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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 30 YEARS


CUMBRIA INDEPENDENT MORTGAGE SERVICES LTD


I would like to wish all my clients, old and new, a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!


9 Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9LE


Office: 01900 821 713 Mobile: 07713 711 218


Brian Sloan


brian@cumbriamortgages.co.uk www.cumbriamortgages.co.uk


It’s been The Year of The Roadworks for us here at LVS, as it no doubt has for many other people in Allerdale.


We are now into our fifth consecutive month of road closures in and around Lorton, meaning that what should have been our busiest season over the summer, was badly affected, as passing trade just wasn’t able to pass the shop. Just think of all those poor visitors who never had the LVS experience!


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The road between Lorton up Whinlatter Pass has been closed again for our next busiest season in the run-up to Christmas. We’re now on first-name terms with the ‘powers that be’ at the highways department. The repeated incorrect or unhelpful signage almost seems as if there’s no thought or concern at all


for


businesses, or for the impact on rural communities, of


small just


cutting places off for weeks at a time. The stress this has caused and the time it has taken - which we should have been spending on our own business, rather than sorting out roadwork issues is immeasurable.


We are still here and we’re still open!


There’s loads of stuff going on in Lorton and you CAN get to the village and the shop and get parked. We’re still flying the flag for high- quality local produce and talented local crafters. We still do Carvetii coffee and amazing hot chocolate and we’re open throughout the holidays. If you haven’t already done so, come and see us, we’re quite nice and we smile a lot.


We’d like to say a massive thank you to all our regular customers who we know made special efforts to get here this year and to the locals who go out of their way to support us. Roll on a roadwork-free 2018!


High Lorton, Cockermouth CA13 9UL


• Local Produce • Organic Groceries • • Handmade Craft and Gifts • • Ice Cream • Coffee and Cake •


www.lortonvillageshop.co.uklortonvillageshop@gmail.com 01900 85102


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Some thanks are due the Chancellor. The 22nd November budget was not anything like as terrible as my worst fears. No silly fiddly measures, which create lots of silly red tape for small businesses and individual taxpayers, whilst producing minimal benefits to the economy.


Inevitably, given the pressure he was under politically, the headline measures on housebuilding was a mixture of smoke and mirrors. Here is a nice simple tip for the Chancellor – if you want more houses built, then just build them!


For £6 billion, you could build nearly 100,000 council and social houses in England. All he needed to do was release this level of funding to local councils and


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social housing companies, many of whom are absolutely crying out to build more houses but don’t have the funds. Wait, I hear you say, the country does not have a spare £6 billion to spare right now.


Wrong! The Chancellor set aside £3 billion on the unfolding Brexit mess, where due to the rabid Tory right, it looks possible we


might not even get the Northern Ireland situation right, without having to throw a load of money at it. Then, of course, we found another £3 billion which was specifically directed at making the property situation worse.


Any first-year economics A-level student will tell you, that reducing a tax on something, will result in the price of it going up. So, the £3 billion we are going to spend on lower stamp duty can only result in higher house prices, and worse affordability for most people. Bonkers!


It really is this simple, Mr. Hammond. If you genuinely want to build a lot more houses, just build them!


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