Funding to support tourism in West Cumbria has been cut, and there's a warning the area may suffer as result.
In the past, tourism has benefitted from nearly half a million pounds in funding from Britain's Energy Coast.
That grant is now being stopped, though the organisation insists it will continue to invest in West Cumbria. Paul Crone has the story.
There's concern in West Cumbria about funding being withdrawn to promote tourism in the area.
West Cumbria Tourism has helped to attract events like the Tour of Britain and the rugby world cup to the county.
But now it's been told it will no longer receive funding from the organisation, Britain's Energy Coast.
Businesses on the Solway Coast say they are benefitting from tourists' interest in the rich history of smuggling along the coastline.
Everything from alcohol to tobacco was smuggled into Scotland from the Isle of Man.
Next Friday shop owners in Kendal will decide if they want to have an organisation that works to make business better.
If businesses vote yes, they'll pay 1% of the value of their property to the Business Improvement District (BID) for the next five years.
The scheme is aimed at raising over £150,000 a year.
Barry Speak, who owns Robinson's Electric in Kirkland, Kendal, is voting for the BID. He said:
"Many retailers moan about how the Council spends their money, well this is your chance to spend your money as you see fit."
A series of west Cumbria coastal walks are being launched by Cumbria Tourism.
They follow the trails of Workington-born Percy Kelly who famously lived and walked in the area for more than fifty years.
"The Scottish Government consulted on the draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) earlier this year.
"It included proposals to guide local authorities in the preparation of spatial frameworks for wind energy development.
"We received a large number of responses to the consultation, including many views on onshore wind, and will take these responses into account when we publish the finalised SPP next year."
The park is home to the only publicly accessible, research-grade observatory within a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park in the world.
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory estimates that it will attract 100,000 visitors each year within five years of being established.
Professor John Brown is the Astronomer Royal for Scotland and he is asking First Minister Alex Salmond to help ensure wind farms are not allowed near the Dark Sky Park:
"Installing any large structures that require illumination would be like putting a factory in Glen Coe.
"Our First Minister was instrumental in helping to secure funding for the observatory and he opened it with much passion and aplomb in October last, praising Scotland for leading the world with this fine public and educational facility.
"But Mr Salmond is also an ardent advocate of wind farms and so faces a dilemma.
"I, for one, would call upon him now to prove his sincere interest in our wild lands and skies by ensuring wind farms and other dark sky contaminants are excluded from the entire Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.
"This would lay down a benchmark for future decisions on all similar wild land sites where wind farms are wholly inappropriate."
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Campaigners are warning that a world famous Dark Sky Park in the south of Scotland is under threat from wind turbine applications.
The Astronomer Royal for Scotland, the John Muir Trust and the Scottish Wild Land Group have written an open letter to the the Scottish Government asking it to rule out the construction of windfarms in the vicinity of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.
Mark Gibson, chairman of the board of trustees of the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory says there are nine separate sets of proposals for turbines within sight of the park's observatory.
These include plans from energy companies such as E.ON and RWE npower renewables.
Mr Gibson said that while some planning applications had been rejected, there are fears that if even just one is approved, it could open the door for further development.
Ministry of Defence and Aviation Authority safety requirements mean that wind turbines must be illuminated by infra-red light and, in some areas used regularly for training or search and rescue, visible light illumination may also be required.
Turbines near the park could fall into the latter category, and would affect both the ability of astronomers to use sensitive equipment, and the current visibility of stars, galaxies, comets and northern lights.
An attraction in Cumbria has come out top in an online poll for the country's quirkiest tourist experiences.
The Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick has won the questionable title of "oddest day out" - beating a Scottish nudist beach and space centre to the top spot.
The museum also boasts the world's biggest pencil - at a staggering eight metres long.
Dawn Walker is Deputy Manager at the Cumberland Pencil Museum, and is delighted with results:
Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing has been visiting Loch Ken Holiday Park near Castle Douglas, to find out how tourism has been this summer.
He says that south-west Scotland has a lot to offer visitors from both north and south of the border: