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Catch the bus! The countdown is on for school transport applications
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We are encouraging parents and carers of children starting primary or secondary school in September 2024, to apply online for home to school transport before the deadline on *Friday 31 May.*
The council provide free school transport to pupils who attend their catchment or nearest qualifying school and live more than two miles away (up to 8 years old) or three miles away (aged 8 years old and over). Apply through the online form.
Children from low-income families (those receiving free school meals and uniform vouchers, or those whose families qualify for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit at the maximum level) may also be eligible for support with school transport. Find out more about how you can access support such as free school meals and uniform vouchers here. [
Applications received after 31 May 2024 may not be processed before September, so make sure you apply as soon as possible.
Please contact the School Transport team below for further information, Cumberland Council – School Transport [
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Over 97.3% secure place at their first preference primary school
Children, parents and carers have been informed of their primary school offer today with over 97.3% offered their first preference in the Cumberland Council area.
The children, due to start primary school this September, were nearly all offered their choice of school with over 99.9% of families securing an offer at their first, second or third preference school.
Over 97.3% secure place at their first preference primary school | Cumberland Council [
Also in this week's edition:
* Voters urged to make sure their postal vote counts [ #link_1 ]
* New park - and parking - in Maryport [ #link_2 ]
* The Carlisle Station Gateway regeneration project is on track! [ #link_3 ]
* Public are invited to learn more about the Carlisle Southern Link Road project [ #link_4 ]
* Carlisle Teenage Market [ #link_5 ]
* An exhibition that’s set to be out of this galaxy [ #link_6 ]
* Climate & Nature Strategy - can you help us? [ #link_7 ]
* Reusable Nappy Week [ #link_8 ]
* Waste and recycling collections for the May Bank Holidays [ #link_9 ]
* Cumberland Council invests in a new classroom for Cumwhinton School [ #link_10 ]
* Dark Skies: The Big Switch Off, Keswick [ #link_11 ]
* Cumberland cycling event planned [ #link_12 ]
* Iconic railway station unveils new facilities
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Voters urged to make sure their postal vote counts
Voters are being reminded of changes to the way that postal votes are handled.
Postal vote packs are landing on the doormats of voters across Cumbria ahead of elections on 2 May.
On this date electors across the county will be electing their next Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).
When your pack arrives, postal voters are advised to read the information contained within it carefully to ensure their vote is counted.
All postal votes must be returned by 10pm on 2 May for it to count. Therefore, voters are encouraged to post their vote back in good time using the Royal Mail envelope provided to ensure their vote is received ahead of the deadline.
Anyone who finds they have not left have enough time to use the postal service can hand their postal vote in at their local polling station. Changes to the law means that any postal vote handed in at a polling station must now be formally recorded on a postal vote return form, or the vote will be rejected.
These changes also mean that electors must not deliver their postal vote through the letter boxes at council offices, or hand deliver to a member of staff without getting a postal vote return form completed. To do so would mean the vote being rejected.
In addition, there are now limits on the number of postal votes that can be handed in by one person. You can now only hand-in your own postal vote and the votes of up to five additional people. A postal vote return form must also be completed.
*Find out more* [
...and a reminder on Voter ID
You’ll need photo ID to vote at the polling place in this election.
If you have no ID, don't worry, you still have time to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate before the 5pm deadline on 24 April.
Find out more about the election on our website. [
Find out more about Voter ID on the Electoral Commission's website. [
New park - and parking - in Maryport
Maryport pocket park
A new ‘pocket park’ and three areas of new marked car parking have been created in the centre of Maryport.
The pocket park has restored an area of derelict land on the corner of Crosby Street and John Street. It will give people a place to sit and enjoy new planted areas, and a set of historic horse-mounting steps have been retained as part of the scheme. The raised flower beds will be filled this Spring.
The three new off-street parking bays have been marked out at the top of Furnace Lane, just off Senhouse Street, so are ideally placed for people to visit the town’s main shopping area.
All the public realm improvements have been managed by Cumberland Council and made possible by the Government’s Future High Streets Fund. Maryport is currently undergoing £12 million of regeneration schemes – bringing new attractions, new outdoor spaces, and transforming some of the town’s most historic buildings.
The Carlisle Station Gateway regeneration project is on track!
Pools demolition
The Carlisle Station Gateway regeneration project is on track
– with the demolition of The Pools well underway.
As you will see we have separated The Pools from the Turkish baths, as this project will not impact on the Turkish Baths – we are working with 'The Friends of the Turkish Baths' to ensure positive outcomes for this building.
If you want to know more, click this link:
Public are invited to learn more about the Carlisle Southern Link Road project
Local residents, businesses and organisations are being invited to two public information events about the Carlisle Southern Link Road.
The events will provide the opportunity for the public and stakeholders to view the final design and ask any questions about the programme of work that they may have directly to the project team.
These events will also gather the opinions of the public to help the Council with some final decision making on the placemaking elements of the scheme. Such as the use of ponds and other amenities, and planned features and landscaping on the roundabouts.
The events will take place on:
Tuesday 30 April at Cummersdale Village Hall from 9am-8pm
Wednesday 1 May at Wreay Village Hall from 9am-8pm
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Carlisle Teenage Market
A Teenage Market is set to return to Carlisle later this month.
After a highly successful launch in April 2023 Carlisle’s Teenage Market soon became a must attend event for Cumberland’s young entrepreneurs and performers.
The market returns to Carlisle’s city centre, outside the Old Town Hall, on Saturday 27 April, between 10am and 3.30pm.
Taste Cumbria Wigton
Thank you to all those who joined us for Taste Cumbria in Wigton on Saturday, we hope you had a good time.
The event was a huge success and the weather was perfect.
You can find out more about this event and others planned for the year on the Taste Cumbria website.
An exhibition that’s set to be out of this galaxy
Star Wars exhibition
From a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen.
A stunning "May The Toys Be With You" exhibition opens at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven on Saturday 27 April and is one of the UK's finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters.
"May The Toys Be With You" is both a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies.
You can find out more at the museum’s website [
Climate & Nature Strategy - can you help us?
We are asking for your views to help shape the first climate and nature strategy which reflects the priorities in the Council Plan. [
Drawing on insights from previous work and existing programmes we have prepared a Climate and Nature draft strategy [
Community panels are progressing how projects are delivered to the community, and they've been successful in recent achievements.
The Community Panels and their priorities provide an opportunity to link actions to the places that matter most to our communities, their neighbourhoods, villages, and towns. So far, the panels have offered over £40,000 in funding to organisations for projects that will make a difference to climate and nature by:
* Improving access and biodiversity
* Providing outdoor learning sessions and community activities
* Providing energy efficiency measures in community buildings and supporting community hubs
* Protecting and conserving red squirrels
* Enabling a future play area and community orchard
* Supporting a safe cycleway and cycle parking
* Providing healthy lunches in warm spots during winter months
* Providing gardening and cooking equipment for community groups
In addition, much work and strong support has been given to the Towns Fund works of Cleator Moor and Millom which have important elements that improve the environment and health of people in the area.
To help have your say on the draft strategy, please hit the button below which will link to the survey and take approximately five minutes to complete. The survey will close on Wednesday 15 May at noon.
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Reusable Nappy Week
Reusable nappy week
Reusable Nappy Week, is taking place from Monday 22 to Sunday 28 April 2024.
The campaign is aiming to raise awareness about the benefits of reusable nappies.* *
With the cost-of-living crisis still hugely affecting many households across the UK, this year’s campaign ‘Pass The Nappy’ will showcase sustainable and cost-effective nappy solutions, which will focus on the following:
* Environmental Impact: Raising awareness of the environmental impact of disposable nappies and the proven benefits of using reusable nappies.
* Financial Benefits: highlighting the cost savings that can be achieved by using cloth nappies, which can save parents hundreds of pounds over the course of their baby’s nappy-wearing years, and even more if they intend to have further children.
* Nappy Options: Providing information and resources to parents and carers to help them make informed choices about nappy options. Whether choosing to use them part-time or full-time, there are significant savings that can be made and several incentives to make them more accessible, even on a low budget.
* Myth-busting: Dispelling common myths and misconceptions about using reusable nappies.
