The first of two public meetings with Copeland mayor Mike Starkie to discuss budget plans is being held tonight.

Mr Starkie is hosting the events in Whitehaven and Millom to outline Copeland Council's proposed spending for 2020/21.

Aimed at both members of the business community and the wider public, the sessions will take place at Campus Whitehaven (the new St Benedict’s School and Mayfield school campus) tongith at 6pm.

There will be a second at Millom Hub, Salthouse Road, on Thursday, from 3.30pm. Both events will last 90 minutes.

Mr Starkie said: "I'm looking forward to sharing our budget proposals for the forthcoming year. These events are an opportunity for the community to contribute in person to the budget-setting process, and all feedback received will be taken on board as we finalise our proposals.

"After I've outlined the proposals, I'll be taking questions so this is a good chance for members of the community to have their say on the issues that matter to them."