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.
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.
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
Eden District Council in Cumbria has 38 seats up for election on 7th of May.
But of these, 27 have only one candidate standing meaning the seats are uncontested.
Only 11 seats in Eden will give voters a choice of who they want to represent them.
ITV News Border's Ian Payne interviewed John Turner from the Electoral Commission.
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.
Eden District Council has agreed it will increase council tax by just under 2% from April.
Councilllors say the increase is necessary to protect services in the area.
The council is also investing £1 million in affordable housing and £100,000 in a foot way lighting system.
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:
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.
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.
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 Email:email@example.com
Copies of the Plan can be emailed, collected from the council’s offices or sent by post.
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.
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.