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Council doubles efforts to clear leaves from roads and pavements


Allerdale Borough Council has waged war on leaves, in efforts to help prevent localised flooding and blocked drains. 

From now through to  January, the Council is making a special efforts to prioritise the clearing of leaves from gullies, roads and pavements.  

The Council has already identified target areas which have in the past been areas of concern. These will be cleared on a regular basis. In addition, the Council’s contractors FCC will be working with the local flood action groups and parish and town councils, who will be feeding information on where there are problems with falling leaves. A hit squad of cleaners will then go out and clear problem areas. 

Members of the public can also report particular problem areas by going online to .  

To cope with the extra demand FCC is to change work patterns to ensure the leaves are collected in time.  

Michael Heaslip, Executive member with responsibility for Community Services said: “Nothing beats the beauty of a tree in Autumn as the leaves change colour – especially in our area. However, once they are on the ground they can be a major problem – blocking the tops of drains and diverting water towards properties. Therefore we want to do our bit to be winter-ready and hopefully help prevent any flooding this year.” 

If highway drains are not flowing correctly and backing up, then customers should contact Cumbria County Council on 0300 303 2992 or online at to get them unblocked. 

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Please find below details of the above legal order, with additional site contact information and emergency number

Name of applicant:   Cumbria County Council  Tel: 0300 303 2992

Reason for order:   A Temporary Road Closure is required to allow Cumbria County Council to  carry out carriageway patching works.

Phase 1:   B5301 Silloth from its junction with the B5300 extending in a predominantly southerly direction for a distance of approx. 7.6km.

Phase 2:   B5301 Aspatria from a point approx. 700m north west of its junction
with the A596 extending in a predominantly north westerly direction for a distance of approx. 5km.

Duration of order:   Works are scheduled to start from 31 October 2016 and are expected to last for approximately 7 days.

Alternative Route:   A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times and a suitable alternative route for vehicles will be signed and available via the unrestricted section of the B5301, B5300 and A596.




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Britain in Bloom UK Finals Awards Ceremony 2016


It’s a Silver Gilt Award for Silloth!

In February of this year, Silloth received the news that it had been shortlisted as a finalist in the Britain in Bloom competition in the Coastal – Population up to 12K category, alongside contenders from St Brelade, Newcastle (NI), Bute, Mablethorpe, Filey and Tenby.  After months of preparation, various meetings and a lot of work by the whole community, the judges from Britain in Bloom, Keith Jackson and Mark Wasilewski, visited the town on 4 August.  After weeks of trepidation, the Britain in Bloom UK Finals Awards Ceremony 2016, took place on 14 October at Edgbaston Stadium, in Birmingham.  Almost 500 delegates from all over the country attended the presentation, with Silloth represented by Bill Jefferson (Chair of Silloth in Bloom), Tony Markley (Mayor of Silloth), Wendy Jameson (Town Clerk and Secretary of Silloth in Bloom) and volunteers, Vivian Russell and Anne Winter.

Silloth-on-Solway were honoured to receive a Silver Gilt Award for the Coastal Town (up to 12k) category, with St Brelade in Jersey being the overall category winner.  Bill Jefferson and Tony Markley were presented with the award by Roger Burnett, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judging panel.

Tony Markley, Mayor of Silloth said

“This is a fantastic achievement for the town.  Special thanks go to the Silloth in Bloom team, community volunteers, local businesses and the Town Council’s grounds maintenance team, as this could not have been achieved without them. Silloth is the most North Westerly town in England and it is phenomenal to have gained national recognition for a small town, with a population of less than 3000 people.”

“Working together with the Councils, business and local community can be both challenging and rewarding but the results are so beneficial for the town which has been proven this year, with the outstanding awards and comments received from residents and visitors.”

Bill Jefferson OBE, Chairman of Silloth in Bloom said

“Silloth-on-Solway is delighted to have received national recognition at Birmingham; the success is down to many and there have been several outstanding efforts from individual volunteers. The role of successive RHS judges (and Green Flag) at Cumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom has been absolutely crucial over the years in enabling Silloth to progress to this level and I thank them all, most sincerely, for their valuable time and professional advice. We are very proud to receive our award on behalf of our town.”

“The impact on our small community on succeeding nationally cannot be over-estimated. Success at Cumbria level over the last three or four years has been hard won, progressive and encouraging.  National level has represented a serious step up for us but our community has risen to the challenge beyond expectation.  We must now focus, not only on celebrating our achievements, but also on sustaining them. Standing still is not an option, but today, we can all feel proud.”

The RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finals brings together the highest achievers from all of the 16 regions and nations participating in the campaign and, as a result, the expectations are high and the judging is rigorous.  The judges look for year round achievements in three core areas:  Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.  Keith and Mark, the Britain in Bloom judges said “this first time entry will surely continue to grow from strength to strength and is most certainly one to watch for the future.  This young Bloom group could be the catalyst for great change within the community and the judges look forward to hearing of the progress made in the years to come”.

