Bring back Westmorland boundary signs says MP Tim as Government relaxes rules

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TIM Farron MP is hoping to see 'welcome to Westmorland' road signs after a relaxation of planning laws.

The government have today announced that planning rules have been changed to allow for councils to put up their traditional boundary signs.

Mr Farron has urged the new rules to be put to use and for signs celebrating Westmorland to be installed.

In addition, the government is shortly to propose changes to highways regulations to allow traditional county names to appear on boundary road signs.

The current rules prevent unitary councils like Blackpool from having a road sign saying ‘Lancashire’, or Poole saying ‘Dorset’ – since they are not considered to be part of an ‘administrative county’.

A spokesman for Mr Farron said no council is being forced to make any change or put up unnecessary street clutter, but the intention is to free councils from Whitehall red tape, support local tourism and to cherish local ties and traditions.

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Mr Farron said: “Westmorland’s heritage and living identity should be celebrated and I hope that the council use these new powers and bring back signs to celebrate our historic county.

“I hope that this will help boost tourism and will be supported by local residents.”

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “In 2012, the council completed a programme of installing new Welcome to Cumbria signs on roads entering the county.

" This involved installing new signs with the county council’s logo welcoming people to the county of Cumbria and working with the Highways Agency to install signs on the strategic road network.

" The massive savings challenge currently facing the council means it would not be an effective use of our resources to consider replacing these signs so soon after they were installed.

"However, the county council does invest in restoring and retaining the heritage of Cumbria, recognising the former counties of both Cumberland and Westmorland.

"An example of this is the £20,000 investment by our Eden Local Committee last year to restore and maintain the traditional fingerpost signs on the highways network. These black and white fingerpost  signs have different designs for the two former counties and are being maintained to their original specifications.”

 

 

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3:15pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Hoad Hill says...

While they're at it perhaps Ulverston could be extracted from the Lib Dem controlled SLDC which does us no favours and has little or no support around these parts.
While they're at it perhaps Ulverston could be extracted from the Lib Dem controlled SLDC which does us no favours and has little or no support around these parts. Hoad Hill
  • Score: 5

8:59am Thu 24 Apr 14

drixhen says...

It isnt that long ago that the county council put up new road signs saying
welcome to cumbria is this exercise going to waste more of the tax payers
money to change them again
Does Farron and his cronies have anything more important to bother about
It isnt that long ago that the county council put up new road signs saying welcome to cumbria is this exercise going to waste more of the tax payers money to change them again Does Farron and his cronies have anything more important to bother about drixhen
  • Score: 7

9:14am Thu 24 Apr 14

dancer58 says...

“I hope that this will help boost tourism and will be supported by local residents.”
mr Faron you do not think before you speak, do you really think wasting public money on new signs will boost tourism! please come here and explain how it will ,iam sure you must read all this
“I hope that this will help boost tourism and will be supported by local residents.” mr Faron you do not think before you speak, do you really think wasting public money on new signs will boost tourism! please come here and explain how it will ,iam sure you must read all this dancer58
  • Score: 4

9:20am Thu 24 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

Pity they have not got any more important things to do, change road signs more cost ,lets vote them out. Anybody want to form a commonsense party?
Pity they have not got any more important things to do, change road signs more cost ,lets vote them out. Anybody want to form a commonsense party? hogheaven
  • Score: 3

10:40am Thu 24 Apr 14

give-up says...

No doubt Mr Farron will do the fund raising himself. Sponsored talk?
No doubt Mr Farron will do the fund raising himself. Sponsored talk? give-up
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

Jeez, what a bunch of moaners. Were your pensions paid late this month, or did meals on wheels forget to deliver. Try and smile once in a while, it's good for you. Stop Bl**dy complaining about everything and its mother. Tim Farron talking about Westmorland was one of dozens of things that he's spoken about over the last few weeks....it's not the only thing on his agenda.....and he was only discussing it. And to be honest....maybe Ulverston should declare independence....all the town council seem to do is moan and complain about anything and everything!.....almo
st as bad as Grange.
Jeez, what a bunch of moaners. Were your pensions paid late this month, or did meals on wheels forget to deliver. Try and smile once in a while, it's good for you. Stop Bl**dy complaining about everything and its mother. Tim Farron talking about Westmorland was one of dozens of things that he's spoken about over the last few weeks....it's not the only thing on his agenda.....and he was only discussing it. And to be honest....maybe Ulverston should declare independence....all the town council seem to do is moan and complain about anything and everything!.....almo st as bad as Grange. magical trevor
  • Score: -12

4:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Hoad Hill says...

magical trevor wrote:
Jeez, what a bunch of moaners. Were your pensions paid late this month, or did meals on wheels forget to deliver. Try and smile once in a while, it's good for you. Stop Bl**dy complaining about everything and its mother. Tim Farron talking about Westmorland was one of dozens of things that he's spoken about over the last few weeks....it's not the only thing on his agenda.....and he was only discussing it. And to be honest....maybe Ulverston should declare independence....all the town council seem to do is moan and complain about anything and everything!.....almo

st as bad as Grange.
Perhaps you could explain just how the people of Ulverston should go about "declaring independence". I'm confident that most of us don't feel well represented by your LibDem friends in Kendal and you are certainly welcome to Dim Tim.
Should you care to check you will find that there is no support for the LD's in the Ulverston area and this is likely to be reflected throughout the country quite soon. Perhaps this is the real cause of your angst.
[quote][p][bold]magical trevor[/bold] wrote: Jeez, what a bunch of moaners. Were your pensions paid late this month, or did meals on wheels forget to deliver. Try and smile once in a while, it's good for you. Stop Bl**dy complaining about everything and its mother. Tim Farron talking about Westmorland was one of dozens of things that he's spoken about over the last few weeks....it's not the only thing on his agenda.....and he was only discussing it. And to be honest....maybe Ulverston should declare independence....all the town council seem to do is moan and complain about anything and everything!.....almo st as bad as Grange.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you could explain just how the people of Ulverston should go about "declaring independence". I'm confident that most of us don't feel well represented by your LibDem friends in Kendal and you are certainly welcome to Dim Tim. Should you care to check you will find that there is no support for the LD's in the Ulverston area and this is likely to be reflected throughout the country quite soon. Perhaps this is the real cause of your angst. Hoad Hill
  • Score: 4

4:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

The Lib Dems are in power at the moment......because that's how the electorate voted (along with Conservative voters) last time around, on a national basis. It's a simple fact of democracy that you don't always end up with a good balance of party politics for your area. There's no angst here Hoad Hill.....but I'm clever enough to see that areas such as Ulverston and Grange are NEVER going to be happy, whatever the colour of the party running the show is. Perhaps you'd like to comment on the story instead of doing an 'Ulverston\Grange' and going off topic.
The Lib Dems are in power at the moment......because that's how the electorate voted (along with Conservative voters) last time around, on a national basis. It's a simple fact of democracy that you don't always end up with a good balance of party politics for your area. There's no angst here Hoad Hill.....but I'm clever enough to see that areas such as Ulverston and Grange are NEVER going to be happy, whatever the colour of the party running the show is. Perhaps you'd like to comment on the story instead of doing an 'Ulverston\Grange' and going off topic. magical trevor
  • Score: -8

10:39am Fri 25 Apr 14

doodleshire14 says...

Will the signs be spelled correctly?
Will the signs be spelled correctly? doodleshire14
  • Score: 7

8:55pm Mon 28 Apr 14

jazzactivist says...

I think you're being a bit harsh on Grange there, Magical Trevor. I think we now have the best Town Council around - one that is willing to speak up and do things and at least try to challenge SLDC. The previous incarnation was just a bunch of old men chatting amongst themselves. I'm not on GTC BTW!

Tim Farron has always aimed for the popular local vote, and has been successful with that approach. He HAS always talked about the importance of Westmorland, but I think his support for new signage now is a bit miss timed given the way the Council has had its budget cut so drastically by the central government coalition.

I've never seen the Westmorland flag before, and it is actually very nice. Perhaps private businesses in the area could be encouraged to display it, which would add more of a feel of Westmorland without having to use public money.
I think you're being a bit harsh on Grange there, Magical Trevor. I think we now have the best Town Council around - one that is willing to speak up and do things and at least try to challenge SLDC. The previous incarnation was just a bunch of old men chatting amongst themselves. I'm not on GTC BTW! Tim Farron has always aimed for the popular local vote, and has been successful with that approach. He HAS always talked about the importance of Westmorland, but I think his support for new signage now is a bit miss timed given the way the Council has had its budget cut so drastically by the central government coalition. I've never seen the Westmorland flag before, and it is actually very nice. Perhaps private businesses in the area could be encouraged to display it, which would add more of a feel of Westmorland without having to use public money. jazzactivist
  • Score: 3

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