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Burglars break into Allerdale Council

The building was broken into. Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses, after burglars broke into the council headquarters in Workington.

At around 2:29am on Saturday 29 July a window at Allerdale House, the base for Allerdale Borough Council, was smashed from the road near the Workington Reds football stadium.

A laptop worth around £1,500 was stolen from the building.

Anyone with information is asked to 101.

Dozens of Allerdale properties still affected by floods

Workington was one of the areas to be flooded. Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of properties in Allerdale are still reeling from last December's floods, according to the local council.

As of this week, 47 homes and 9 businesses are still affected, and Allerdale Borough Council is urging anyone who hasn't already done so to apply for a £5,000 flood resilience grant.

The local authority has already paid out more than £1.2 million in flood resilience grants.

We really want people to plan for the future and take advantage of these grants now – they are only available until 31 March 2017 and no-one knows what funding, if any, will be made available for resilience works in the future. Please don’t delay in making an application.

– Councillor Phil Tibble, Allerdale Borough Council

Pound reaches record levels

Human pound sign in Wigton Credit: ITV Border

Nearly 1,600 people including local schoolchildren broke the world record for the biggest ever human pound sign in Wigton this morning.

The crowds gathered at Wigton Showfield for the stunt to recognise the town's role in the production of the new polymer £5 note.

The event was organised by North Allerdale Development Trust and smashed the previous record of 800 people.

Wigton-based Innovia is the firm behind the polymer technology used in the Bank of England's new £5 note.

Crowds gather in Wigton Credit: ITV Border


New Wigton market set to open

Plans are almost complete for the launch of Wigton market on Friday 11th March.

Allerdale Borough Council and Wigton Town Council have been working together to build on the monthly produce and craft markets which have been taking place over the past year.

The market will be held every Friday on the recently refurbished Corn Market Area in front of St Mary’s Church, in the Market Hall, with potential plans to extend into the southern end of Water Street car park.

Around 20 stallholders are expected for the first market day.

“It’s going to be great to see a bustling market back in Wigton again, and we’re really pleased to be able to support Allerdale Borough Council and Geraud Markets to get this initiative up and running.”

– Alison Dodd, Clerk, Wigton Town Council

“This council has made a commitment to investing in our town centres to ensure that they thrive and are interesting and welcoming places to be. Wigton has had a market charter since the 1200s and we’re very pleased to be able to launch this new market.

"We know markets are just one way of attracting people to a town and that they add to its atmosphere and appeal so I wish the traders at the new Wigton venture every success.”

– Nik Hardy, Allerdale Borough Council’s Head of Economic Growth
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