Lakes family slams travel subsidy cuts

Lake District Family say they'll have to pay £1,200 for their son to get to school, following travel subsidy cuts by Cumbria County Council

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MP challenges BT on broadband secrecy

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has urged the Communications Minister to ask BT to disclose where rural broadband will be delivered.

Mr Farron wrote to Ed Vaizey MP after residents complained to him about the lack of information being provided by BT.

“It matters that we have this information so that we can work to find alternative solutions and at the same time campaign to have those areas included. BT are using public money to deliver this project, so its all the more important that they tell the public exactly what they are planning.

“I wrote to the Minister today to push for a Ministerial directive under which BT would be statutorily required to specify the precise locations to which the programme will guarantee to deliver fast broadband. I don’t think that this is asking too much, and I’ll continue to fight for our right to access good quality rural broadband, at the same speeds as urban areas.”

– Tim Farron, MP for South Lakes

With fast broadband small businesses will have the modern internet connections that they need to trade and families in the area can take advantage of the latest technologies.

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Heritage Lottery Fund grant for South Lakes

A community group has been given a £1.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to spend on woodland across South Lakeland.

The funds will preserve the landscape, protect traditional skills and improve access to archaeological sites.

The Rusland Horizons project hopes to recruit up to 30 employees, including 11 apprentices over the next 4 years, providing a boost to jobs in the rural Cumbrian valleys.

Cumbrian councillor meets constituents in a tent

A councillor from Kendal is putting up a tent in her constituency today to help people heat their homes for less.

One year ago Clare Feeney-Johnson came up with the first scheme in the country to use the council as a switching agent - so the money goes back to people in fuel poverty.

Other charities and organisations will join her from 10am until 2pm on the Castle Estate in Kendal.

“I organised this event to help you save your money this winter, help keep you warmer with the heating you have paid for and give you ideas for keeping healthy.

"Please come along, bring your friends and family and ensure you have all the information you need this winter to get the best value for your money before the cold weather really gets here.”

– Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson

"As winter approaches, the health and wellbeing of South Lakeland residents of all ages is of vital importance.

"This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to put questions to a variety of agencies and gather information on how to keep healthy, safe and warm.”

– Councillor Graham Vincent, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, South Lakeland District Council
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