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Sunday, 26 April 2015

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What chance of new path for pedestrians?

SIR – I read with interest about the new footpath recently installed at Egremont, in a recent edition of The Whitehaven News. All concerned seemed very positive on the completion of the project, and rightly so.

Last updated 23 April 2015
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Painting an inaccurate picture

cemayfield1604 SIR – As governors of Mayfield School, we welcome the support from Jackie Blacklock (letter, April 16). She correctly points out that the school serves all of West Cumbria.

Last updated 23 April 2015
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Uppies and Downies rules. OK?

andy upsdownass3 SIR – Your succinct report of the Easter Saturday Uppies and Downies game at Workington (April 16) introduces it as Workington’s mass no-rules football game.

Last updated 23 April 2015
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What will an elected mayor mean?

NEXT month, the residents of Copeland will for the first time have an opportunity to elect a directly elected mayor, writes Paul Walker, Copeland Council's returning officer.

Last updated 17 April 2015
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Candidate’s claims are ‘simply nonsense’

SIR –All credit to mayoral candidate Mr Starkie for his efforts to engage the voters via his well-presented website, but not everything on it does credit to his head for figures or his capacity for logic.

Last updated 16 April 2015
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Thanks for cleaning our beach

cedriggrubbish SIR – May I thank all those who took part in the independent litter collection at Drigg over the Easter holiday.

Last updated 16 April 2015
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Let’s fly the (right) flag!

CEGEORGEFLAG1604 SIR – Amid the bacon sandwich-eating, “my kitchen is bigger than yours”, “oh no it isn’t because mine was the second kitchen”, colouring in kiddies’ school books and “oh look, I am in another hospital with the poor nurses”, it may have gone unnoticed but Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has lapsed the rules on the flying of flags from public buildings.

Last updated 16 April 2015
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School serves ALL West Cumbria

cemayfield1604 SIR – As your readers may know Callan and Ethan Raynor are my step-grandsons. I have also worked and been involved with children and adults with learning disabilities for almost 40 years. Today I am proud to be involved with Give Us A Break 2010, who are endeavouring to improve the support to our disabled and disadvantaged children by building a short-break centre for them to use in West Cumbria.

Last updated 16 April 2015
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How to get involved with The Whitehaven News coverage

THURSDAY, May 7 promises to be an historic, intriguing – and perhaps a little bewildering – day here in Copeland, writes assistant editor Andrew Clarke.

Last updated 9 April 2015
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Are you registered to vote?

THE countdown to the Elections 2015 has begun, and for Copeland it is an historic event with four ballots taking place on Thursday, May 7.

Last updated 9 April 2015
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Community pulls together

kanehast SIR – I write to you as the chair of the West Cumbria branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Last updated 2 April 2015
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Ex-Labour mayors support independent

cewillis020401 SIR – I recently met with Mr Mike Starkie and discussed with him his ideas and vision for Copeland. I was taken aback by his plans – a wind of change is about to blow away the cobwebs of old should he be elected the mayor of Copeland.

Last updated 2 April 2015
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A refreshing way to help

cetriersletter SIR – The Great St Bees Water Challenge took place over 24 hours last weekend.

Last updated 26 March 2015
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Play your part in the life of the community

SIR – I have a cunning plan. All the readers of The Whitehaven News should send me about £30 per household: a bit more if you live in a posh house; a bit less if you have a more humble abode. If your neighbours are on benefits, live on their own or the house is unoccupied you should send me a bit more to make up for what they don’t pay.

Last updated 26 March 2015
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Give equal chance to all jobseekers

SIR – I have recently submitted my CV for what I thought were general worker (GW) vacancies in the Sellafield Laundry Services. A spokesman for Sellafield Ltd said: “Our 10,000-plus workforce is made up of nuclear professionals with different skills and qualifications from a range of academic backgrounds.

Last updated 26 March 2015
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We’d be crazy to let this cat out of the bag

lynxJF1 SIR – I was horrified to read about releasing the lynx back into Cumbria as proposed project by Lynx UK Trust (The Whitehaven News, March 12). It may have happened before but think of all the danger this would bring to all our wildlife and farm animals in the fields.SIR – Why have the council knocked off all these rural buses when people need them?SIR – I am so pleased to see how well Whitehaven is coming on after years of decline.SIR – Just some advice (informed) for you to consider when making your political decision at the very important coming General Election, in our great and free country: “The only way to protect Jesus Christ is to protect His poor.”

Last updated 19 March 2015
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Answer is simple – and known about long ago

cebypass1903 SIR – In the early 1990s a proposal from the then Conservative Government gave consultation to a document that was able to be viewed in St Bridget’s church hall with regard to a Distington By-pass.

Last updated 19 March 2015
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Copeland’s reward for Sellafield is unjust

sellafieldviewac SIR – Let’s try to put this into context. Sellafield is the third most radioactive site in the world after Chernobyl and Fukushima and, at the site, expert staff are into chemistry and technology which few, if any in the world, have ever employed before. It really is cutting-edge technology and engineering and there is a very steep learning curve. but we are already exporting that expertise.

Last updated 12 March 2015
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Should we put CBC in special measures?

parkingchaosJF SIR – If Copeland Borough Council were an educational establishment, Ofsted would have acted some time back to introduce special measures and taken overall control to protect standards and interests of the pupils (in this case, the electorate of Copeland). SIR – So Matty Tymon, Workington Reds’ striker, has been banned from three games for saying that women shouldn’t referee men’s matches.SIR – On December 23, 2014, I had a double bunion operation performed by Mr Palipane at the West Cumberland Hospital, and through your paper, I convey my thanks and appreciation to all those who were involved in my care.

Last updated 12 March 2015
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Don’t let Lords silence our chance to protest

ptlakelandanti SIR – I see Elaine Woodburn (the very successful leader of Copeland Council, not) has come to the rescue of the Whitehaven Civic Hall, and suggested office space. SIR – I have an 89-year-old relation who last year had her parents’ grave, in Whitehaven cemetery re-turfed and the lettering redone in gold. SIR – Congratulations to W H Smiths for taking over the running of Whitehaven Post Office. They do this successfully in many towns, drawing more people into the main shopping areas.SIR – The ruling elite of this country treat the Whitehaven people as the expendables – because we let them.SIR – Next time the local schools do the Chinese New Year and its foods, let them further educate themselves by using chopsticks (not forks, as in your photo, February 19) as the Chinese do. Hold both chopsticks in the same hand and wind the noodles round them. Don’t worry about leaning over the plate when opening your mouth for them - the Chinese do that too.

Last updated 26 February 2015
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