East side of Coniston Water

Emergency road closure of the C5018

Cumbria County Council has been working with the Police, Lake District National Park and National Trust in response to the large number of vehicles travelling to and parking on the East side of Lake Coniston.

There have been multiple reports of inconsiderate parking, anti-social behaviour and littering over the last few weeks on the C5018, East of Coniston Water. This has presented a danger to the travelling public, especially as obstructive parking has prevented emergency services vehicles from being able to pass.

Therefore, a decision has been made to close the C5018 from Nibthwaite, South of Coniston Water to Monk House at the North end near to Coniston village. The closure will come into effect on Friday 19 June 2020.

Access

Access will be maintained for all properties on this road. The C5018 will not be accessible as a through route or for parking, however emergency, cycling and pedestrian access will be maintained.

Lowick Show 2020

Statement from the committee

Lowick Show committee have regrettably come to the decision to cancel this years show.

It is not a decision that has come to us lightly and we hoped that with being one of the later shows there may still be chance of going ahead. However, due to the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19 we feel this is the best thing to do.

Stay safe and we hope to see you next year on Saturday 4 September 2021!

Green bin collection

Green bin collection to be partially reintroduced

A green bin waste collection is being partially re-introduced by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) after it was suspended at the end of March.

SLDC suspended green waste collections in response to reduced staffing levels due to the Coronavirus outbreak and restrictions to ensure crews could work safely and comply with social distancing guidelines.

The council now believes it has sufficient resource to look at re-introducing a green bin collection on a monthly basis, while still allowing crews to work safely.

Starting week commencing 4 May

  • check your collection calendar and leave your green bin out on your next scheduled collection day
  • collection crews will begin emptying green bins on the round on the scheduled collection day
  • one collection per household each month until further notice

Not emptied

If your bin has not been emptied by the end of the scheduled collection day please take your bin back in and present it again on the next scheduled green bin collection day according to your calendar, when the crews will return to continue the rest of the round.

Meeting held on 16 January 2020

The last Parish Council Meeting was scheduled for 16 January. Unfortunately the Council was not quorate as Councillors Sanderson and Mitchell were unable to attend. Consequently, a formal meeting could not be held.

Pete Jones, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Reserve Manager for Lowick Common spoke at the meeting about plans for Lowick Common which was recently gifted to the Trust. It is a no funding project and therefore there are no constraints placed by any funders, but there is also no money available and volunteers are encouraged and welcome. Anyone can get in touch with CWT (01539 816300) to express an interest in helping.

Short term projects include controlling the Himalayan balsam and keeping the main path network clear, year round. Access plans include maintaining the path network,interpretation signs, leaflets, and parking capacity.

There will be a five year management plan:

  • Surveys will be carried out on birds,dragonflies (15 species), reptiles, the ponds and sites of archaeological interest.
  • CWT will be assessing high risk ash trees and apply for a felling licence if required.
  • Reduction of bracken is a significant issue and CWT will only be using mechanical means – no chemical controls.
  • Tree planting may be considered and this would help to reduce the bracken. In order to introduce grazing the bracken would have to be managed and CWT would have to work with Commoners.
  • Pond management: the need to consider restoration/rotational clearing, but the wet land sites are important habitats.

The Parish Council appreciates Mr. Jones giving his time to come to the meeting.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 19 March at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall, all welcome.

Lowick Parish Council is still seeking another member of the public to join the Council following the resignation of John Longmire. If you are interested, please speak to a Councillor or the Clerk. It would be a co-opted position as parish council elections are due to be held in May 2020.