APPLICATION PROCESS FOR OMICRON BUSINESS GRANTS IS NOW OPEN

SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

News release

20 January 2022

The application process is now open for grants to businesses in South Lakeland affected by the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Hospitality (defined as accommodation, food & beverage services) and leisure premises will benefit from Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants of up to £6,000, administered by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and aimed at easing the dual impact of staff absences and lower consumer demand.

Recipients of the new one-off Hospitality and Leisure grant must be solvent businesses, and ratepayers in the hospitality and leisure sector. For example, a pub; hotel; restaurant; bar; cinema; tourist attraction or village hall.

Grants are per eligible premises and the amount paid is varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands: RV of £0-15,000 (will receive £2,667); RV of £15,000-£51,000 (will receive £4,000); and RV of over £51,000 (will receive £6,000).

Applications close at midday on February 28.

Details about eligibility and a link to the application forms can be found at: https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/business-and-trade/business-support-grants-coronavirus-covid-19-1-april-2021-onwards/

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, SLDC portfolio holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: “Knowledge and good working practices developed through the many business support schemes we have administered since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 meant officers have been able to quickly stand up another effective and efficient application process.

“Supporting businesses in South Lakeland through these tough times is vital and SLDC is committed to doing everything we can to make sure they get through this.

“If you think you might be eligible, please check the criteria and get your application in before the deadline.”

More details on this scheme and other support available – including business rate relief, free business support and advice available to businesses in South Lakeland – can also be found at: https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/business-and-trade/

SLDC is also finalising details for a new discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support other businesses, based on local economic need.

Notes

The following definitions for the purposes of this scheme are as below:
• Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink;
• Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming;
• Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

The list below is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

Hospitality
Food courts, public houses/pub restaurants, restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars and cafes.

Leisure
Casinos and gambling clubs, cinemas, museums and art galleries, stately homes & historic houses, theatres, zoos & safari parks, amusement parks, wedding venues, events venues, nightclubs & discotheques, arenas, concert halls, tourist attractions, theme parks, amusement arcades, soft play centres or areas, indoor riding centres, clubs & institutions, village halls & scout huts, cadet huts.

Accommodation
Caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks, coaching inns, country house hotels, guest houses, hostels, hotels, lodge holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows, campsites, boarding houses, canal boats or other vessels, B&Bs, catered holiday homes, holiday homes.

For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.

Lowick Show 2021

Statement from the committee

With every good intention and all the will in the world, we tried our hardest to make the 2021 show happen for everyone…but…following the latest government announcement, many meetings and deep discussions we had to come to a final decision about whether we could safely run the show.

The unfortunate outcome was that we needed to cancel the show. We expect you’ll be as disappointed as we are with this decision, but with the circumstances put in-front of us, there was really no other option.

Fingers crossed for safer times in 2022, save the date for next years show on Saturday 3rd September.

Unlawful use of off-road motorbikes

The Parish Council is receiving multiple reports of a large increase in the number of motorbikes riding unlawfully on footpaths and across designated land particularly in the area between Great Burney and Beacon Tarn. Riders have also been observed riding on the highway illegally.

A great deal of damage is being done to the landscape and there are reports of walkers being intimidated. We encourage residents to report these events to the Police.

How to report non-emergency crime

Did you know that non-emergency crime, or a suspicion that an offence is being committed, can be reported directly to the Police in any of the following ways :-

Any of the above will make sure your issue reaches the Police Service and will be assessed, actioned and recorded as appropriate. 

For an ongoing crime or emergency it’s still 999 of course.

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.

Meeting held on 21 November 2019

Highways issues

County Councillor Matt Brereton gave some feedback on highways issues raised at previous meetings.

He confirmed that the SatNav sign is to be moved to the other side of the road to mitigate any confusion.

He agreed that the flower box scheme at Lowick Bridge should go ahead – using ‘common sense’ in siting. Highways officers are looking at locations where there are flooding problems, including Woodgate.

Councillor Mitchell highlighted the issue of white lining – or lack of it, following re-surfacing, and what has been done is a waste of time.

Parish Plan

Councillor Ingham has completed the final draft of the questionnaire in relation to the Parish Plan and it was agreed that this should be printed and sent to all residents.

A questionnaire for young people will also be devised.

This will be an opportunity for members of Lowick parish to give their views on what they would like to see happen in the future – so please take part.

Farmers Arms

District Councillor Ian Wharton explained that Egton with Newland, Mansriggs and Osmotherley Parish Council are going ahead with an attempt to get the now defunct Farmers Arms registered as a community asset. A planning group is needed to move things along to prevent the owners allowing it to deteriorate further.

Lengthsman

The Lengthsman is still active in the parish and will be undertaking some work on the bus shelters as well as his usual tasks of clearing drains and cutting back overgrown areas.

Planning

SLDC have refused the application from Arqiva to erect a 10 metre mast at the junction of the A5092 and the A5084 to improve the network for smart metering. The reasons given are the adverse visual impact and the lack of convincing evidence that the site selection was fully exhaustive. The councillors felt that this was a just result, considering the concerns that were expressed. Arqiva may submit a further application, hopefully taking into consideration local opinions.

Councillor Longmire

It is with regret that the Council learnt that Councillor Longmire plans to resign from the Council. He was Chairman for several years and guided the Council through a difficult period after the last election.

A casual vacancy will be advertised and if any resident wishes to join the parish council, please let a councillor or the clerk  know. Because it is less than six months before the next election is due, no election will be held but an interested person could be co-opted.

Next meting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on 16 January at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall. All are welcome.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Pete Jones, Reserve Manager for Lowick Common, is planning to attend the January meeting to talk about the plans for the Common. Please come to the meeting if you are interested in this topic.