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The new HIMS system went live on 20th March 2017!

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The Highway Integrated Management System (HIMS) is the computer system used by Highways, Transport and Fleet to manage calls from the public as well as supporting the delivery of many other aspects of their service.

Key aspects of the new HIMS system include:

An improved interactive map on the County Council website, with clear instructions for use, that enables the public to:

Report a New Problem on the Highway:

  • Easily report a fault by searching for street name or postcode. Plus the ability to pinpoint the location directly onto the map,
  • The ability to provide an email address, enabling automatic notification of the fault and reference number along with updates on the progress of the repair,
  • The ability to report a fault without leaving an email address should the member of the public prefer,

Track the status of an existing Highway Problem:

  • The ability to easily locate a fault via reference number or location and to track updates on progress with the repair,
  • Provide an email address to enable automatic updates on the progress of the fault   direct to their inbox,

Raise an Enquiry / Request with the Highways Service:

  • The ability to easily raise an enquiry with the Highways Service such as request for dropped kerb, speed concerns, request for new signage etc.

To report a fault go to:-

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Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth 2017

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On Monday 13 March 2017 at 10.00 am, a Commonwealth Flag will be raised on Silloth Green, as part of ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’. This will be the third time that Silloth has taken part in the event. The flag will be raised at the Community Garden on Silloth Green, opposite the Golf Hotel on Criffel Street.

Everyone is welcome and the Town Council would be pleased to see you there if you are able to attend.

Fly a flag logo 2017

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Silloth Youth Shelter

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Create your own user feedback survey

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Public Convenience Cleaning Tender

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Published date:  20 January 2017
Closing date:  6 February 2017
Start date:  1 April 2017
End date:  31 March 2018

Description:  Tenders are sought for the cleaning of the public conveniences in Silloth for the financial year 2017/18.

For more information click here.

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Changes to 60 E Bus service

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We now have details of a replacement service to be offered by Ellenvale Coaches on the route.

The new 60E timetable is attached.

The new services will start on Monday 30th January 2017, following the withdrawal of the current Reay’s service on the Saturday 28th.

Please note the results of these changes are:

· Increased frequency
· No service to Skinburness on Saturdays
· Extends to Dearham, Sun Inn and Town Croft now served by Service 60 to Maryport

60E Skinburness – Silloth – Allonby – Mawbray – Maryport (- Dearham) [fr…

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Free Boxing Day bus service

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Free two-hourly Boxing Day Heritage bus service between Silloth & Skinburness to Maryport & Workington on Monday 26 December 2016.

This is a volunteer run community service to help combat social isolation among those in the Silloth area without access to private transport.

For more details click on the link below.

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From this month forward the Police are changing the way they deliver the crime figures. These reports will give you a better overview and enhanced location of the incidents. You will also be able to see other incidents in your neighboring parishes.

Crime figures can be obtained via the Cumbria Police Website.

Alternatively use the following link:

Once you have opened the link follow the links below:-
• Find your Neighbourhood
• Enter your location / postcode
• Explore crime map
• Click on area
• Click on each incident for details

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PRESS RELEASE – 8 November 2016

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We are proud to announce that the Heritage Rose & Bee Garden on Silloth Green has won a Bees’ Needs Award.

The Award is run in conjunction with Defra and the National Pollinator Strategy. The Award is presented to Green Flag Award or Green Flag Community Award winning parks and green spaces in England that have made improvements to encourage pollinators across towns, cities and the wider countryside.  Silloth Green has been awarded a Green Flag for four years in succession. The coveted award is a benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. It recognises that the Green meets the extremely high standards set by Keep Britain Tidy.

Habitat loss is a key factor affecting pollinator population and this award is looking to increase awareness and contribute to improved pollinator-friendly environments.  Applicant sites are required to prove that they are making positive changes to their green spaces that encourage and increase pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources throughout the year.

