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Windermere Ferry to be closed tomorrow morning

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Windermere Ferry will be closed tomorrow morning from 9am for urgent repairs to the cable drive system, which pulls the ferry across the lake.

The ferry is being closed at 9am to allow commuters to catch earlier ferries. The first ferry leaves Bowness at 6.50am, with further crossings approximately every 30 minutes.

Cumbria County Council apologises for any inconvenience and asks people to plan their journeys accordingly. It is hoped the ferry will re-open later in the day subject to completion of the repairs. Updates will follow.

Roadside traffic surveys to take place in Carlisle

The council will try to keep delays to a minimum after the last one on Eden Bridge, Carlisle Credit: Google maps

Roadside traffic surveys are set to take place on Thursday 13 July around Carlisle.

The surveys will happen at three sites and will aim to assess drivers' journey patterns to show how, why and where people travel across Carlisle. The results will be used to highlight any improvements needed on the highway network.

Drivers will be stopped and asked to volunteer to answer questions about their journeys. Interviews are expected to take between two and three minutes and traffic controls will be provided by Cumbria Police at all site locations.

The council say they will try to keep delays to a minimum after the last set of traffic surveys on Eden Bridge in Carlisle.

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Foster carers wanted across Cumbria

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An event will be held in Carlisle for people interested in becoming foster carers.

Cumbria County Council say more carers are needed for children and young people of all ages. Potential carers merely need to have the skills to make a positive change to their lives.

An information event will be held at Carlisle East Community Fire Station (Eastern Way), on Wednesday 28 June, with a presentation starting at 6pm.

The council's fostering team will be in attendance to offer support and confidential advice.

Roadside interviews planned for Kendal traffic survey

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Roadside interviews have been planned for four days in Kendal.

Cumbria County Council say the surveys will be held over the month of July at a number of spots around the town.

The surveys will involve interviews aimed at gathering data on drivers' journey patterns.

When completed, the surveys will provide high quality information on the journeys made by car and lorry drivers in and around Kendal. The information will help us to gain a better understanding of travel patterns, providing key data for the development and planning of future investment in the local transport system. We hope that the travelling public will co-operate to help us collect the evidence we need to deliver improvements to the highways and transport network.

– Paul Landreth, Cumbria County Council Project Manager

Each spot will operate on one day only with interviews taking two to three minutes.

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Council says more foster carers are needed in Cumbria

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A recruitment drive to find new foster carers has been launched.

Cumbria County Council has enlisted the help of current foster carers to meet members of the public and tell them what fostering is all about.

The council says there is no such thing as a typical foster carer and is calling on people of all ages and backgrounds to consider signing up.

There can be some difficult, traumatic experiences that you can find out that the children have gone through.

"Just to be able to give them normal family life, just three or four meals a day, things that they're not used to, things we take for granted, which can be really beneficial."

– Kathryne Lamb, Foster carer

Learn new skills during Festival of Learning week

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A number of free sessions on activities including digital photography, machine sewing, pottery, languages, mindfulness and IT skills will be held across Cumbria from Monday 19 to Friday 23 June.

The sessions are part of Cumbria County Council's Festival of Learning events, a celebration of lifelong learning in England.

Formerly known as Adult Learners' Week, the festival aims to "highlight the benefits of learning" and "celebrate the achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and to encourage everyone to embrace lifelong learning."

The timetable of events can be found here. More information can be found on the council website.

Locals invited to share views on Cumbria roads and transport

The survey aims to improve transport and highways across Cumbria Credit: Google maps

Local residents in Cumbria are being invited to share their views on the county's highways and transport services.

The survey is the largest collaboration between 112 local authorities across England and Scotland, and will be shared in order to improve nationwide services.

The questionnaire is expected to be sent to a minimum random sample of 3,300 of Cumbrian residents from Monday, 19 June. Local and national results will be published in mid-October 2017.

Providing a well managed highway and transport network is one of the council’s top priorities and we welcome feedback and comments from residents and road users.

There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas of best practice and spot national, regional and local trends.

This is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical area over another, it is about understanding customer views better and working together to deliver the most satisfactory yet efficient outcomes for local residents

– Stephen Hall, Cumbria County Council’s Assistant Director, Highways, Transport and Fleet
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