I would like to thank the residents of Cockermouth and District for their generous response to Christian Aid’s recent house-to-house collection.

We raised £7,055 and Gift Aid commitments brought the total to £7,912.40.

Around £10m is collected nationally. This makes an important contribution to tackling the root causes of poverty in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East.

Martyn Evans, Local Organiser, Christian Aid Cockermouth Cemetery

Death isn’t something that we particularly like to think about but at some point it will be necessary for you, or your family to consider funerals.

Sadly, very soon an option that Cockermouth residents have enjoyed for hundreds of years will not be available to you, or to the ones you love.

Cockermouth Cemetery is perhaps one of the prettiest anywhere in the UK, but Allerdale Borough Council has given planning permission to Story Homes to build its housing estate at Strawberry How, such that there is now no room to expand the cemetery and the remaining space is now very small. This means that you could have lived your whole life in this beautiful town but there will be nowhere in Cockermouth for your final resting place.

The obvious location for an expansion of Cockermouth Cemetery is across the greenway. However, this is the very land that Story Homes is now asking for full planning permission to build a further 224 houses in Phase 2 of their Strawberry How development.

Together with the multitude of reasons why this Story housing estate should not be built, Allerdale Borough Council should consider that many Cockermouth residents will wish to be buried in the town that they have lived in, brought up their families in and contributed to during their lifetime.

Perhaps Allerdale Borough Council would care to let us all know the anticipated closure date of Cockermouth Cemetery and what burial options will remain for the people of Cockermouth?

Chris Orr and Judy Whiteside United Utilities!

What is wrong with United Utilities? We have the highest rainfall in England, we have massive lakes containing millions of gallons of water and yet we are the first area in England where there is talk of a hosepipe ban.

Chris Bower MBE Well Deserved

I was pleased to read in the June/July issue of Cockermouth Post that Lynne Jones, Chair of Keswick Flood Action Group (KFAG), is being nominated for an MBE. She and the other members of KFAG have worked tirelessly for over 10 years, pushing for specific actions to help prevent the devastating floods which have hit Keswick and Cockermouth and so many other places in Cumbria and elsewhere.

Lynne is right to highlight the lack of funding for flood prevention schemes in the Derwent Catchment Area and to stress the special challenges presented by the surrounding steep catchments.

As well as the more-immediate ‘hard engineering’ solutions, called for by Lynne and KFAG, to manage peak flows in a co-ordinated way, we clearly also need longer-term projects to ‘slow the flow’. In particular, a large-scale planting of trees on higher ground to help take water out of the ground, our rivers and our streams.

The main ‘enemy’ of these increasingly frequent extreme weather events is global warming. It’s worth bearing in mind that, globally, 16 of the 17 hottest years ever recorded have been SINCE 2000! What is more, EACH one of those years has been hotter than the previous one’s record temperatures. As regards the UK - as opposed to average global temperatures, last May was the hottest since records began; and June is likely to beat that record.

There are sadly, an increasing number of indicators that, because of global warming, we have moved from a ‘Climate Change’ scenario to one described by George Monbiot as ‘Climate BREAKDOWN’.

Last month, the level of carbon in the atmosphere exceeded 410 particles per million (ppm) - the vast majority of climate scientists believe that, to maintain the largely stable (and life-friendly) climate we’ve had for the past 10,000 years, we need to keep carbon levels at around 350ppm.

This is why, in July, a small cross-party group will be meeting with Copeland INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

MP Trudy Harrison to ask her to sign the Divest Parliament Pledge, which calls for the MPs’ Pension Fund to divest from all fossil fuel companies. It doesn’t seem right that retired MPs should be benefitting financially from an industry which is directly contributing to the flooding which has impacted - and will impact - on so many of their constituents.

As well as asking our current government for more funding to deal with the immediate impacts of flooding, we also need to see this much bigger picture. Yet the government - despite claiming to be serious about reducing the UK’s carbon emissions has just approved a third runway at Heathrow and is pushing hard for fracking to be rolled out across the UK as quickly as possible.

So, when Lynne goes down to London to get her richly-deserved award, I’d like her to make the following point to the PM:

“We need flood-prevention engineering and environmental measures to slow the rate of water run-off from the fells. But we also need YOU to stop making climate breakdown worse: so, stop fracking and stop Heathrow’s third runway. Please start to do some joined-up thinking on global warming and climate breakdown - before it’s too late. The clock is ticking!”

Allan Todd

Membership Secretary, Allerdale & Copeland Green Party Cumbrian’s Who Hate Sunshine!

What wonderful weather we have been enjoying in Cockermouth but there are many retired ‘Cockermouthians’ who wish to wake up to dull, overcast Monday and Friday mornings.

These are the keep fit enthusiasts who play Badminton in the mornings at the Cockermouth Sports Centre.

This excellent sports facility was built between the Wars as a training centre for the Territorial Army and has glass skylights along the roof to allow natural daylight to the entire length of the hall.

This means that every Badminton player on any of the three courts becomes an actor on the stage followed by the sun’s blinding spotlight and the game resembles the old children’s challenge of pinning the tail on the donkey whilst blindfolded!

However, fitness is a challenge and you should see these pensioners in baseball caps and dark sunglasses chasing the yellow shuttlecocks with enthusiasm but wishing for a normal dull, wet Cumbrian morning.

Hugh MacLeod and Skelly Eyed Please Support This Event

On Sunday, October the 28th a concert is to be presented in St. John’s Church, Washington Street, Workington by Leyland Brass Band in aid of Parkinson’s West Cumbria Branch. One in five hundred people in the UK suffer from this condition.

To present this concert with the Leyland Brass Band, we need to raise £2,200 to cover the costs of the Band, which in turn means that ALL ticket monies raised on the night will go to Parkinson’s West Cumbria Branch.

I hope you will support this event and help raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease in West Cumbria.

Thanking you in advance for your generosity. Bob Hardon

01900 873600 or email Don’t Give Up!

As one of many people living locally who object to Phase 2 of Strawberry How construction, I feel that the views and arguments of Cockermouth residents have been ignored. Although many people believe the issue is a ‘done deal’ and nothing can hold construction back, Phase 2 can still be stopped at this stage, as permission to proceed has yet to be decided by Allerdale Council.

I believe a powerful show of opposition as a community can still stop the council from giving Phase 2 the go ahead. So, I’ve started the online petition ‘Halt the Strawberry How New Builds: Enough is Enough’ as a fast and easy way to object. To take a stand, find it at: strawberry-how-new-builds-enough-is-enough, or follow the link: or Google ‘Strawberry How Petition’. Julia Robinson

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