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Glenridding chosen for new flood defence scheme

Glenridding in December. Credit: PA

Glenridding has been chosen by the Environment Agency for a new flood defence pilot scheme.

The village, which was flooded four times last winter, was selected along with three other villages in Cumbria.

The Community Action Pilot scheme focuses on making communities more resilient to floods and improving flood measures for the future.

Sharing and informing is a critical part of the scheme because all of us in Cumbria are going to need to manage flood risk for a continual basis into the future.

– Jim Ratcliffe, Environment Agency



D&G Council opens bird flu helpline

Poultry farmers must keep their birds indoors for 30 days. Credit: PA

Dumfries and Galloway Council has opened a dedicated helpline for people who own poultry and captive birds, in light of the Scottish Government's decision to issue Avian Influenza Protection Measures.

Bird owners must keep their birds indoors, away from wild birds, for the next 30 days.

The measure is a precaution because a deadly strain of bird flu has been detected in mainland Europe.

Anyone who is concerned should call the council's helpline on 030 33 33 3000.

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A66 to be closed for maintenance works

These drainage holes show the level the new carriageway will be. Credit: Highways England

The A66 will be fully closed from 8pm on Saturday evening (10 December) to 6am on Sunday morning (11 December), while Highways England carries out maintenance work.

A diversion will run between High Hill junction and Crosthwaite roundabout, and the aim is improving maintenance access to Kentigern Bridge along the A66 near Keswick as well as to four bridges along the M6 between junction 35 at Carnforth and junction 40 at Penrith.

Construction work is also ongoing to protect the road from flooding where it runs alongside Bassenthwaite Lake.

Highways England is raising the carriageway by almost a metre and a half, as part of a £1.5 million flood defence project.

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