A panel of experts selected winners, with the top five projects being presented with their Award at a special event which will take place at Kew Gardens, London on Tuesday 8th November.  Vivian Russell will be attending the Bees’ Needs Champions event on behalf of Silloth.

Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth said

“This is a fantastic achievement for Silloth and is a continuation of the achievements of recent years. None of this would have been possible without teamwork.  Vivian has led the project, with support from the Town Council’s grounds maintenance team and other volunteers.  The Bee Hotel was novel idea for a seaside town and replicates the Pagoda up on the hill which overlooks the sea.  We always welcome visitors to the town but the Bee Hotel provides visitors of the insect variety with a place to stay too.”

The sunken Heritage Rose Garden was created in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  Measuring 30m by 20m, it lies close to the sea, protected for the most part by a shelter belt of rhododendron and holly. The garden was renovated in 2012 but by mid 2014, many of the roses were failing due to poor drainage caused by compaction in the underlying clay base. Rectifying the drainage would still have left the problem of rose sickness, requiring the replacement of tons of earth. This led to a complete rethink of the garden.  Silloth Town Council decided to bring the garden into the 21st century and address pressing concerns over the welfare of our bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, while at the same time preserving the history of the site.

The garden has now been entirely replanted with bee and butterfly friendly plants, including 40 roses which attract bees and withstand the wind blowing off the sea where the garden is exposed.

Rose hedges divide the garden into four sections: garden plants for bees facing the sea, wild flowers for bees facing the Arcade, butterfly plants facing the Green, and a decorative vegetable plot around hazel wigwams with a double row of dahlias.

The roses were planted in cardboard boxes using fresh soil, as this is the best method of dealing with ‘rose sickness’.

In the middle of the garden is our Bee Hotel, a replica of the Victorian Pagoda at the top of the wooded hill above the Splash Pool, built by the Silloth Green Maintenance team. The sunny side facing the Green is dedicated to nesting sites for solitary bees, the other three sides serve as winter hibernation and shelter for all the insects which we hope will visit our garden.

Interpretation panels have been installed with more detail about the garden, the types of bees and butterflies it is planted for, and info on the life cycle of bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees.

As the new Bee Garden began to flourish and the bees, bugs and butterflies began to arrive, word spread and local people began to develop interest.  Word soon spread beyond Silloth too, and people of all ages travelled from many different locations to visit the garden. The garden’s creator Vivian Russell, has spent many hours talking to them, discussing the different species of bees, bugs and butterflies, as well as the many different plants in the garden.

The Bee and Bug Hotel provides nesting sites for solitary bees and a dry place for butterflies, moths, beetles, ladybirds, lacewings and earwigs to shelter and over winter.  Each insect has a role to play in a garden and we rely on the diversity of plants and creatures to help the garden function as a natural balanced ecosystem with no attempt to control or interfere with their lives.

The garden has become a place where everyone can come on a sunny day, sit on the grassy bank, on one of the many benches, or on their mobility scooters and watch the beauty of nature at work.

Bill Jefferson OBE, Chair of the Parks Committee and Chair of Silloth in Bloom Community Team said

“I am delighted that Vivian’s major creation of the Silloth Bee Garden has received national specialist success, coming on top of the Royal Horticultural Society tributes from this year’s judges at Cumbria and National level. It has been an outstanding personal achievement for all her hard work and professional dedication. Well done and all our thanks.”

In the 2016 Cumbria in Bloom competition, the Heritage Rose & Bee Garden was a winner of the Royal Horticultural Society ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award, gaining a Level 5 ‘Outstanding’ result. The Heritage Rose and Bee Garden was also winner of the Royal Horticultural Society ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ National Certificate of Distinction.

Vivian Russell was recognised for her ‘Outstanding contribution to Cumbria in Bloom’ with a ‘joint’ Community Champion Award, which acknowledges all the hours she has spent working on the Heritage Rose and Bee Garden, planting of the flower beds and planters on Criffel Street and supporting the various Silloth in Bloom projects this year.