A survey by South Lakeland District Council of lake users has shown three-quarters of respondents are happy with their experience visiting Windermere.
The survey is designed to gather information on lake usage and is an opportunity for lake users to rate and comment on facilities and services. It is open to all lake users and this year’s attracted 529 complete useable responses.
In answer to the question asking how satisfied or dissatisfied users are with their experience using the lake 76% said they were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ satisfied, compared to just 12% who were dissatisfied.
When asked how they rated facilities 63% said public slipways were either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, advice and help was rated as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ by 53%, car parks (49%) and public jetties (46%).
They were also asked about lake rescue and safety services 93% said they valued the service, and almost all the respondents (94%) who had been rescued at some point on the lake rated the rescue service as either ‘excellent or ‘good’.
Respondents to the survey were also invited to add comments on any other matters about their use of the lake.
Some of those comments referred to the 10mph speed limit on the lake, with some people asking whether the limit could be reviewed or an area set aside for water sports. A number of other comments said the speed limit should be retained or more strictly enforced.
The survey and comments were presented to the last meeting of the Lake Administration Committee. The comments about the speed limits were discussed and it was agreed that further analysis of the comments was required.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) are offering grants to anyone who will convert their commercial properties into affordable housing.
Grants of up to £25,000 per new home would be offered.
Last year SLDC granted a total of £150,000 to landlord Bob Hogben to help him develop six affordable flats at the former Victoria Tavern pub, in Longpool, Kendal.
The Victoria Tavern development was finished in May and there were 64 applicants for the six flats, which have now all been filled.
Owners of non-residential properties in the South Lakes could soon be offered grants to convert them into new, affordable homes.
South Lakeland District Council could give up to £25,000 per new home to those wanting to convert their commercial properties.
In return rents must be set at affordable rates for a minimum of five years and tenants selected from the council’s housing register.
Remaining costs are met by the owner.
Councillors hope the grants will help to regenerate town centres by reducing empty properties.
A Cumbrian brewery has been forced to close because of a rat infestation.
South Lakeland District Council has ordered Dent Brewery, near Sedbergh, to shut until it rectifies the problem.
Around 4,000 litres of beer, as well as 600 kilogrammes of malt and grain, has had to be got rid of. The council is working with the brewery.
Reduced rate all-day car parking is being offered to support two key Ulverston festivals.
South Lakeland District Council has agreed that people will be able to pay £1.20 to park all day in any of its car parks in Ulverston over the weekend of 14th - 15th June.
This is to coincide with the Another Fine Fest event celebrating the birth of comedy legend Stan Laurel, as well as the finale of the Ulverston International Music Festival.
This follows the Council's £1.20 all-day parking charge offered during the recent Ulverston Food Festival weekend. Organisers said the reduced rate helped attract large crowds to the town and contributed to the event’s success.
A revised application to improve facilities at Ferry Nab, Windermere, has been approved.
The Lake District National Park Authority approved the application, submitted by South Lakeland District Council, to extended the jetties by about 50m.
The plans are expected to create better access for people using the lake.
This comes after the first application was rejected last year.
South Lakeland District Council said it is pleased to have the go ahead to improve facilities and is happy to comply with the conditions of the approval - to protect and conserve reed beds and not to remove trees.
Controversial plans to build a wind farm next to one of the region's beauty spots have been approved by South Lakeland District Council.
Councillors met this morning to discuss proposals to place three new wind turbines at Killington, pictured above.
It's just three miles from the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Developers are now submitting requests to build on 88 sites in South Cumbria earmarked to create 1000 new affordable homes and 1000 better-paid jobs in the area.
South Lakeland District Council is one of only a few councils in the country to find land for development, rather than waiting for developers to propose sites.
It's hoped it'll meet a housing and job crisis: there are around 3000 families waiting for a housing association home in South Lakeland and many more who can't find an affordable home.
The charity Shelter says fewer than 3% of properties in the area are affordable for families. Less than 1% of people in South Cumbria are unemployed but many are on the minimum wage and can't afford high Lake District prices.
Of the 88 sites, 20 will be for businesses, the rest for housing. Of those sites, 4.2% are brownfield while 95.8% are greenfield. Environmental groups feel that building on greenfield sites is wrong and will damage local habitats.
One of the 88 sites earmarked for development across South Lakeland.
This brownfield site near Scroggs Wood in Kendal is one of 20 potential business parks.
South Lakeland District Council has vowed to try again to convince the National Park's planners that their development of Ferry Nab would be good for the area.
The £2million plans for the pier on Windermere were rejected on Wednesday - good news for environmentalists and the opposition.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports: