County Matters for February


Cumbria Highways have informed me that they will be re-surfacing Pig Lane and part of Hampsfell Road (by the toilets) in the centre of the Town on Saturday 7th February weather permitting.

The Highways Engineer in charge of the work has arranged that the work will start from noon that day to help minimise disruption to traffic in the Town. The work will be completed on that day working on into the evening. It will mean that the library car park will be out of commission from late morning until the following day.

Notices will be displayed at the junction of Pig Lane, Main Street and Kents Bank Road well in advance of the work to advise motorists of the diversions that will be in place that afternoon and evening.

The bus service around the Peninsula will be changing on Saturdays with the withdrawal of the 532 service as from the middle of February. The X6 will be the only service operating on Saturdays. Monday to Friday services will remain the same.

I will be asking our transport team to see if we can persuade them or any other operator to look again at our Saturday services.

Unfortunately this has occurred due to the fact that the County Council has withdrawn all rural bus subsides. I did not support nor voted for this but my Labour and Lib Dem colleagues forced this through last year despite pleas from Conservative Members that this would have a devastating effect on our rural communities.


Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service are advising people to check their smoke alarms

With the New Year underway, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to make their resolutions in 2015 to make sure that their smoke alarms are up to date, in the right place.
For people who live in a multi-storey home or a larger property a single smoke alarm is simply not enough. Last year, in nearly half of all fires in the home where the smoke alarm did not give a warning the reason was that the alarm was not close enough to detect the fire. Missing or flat batteries were another major cause.
So Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to make sure that their alarms are up to date and up to the job.

To keep your alarms in working order:

• Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.

• Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every month.

• Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.

• Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms.  Also consider in rooms which have an electrical appliance, eg a heater, or other risk.

• Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected.

I hope this little reminder will help people to remain safe in the coming year.

Kindest regards,

Bill Wearing

Conservative County Councillor for Grange Division.