South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has warned that community pharmacies could face closure, following the government's announcement that funding will be cut by more than 7% over the next two years.
Tim has written to all pharmacies across South Lakeland to ask about the impact of these plans on local pharmacies. Some pharmacies in the area will be eligible for extra funding due to their rurality, but there are concerns this may be outweighed by the effect of the overall cuts included in the government's proposals.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron is appealing to local people to sign up as Trustees for the Bay Search and Rescue service, following a recent visit to the charity.
Bay Search and Rescue was set up 17 years ago, and provides search and rescue services in Morecambe Bay, as well as in some inland areas of Lancashire and Cumbria. The charity received a Royal visit in June from HRH The Duke of Kent, in recognition of the group's work during the December floods.
South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has welcomed proposals which would see pylons removed from the western side of the Lake District National Park for the first time in 50 years, as well as a tunnel under the sea to avoid putting huge new pylons across the southern edge of the Lake District.
The latest plans unveiled by the National Grid for a £2.8bn project to connect the planned Moorside power station on the west coast of Cumbria into the electricity network could see over 23km of the proposed route along the western section of the Lake District National Park put underground and existing pylons removed from the area. The plans would also see the power cables put through a tunnel under Morecambe Bay, to avoid the southern part of the National Park. The final plans mean that the route does not pass through Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency.
South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has raised concerns about ongoing sewage contamination of the River Kent, calling on the Environment Agency to issue an urgent safety update, as well as for United Utilities to be held responsible for fixing the damage already caused.
Concerned local anglers have contacted Tim to report that the Wastewater Treatment Works at Wattsfield in Kendal is continuing to pump contaminated waste into the River Kent.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has made the case in parliament for affordable student travel, highlighting the plight of students in rural areas like South Lakeland that face exorbitant costs and a lack of transport options.
Earlier this summer, Northern announced that it was removing student season tickets from the Lakes Line for post-16 students, meaning that the cost of school transport has quadrupled this year for some Sixth Formers in Kendal. A rail pass from Windermere which would have cost around £250 now costs over £1000.