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Watch: funding boost for Eden food and farms

The Eden District of Cumbria has been awarded Food Enterprise Status.

It means the area will get a £50,000 share of funding to boost businesses in the food and farming sector.

The council has decided to spend it on employing a consultancy to look into streamlining planning regulations to allow businesses to grow easily.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been looking into what it'll mean for big and small businesses near Penrith.

Food for thought as Eden gets grant

Eden is known for its local cheeses, and the Cumberland Sausage. Credit: ITV Border

Eden District Council has been awarded £50,000 to turn the area into a 'Food Hub'.

The grant has been awarded by DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It's hope the 17 Food Hubs, throughout the UK, will boost tourism and attract investment, as well as helping to grow the rural economy.

We are delighted to have been selected for an award of £50K to support the setting up of a food and farming zone in the District and in order to make sure we get this right we are talking to local businesses to understand where and how they wish to expand and what barriers there might be to expansion which the Local Development order will overcome.

We already have a renowned food and farming sector in Eden and this award will enable us to build on that success story.”

– Ruth Atkinson, Eden District Council’s Communities Director


Eden District Council elects new leader and executive

(Left to right back row) Eden District Council’s new Executive: Councillor Adrian Todd, Councillor Mike Slee, Councillor Gordon Nicolson OBE, (front row) Councillor David Hymers, Councillor Kevin Beaty, Councillor Lesley Grisedale Credit: Eden District Council

Councillor Kevin Beaty was elected as the new Leader of Eden District Council at the authority’s Annual Meeting last night.

Following the local elections on the 7 May, the Conservative Group on the council has an overall majority for the first time in the Council’s history.

The new executive is as follows:

  • Kevin Beaty, Leader
  • Lesley Grisedale, Deputy Leader /Housing and Health
  • Mike Slee, Communities
  • David Hymers MB, Economy
  • Adrian Todd, Services
  • Gordon Nicolson OBE, Resources

Members also elected Councillor Mike Tonkin as the Council’s Chairman and Councillor Joan Raine as Vice Chairman.

The following councillors were elected as Committee Chairman:

  • Scrutiny Co-ordinating Board Chairman - Councillor Sheila Orchard
  • Housing and Community Scrutiny Committee - Councillor Joan Raine
  • Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee - Councillor Malcolm Smith
  • Accounts and Governance Committee - Councillor Keith Morgan
  • Planning Applications Committee - Councillor William Patterson
  • Licensing Committee - Councillor Malcolm Temple
  • Human Resources and Appeals Committee - Councillor John Thompson

Warning over council phone scam

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Police are warning the public about bogus telephone calls from people claiming that they work for Eden District Council.

The callers, who have targeted people in Carlisle, Eden, and Brampton, pretend they are from the Environmental Department.

They then ask for personal financial information, under the guise of looking into a claim for an accident.

“I would urge people across Cumbria to be very wary of this type of call. These people can be very convincing, particularly to those who may not know a lot about financial claims.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should be cautious of anyone who makes contact with them – whether it is in relation to computers, financial accounts, charities, or offers to buy/sell. Don’t allow anyone you don’t trust access to your personal information or your computer."

– Sgt Tony Kirkbride from Community Safety


Rise in Council Tax agreed in Eden District's budget

Eden District Council has agreed its budget Credit: PA

Eden District Council has announced it's agreed its budget.

Council Tax will rise by 1.99% from April, but there are no plans to reduce services in the area.

The tax rise means an increase of £3.61 a year. Residents of an average Band B property will now be charged £185.18 a year.

But are no proposals to reduce services, something the Council says it its proud of:

“Our budget for next year protects our services. This is a tremendous achievement given the major grant reductions we have faced. Our careful financial management has also allowed us to make several important investments."

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson OBE, Eden District Council’s Leader

It says the rise in Tax will be used to fund services such as weekly bin collections, and two leisure centres in Appleby and Penrith.

It also says the budget includes plans to invest £100,000 for its footway lighting programme, and to create a £1million Affordable Housing Fund.

Public asked for views on four-year plan for Eden

Residents are being urged to give their views on Eden District Council's four-year plan for the area.

The council is inviting comments in a public consultation running for five weeks, from today (11 February) until 20 March 2015.

Members of the public, other local authorities, community and business groups and parish councils are being encouraged to read and have their say on the 'Draft Council Plan', which will guide the council’s direction and priorities from May 2015 to April 2019.

“Although what’s in the Draft Plan is the result of widespread consultation, we need to know if we’ve got it right. Have we addressed the most important issues for Eden and have we missed anything out? This is why we welcome feedback from as many people and organisations as possible."

– Cllr David Whipp, Eden District Council’s Organisation and External Relations Portfolio Holder

Once consultation responses have been considered and incorporated where appropriate, the final Council Plan 2015-2019 will be agreed and adopted at a meeting of full council on Thursday 16 April 2015. There will be an opportunity following the elections in May for any new district councillors to comment on and potentially amend the Plan.

To obtain a copy of the Draft Council Plan 2015-2019 and details on how to respond to it, contact: Deborah Garnett, Senior Communities Officer at Eden District Council on Tel: 01768 817817 or

Copies of the Plan can be emailed, collected from the council’s offices or sent by post.

Eden District Council’s Executive agrees on budget

Eden District Council is considering a 1.99% in Council Tax Credit: ItV

Last night, Eden District Council’s Executive agreed a budget to recommend to Council.

It follows a period of consultation on the draft budget.

There are no proposals to reduce services, although a 1.99% rise in Council Tax is being considered, which would be an increase of £3.61 a year.

“We are considering a Council Tax increase of a modest 1.99%. The effect on households will be an increase of 7p per week.

"We have frozen our car parking charges. We did freeze our Council Tax for a number of years. If we do not increase our Council Tax in-line with inflation it will be difficult to maintain our existing services in future years".

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson

Registration for Eden Council elections

Every household in Eden will be receiving a letter with the details of who is included in the Register of Electors at each property in the district.

This council says it is a chance for people to check whether they are registered and eligible to vote in the forthcoming General, District and Parish Elections on 7 May 2015.

Since the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) last year, it is now everyone's personal responsibility to ensure they are registered using the online registration facility.

If the letter states that you are registered, no further action is required.

"We want to ensure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to exercise their democratic right at the important elections on 7 May, and they can only do that if they are included in the Register of Electors, so it is vital for everyone to check whether they are registered."

– Paul Foote, Eden District Council's Electoral Registration Officer

For more information visit the government website.

Those who do not receive a letter should contact Eden District Council by telephone or email

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