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Funding available to celebrate Tour of Britain

The women's Tour of Britain took place earlier in the year. Credit: PA

A funding pot of £5,000 is available to communities in Eden who are organising celebrations for the Tour of Britain.

The funding will be available through Eden District Council's Community Fund, and the idea is for it to help local people to celebrate the cycle race, which will pass through the area.

Cycle races like the ToB can engage crowds, bring together communities and create huge economic benefits for an area.

ToB will showcase Eden to a national and international audience and we are sure that our local communities will celebrate the race passing through in style.

The Council has allocated £5,000 from the Eden Community Fund to support ToB community events and activities.

There is up to £500 per parish available, so we would encourage groups within a parish to work together and we look forward to receiving applications from communities across the district.”

– Councillor Mike Slee, Eden District Council

The application form, and details of how to apply for funding, are available on the Council's website.

More than £800,000 for affordable housing

The money will be used to build 20 affordable homes. Credit: PA

A loan of more than £800,000 has been granted to Eden Housing Association, to help build more affordable housing.

The money is being provided by Eden District Council as part of its £1 million Affordable Housing and Innovation Fund (AHIF).

It will be used to build 20 new affordable homes, in the following areas:

For seven affordable homes on land opposite Dalegarth, in Threlkeld.
For eight affordable homes on William Street, in Penrith.
For five two-bedroom bungalows for people over age 55.

This will create 20 new units of affordable housing and really help to meet the wide ranging housing needs we have across Eden.

AHIF is having a positive impact on the development of housing in Eden and is helping to influence the types of housing that are being developed.

The Eden Housing Advisory Board has carefully considered the merits of these projects and we are very pleased with the quality of the projects we are helping to finance through loans from AHIF.”

– Councillor Lesley Grisedale, Eden District Council


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.

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