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COMMENT: ‘Fragile’ areas of Lakes need protection against second homes

The Westmorland Gazette: Coniston, which has a sizeable proportion of second homes and holiday lets

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE over-abundance of second homes in the Lake District has been a problem for decades.

COMMENT: Kendal needs a strong and vibrant hospital run by the NHS

The Westmorland Gazette: Westmorland General Hospital at Kendal

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

WESTMORLAND General Hospital is an integral part of the Kendal community.

COMMENT: First World War stories have an important resonance today

12:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Westmorland Gazette’s appeal for stories about local people involved in or affected by the First World War has attracted an amazing response.

Effort must be made to less impact of new developments

1:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Wherever you look in South Lakeland there seems to be a planning row brewing.

Chains set their sights on Lakes but will character remain?

4:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Those with long memories will recall the fuss when McDonald’s proposed opening a restaurant in Kendal.

Challenge for planners as supermarkets eye up South Lakes

The Westmorland Gazette: An artists’ impression of the proposed Sainsbury's store at Kendal

4:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

South Lakeland is becoming a battleground as superstores vie to set up in the area.

Iconic rail line’s anniversary is a reminder of what has been lost

The Westmorland Gazette: A steam train passes across the Ribblehead Viaduct

2:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

MICHAEL Portillo failed to convince his Conservative colleagues he could be their party’s leader - but one issue he did show commendable leadership on was the future of the Settle-Carlisle railway.

Need to find the balance between walkers and cyclists

The Westmorland Gazette: 'Cyclists are cooler than the average person', says study

1:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

CONCERN expressed over plans to widening a woodland footpath near Grasmere raises a controversial question - should cyclists be allowed to share the same space as pedestrians?

Interiors Column: Looking to the future

The Westmorland Gazette: The Ark - Unique Home Stays

9:00am Sunday 16th February 2014

THE New Year has happily burst into action in the residential market. We are delighted to see so many wonderful projects opening up for 2014. It means, I hope, that we are all, maybe feeling the benefit of a little more positivity towards the future climate.

Rates relief for small businesses is a step in the right direction

2:30pm Thursday 13th February 2014

THERE is no question general business confidence in Cumbria is growing.

Romantic ideal could render Lakes fells out of bounds

2:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

YOU might not agree with George Monbiot over his call for the Cumbrian fells to be ‘re-wilded’, but he has to be admired at least for being prepared to argue his case face-to-face with those upland sheep farmers he has undoubtedly angered.

Vital for all views to be considered over barn conversions

4:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A GOVERNMENT proposal to loosen planning restrictions for barn conversions could, on the face of it, undermine the very principle upon which our national parks were founded.

Don't be pressurised into carrying out a dangerous stunt

12:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

THE relentless rise in the popularity of social media has both positive and negative consequences.

CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: A presence full of love

6:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

AS I write this it is pouring with rain, so to cheer myself up, I imagine a warm sunny day.

COMMENT: Recognition of Lake District's special nature moves closer

2:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

THE Lake District moved a significant step closer to being granted UNESCO World Heritage status this week.

Lyth Valley drainage conundrum has wider implications

12:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

THERE’S usually nothing better than a deadline to focus minds and an apt example of this can be found in South Lakeland.

Cultural quarter plans for town deserve a warm response

4:10pm Thursday 26th December 2013

AMBITIOUS plans to create a thriving cultural quarter on the edge of Kendal town centre deserve an enthusiastic welcome.

Any fracking proposals in the South Lakes would need deep consideration

2:20pm Thursday 19th December 2013

FRACKING for shale gas is already a divisive issue in central Lancashire and on the southern coast of England - but now, for the first time, South Lakeland has been implicated as a potential location for the controversial extraction process.

Fluid time for Kendal retail scene means innovative thinking will be vital for traders

2:30pm Thursday 12th December 2013

Another week and another major potential retail development in unveiled which could affect the economic vibrancy of Kendal.

K Village proposal poses a real dilemma for South Lakeland District Council planners

1:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

News that administrators running K Village want to relax planning conditions at the Kendal site is set to present a real dilemma for planners at South Lakeland District Council.

Christian Viewpoint: Jesus is the light of the world

5:00pm Saturday 30th November 2013


All forms of discrimination must be stamped upon

11:00am Thursday 28th November 2013

Many people are more accepting of diversity than in the past, although old attitudes still remain and discrimination should always be stamped upon as soon as it rears its ugly head.

Christian Viewpoint: What is your unique plan?

2:00pm Friday 22nd November 2013

Sometimes we might think that we are inconsequential. It’s easy to feel as though anything we do doesn't make a big difference.

Controversy is set to continue over housing sites

5:01pm Thursday 21st November 2013

More change is certain in South Lakeland following a planning inspector’s decision this week to rubber-stamp a major blueprint, which identifies 88 sites where new homes and businesses might be created up to 2025.

Hotel plan represents a vote of confidence in the area

6:00pm Thursday 14th November 2013

Nearly 14 years into the 21st Century, the old maxim ‘the only thing that is constant is change’ certainly holds true in South Lakeland and the surrounding area.

