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Cockermouth flood defence boost

Cockermouth was badly affected by flooding in 2009 Credit: ITV Border

Planners have approved a proposed scheme to protect the town of Cockermouth from flooding.

The town was badly affected by flood waters in 2009.

Now an Environment Agency scheme to construct walls, embankments and flood gates along the River Cocker and River Derwent has been approved.

360 local homes and 55 businesses will be protected. Funding for the scheme has almost been secured, with a pledge from central government to provide £3.3million. Once built, the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding in Cockermouth to a 1% chance in any one year.

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Utilities company fined by Environment Agency

The River Keekle had quantities of untreated sewage discharged into it Credit: ITV News

United Utilities has been fined £200,000 by the Environment Agency for dumping sewage in the River Keekle.

The company has apologised for discharging quantities of untreated sewage into the river.

United Utilities has been fined by the Environment Agency Credit: ITV News

Utilities firm fined

A Utilities firm has been fined £200,000 by the Environment Agency for dumping sewage in the River Keekle.United Utilities has apologised for discharging quantities of untreated sewage into the river.

We did not find any evidence of environmental harm but these discharges had the potential to cause significant environmental harm to the River Keekle and bathing water quality at Seascale and St.Bees. The company failed to comply with legislation intended to protect the environment. In this case action could have been taken sooner by the company to fund improvements to prevent these discharges.

– Keith Ashcroft, Environment Agency Area Manager
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