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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


Eden district house prices 11x higher than income

A new scheme hopes to create more affordable housing in the Eden district of Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

A million pound fund has been pledged for new affordable housing in the Eden district of Cumbria.

The local council has approved the move in order to create homes for local people in an area where average house prices are 11 times higher than average incomes. It is hoped housing associations will be able to bid for money from the scheme later this year.

Lazonby bids for control over neighbourhood planning

Lazonby Parish Council is the ninth area in the Eden district to apply for control over neighbourhood planning.

This would allow local people to have a say in how their village will be developed in the future.

In Cumbria there has been strong interest from local communities wanting to take over planning power of their parish. Similar applications from Alston, Skelton, Morland and Langwathby have been approved in the last month.

What does this mean?

  • The 2011 Localism Act allows a parish to become a designated Neighbourhood Area. It then has the power to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan that sets out what type of development is acceptable in the future and must be considered by the District Council, Planning Inspectors and the Secretary of State when making decisions on planning applications.
  • The parish could also produce Neighbourhood Development Orders which permit development, on individual sites, without the need for a planning application to the district council.

'An historic decision' for Penrith

Residents in Penrith have voted in favour of establishing a town council for the area.

The result of a postal ballot showed that 65 per cent of people voted in favour and 35 per cent voted against.

The local electorate had been asked for views that formed part of a Community Governance Review being conducted by Eden District Council.

“The people of Penrith have made an historic decision in voting for a town council. I am pleased that the result shows a significant majority for the decision. This will mean that all of Eden District will have a town or parish council to represent the views of residents. I welcome the result. We will ask the council at its next meeting on 18 September to endorse the result and agree to set up a shadow town council to engage with residents and make preparations for elections in May 2015.

“We have a long tradition of working with town and parish councils in Eden and I we will extend this to the new town council for Penrith.”

– Cllr Gordon Nicolson, Eden District Council Leader

Penrith FC's stadium row with council

As the country’s Premier League teams battle over which multi-million pound players to sign for the new season, the future of one of the region’s small town clubs hangs in the balance over unpaid rent.

A row has broken out between Penrith FC and Eden District Council over the stadium lease. The council says Penrith hasn’t paid any rent for nearly five years. The club say the council hasn’t carried out urgent repairs since it moved it.

Paul Crone reports:

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