SUNDAY’S NEWS IN BRIEF
SUNDAY’S NEWS IN BRIEF
Posted: March 25, 2012
FIRST LAUNCH EVENT FOR £1.69m REFLECTIONS PROGRAMME
A £1.69m programme of projects for communities around England’s longest lake launches with a special event in Bowness today.
The Heritage Lottery Fund and Windermere Reflections is rolling out 19 projects over the next three years, designed to protect the lake and surrounding countryside.
The first of three launch events is being held today.
You can find out more onboard The Teal steamer at Bowness Bay jetty.
Two more events, at Ambleside and Lakeside, will be held in late March and early April.
WR manager, Liz Davey, said: “This is an iconic landscape, respected and loved around the world.
“But, inevitably, there are pressures and our diverse projects – ranging from practical conservation to green deals, celebrating the heritage to learning – aim to kick-start interest and help.”
FARRON CALLS FOR END TO TOBACCO INVESTMENTS
The South Lakes MP says Cumbria County Council should pull its investments in three major tobacco companies.
The authority has £8million of its pension pot invested in Japan Tobacco Incorporated, British American Tobacco and the Imperial Tobacco Group.
Tim Farron says public money should only be invested in ethical businesses.
NHS Cumbria estimates 900 people in the County die from smoking related illnesses every year.
Mr. Farron said: “This is incredibly irresponsible and I am calling on the County Council to pull their investments from tobacco companies. At a time the council is trying to stop people from smoking in parks, they are happy to invest hard working public sector workers pension funds in tobacco companies!
“It is yet again another example of the strange priorities of Cumbria County Council. The council must drop their investments in these companies urgently and I am calling on them to review the rest of their portfolio.”
CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS WITH YOUR CLOCKS
Cumbria Fire & Rescue are urging people to test their smoke alarms today.
The message of ‘push the button, not your luck’ coincides with the start of British Summer Time.
Officers are urging people to test their alarms at the same time they change their clocks.
They’re also reminding everyone that fire alarms should be tested on a weekly basis.