It is with great regret that the Town Council has decided to cancel the 2020 Windermere in Bloom competition. It would be impossible to hold the awards event in the current social distancing environment. Our competition will be back next year, in 2021
Latest Updates: as at 21 May 2020:
Approach to schools reopening
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools could begin to reopen from 1 June, the county council has been working closely with schools and Trade Unions to understand how this should happen in Cumbria.
Given the wide diversity of schools in Cumbria there will not be one single approach to reopening that applies to all schools. Instead, individual schools, and school clusters, will make their own decisions following a risk based assessment process. Support will continue to be available to schools from the council and from public health experts to complete this assessment.
This will enable schools to consider the potential risks and issues carefully before reaching a decision. This includes things like: how social distancing can be implemented, site safety, the availability of staff and resources, safe transport, emergency procedures and supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mostly in the form of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks
The council’s key message for parents is that there will be different arrangements in different areas and it is vital that they carefully read the communications from their child’s school about what is happening locally.
Cllr Sue Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “The council has worked closely with schools to provide support and guidance all the way through this situation and the approach to reopening builds on that good work.
“There is such wide variety in our schools in terms of their buildings and the communities they serve that it is sensible for each to make its own decision about reopening, supported by expert advice from the council and public health.
‘Respect our communities’ message repeated for bank holiday
Visitors to South Lakeland are being urged to behave with respect towards local communities as we look ahead to the bank holiday weekend and school half-term next week. The new national guidance around travel restrictions now permits unlimited travel time to exercise and unlimited exercise time.
Cumbria’s multi-agency Local Resilience Forum, which includes SLDC, is repeating its calls for people to stay local for their exercise and not rush back to the Lake District just yet.
The messaging appeared to have worked well last weekend and the Resilience Forum reported that the impacts were not as bad as feared.
Areas including the Glebe at Bowness and Tarn Hows were busy and there were high numbers of motorbikes in some areas, but monitoring by LDNPA suggested overall numbers in the national park were lower than expected.
In response to the new government guidance, SLDC has made a number of changes to car parking arrangements, has re-opened its marina facilities at Ferry Nab, Bowness-on-Windermere, and has updated guidance on use of public open spaces managed by the council.
The overall message remains ‘Please don’t head back to the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales just because you can, we are not ready for you yet.’
Nearly all attractions, shops, public toilets and accommodation providers are closed, for now.
For those that do decide to visit the area there are three key messages:
RESPECT our communities
- Be considerate and don’t do things that increase the risk or cause problems for local people, particularly the vulnerable. For example, avoid using paths through farmers yards, park considerately, keep your dog on a lead and take your litter home.
- Plan ahead and avoid busy places.
- Consider the lack of toilet and washing facilities and don’t behave in an anti-social manner.
RESPECT the risk
- South Lakeland and Cumbria continues to record new cases of the virus every day and the threat has not gone away
- Don’t take risks on the fells, on the water or on the roads. Stay within the limits of your ability and equipment at all times.
- If you get into trouble, help may take longer to arrive and you will put unnecessary additional pressure on local health and emergency workers as well as volunteer mountain rescue and coastal rescue services.
RESPECT the rules
- Observe all social distancing rules
- The government guidance is clear that there should be no overnight stays, no camping, no visiting second homes
- Avoid crowds
- Wash hands regularly
To help manage visitor car parking, agencies that operate car parks in the national parks, including the National Trust, United Utilities, local councils and both the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, have agreed to re-open any closed car parks and re-introduce parking charges where they had been suspended to support key workers in the Coronavirus response.
This is to remove the incentive of free parking that may attract more visitors, but also to provide adequate parking to avoid vehicles being left on grass verges or in side streets or residential areas.
SLDC has reintroduced parking charges on all its car parks within the Lake District National Park.
Parking charges will continue to be suspended on SLDC car parks outside the national parks (in Grange, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kendal and Ulverston) until June.
NHS staff, care workers and NHS volunteer responders involved in the Coronavirus response will be able to obtain a key worker parking pass from their employer under the government guidance, which will allow them to park for free on all SLDC car parks.
Passes are available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service. For further details visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-health-care-and-volunteer-workers-parking-pass-and-concessions
Any SLDC parking permits that expired at the end of March can still be used until the end of May.
