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Zip Wire for Honister gets Green Light
Final planning consent has been won by Honister slate quarry (July
2019). The one-mile long Honister Aerial Flight will follow the path
of old industrial workings which were in use up until 1926 transporting
slate along the side of Fleetwith Pike via an aerial wire.
The modern version will have the dual purpose of outdoor adventure
and industry; offering an adrenaline fuelled descent for people
climbing the Via Ferrata and providing a financially viable way
to bring walling slate, piled up by previous generations of miners
within the tunnels, down the mountain.
Image gallery from the latest archeological 'dig' at
Derventio (Roman Cockermouth)
Video Tour of Cockermouth
A short video tour of the town and its setting.
Cockermouth Video from 1960s
Pay on Departure comes to Wilkos
From August 24 2018 car parking at Wilkos is changing. See
details here. You park up and only pay when you leave. On return to
the car park visit the paystation (Run by Horizon Parking) enter your
vehicle registration into the touch screen..It will inform you how much
to pay....then pay either by coins, bank card or by phone. Tariff is as
before and so far Sunday parking remains free (But stay alert this may
Plutonium may go into Lake District Nuke Dump
In a response to former County Council leader Eddie Martin, the body
planning a nuclear dump admit the plans would include placing plutonium
underground. The Lake District is likely to be chosen for the controversial
dump. Read about the
dump project here and see former Councillor Martin's guidance
One person to decide the fate of Cockermouth?
The town has so far been spared an out of town centre B&M Mega store.
Allerdale councillors over ruled their own planning officers and voted
7-4 to refuse permission for a B&M superstore in Low Road.
But the application will now go before one government inspector for a
The hearing will take place at the Wave, Maryport on September 24th
The applicants asked for extra time and for some reason were granted time
and an informal planning appeal hearing is now expected to be held.
of the appeal here on Allerdale website.
There has also been an appeal against the refusal by Allerdale councillors
to allow even more housing to be built near the Fitz mansion.
At the planning meeting into the B&M plans Councillor Nicky Cockburn
successfully called for refusal on the grounds that the site was no 3
in the top ten of potential employment or office development sites in
Allerdale and should be pro-actively promoted for full time employment
For some reason the planning officers had recommended ignoring the council's
own policy local plan documents: namely that the land is not zoned for
retail; the land is in high risk flood risk Zone 2; the threat to the
Heritage of the Fitz and that the council should protect the future of
town centre shops.
The Town Council, Civic Trust and Chamber of Trade and Allerdale ward
councillor Joan Ellis opposed the plans.
But the applicants told the meeting they would now be apealing to a government
planning inspector as a last attempt to gain consent. Report
Ugly Boulders, 'Artwork'
dumped at Cockermouth
Strange to see boulders described as 'Art' as they are deposited at
the popular confluence of Derwent and Cocker. A snip at just £37,000
from a Heritage Lottery grant More.....
Rotary Club celebrates 80 years in the town
It was in 1939 that the Rotary
Club of Cockermouth started giving 'service above self'.
Police budget wants even more council tax..'consultation' to be followed
by rubber stamping.
January 2 2019: After last year getting an extra council tax boost, Cumbria
police are asking for a second rise. Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner
Peter McCall is asking the people of Cumbria if they are willing to pay
more to help maintain local policing services, retain the additional 25
police officers he secured this year, and recruit an extra 20 police officers
Today, the Commissioner launches a public consultation seeking your views
on increasing council tax for a band D property by £2 per month. In
Cumbria, the largest number of properties fall into band B which would mean
they would pay £1.55 per month.
Labour's Sue Hayman Romps home in the June 2017 Snap Election
The Labour candidate won with 21,317 votes against Conservative Clark
Vasey, with 17,392 votes, Ukip's George Kemp, with 1,556 votes, Lib Dem
Phill Roberts, with 1,113 votes and Independent Roy Ivinson, with 278
Heritage Day Bellringing at All Saints
Divided Community over Brexit
Cockermouth residents voted overall in favour of Brexit and departure
from the EU. The votes were 50-50 between Remain and Leave in all wards
except Highfield, where the voters were around 75% for Brexit. London
and Scotland voted to Remain in the EU. The British pound fell 11% against
the US dollar after the UK vote. In early 2017 the pound was on average
18% down in worldwide value.
Labour MP: Sue Hayman from Ullock.
Previous year's news archives.
Flood Action Group's website
See online 'Live' River levels at South Street bridge.