To find out more and how to get involved, visit the Reusable Nappy Week website [
Waste and recycling collections for the May Bank Holidays
Just a reminder ahead of the bank holidays in May that there are no changes in the waste collection dates – we will be working as usual on the bank holidays.
Please ensure that your bins are placed out on the regular pickup date.
For further information, for all collections dates – please go to:
Cumberland Council invests in a new classroom for Cumwhinton School
We have made a substantial investment of £650,000 in Cumwhinton School, located in Carlisle.
This investment is dedicated to the development of a new classroom alongside upgrading toilet facilities. The project started earlier in the year and is scheduled for completion by August 2024.
The new classroom will be added to the existing large single-storey building, featuring a pitched roof, concrete tiles, and upgraded internal finishes including plasterwork, decoration, and floor finishes. There will be external improvements too.
The new classroom will enhance learning opportunities and reflects Cumberland Council's ongoing commitment to fostering an environment conducive to academic excellence and student well-being.
Dark Skies: The Big Switch Off, Keswick
We are supporting The Big Switch Off’ event on Tuesday 23 April, in Keswick.
This collaborative initiative, led by Friends of the Lake District as part of their Dark Skies project, with the National Trust and Keswick Tourism Association, aims to showcase the beauty of the night sky while promoting electricity conservation.
The Big Switch Off will commence from 8pm. Cumberland Council, along with partners are encouraging Keswick’s residents and businesses to join in by turning off their lights overnight, providing an opportunity to appreciate the impact on stargazing.
Approximately 60 lights in the areas of Lake Road, Hope Park, Crow Park, The Headlands, and Lake Road car park will be switched off during the event.
The Big Switch Off will affect residents of The Heads, The Headlands and Elliot Park, and users of Lake Road car park. For any enquiries, please contact Cumberland Council’s Highways Hotline on 0300 373 3736 or visit the Cumberland Council website. [
Cumberland cycling event planned
Solway Coast Cycling Festival
Following the success of last year’s event, closed circuit town centre racing returns to the pretty seaside town of Silloth as part of the Cumberland Cobbler and Solway Cycling Festival.
This year sees a new route with more of the circuit on tarmac but this is still a tight, technically demanding course with a significant stretch of cobbles and a lot of corners to test your skills.
There is five races Mini Cobbler at 10.30am, Youth Cobbler at 11.15am, Regional Cobbler at 12.30pm, Women's Cobbler at 1.25pm and Men's Cobbler at 2.30pm.
All cycling events are organised by Carlisle Cycling Association with support from British Cycling. The deadline to sign up is Saturday 25 May. Apply on the British Cycling website [
Organised by Cumberland Council, the Cumberland Cobbler and Solway Cycling Festival will be held in Silloth on Saturday 8 June, between 10am and 5pm.
This year’s event will also include a Talk Tipi with Q&As with GB cyclist Philip Hines, Crank It cycling activities including jump track, time trail course, skills challenge coaching and balance bike races, BMX showcase, lead cycle rides, fun fairs, live music and a producers market.
If you are interested in being a trader at the event, please contact
The event is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The remaining funds have been provided by SIIF and Cumberland Council.
Iconic railway station unveils new facilities
La’al Ratty’s iconic heritage railway station at Ravenglass has installed state-of-the-art facilities to support people with complex access needs.
Based in a converted building on Platform One at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway station, the fully accessible changing room and toilet facilities have been match-funded by the Government’s ‘Changing Places’ fund via Cumberland Council - to provide the right facilities for disabled people to wash, change and use the toilet safely and easily.
The new Changing Places facilities include a hoist, an adult sized changing bench and space for carers, and will supplement existing disabled parking spaces and level access to the platform. The new facilities can be used by anyone, not just visitors to the railway, the Turntable Café and Ravenglass Railway Museum. Out-of-hours they will remain accessible by RADAR key.
*Find out more here.* [
Join Team Cumberland
Looking for a new job, then join the team at Cumberland Council. We have a number of vacancies including two posts working for our exciting health research initiative - one as a Communications and Engagement Officer, and the second as a Training Officer.
Find out more about these jobs and all our other vacancies online.
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