Also representing Cumbria at the Awards ceremony were Dalston and Kendal.  Dalston achieved a Silver Gilt Award in the Large Village Category and Kendal were awarded a Silver Gilt in the Large Town category, with an additional Award for Overcoming Adversity, for brightening up the town after the December floods.  A tremendous achievement by all three groups from Cumbria.

The final presentation of the evening was the RHS Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award which is the only RHS award given to individuals, in recognition of their exceptional commitment and dedication to Britain in Bloom in their community.  Bill Jefferson OBE, was presented with a well-deserved Community Champion Award, much to his shock and surprise.  Bill has been involved with Silloth’s ‘in Bloom’ activities for the last 3 years and is Chairman of the Silloth in Bloom community team.  Bill is also a Town Councillor, an Allerdale Councillor, Chairman of the Solway Coast AONB and a member of the Lake District National Park.

There is a dedicated Silloth in Bloom website – – to provide on-line information about ‘Silloth in Bloom and the campaign to establish Silloth as a Cumbria and Britain in Bloom winner’ – which we have more than achieved.  The Silloth in Bloom Facebook Page can be viewed at:-

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Healthcare for the future – Public consultation launch



A public consultation has been launched into possible changes to health services in West, North and East Cumbria which will last until just before Christmas 2016.

People are encouraged to express their views on the various options. A digital version of the consultation questionnaire and a number of supporting documents are available on the following website:-

The Consultation document can be viewed by clicking on the link below:-


A public consultation meeting is to take place in Silloth, Wednesday 12th October – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Solway Technology Community College, Liddell Street, CA7 4DD

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Business Directory


business-directoryThe Silloth-on-Solway business directory is a free service for use by residents and visitors to the area.  If you would like your business adding to the business directory, please submit your listing for approval.  Click here.

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Read the latest issue of the Solway Buzz


The Solway Buzz is a community paper with articles and photos submitted by volunteers and up to 5,500 copies are distributed throughout an area within about six miles of Silloth-on-Solway.

Read the latest issue:
October/November 2016 Issue here

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Hellrigg Community Benefit Fund



community-foundationCommunity groups located close to the Hellrigg Wind Farm in Silloth are being encouraged to apply for grants between £500 and £10,000.

The money comes from the Hellrigg Community Benefit Fund and is available through Cumbria Community Foundation on behalf of RWE Innogy UK. Funding is available for charitable activities in Silloth or the parishes of Home St Cuthberts, Holme Low and Holme Abbey.

The fund supports environmental projects such as those that improve the environmental sustainability of community facilities or improve the energy efficiency of residents on low income, as well as community and educational related projects. Grants have previously been awarded to local sports teams, youth organisations and community events such as the Silloth Vintage Rally.

Annalee Holliday, Grants and Donor Services Officer at the Foundation, said: “ “The Hellrigg Community Benefit Fund provides vital support to organisations that are at the heart of these communities. Sometimes these organisations need only a small amount of financial support to help them achieve their goals; the fund is designed just for that.””

Applications are now open until Friday 7th October 2016. To find out more about the Hellrigg Community Benefit Fund visit or contact Annalee Holliday on 01900 82470 or email

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Cumbria in Bloom Awards 2016


The Cumbria in Bloom Awards took place at the North Lakes Hotel in Penrith on Thursday 8 September 2016.  A strong contingent from Silloth attended the Awards ceremony and were delighted with some brilliant results.

Silloth-on-Solway won the Cumbria in Bloom Coastal Resort Trophy for the third year running and achieved a Gold Award.


Silloth also won the Amberol award for the Best Sustainable Development.


John Cook (below) receiving the Allerdale Trophy for the “Best in Borough”.


Picture below of John Cook, Chris Graham and Vivian Russell receiving the Rickerby Ltd Trophy, as Best Overall Town and Urban Community.


The Discovery Centre garden which is looked after by the Causewayhead WI ladies was runner up in the Special Category for the Continental Landscapes Trophy.  The award was collected by Ann Harrison, Pat Bell and Jean Carr, members of the Causewayhead WI.

Silloth Golf Club was runner up for the Cumbria Tourism Rose Bowl awarded to Self-catering Establishments & Visitor Attractions.  Below is a picture of Brian Story and Alan Oliver at the Golf Club receiving their award from the Mayor of Silloth, Tony Markley.


In addition, the Community Garden and the Heritage Rose & Bee Garden were individual winners of the Royal Horticultural Society ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Awards, each 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.

Picture below of Vivian Russell receiving her Community Champion Award for her ‘Outstanding contribution to Cumbria in Bloom’, 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.


Picture below of representatives from Silloth, with some of the awards won by the town.

Back row (left to right) – Wendy Jameson, Chris Graham, John Cook, Vivian Russell, Anne Winter.

Front row (left to right) – Pat Bell, Ann Harrison, Jean Carr.