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Garden party swap shop to be held at Seascale library

Credit: Cumbria County Council

A garden party where people can donate their surplus seeds, plants and tools will be held at Seascale library.

Cumbria County Council will host the party, where people can also pick up second-hand items for free.

All donations will be available for others to swap or take away fro free.

People will also get the chance to find out more about recycling in the county as well as on skills to make a range of garden items such as bird tables and garden ornaments.

The Garden Party Swap Shop till take place at Seascale Library, 10-12pm on Friday, 26 May.

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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
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