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Tributes to councillor Jo Stephenson

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Jo Stepheson Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cllr Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria - “We are all enormously shocked by this very sad news. I worked very closely with Jo since the 2013 elections and found him to be a very decent and honourable man. He will be thoroughly missed by his many friends and colleagues in Cumbria.”

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, Liberal Democrat Cabinet member for Environment - “Jo was a personal friend as well as a political colleague and this is one of the saddest days I have known. Jo was an inspiration for many of us and gave up so much of his time and resources in order to try and make Windermere and Cumbria a better place. All of our thoughts are with Hillary and his family at this very distressing time.”

Diane Wood, Chief Executive, Cumbria County Council - "Jo will be sorely missed by all of his colleagues and this is a complete bolt from the blue as he appeared to be recovering so well. Very, very sad day for Cumbria. My thoughts are with his family and close friends."

Cllr Peter Thornton, Leader of South Lakeland District Council - "Jo was a much loved Ward Councillor and he was Chairman of our District Council just last year. He was a good Chair, efficient, firm, possessing good humour and supportive to me as Leader. We will all miss him and our Council group send our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Hilary and the family."

Cllr James Airey, Leader of the County Council's Conservative Group - "I am shocked and stunned to hear this very sad news. Jo was a gentle, quiet and thoroughly decent family man. He cared deeply and worked very hard for his local community in Windermere and for residents right across Cumbria in his role as Deputy Leader. My thoughts are with Hillary and his family."

Cllr David E Southward MBE, County Councillor for Egremont - "I was devastated to hear of Jo’s tragic death. He was a true gentleman of great integrity and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I convey my heartfelt condolences to his widow, Hillary and to other family members."

Cllr Jo Stephenson dies weeks after suffering a fall at home

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Jo Stephenson Credit: Cumbria County Council

The deputy leader of Cumbria County Council has died in hospital weeks after falling at his home in Windermere.

Jo, who had been county councillor for Windermere since 2009 and Deputy Leader of the county council since 2013, was in the Royal Preston Hospital after suffering a fall at home three weeks ago.

He had been making a good recovery and his diagnosis was looking optimistic earlier in the week, but it is thought he died from a massive stroke last night.

Jo leaves behind his wife Hillary and two children.

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Wartime steam engines make their mark in Cumbria

The trains have come from to mark the centenary of the war
The trains have come from to mark the centenary of the war Credit: ITV Border

To mark the centenary of World War One the South Tynedale Railway has unveiled some rather special visitors.

A selection of wartime steam engines from across France, Germany and the UK are making the small Alston line their home for the weekend.

Three steam engines will been in service over the weekend
Three steam engines will been in service over the weekend Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's Civic Centre may be demolished

The Civic Centre, home of Carlisle City Council, may be replaced by shops
The Civic Centre, home of Carlisle City Council, may be replaced by shops Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's Civic Centre could be knocked down to make way for a new shopping centre.

It is one of the proposals under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.

The framework outlines a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle, with a timeframe up until the year 2030.

The plan goes out for consideration on Monday.

Wartime steam history comes to Cumbria

Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the railway is being extended
Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the railway is being extended Credit: ITV Border

South Tynedale Railway, near Alston, is having an event to mark the centenary of World War One this weekend. There are three wartime steam engines from the UK, Germany and France that will be in service.

The historic railway was recently give the Transport Trust Restoration Award for the restoration of a 1908 Thomas Green & Co steam locomotive, BARBER.

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RAC: "Higher speeds create safe roads"

The RAC is backing the government's decision to raise the speed limits for lorries on single carriageways in England and Wales form 40mph to 50mph, based on evidence from European trials.

“While it may seem counterintuitive on the face of it to suggest higher speeds create safer roads, there is good evidence from trials in Europe to support the idea that raising speed limits on some roads has helped to reduce accident rates.

“A two-year trial in Denmark has seen speed limits on some rural roads increased from 80km/h (50mph) to 90km/h (56mph). Results there showed that some slower drivers raised their speed slightly, while faster drivers slowed down.

“Although average speeds on the roads remained almost the same, the smaller difference between faster and slower traffic resulted in fewer collisions and fewer deaths, according to police findings.

“They said the move has helped reduce frustration among faster drivers, and stopped them from performing dangerous overtaking manoeuvres.

“The Danish study may well prove to be ground-breaking in years to come but what's needed now are more studies to establish whether this reduction occurs in all instances.”

– Pete Williams, RAC spokesman

Speed limit increase for lorry drivers

The speed limit for lorries on single carriageways will rise from 40mph to 50mph.

The government announced that the new limit for heavy good vehicles on main roads in England and Wales will come into force early next year.

It's thought that the higher speed limit will reduce congestion and stop more people overtaking.

It's good news for hauliers but will it increase the potential of more accidents in Cumbria? Tell us what you think.

Remember to include your name and where you're from.

Region's drivers ranked best for first-time passes

Figures released by an insurance company show that almost twice as many learners pass first time in parts of Cumbria and South Scotland, than in other areas of the UK.

Drivers in our region have ranked well in first-time passes
Drivers in our region have ranked well in first-time passes Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The report says that more drivers pass in Kelso then anywhere else, with 70 percent getting their licence first time.

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