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Tree smashes through driver's windscreen in Windermere

Black Suzuki Jimmy bonnet and windscreen smashed Credit: ITV Border News

A woman has been treated for shock this morning after a tree fell on her car.

A branch smashed through her Black Suzuki Jimny windscreen. It happened near the Steam Boat Museum, Windermere.

Branch fell off the tree Credit: ITV Border News

The A592 Rayrigg Road is closed in both directions and there is slow moving traffic between Birthwaite Road and Millbeckstock.

The A592 Rayrigg Road Credit: ITV Border News

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Do you want an elected Mayor in Cumbria?

Campaigners in Windermere are calling for a referendum to see if Cumbrians want a directly-elected Mayor running Cumbria County Council, instead of the party leader.

But Cumbria County Council says it can't afford a referendum and this isn't the answer to better democracy in Cumbria.

ITV Border asked people in Troutbeck and Kendal:

Campaign begins for Cumbrian Mayor

Campaigners are calling for an overhaul of the way Cumbria County Council is run.

The 'Cumbria Yes' campaign is calling for a directly elected mayor to replace the leader of the council.

Windermere Cllr Ben Berry (Conservative) is one of the leaders of the campaign:

But Cumbria County Council leaders don't agree. They say a referendum would be too expensive and an elected mayor isn't the answer to better democracy in Cumbria.

"Our efforts are currently focused on making the massive savings needed to balance our books.

"An expensive referendum on how the leader of the council is determined would be an unwelcome and costly distraction and would not address the fundamental issue of having two different sets of councils running things.

"All of our councillors are democratically elected in the same way that MPs are. A far more productive and cost effective reform of local government would involve switching to a unitary council or councils.

"This would actually deliver savings of up to £28m a year. Changing the mechanics of how the leader is decided would save nothing."

– A Cumbria County Council spokesman

Cumbria's sports stars awarded

Sports personalities from Cumbria and coaches of professional and amatuer clubs around the county have been honored in the Cumbria Sports Awards.

The awards, organised by Active Cumbria, celebrate the work of volunteers bringing different sports to their communities.

Here's a list of the winners:

  • Sports Personality of the Year: Tom Younger world Karate champion from Barrow-in-Furness
  • Cumbria Performance of the Year 2014: Nick Miller, GB's best hammer thrower
  • The Special Award: Stuart Airey, Bowls player who won Silver in 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Service to Sport: Mike ‘Nobby’ Clarke from Hawcoat Park Sports & Soocial Club in Barrow.
  • Young Sports Leader of the Year: Alice Bowler from Kendal School of Gymnastics
  • Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Moses from Barrow Amateur Boxing Club
  • Coach of the Year: Windermere Senior sailing instructor Ian Shirra, who has coached the GB Blind Sailing team
  • Community Group of the Year: Ulverston Triathlon Club, who have 300 members just 1 year after starting
  • Performance Award for People with a Disability: footballer Jake Brown from Barrow
  • Team of the Year: North Cumbria British Show Jumping Team, who are National Champions
  • Junior Team of the year: Dowdales School Year 11 Rugby League Team from Dalton-in-Furness, which is the National Rugby League Champion School
  • Junior Sports Personality of the Year: Speedway racer Kyle Bickle
  • The Brendan Jameson Be Inspired Award:Tyler Baines
  • 5 Rising Stars: Jack Smith from Carlisle for Swimming and Triathlon, Natasha Slater from Ulverston for Golf, Henrietta Colborne from Penrith for Cycling, Georgia Holmes from Haverigg for Cricket and Daniel Armstrong for water polo.

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£16m funding sparks upgrade for Windermere rail

The Government has announced a £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line in the Lake District.

The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route for the first time.

Ministers says it will create a faster, more reliable and greener service. Tim Backshall reports

Minister: Rail upgrade 'absolutely crucial'

The Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, says the electrification of the Windermere rail line is 'absolutely crucial.'

She was speaking after announcing the £16m investment, at Windermere station.

The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route for the first time.

She says it is vital for visitors and locals to improve the links to Manchester Airport.

It's electric: Windermere rail to benefit from £16m funding

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Baroness Kramer, the Government's Transport Minister, was at Windermere station to officially launch the plan to electrify the 10 mile rail line between Windermere and Oxenholme.

South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, says the announcement of a £16m investment to electrify the Windermere rail line will boost tourism and attract new businesses to the area.

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