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Storm Ciara will make her mark across the Northwest over the weekend with both heavy rain and very strong winds set to feature at various times. Yesterday’s severe weather warnings have been revised in light of the latest forecast data, as has the Flood Guidance Statement (FGS). All are attached above for your information.   Let me try and summarise as briefly as possible the main threat areas/times for the Northwest this weekend.   ·        Winds – No major changes to yesterday’s picture. S to SW winds strengthening from later tomorrow afternoon and through tomorrow evening, initially across Cumbria and especially the coast from Barrow northwards and the NW land quadrant, with coastal gusts of 60-70mph, perhaps as much as 75mph on exposed coastlines possible later tomorrow evening. Yesterday’s yellow warning which took in only Cumbria has now been extended further S to include much of Lancashire and Merseyside. Impacts to transport networks possible (trees/branches on to roads, overhead rail wires on West Coast Main Line at risk) as well as localised power disruption. Any loose structures may also be at risk, especially NW Cumbria. Winds moderating a little in the early hours of Sunday but still a windy night, especially along the coast.   Renewed very strong winds Sunday morning and into the early afternoon, potential for gusts 50 to 60mph anywhere even inland which, allied to spells of locally heavy rain, could make for atrocious driving conditions, especially Cumbria/Lancashire and over exposed motorway bridges. The SE’wards clearance of the main rain area on Sunday may be accompanied by a pulse of very strong gusts (from a SW’ly direction) before winds ease down (somewhat) as we get into the showery westerly airflow later on Sunday. Yesterday’s medium impacts wind warning for the whole UK stands as per yesterday. For the remainder of Sunday and throughout Monday, Tuesday and even into Wednesday of next week, we retain a strong W to NW’ly airflow bringing plentiful showers. These will be blustery with potential for gusts of 50+mph at times, especially over coasts and higher ground. No warnings in force for these winds currently, to be reviewed daily.   ·        Rain – Rain, heavy at times reaching Cumbria tomorrow evening and spreading slowly SE into parts of Lancashire, eventually pushing down into other parts of the Northwest by early Sunday. Rainfall totals looking a bit higher across Cumbria/N and NE Lancashire than they did yesterday. These are the areas of most concern for both river-based and surface water-based impacts with a lot of rain falling in a relatively short time. The rain should start to clear out of Cumbria late Sunday morning or early afternoon and then continue its SE’wards march out of the region. Yesterday’s low impact yellow rain warning has been raised to medium impacts (albeit at very low likelihood) reflecting the increased concern for excess surface water and river response. Once the main rain area has departed to the SE we pick up a showery airflow. Showers may become frequent at times but will be fast moving with precipitation totals much reduced compared to the main threat period of Saturday evening to Sunday lunchtime.   ·        Summary of revised severe weather warnings in force –   i)                 Yellow wind warning – High likelihood of Low impacts - Cumbria/Lancashire/Merseyside – valid 1200 to 2359 Saturday ii)                Yellow wind warning – Low likelihood of Medium impacts – All areas – valid throughout Sunday iii)               Yellow rain warning – Very Low likelihood of Medium impacts – Cumbria/N,NE Lancashire/NE tip of Greater Manchester – valid 0000 to 1800 Sunday   ·        Flood Risk as per the FGS – The FGS has a broad yellow area covering Cumbria and N/NE Lancashire for Sunday and Monday reflecting the flood risk from responding rivers lagging into Monday. There is also a green strip of concern covering the entire Northwest coastline – the strong winds will overlap with the rising tide cycle with Sunday perhaps the day of most concern for potential coastal impacts. High water later on Sunday morning offers a low likelihood of minor coastal flooding impacts, this risk carrying over in to Monday and Tuesday for although the winds are a little less strong after Sunday they are still blowing straight in off the Irish Sea (WNW’ly) and the tide cycle itself peaks around Tuesday.      ·        Snow/ice risk early next week – Initially showers during Sunday evening/night/early Monday will be exclusively of rain or possibly soft hail. During the course of Monday the air will slowly cool down enabling the level at which snow can penetrate down to in showers to lower, so that by Monday evening onwards through Tuesday and into early Wednesday sleet or snow could fall to quite low levels with the likelihood of accumulations above around 200-300m. Any heavier wintry showers, combined with the winds and possible lying snow, could give very tricky conditions over the higher level routes with potential blizzard conditions over the Cumbrian Fells and North Pennines. There are as yet no warnings in force for snow with the worst liable to be reserved for Scotland and N Ireland. However, this aspect will be kept under close review in case warnings are required nearer the time.  

