The closure of the Eastman factory in Workington, with a loss of 152 jobs, has been called "devastating" by Allerdale Borough Council:
“This is devastating news – particularly for those 152 people who have lost their jobs. I feel for every one of them and their families – this is a truly terrible day.
“When you consider that in February this year, there were 1,114 jobseekers in Allerdale this is a huge increase in this area’s unemployment figures. That’s a rise of more than 13% and really puts into context how losing such a major employer is so detrimental to the local economy.
“When the threatened closure was first announced, we met with the management of Eastman, and with other agencies and employers in the area, to see what we could do to help, and I will make sure that these meetings continue.
“We want to be involved in securing the future of the site and we want to see employment back on there as quickly as possible. We will be speaking to the company and our partners in West Cumbria to make sure this happens.”
The consultation period has ended, and it's been confirmed the Eastman chemical plant will be closed by the third quarter of this year.Read the full story ›
A permanent monument to mark Workington's past as one of the world's leading steel-making towns has been unveiled. It was produced by current steelworkers in recognition of a time when Workington steel was used on almost every major railroad in the world. Ryan Dollard reports.
Businesses, which were left without access to phones and the internet, say they will be seeking compensation for lost trade.
People in the Cumbrian village of Stainton were left without the services for seven days because of a power cut. They were reconnected yesterday. Paul Crone has the story.
"Openreach engineers are working hard to repair seven underground cables that have been accidentally damaged by contractors working for another organisation.
It’s extremely regrettable when Openreach suffers any kind of damage to its network. Our priority is always to restore the services of those affected as quickly as possible, which is what we’re trying to do in this case.
Engineers have worked hard to provide temporary services to those affected while they press on with the main job of replacing the damaged cables.
Due to the severity of the damage it’s going to be a complex process, which could take a couple of weeks to finish. Temporary traffic lights are required to enable the engineers to carry out the work safely and with minimum disruption to local people.
As a result of this incident around 300 fault reports have been received by Openreach from customers with different service providers, but more people may be affected."
Homes and businesses in Stainburn, Workington, have been given temporary Broadband and phone access, after seven power cables were accidentally cut last Friday.
Around 300 fault reports were sent to BT Openreach, and many people were without services for almost a week:
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Homes in part of Stainburn, in Workington have had no broadband or phone lines for almost a week after underground cables were accidentally damaged.
It's thought around 70 people are affected, including local businesses. Openreach maintains the local network and says the damage was caused by a separate contractor but that it's now checking out what repairs are needed.
Cumbria police are looking for the man in this CCTV image in connection with an alleged assault.
The incident occurred at Workington bus station on Saturday 29 November 2014 between 7.20pm and 7.40pm.
The victim, a 16 year old girl, was uninjured.
Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incident, should contact Cumbria police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A grieving widower who erected a controversial 9ft cross in memory of his late wife looks set to win his battle for planning permission.Read the full story ›
Sue Hayman has been chosen as the Labour Party’s candidate for Workington at the upcoming General Election.
She is currently Cumbria County Councillor for Howgate and has previously worked for Cumbria-based Copper Consultancy, and in social services.
She will be looking to succeed Sir Tony Cunningham who is retiring after 14 years of service.
She joins Rozila Kana of the Conservative Party, Phill Roberts of the Liberal Democrats, Jill Perry of the Green party, and Mark Jenkinson of UKIP in the fight for the Workington seat.