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More Story Homes in Pipeline
The Story Homes next moves at Cockermouth are part of a pending planning application to Allerdale. This will be Phase 2 of the controversial development and already has Outline planning consent so strong local opposition is unlikely to affect the matter. They propose 224 new homes and the plans appear to indicate that although main highways link is to Strawberry How road there may also be some form of access to Bellbrigg Lonning. See applicant plans http://planning.allerdale.gov.uk/portal/servlets/AttachmentShowServlet?ImageName=441413
Another blow to town trade-Lloyds Bank Closing
18 April 2018: Among the branch closures announced by the company are Cockermouth and Keswick.
Image gallery from the latest archeological 'dig' at
Derventio (Roman Cockermouth)
Video Tour of Cockermouth
Town Council joins Fight against Out of Town store at Cockermouth
In the latest threat to Cockermouth's traditional town centre shops Allerdale Planning Panel are to consider an application for a retail out of town superstore in Low Road. The applicant's agents claim the store, with free car parking, could be used by the Bargain Madness chain. Both the Town Council and Chamber of Trade have objected saying the plans would further undermine the town centre. The applicant's agents admit the proposed store would suck in £6.3 million turnover and divert £0.8 million business from the town centre. Cockermouth town centre has already seen numerous shops become charity shops as trade declines. Allerdale recently allowed a major out of town centre retail development at Oakhurst. The Allerdale planning officials recommended approval to a previous similar application despite national guidelines that "planners should seek to ensure the vitality of town centres." Planning officials also appear to have ignored the fact that the site in Low Road is outside the Local Plan allocation. A date for the planning panel deliberations has not yet been announced. Full details of the planning applcation can be viewed here at the Allerdale website: http://planning.allerdale.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=177598
Plutonium may go into Lakes 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 here.
Annual Town meeting
The Annual Cockermouth Parish Meeting when the public are allowed to ask questions of the town council is on Tues 8 May at 7.00pm at the Town Hall.
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 votes.
Cockermouth set to Merge with Penrith in MP Proposed Shake-upSee what the Boundary Commission proposes for the new Parliamentary ward. Just one MP for Penrith, Keswick and Cockermouth. See the map proposal.
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.
Previous year's news archives.
The Cockermouth Flood Action Group's website
& See online 'Live' River levels at South Street bridge.