.

The campaign has been developed by Cumbria County Council along with six District Councils, Cumbria Community Foundation and the Environment Agency.

Advice can be found on the council website, as well as across many social media platforms.

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Flood forum events in Kendal and Ambleside

Storm Desmond flooding in Kendal Credit: ITV Border

People affected by flooding in Kendal and Ambleside are being invited to attend Flood Forum events next week to share their experiences.

The events are organised by Cumbria County Council, working alongside the Environment Agency, and are the first stage in the formal process of establishing how and why properties and businesses flooded and what could potentially be done to prevent flooding, or mitigate its impact, in future.

Attendees will be asked exactly what happened in terms of where the water came from, how it entered the property, its depth and other details. Alongside data already held, this property level information will help to build a highly detailed picture of what happened and why.

The information is collated and used to develop a report and recommendations for future action that could minimise the risk or impact of future flooding. Local communities are fully consulted on the contents of these reports, and the recommendations, prior to final publication. Once agreed the reports can be used by communities and agencies as the basis for applications for funding to allow schemes to be implemented. Working with the Environment Agency we aim to share draft reports with local communities for comment by early summer.

The details for the events are:

• Kendal, Town Hall, 14 March, 2.30pm - 8.00pm

• Ambleside, Kelsick Hall, 16 March, 2.00pm – 6.00pm

As well as providing information, attendees will also be able to find out more from a range of organisations, who will be providing advice and guidance on funding, insurance, flood prevention equipment and flood support registration.

“The key to improving our flood resilience in the future is to learn from the events of this winter and tap into local knowledge. We’ve visited around 100 communities already and this next round of flood forums will give local people an opportunity to shape the future of flood risk management in Cumbria.”

– Kath Evans, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager

Council looking into A595 improvements

A595. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council say they are carrying out a feasibility study, into how the A595 road can be improved.

Two women died after an accident on the road on Tuesday 23 February.

Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson has called on the council to make a serious case to central government, to improve the road.

We did make improvements, we've improved the A66 through Highways England.

These are major schemes and it is only the government who can fund these schemes.

Kendal is wanting another bypass - these have to be funded by government - Cumbria County Council does not have that kind of funding."

– Cllr Keith Little
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