Parish to take over field, toilets and bus stop
PATTERDALE Parish Council will take over responsibility for a number of Eden Council’s assets, including Jenkins Field, after the move was approved by senior councillors.
The district authority’s ruling executive approved the move. Services portfolio holder Adrian Todd (Con, Orton with Tebay) said that, as well as the field, the assets included public toilets in Glenridding and Patterdale, Glenridding play area and Hart Side bus stop.
Council leader Kevin Beaty (Con, Skelton) said the parish council was “very keen to take on the services” — in particular Jenkins Field.
£2 million Keswick flood scheme will protect hundreds of properties
HUNDREDS of properties in Keswick are to be protected from future flooding as a result of a major project to install new flood resilience and defence infrastructure in the Penrith Road area of the town.
Work on the initial stages of the project, which is being overseen by Cumbria County Council, got under way this week.
The area concerned forms one of the greatest areas of surface water flood risk in the county in terms of scale, frequency and impact on the local community.
The works, valued at approximately £2 million, will involve the construction of a new flood storage attenuation basin at Springs Field, and a new pumping station underneath or adjacent to Penrith Road, which will discharge into the River Greta.
Additional protection measures will also be completed to enhance the protection and resilience of properties between Ambleside Road and Penrith Road, with improved drainage to facilitate the run-off of surface water.
Construction work is intended to commence on site in August. Any disruption this may cause to the local highway network, including temporary closures and diversion routes, will be communicated as soon as possible following the final design and confirmation of the schedule of works.
The council says it will ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum and that access is maintained for local residents and businesses where possible.
In the meantime, some minor initial ground works, including the survey and assessment of nearby streets, will be completed. The council intends to submit planning application documents for the construction of the new flood basin and pumping station within the next month.
There will be a community drop-in event in April to discuss the project.
Keith Little, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I am delighted to see that the early stages of this important scheme are under way. A lot of detailed background work has been carried out behind the scenes to understand how and why flooding tends to be more devastating in the Penrith Road area of Keswick than other parts of the county.
“This is a significant investment managed by the county council of up to £2 million and will protect hundreds of properties from future flooding events, and stop the extent of surface water from disrupting the surrounding highways and local businesses.
“We are committed to ensuring the local community is involved and informed at every step of the way throughout the project.”
Assisted living plans come a step closer
PLANS to replace a former Penrith care home with an assisted living development came a step closer after senior councillors agreed a number of recommendations.
Eden Council’s executive has agreed to vary a restrictive covenant covering use of the site in Newton Road.
It was also agreed that the council’s senior officers be granted authority to deal with negotiations over the covenant as well as agreeing terms of any legal documentation relating to the formal right of access for the development.
The council’s planning committee had previously approved plans to build an extra-care development at the site which would provide 54 flats for older people.
Council leader Kevin Beaty (Con, Skelton) said such schemes were “much needed” and added: “Personally I think this council shouldn’t put anything in the way of any development like this.”
According to the planning application, Atkinson Building Contractors had applied to demolish Newton House before replacing it with the new building.
The development would be run by not-for-profit company Housing and Care 21, which plans to employ 12 full-time and five part-time staff.
The proposed three-storey building will be horseshoe-shaped and the ground floor will include a restaurant and a hair salon, with the self-contained living accommodation on the first and second floors.
High wind fans flames
A SAFETY appeal has been issued by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service after a fire on Wednesday.
The message comes after Lazonby firefighters were called to a chimney fire at house in Bracken Brae, Armathwaite. It was caused by a build up of soot and exacerbated by winds of nearly 60mph.
No-one was injured, but a spokesman said: “To be safe, make sure you have your chimney swept ideally twice a year to ensure it is free of debris.”
Give group a sporting chance
EDEN councillors have been given a briefing on the lofty aims of the Cumbria joint public health strategy. One of their own targets should be to ensure the survival of an organisation that has helped the health and wellbeing of thousands of children throughout the district and which now faces a fight for survival.
