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Silloth Green is recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

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Today, a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award

Silloth Green in Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. Silloth Green is the only park in Allerdale to be awarded a Green Flag and joins three other green spaces awarded recognition in Cumbria.

Silloth Green is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr. Mark Orchard, Mayor of Silloth said

“We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the seventh year in succession. I think the Green Flag Award is testament to the town’s residents, Council staff, volunteers and the loyal visitors who together, help keep Silloth the attraction it is. I would like to congratulate everyone, as without all their input and dedication it wouldn’t be achievable, never mind sustainable.”

Silloth Green is one of the largest village greens in the North of England. It boasts spectacular views over the Solway Firth to Criffel and the Caerlaverock Hills in the North, and the Lake District to the South. The Green forms a green link between Silloth’s grand Victorian townscape and the sea front promenade, for many years attracting visitors seeking fresh sea air and recreational facilities.

After extensive refurbishment work, Silloth Green now boasts a modern Water Splash play area, a woodland adventure play area, a BMX track, a Putting Green & Fairy Trail. Beautiful oak picnic tables and benches are to be found in various locations, with accessible footpaths linking the various features. Along Criffel Street, some Victorian style lighting was installed, in-keeping with the heritage of the town. The Edwardian ladies’ toilets built in 1910 and the spectacular Victorian pagoda overlooking the sea were also sympathetically refurbished.

A new addition to Silloth Green this year is the creation of a new Pirate Ship Play Area, next to the Water Splash Park, for children aged 0-5 years. New planting has taken place in the Edwardian bed to create a wildlife friendly area, with appropriate plants and the addition of bird boxes, bat boxes, insect hotels, wood piles and hedgehog homes etc. There has also been extensive renovation and replanting of the shrub beds around the Criffel Street public conveniences, with plans to do other shrub beds later in the year. None of this would have been possible without our amazing volunteers and the Council’s grounds maintenance team.

The Community Garden, situated on the corner of Criffel Street and Lawn Terrace, was designed with input from local people. The garden was opened in May 2014 and is cared for by dedicated volunteers. This year, the gravel footpaths were re surfaced and flowerbeds were extended, with a lot of new planting within the garden, creating a colourful and vibrant entrance to Silloth Green and a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by.

The Heritage Rose and Bee Garden is situated closer to the sea, with a bee hotel in the middle of a striking display of rose bushes, plants and shrubs which have created a haven for the local bee and butterfly population, again cared for by dedicated volunteers. The Heritage Rose & Bee Garden received an ‘Outstanding‘ RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Award in the 2018 Cumbria in Bloom competition.

Bill Jefferson, Chair of the Parks Committee said

“Quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Silloth Green to such a high standard. We all know how lucky we are to have this world class asset as our centrepiece and we will continue to maintain, improve and enhance this treasure.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”


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Changes to waste collection services

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Allerdale Borough Council is advising residents of changes to waste services over the next few weeks which are aimed at alleviating the issues which are affecting collections. Both the council, and FCC Environment, apologises for any inconvenience caused.

The council introduced a new waste collection service on 1 April 2019 with services provided by FCC Environment. This introduced completely new bin collection rounds and new lorries with in-cab technology.

However, since the changes were introduced the bin crews have not been able to make it to some properties on the scheduled day. Therefore, the council is introducing temporary changes, to help crews complete the rounds whilst more permanent solutions are devised by the council and FCC.

The changes come into place from Monday 8 July 2019 and will mean:

  • All garden waste collections are suspended for up to the next two months
  • All glass, cans and plastic recycling collections are also suspended for up to the next two months

Domestic waste and paper and card and trade waste collections remain unaffected by the changes.

Unfortunately, crews are unable to collect the recycling, paper and card, and garden waste from properties they were not able to get to this past week (beginning 1 July 2019). However, they shall take excess domestic waste from these properties next week.

During this period, residents are advised to use the recycling centres and the household waste recycling sites to dispose of their recycling and garden waste. Details, and locations, can be found on the council’s website

Residents are also encouraged to remember the phrase: Reduce, reuse, recycle. Where possible reduce the amount of waste you are creating and reuse items such as plastic boxes to help reduce the amount of waste you put out and to wash and squash down recycling where possible.

More information

  • Customers can check the online calendar where they can also report a missed bin.
  • The best way to contact the council is through their online service or via the myAllerdale app (which can be downloaded from Google Play store for Android users and the Apple App Store for iPhone users). You can also use the webchat facility when available.
  • Customers can also contact the customer service team by calling 0303 123 1702.
  • Garden waste can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Sites in Maryport, Workington and Wigton. More information 
  • We do ask, however frustrating these changes are for some, that people do not fly-tip their waste.
  • Residents can also make use of the offer from Cumbria County Council to buy compost bins at a reduced price. More details 
  • Remember the phrase: Reduce, reuse, recycle. Where possible reduce the amount of waste you are creating and if possible reuse items such as plastic boxes to help reduce the amount of waste you put out.

