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WATCH: Keswick house prices unaffordable

A survey has revealed that Keswick is the most expensive market town in Cumbria and the fifth most expensive in England, when compared to the price of houses around it.

It's leading to fears that the people who live and work there are being priced out of the area.

Hannah McNulty has been looking at how one group is trying to change that.

Making room for a view

Ullswater after the clear up Credit: Gordon Lightburn

The iconic views of Ullswater’s western shore are open to residents and visitors once more, thanks to a project to clear scrub and manage trees that were increasingly obscuring the view.

Local residents identified the views along the lake shore were becoming increasingly covered by trees, with residents and visitors unable to fully appreciate the beauty of the lake.

This led to the launch of Felling for Views – a project led by the Lake District National Park and Eden Rivers Trust as part of the Ullswater Valley Plan.

Ullswater before the clear up project Credit: Gordon Lightburn

Since August volunteers have undertaken work including tree thinning, scrub clearance and control.

It is hoped it will also help improve safety along the A592 and have a positive effect on the lake shore.

Projects ranger for Lake District National Park, Dylan Jackman, said:

This has been a real success story for Valley Planning. We listened to the community and put Felling for Views into action, creating some stunning vistas from the northern section of the lake that are already benefitting visitors and residents.

It’s a great start and we plan to continue working with others to reveal further view across the lake.”

– Dylan Jackman

Cumbrian charity urges victims of hate crime to come forward

OutReach Cumbria Credit: AWAZ Cumbria

National Hate Crime Week will run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 October 2015. Leading Cumbrian LGBT charity OutREACH will be working with partners to encourage victims of hate crime to come forward.

Over the course of the week, they hope to raise awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender hate crime whilst encouraginf victims to come forward and be heard.

A variety of events are planned around the county with partner organisations including AWAZ Cumbria, Cumbria and Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company and Cumbria Police.

Ben Vollans, Project Manager for OutREACH Cumbria said:

Many cases of hate crime go unreported in Cumbria. This is partly due to the fact that not everyone knows what hate crime is. We are delighted to be working on this project with our partners to raise awareness and encourage victims to seek help.

The effects of hate crime can be devastating for victims who can be subject to both verbal and physical abuse. Those who are responsible need to realise how seriously their actions can affect victims. In many circumstances LGBT hate crime goes unreported with victims believing that reporting it won’t make a difference. This is not the case.

OutREACH are working hard with all of our partners to ensure that victims get all the help and support they need.”

– Ben Vollans, OutReach Cumbria
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