Archive for July, 2011

South Lakes Cycle Challenge Awards

Thursday, July 28th, 2011


Well done to all 228 people who  took part in the 2011 South Lakes Cycle Challenge. Nearly 52,000 miles were cycled in the 6 week period with 28,000 of those miles for commuting. Almost 8000Kg’s of CO2 were saved by making those trips by bike.

Thanks to Tim Farron MP for presenting the pries yesterday in a ceremony on the Brewery Arts Centre steps.

 Winner of the New or returning cyclist category: Maxine Allison from Designworks with 51 trips by bike. 2nd place Dave Howard, 3rd Jon Robinson.

Winner of the team with the highest mileage: The Lakes School with 3613 miles in total. 2nd Fleet Fox’s – LDNP, 3rd Team C -Croppers.

The Lakes School team reps collect thier prizes

Winner of the Large Organisation with the Highest Mileage overall: The Lake District National Park.

Winner of the Large Organisation with the highest mileage per emlpoyee: Wheelbase with 118 miles per employee. 2nd Brathay Trust, 3rd The Lakes School.

Winner of the Small Organisation with the highest mileage and the highest mileage per employee: the Body Rehab with 450 miles per employee. 2nd Designworks, 3rd Seeds for Change Lancaster.

Winner of the team with the most trips by bike: ICT -LDNP with 317 trips. 2nd TWP Wheelers, 3rd Miles -LDNP

Thanks to all who participated and thanks to organiser and SLACC Transport Group convenor Liz Ashburn, Cumbria County Council, Awards for All, the LDNP SDF. Thanks to the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Company, the Royalty Cinema in Bowness, Rory from Designworks and Wheelbase for donating prizes. Thanks to Designworks for thier work on the website and the Brewery for hosting the awards.

Keep cycling!

New supermarket threat to Ulverston

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
Keep Ulverston Special Campaign
- instigated by a number of local people, local businesses and councillors
This campaign has been started because Robinsons, who own the Brewery site (just off the roundabout as you come into Ulverston) have put in planning permission to South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) to build a 25,000 square feet supermarket with an underpass to an underground car park raising the existing road by 2 metres.
The campaign has got off to a flying start. A lively public meeting was held last Thursday which was full (around 400 people) at which Robinsons explained how they wanted to enhance Ulverston and that the footfall to the town would be increased. Someone in the audience pointed out that the research which gave them that information was commissioned by Tesco !
We have a petition for people to sign to oppose the plan (over 300 signatures so far) and we are urging people to write to the planning officer Kate Lawson, South Lakeland District Council, South Lakeland House Lowther St Kendal LA9 4DL.In the Autumn we have further plans with a poster campaign in the local shops leading up to the point at which SLDC will vote on the planning application.
For those of you who live in Kendal or the surrounding area a letter to the planning officer would be invaluable since there are only 6 councillors representing Ulverston and other councillors may be convinced by the principle of keeping Ulverston a market town full of thriving independent shops with the money staying in the town.
You may also consider writing to your own SLDC councillor who will have a vote.
Lastly, some of us have considered boycotting Robinsons beer until they drop the proposal – there may be more on this in the future depending on how the campaign is going.
If anyone has creative ideas as to how to grab the attention of North-West TV since Robinsons brewery is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester please let me know

(Article contributed by Judy Filmore, Ulverston Green Party)