County Matters

Campaign to Stop On-Street Car Parking Charges

On Thursday 17th July, Liberal Democrat members of the County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland voted to bring in parking charges on the streets of our local towns (initially Ambleside, Bowness and Kendal). This was despite huge opposition from residents, Conservative Councillors and the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Dr Ann Myatt.  We may have lost the first battle here in South Lakeland but the war goes on!  The vote by County Councillors was recorded so the public can see how their local Councillor voted on the issue – click here to find out.

On the same day the Conservative Councillors threw out on-street parking charges in Allerdale (Keswick Town), showing that we can still work together to try and stop meters arriving on the streets of our market towns across Cumbria. Is it not time that locally elected Liberal Democrat Councillors listened to the views of their residents, not the orders of their Labour Masters in County Hall? The Campaign goes on to stop this highways stealth tax and with your support we can defeat it

Newton Village Hall

As the County Councillor representing High and Low Newton I would like the local community to come together to support the Village hall. Newton in Cartmel’s Village Hall is located in High Newton and is seeking both new committee members and groups wishing to use the hall. The hall has recently undergone a period of refurbishment; the venue is spacious and light, with good access, ample parking and better heating!The current committee are inviting you to come along and join us on Tuesday 9th September at 7pm. The meeting is open to all and you will have the opportunity to view all the hard work that has been done so far and to find out how you can support this vital community asset. There are no commitments or obligations – just come along and find out more.

In the meantime, if you are interested in hiring the hall please contact Kay by phoning 015395 31250 or emailing 

National Grid

The National Grid is starting a major consultation exercise in September.  They are seeking the views of people in Cumbria and Lancashire on plans to connect new sources of electricity generation into the national electricity network.

In advance of the consultation we need to build public awareness and understanding about the Project. Visit the website www.northwestcoastconnections.com to register your interest and receive information about the consultation and details of how you can get involved.

Highway Repairs

As you may be aware Central Government has allocated extra funding to Local Authorities to help with highways repairs after the severe weather we encountered last winter. I am glad to report that the County Council has received over £4 million from this fund and that South Lakeland’s share is around £1 million.

Bill Wearing, Conservative County Councillor for Grange Division