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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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MP to announce Windermere rail electrification

MP Tim Farron will announce the £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line.

The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will also be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.

MP 'over the moon' about rail investment

Windermere, which will have electric trains from 2017 Credit: ITV Border

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.

The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.

As well as providing faster and more reliable journeys between Windermere and Oxenholme, where the branch lines links up with the West Coast main line, Mr. Farron believes it will help to protect through trains to Manchester Airport.

The MP has been campaigning for the changes, along with the Lakes Line Rail User Group.

"The plan will bring much-needed construction jobs in the shorter term and in the longer term attract new businesses, boost tourism and create a better environment for job creation. I am over the moon that we have been able to make this project a reality."

– Tim Farron MP

“This will be a shot in the arm to our tourism industry and means people can have breakfast in London and lunch in Windermere."

– Peter Thornton, Leader of South Lakeland District Council

£16m to electrify Windermere rail line

Windermere, which will have electric trains from 2017 Credit: ITV Border

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. The Government says it will mean faster and more reliable journeys.

The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north. It could be completed by 2017. Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.

The Government says the National Park and the visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work is carried out.

Campaigners have long called for the line to be electrified to improve the service and protect its future.

“Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond."

– Baroness Kramer, Transport Minister
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