Frequently asked questions

What should I do with my recycling? 

We encourage people to take it to one of the local recycling bring sites or household waste recycling centres which are located throughout Allerdale.

Domestic waste doesn’t automatically go to landfill. It is processed as a plant where any recycling material is removed and reused where possible. However, it is a lower-grade recycling to that deposited at the bring sites and household waste recycling centres.

Where are the recycling points?

You can find a listof the recycling points, and household waste recycling centres.

What can I do with my garden waste? 

The household waste recycling centres accept garden waste. More details. You can also buy a compost bin for a reduced amount. More details.

How long is this happening for? 

We expect that the changes won’t last any longer than the next two months.

Why is this happening? 

Since the new changes to our bin collections were introduced on 1 April 2019, there have been some properties that the crews have not been able to make it to on the scheduled date. We are therefore suspending garden waste as well as glass, cans and plastic recycling collections to allow crews to concentrate on domestic collections, and paper collections. We apologise for everyone affected by this. We are working with FCC Environment on a longer-term solution to the issues so that we can restart the normal collections again as soon as possible and ensure everyone gets a collection on their scheduled day.

Can I get a refund on council tax? 

A number of  residents have questioned whether they are entitled to a refund of council tax if their bins have not been collected.

Unfortunately this is not possible because Council Tax is a local taxation that is used to fund services such as Education, Police, Planning, Waste Collection etc.

Allerdale bills on behalf of the County Council, Police and Parishes as well as for its own share of the tax.  The average band D charge for a property in Allerdale is £172.99 per year.

It is important to state that as a form of taxation the payment of council tax is not contingent on the regular delivery of services and therefore residents cannot withhold payment in respective of the council tax they are liable for.

We would like remind residents of the importance of keeping payments up to date to avoid the legal consequences of non-payment.

The portion of the council tax which goes towards Allerdale services is less than 10% of the total bill. For an average band D property this is £172.99 a year, or about £3.33 a week. This is the lowest for any district council in Cumbria and helps cover the cost of the wealth of services we provide, not just waste collection.   

 



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Town Council meeting – 8 July 2019

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The next Town Council meeting will take place on Monday 8 July 2019 at 7pm in Silloth Community Hall. The meeting has been put back a week in light of the Parish (Town) meeting which is to take place on 3 July. A copy of the Agenda for the Town Council meeting will be posted online next week.


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Parish (Town) Meeting – 3 July 2019

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A Parish (Town) Meeting has been called by six local electors which is to be held on Wednesday 3 July 2019 at 7pm in Caldew Hall, Silloth. Information about the meeting can be viewed on the Town Council noticeboards.


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New Walking for Health Group Launched

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Active Cumbria, part of Cumbria County Councils Public Health Team are leading on a new Countywide Walking for Health Scheme and are recruiting and training new walk leaders across the County.

Working in partnership with Silloth Group Medical Practice a new health walk has just been launched in the Silloth area. The walk aims to not only help people to get out and about and explore their local area but also to provide people who, for various reasons, may have become quite isolated the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.

Walk leader, Living Well Coach Simon McCall said

“Silloth Group Medical Practice recently introduced our new Wellbeing Service, which takes a holistic approach to supporting patients by recognising that factors such as lifestyle and social challenges, as well as medical conditions, all impact upon our overall health and wellbeing.

We have joined the Walking for Health network to develop a programme of short, gentle walks to suit all ages and abilities. Our walks are an ideal starting point for anyone who may feel they are less physically or socially active than they would like to be.”

This new group has been set up in partnership with Active Cumbria, with the focus upon planning suitable walks across the County within the Walking for Health framework. Walking for Health is England’s largest network of free group health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and supported through funding from players of People’s postcode lottery.

Aileen Grant, Development Officer at Active Cumbria said;

“At Active Cumbria our focus is upon tackling inactivity and supporting people to become more physically active within their own communities, and what better way to do this than walking.  Nationally, we know that walking is the most popular activity, and a near perfect thing to do for those looking to become more active. We would love to see as many people as possible joining our health walks and discovering some of the fantastic scenery on their doorsteps.”

The first Silloth group walk will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 2pm, starting and finishing at Silloth Medical Practice on Lawn Terrace. The walk will take about 20 minutes to complete. The group is free to join and all are welcome on these fortnightly walks.

