Lakes family slams travel subsidy cuts

Lake District Family say they'll have to pay £1,200 for their son to get to school, following travel subsidy cuts by Cumbria County Council

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Kirkbride bridge safety barrier to be installed

Work to improve the safety of Howwath Bridge in Kirkbride will begin this weekend.

Last year 37-year-old Russell Long died in a crash on the bridge, prompting concern over its safety.

Work will take place between Saturday 12 and Wednesday 16 April to install a safety barrier.

Cumbria county council say that bridges like this are structurally inspected every two years.

The last inspection of Howwath Bridge was carried out in June 2012 and there were no concerns about it's structure.

"The approach wall where the tragic incident took place does appear to have a cornerstone missing, but this was not deemed a structural fault in the last inspection or any previous inspections. We cannot find any records of any safety concerns being raised to the county council about the missing cornerstone by drivers, the local community or parish council.

"Replacing the cornerstone would not make the bridge safer. If vehicles are at risk of hitting the bridge at this point, then a large stone wall is not the right safety measure – a road safety barrier is."

– Spokesman, Cumbria County Council

The road will be reduced to a single lane with traffic light controls while work is carried out.

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Carlisle school's transformation revealed

Work carries out to transform a Carlisle Primary School will be unveiled this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Carlisle's Upperby Primary school has been refurbished and expanded, boosting its capacity by 194.

The work has seen the addition of four new classrooms, toilets, cloakrooms and an activity room and external refurbishments.

The Cumbria County Council-funded scheme was completed in January.

Cumbria County Council chairman Alan Barry and Upperby headteacher Jane Hodgson will cut the ribbon.

10k challenge for County Council apprentices

Apprentices at Cumbria County Council are taking part in a 10k walk to raise money for a community project.

They're building a garden at Mill Lane Day Services in Walney, a centre for adults with learning disabilities.

The team is hoping to be crowned 2014 Apprentice Team of the Year.

"We're really excited about doing the sponsored walk to raise money for the garden at Mill Lane. Creating a garden for the service users will be the high point of the whole Brathay Challenge. It's been hard work to organise everything on top of doing our apprenticeships, but we've all learnt a lot."

– Laura Mills, Cumbria County Council apprentice
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