Revised signs have been erected in car parks to ensure social distancing and signs in car parks where charges have been reintroduced will strongly encourage pay-by-phone and contactless payments to reduce risk of virus transmission.
A new web page is being promoted by the LDNPA www.saferlakes.co.uk which encourages people travelling to the Lake District to park safely and avoid the more popular destinations.
Parks and playgrounds
Government advice is that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, and has updated its rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors.
SLDC has put up new signs in parks and public spaces that it manages urging compliance with social distancing guidelines and use of personal sanitisers after contact with any shared surfaces.
SLDC is reminding everyone that play areas managed by the council will remain closed in line with the government’s latest guidance.
Ferry Nab Marina, Bowness
Clarification received from government has confirmed that all forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing and windsurfing, are now allowed.
As a result SLDC has re-opened its marina facilities at Ferry Nab, Bowness.
Signage has been erected urging users of the facilities to observe social distancing guidelines and to use personal sanitisers after contact with any shared surfaces.
More details about specific Covid-19 arrangements at the marina, including about arrangements for launching boats and staying overnight on boats, can be found on the SLDC website: https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/leisure-culture-and-events/windermere-lake/ferry-nab-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/
For more details on messages for visitors to the Lake District, see: www.saferlakes.co.uk
Handyperson scheme resumes
A scheme that supports elderly or vulnerable residents with practical help around their homes is re-starting after being suspended due to Coronavirus restrictions.
South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC) Handyperson Scheme offers assistance with small jobs around the home to help people maintain independent living and quality of life.
When running normally, the service provides help with anything from changing a lightbulb to putting up shelving, installing hand rails and small repairs such as unblocking sinks. The work is free of charge and only materials need to be paid for.
The scheme was suspended in line with government guidance following the Coronavirus outbreak, but following a review this week in light of new government advice SLDC has decided to partially reintroduce the service and accept referrals for external work only.
This would include jobs such as clearing gutters on bungalows, fitting outside grab rails and installing a key safe.
No work will be undertaken at the current time that would require entering a resident’s property, even if that is just to access the back, for example to fit a grab rail on the outside back wall of the home.
Each request through the Handyperson Scheme will be carefully screened by council staff to ensure the job can be carried out in accordance with these restrictions and while observing social distancing before the job is passed on to the contractor.
Assistance under the Handyperson Scheme is available to people who are unable to undertake the task themselves and have no other person available to help them with the task and reside in the South Lakeland area, who:
· are aged 65 and over; or
· have a disability or are vulnerable; or
· are being discharged or have recently been discharged from hospital; or
· are at high risk of falling due to a medical condition; or
· potential victims of crime, who are referred by the police
Works are limited to a maximum of three hours on site if one handy person visits, or 1.5 hours if two handy people visit.
The scheme is supported by Cumbria Constabulary and Age UK, and the fitting of minor security measures is also included in the scheme.
Windermeals Update (11th May)
Please see the update from Bowness & Windermere Community Care Trust:
Thanks to the continuing generosity of all of the organisations and companies who are now helping fund this project recipient numbers have been growing every week. Since the project started on the 17th April we have now distributed over 813 Windermeals on the seven delivery days involved.
On Tuesday this week 165 portion of soup and fresh bread rolls were distributed and yesterday 220 Afternoon Teas were provided to add a special something to help those shielded in their homes during VE Day celebrations. This one off special was kindly additionally funded by the Roselands Trust but would not have been possible without all of the support that your organisations are providing in making this project deliverable in our community. Every Afternoon Tea was accompanied by a Union Flag, a little addition to help the celebrations along.
We expect to reach our initial target of 400 soup deliveries per week by next week. Additionally we are now intending to add a hot meal offer to the soup deliveries following support from Windermere Town Council. We are hoping to commence this extension of provision on May 15th.
For those of you that utilise Facebook please visit our new Facebook page (search on Facebook for Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust) or just click below:
I would also wish to recognise the growing group of socially distancing volunteers who help ensure the efficient distribution (and always with a smile) and last, but not least, to the team at Lamplighter Dining Rooms for their tremendous work in producing Windermeals.
NHS Recovery Centres:
Considerable progress has been made by the NHS and partners to provide beds at the following locations:
The intention is to first use the significant extra capacity created in our main hospitals through cancelling non-urgent treatment.