Nightime scene plays important role in economy

4:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

THE sudden closure of Kendal’s only night club, The Loft in Kent Street, will have come as a shock to South Lakeland’s younger generation.

BID success will be dependent on bold measures

6:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013

ALTHOUGH the ballot to establish a Kendal Business Improvement District (BID) was successful, it cannot be said to have given the scheme a ringing endorsement.

Is land deal an act of 'community vandalism?'

11:05am Monday 28th October 2013

NEWS that second home owners have blocked an affordable housing project should concern all those worried about where the area’s next generation will live.

Big public events play a part in keeping shops open

4:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013

Nationally there are regularly news stories which bemoan the fate of our high streets.

Great business plan would be vital for Grange lido

6:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013

MOST Grange-over-Sands residents surveyed about the future of the town’s historic lido say they would like to see it brought back to life as a community asset - and, of these, a sizeable majority believe the best way of doing this is to recreate it as an open-air swimming venue.

Local firms are still thriving

3:10pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

THE Westmorland Gazette Business and Tourism Awards proved once again that enterprise is alive and kicking in Cumbria, north Lancashire and the Dales.

Partnerships could help save local authority cash

6:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013

CUMBRIA County Council leader Stewart Young says the authority, which faces making painful cuts of £80m to meet funding targets, ‘will never take risks’ with the services vulnerable people depend upon.

Good, old-fashioned fun wins the day

6:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013

What an amazing week it has been in South Lakeland.

Letter: We don't need the cycle lanes

4:57pm Thursday 5th September 2013

During the 12 trips over the last week or so that I have made between Bowness and Windermere, I'm delighted to say that I noticed that the cycle way between the two villages was being put to good use.

Comment: Surgeries are vital assets

4:55pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Small communities across the Lake District have seen a gradual erosion of many of their local services.

Comment: A wetter valley would bring wildlife benefits

4:55pm Thursday 5th September 2013

BILL KENMIR, the RSPB Cumbria Reserves Area Manager, argues the case for a less intensive drainage system in the Lyth Valley . . .

Comment: Cumbria becoming nation's TV capital

11:07am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

CUMBRIA likes to promote itself these days as the UK’s Adventure Capital - an aspiration that is not without justification bearing in mind the numerous opportunities the landscape offers to people keen to walk, climb, sail or cycle.

Comment: More homes are required for our young families

11:07am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

South Lakeland District Council leader PETER THORNTON explains why introducing the land allocations plan, which indentified potential housing and employment sites, as soon as possible is vital for the area . . .

Comment: Time to invest in the electric car

5:24pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

INCREASING the number of electric car charging points in Cyumbria and the Lake District is vital if the national park is to be ahead of the curve in what is likely to become the major transport revolution of the 21st Century.

Comment: Hopeful signs emerge of economic recovery

5:23pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

For a change we are hearing some good news reports in the media. It was once said that bad news makes ‘good’ news, but is this now the real news that we have all been waiting for in that reportedly the UK economy is showing signs of recovery?

Comment: Wordsworth was wrong on Lakeland rail travel

4:56pm Thursday 15th August 2013

Back in 1844 no less a figure than poet William Wordsworth campaigned against plans to create a railway line from Kendal to Windermere, arguing it would violate the beautiful Lake District landscape.

Comment: People putting more pressure on the Lake District

4:53pm Thursday 15th August 2013

PAUL ROSE, the new president of Friends of the Lake District, looks at future possibililties and pressures facing the area . . .

Comment: Welcome response to anti-social behaviour in Ambleside

4:32pm Thursday 8th August 2013

THE response of the police and the community at Ambleside to a recent bout of anti-social behaviour is worthy of note.

Comment: Still something for everyone at parish church

4:30pm Thursday 8th August 2013

It seems that changes to the choir and music at Kendal Parish Church have caused a stir, so let me explain what we’ve done.

No-one told me that it was such a big deal

4:30pm Thursday 1st August 2013

IN THEORY I’m getting married next summer. I say in theory because my fiance and I have booked a venue for a party and now we’re completely stuck for ideas.

Podium: Respect means treating all in the same way

4:16pm Thursday 1st August 2013

In recent times, sadly, we have seen a lack of respect towards others in society. We have only to open a newspaper, listen to the news and there are far too many examples of disrespect.

Comment: Investment not just about tourists

4:11pm Thursday 1st August 2013

MUCH is rightly being made of the potential tourist boost the millions of pounds being invested at Ferry Nab and the Steamboat Museum will bring to Windermere.

Comment: When safety concerns go to far

5:42pm Thursday 25th July 2013

LOCAL authorities undoubtedly mean well, but in trying to do their best they can sometimes appear spoilsports.

Comment: Fixing the fells is about far more than just the views

5:40pm Thursday 25th July 2013

Have you ever seen people on the fells with shovels and brooms and wondered what they are doing?

Comment: Canal campaigners are right to not give up hope

5:21pm Thursday 18th July 2013

FEW candles in Kendal have burned quite so brightly but dimmed quite so slowly as the dream of restoring the Lancaster Canal back to the heart of the town.

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