The Eden Valley Sports Partnership is a shining example of the benefits that encouraging youngsters to take part in sport or other physical activities can bring.
At a time when child obesity is of massive concern nationally, the partnership is helping, through a large number of initiatives, to ensure that Eden has the lowest number of obese children in all age groups across Cumbria and that the district’s figures are below the national average.
Through its efforts, Eden has been the top district at county school games in three of the past four years. Given the size of the districts it is up against and their larger populations, this is an incredible achievement.
Yet the partnership operates on a shoestring and, if further funding is not found, there is a danger that it could close in September.
It is in need of an extra £20,000 annually to continue. This seems a relatively small sum given the organisation’s fantastic work, yet it seems Eden District Council is not prepared to help financially.
This newspaper strongly supports the view of council chairman Mary Robinson that Eden’s ruling executive should do what it can to ensure the partnership’s survival.
Support from the authority would give it a sporting chance of continuing its excellent work and perhaps even enable it to expand to other areas of Cumbria, where similar organisations have already been axed and where it could charge for its services.
Blues aim to book third successive county cup final spot
PENRITH AFC first team will aim to bounce back from a home Northern League defeat when they travel to Wigton Harriers this afternoon — weather permitting — for a Cumberland FA Senior Cup semi-final (2pm kick-off).
They face the Cumberland County League Premier Division leaders aiming to book a third county cup final spot in as many years. However, heavy rain this week and more forecast for today means a pitch inspection is likely.
The Cumberland FA annoucned this week that the final will take place on Tuesday, 30th April, at Carlisle United’s Brunton Park ground (7pm).
Penrith manager Andy Coyles could hand a debut today to new signing Stuart Gray, a striker previously with Workington AFC and Gretna.
“He has all the ingredients needed to be a successful player at Penrith AFC,” said Coyles. “He has an amazing attitude and work ethic on the field. If given the chance, he will score goals. Not only will he contribute on the field but also in the changing room. He’s a very knowledgeable lad who has a great understanding of the game. He will do well with the us.”
After two excellent victories against top six sides Stockton Town and Bishop Auckland the previous two weekends, the Blues were brought back down to earth on Saturday as they lost 4-1 to mid-table Newcastle Benfield at Frenchfield Park.
In-form striker Martyn Coleman fired the home side in front after just 12 seconds — his fifth goal in three games — but Benfield hit back with two goals in each half to secure the points.
“Coming off the back of two great wins in the Northern League against second and fifth we were actually quite hopeful about today,” Coyles reflected.
“The performance just wasn’t as good as it has been over the last two to three weeks. We’re not going to deny we played against a decent side — but at the same time I think we were at fault, and I’d say the scoreline was a true reflection of our overall performance.”
Penrith travel to Seaham Red Star on Tuesday, when Frenchfield Park will be the venue for the other county cup semi-final between Carlisle United and Bransty Rangers.
Penrith defender Angelos Eleftheriadis — a Northumbria University student — has been selected for the England Universities squad ahead of fixtures against Scotland and Wales next month.
PENRITH AFC 1,
NEWCASTLE BENFIELD 4
Fresh from a hat-trick the previous week, striker Martyn Coleman gave Penrith a perfect start with a goal after 12 seconds. He collected a loose ball and shot under keeper Andrew Grainger, with the ball trickling over the goal line.
But Penrith struggled to repeat the form that had earned them wins in the past two weekends.
Coleman had another low shot saved by Grainger, and then sent another effort flying just wide. But, in between, Benfield equalised on 28 minutes as front man Paul Brayson beat Jonny Jamieson in the home goal with a tidy finish.
Dean Holmes made it 2-1 to the away side seven minutes before half-time.
An own goal by Penrith defender Tyler Bowman on 71 minutes and a fine first-time strike by Benfield substitute Dennis Knight in the closing minutes sealed a deserved victory for the Tyneside men.
Keeper Jamieson limped off at the death, and was replaced between the sticks by Angelos Eleftheriadis.