The Recovery Centres will be used for patients who are medically fit for discharge and are well enough to leave hospital, but need a little extra support to get back to their home. Recovery Centre beds will ONLY be used if needed.
We are continuing to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England to ensure the care in the units will meet the required standards for this type of provision.
We know that we will need the support of many volunteers to make this happen. They will be vital to support the organisation of the centres, building and maintaining the facilities, ensuring patients are served food and drinks and providing a friendly ear. So there is some work underway to recruit people with the skills who are able and willing to help at this time.
We will update you on our progress in the days ahead and are planning work with the media as the work progresses.
Anyone interested in volunteering should register an interest here https://supportcumbria.org.uk/
Grants now available to small businesses:
SLDC have launched the application process: SLDC has today announced the launch of its online application form for Government business grants for businesses affected by COVID 19. Businesses who meet the eligible criteria can now apply. There are two grants available:
- Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure
- Small Business Grant Funding Go to the SLDC website for the eligibility criteria and online form.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED YOUR BUSINESS RATES REFERENCE NUMBER WHEN APPLYING FOR GRANTS.
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria or you are seeking additional support measures, all the latest up-to-date government information can be found at Gov.UK Business Support
The sites below also have helpful up to date information and advice.
Cumbria County Council Updates
Cumbria Tourism Updates
Or email requests can be made for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.
C. General Guidance on support available in Cumbria:
See useful guidelines on the PDF document below
D.Grants now available to charities and individuals from the Cumbria Community Foundation:
See advice on how to claim in the PDF document below.
E: Cumbria Police Statement on how they will approach those who are out and about helping others:
It should be noted, that, in the light of the announcement made on 23rd March by the Prime Minister, most visitor facilities are now suspended in the Lake District. The Town Council has closed its public toilets facilities today, as it is impossible to guarantee the safety of the cleaning and coin collection staff. Cumbria will wlecome back visitors as soon as circumstances permit but, for now, it is best that we all follow the government guidelines and stay at home.
SLDC have set up a strategic group to manage the challenges from the virus outbreak and the impact on local communities and council services. See briefing note attached.
50% off for all residents of LA23 during this week! Use Code "resident 2020" when booking.
Poster with all information:
Our local Citizens Advice provides an important service to residents. They rely on volunteers. See poster below:
Come along to the Marchesi Centre on Tuesday 19th November between 4 and 7pm to meet your National Trust team, find out about their work and get any questions answered. Poster attached.
The local SLDC councillor, Dyan Jones, is holding a series of meetings about climate change as part of its commitment to address these issues and ensure that local communities are involved. Our local meeting is at the Marchesi Centre Windermere on 17 July at 7pm. Here is the poster.
Lovely to see the new play area opened at Millerground - the result of a local partnership involving SLDC, the Millerground volunteers and support from Windermere Town Council. Here are photos of the new play area and the Mayor opening.
Join your local composting scheme and help others to compost. See poster below.
All residents of Bowness & Windermere are invited to our Parish Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday 10th April at 6pm in the Cecil Reed room of the Marchesi Centre. Come along and have your say!
Here is the invite.....
This year there will be a programme of markets (Antiques, Farmers, Prom Art) on the Glebe. See flyer below for further information.
Come along and share your ideas and views with other locals at the Shake Up night on Thursday 28th March 5.30 to 8pm at the Lamplighter. Drinks/Canapes/Chat/Action. See full details below.
In this world of big organisations and companies, local councils, like that in Windermere, can respond to local issues in a meaningful way.
If you would live to serve your community, there are local elections on May 2nd and you can stand to become a Councillor on Windermere Town Council. If you are interested, you need to get your nomination paper in by Weds 3rd April. Contact the Clerk, Julie Hartley, for more details on 07951402372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come along to Ambleside Parish Centre on 22nd September and dance dance dance, meanwhile raising money for St John's Hospice. Poster attached.
Not to be missed. This very popular event makes its first appearance in Bowness on 15th July 11am to 2pm.
Don't miss this - beautiful melodies, passion and verve. 15th July 11am to 2pm. Poster attached.
The National Park today announced the start of public consultation on its draft new Local Plan, which will govern planning decisions in the years to come. It is a very important document and important that local people get chance to have a say. There will be 2 consultation events locally and details will be put on Council noticeboards and on this webpage when they are available. In the meantime, there are a number of documents that can be accessed and details are contained in the attachment below.
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