PRESS RELEASE Council to reduce number of small recycling sites 14 October 2019 For Immediate Release FOLLOWING a successful shift in the way residents recycle, Copeland Council will reduce the number of small recycling sites it operates by the end of November. The council has invested more than half-a-million-pounds in its kerbside recycling service over the past 18 months, which has resulted in collection rates more than doubling. The significant investment and high level of take-up of the new service means that fewer recycling sites are now required and 15 small sites will be withdrawn. Ten large recycling sites will continue to operate, spread throughout the borough to supplement the kerbside service but largely concentrated on areas that do not receive a kerbside collection. Due to the reduction in use, it currently costs Copeland Council £40,000 per year to operate the soon-to-be-withdrawn sites, achieving only a £10,000 income. Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, said: “There are a number of reasons for this decision. We’ve invested heavily in our kerbside recycling system to provide a first-class service, collecting five items from residents’ doorsteps every two weeks. The response to this has been overwhelming and our recycling rates have improved considerably. “For those who receive our kerbside collection, which is more than 96 per cent of households, we are encouraging you to use it. Between your three boxes and a bag, there’s now more space for your recycling than in your household waste bin. “For the small percentage of households that don’t receive a kerbside collection, the 10 remaining recycling sites provide an outlet for their recyclables. We are also investigating the possibility of expanding the kerbside collection service to cover more properties. “We have received a number of complaints that recycling sites are unsightly, they sometimes attract anti-social behaviour, and can be  abused by businesses for their trade waste. From an operational point of view, they can be difficult to manage as use is unpredictable and material is often not put into the containers, and they can cause litter problems, particularly in windy weather. “Coupled with the high cost of running the sites, in relation to the income they generate, it’s simply not viable for us to continue to offer a kerbside collection to more than 96 per cent of households, and still run the 25 recycling sites that we historically did. “We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, and we’d encourage residents who may have particular difficulties to contact us so we can support them to continue recycling.”   There are a number of options available to the small number of residents who used the soon-to-be withdrawn sites.   Please use the kerbside service. Visit www.copeland.gov.uk to check if you’re on a collection. If you are and require further boxes and bag, please contact us on 01946 598300 or info@copeland.gov.uk. A detailed leaflet explaining what can and cannot be recycled is available at www.copeland.gov.uk or in person at our offices at Market Hall, Whitehaven, and St George’s Road, Millom. Please remember to wash and squash your recycling If you have extra recycling that cannot fit into your boxes and bag, please leave it out for collection. Provided it is secure and recyclables separated, waste crews will collect it. Notices directing residents to alternative recycling sites will be placed on the soon-to-be-withdrawn sites over the next two weeks.   Recycling sites to be retained are: Co-op (Cleator Moor) Main Street car park (Distington) Beck Green car park (Egremont) Haverigg foreshore Tesco, Lancashire Road (Millom) Seascale foreshore St Bees foreshore Morrisons, Flatt Walks (Whitehaven) Tesco, Bransty Row (Whitehaven) Gosforth car park ** Recycling sites to be withdrawn are: Kings Head, Main Street (Bootle) Calderbridge Village Hall Main Street car park (Cleator) Ennerdale Scout Camp Eskdale Green car park Frizington Road car park East Road (Lowca) Moor Row Working Mens Club The Screes (Nether Wasdale) Nether Wasdale campsite Churchstile Caravan Park (Netherwasdale) Parton play area Main Street car park (Pica) Brown Cow (Waberthwaite) Wasdale Head campsite  ** The site at Gosforth car park will be retained for the time being, however it is likely that its location will alter. Copeland Council will make a further announcement about this site in the near future.

Saturday 7th December 2019 - Millom Christmas Market and Light Switch On 2pm-6pm Millom Market Square and Guide Hall

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