For further information please contact Simon or Gillian at Silloth Group Medical Practice, telephone (016973) 31309, or find details in our Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/WalkingForHealth.Silloth

 


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Notice of Election

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You can download the Notice of Election for the Town Council election below:

Parish Council Notice Of Election


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See Allerdale in virtual reality

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Visitors and residents can now experience Allerdale in virtual reality, after seven “pods” were installed around the borough ready for the start of the tourist season.

Allerdale Borough Council commissioned 20 virtual reality films to let people experience some of the best attractions in the area.

The pods, which include the VR headset, have been installed at the following locations and are free for anyone to use:

  • Workington Library (Tourist Information Point)
  • Solway Coast Discovery Centre (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Maryport Aquarium (Tourist Information Point)
  • Wordsworth House, Cockermouth
  • Carlisle Lake District Airport
  • Honister Slate Mine
  • Keswick Moot Hall (Tourist Information Centre)

The 20 “experiences” available include walking the via ferrata at Honister slate mine, paragliding over Keswick, watching the sun set over Silloth, eating a meal at the Kirkstile Inn in Loweswater, and cycling through the forest at Whinlatter forest park or along the Solway coast cycle path to Allonby.  The VR films are available on the council’s dedicated tourism website at: https://visitallerdale.co.uk/virtual-reality-experiences/

The council has also commissioned a series of promotional videos. These can be found on the dedicated visitor website www.visitallerdale.co.uk . One of the films, narrated in Mandarin, is dedicated to potential Chinese visitors who are a growing market.

The whole set of videos are also available on the council’s YouTube page.

Speaking about the initiative, Cllr Bill Jefferson, Executive member with responsibility for tourism, said: “It is just great to see these virtual reality videos out on display for use by visitors and residents. They are a great way to experience all the great things which are available for people to do in our wonderful area. We’ve now got some great tools to really shout about Allerdale and promote it to a wider, even international, audience.”

Cllr Bill Jefferson at an earlier launch event trying out the headset

Lee Thorburn, Community Services Manager at Workington Library, said: “Workington Library is delighted to be chosen to host the virtual reality unit which presents an opportunity for our community and visitors to Cumbria to explore the many attractions in a fun and informative way. This really is a unique experience and we offer a warm welcome to existing and new customers and encourage everyone to call into the library to enjoy this opportunity to travel around our beautiful area.”

Library staff member, Elaine Lewis, tries out the virtual reality device at Workington Library.

The initiative is all part of the council’s efforts to attract more people to the area as well as encourage visitors to seek out all the attractions, including the Solway coastline. In recent months, the council has launched the new ‘Visit Allerdale’ website as well as distributed some 30,000 leaflets around key tourist locations in Cumbria.

The £53,000 project to devise the films has been funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development’s LEADER programme and the money has gone towards the development costs of the videos and the purchase of virtual reality headsets.

All the filming and post-production was carried out by Cockermouth-based Fluid Productions.

The promotional videos are also available for anyone to use and embed in their own website.

The council organised the hugely successful Allerdale Days in Manchester event in August last year, which saw a number of Allerdale’s businesses and attractions set up stall in the centre of the city to help promote the area to a wider audience. Plans are underway for a similar event this year. Anyone interested in joining in should contact the council’s tourism team.


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Commonwealth Day 2019

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On Monday 11 March 2019, Silloth-on-Solway took part in the Commonwealth Day celebration, with the raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the Community Garden on Silloth Green.  The ceremony was well attended, with pupils and staff from Silloth Primary School and Solway Community School, and representatives from other groups and organisations in the town, on what was a pleasant Spring morning.

At 9.45am, Cllr. Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth welcomed everyone to the Flag Raising Ceremony.

Craig McKay and Kyle MacKenzie, pupils from Solway Community School read out the Commonwealth Affirmation. This common act of witness renews the commitment of people in Commonwealth countries to work together inclusively and in a spirit of goodwill towards democracy and development in which all can share.

Cllr. Markley read out the Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth.  “Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth.”

At 10.00am, Cllr. Wilkinson, Deputy Mayor of Silloth raised the Commonwealth Flag, this being the fifth year that Silloth has taken part.

Cllr. Markley thanked everyone for attending the ceremony, something that the younger children might remember in years to come.

The Commonwealth theme this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ and it has particular significance as we mark the 70th anniversary of the 1949 London Declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today – a family of nations ‘freely co-operating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress’.

In a message from The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, ’Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is an occasion to acknowledge publicly and collectively, the continuing aspiration of the Commonwealth to build on common traditions and uphold our shared values of democracy, inclusive development and respect for diversity.