In this year in history 25 years ago — 1994 PENRITH

Date: Monday 4th March 2019

Temporary caravan accommodation for the homeless of Eden is to be phased out at Pategill, Penrith, over the next four years and a housing association will take over responsibility by building houses for short term accommodation. Neither the association nor the site have been named, but a meeting of Eden Council’s Health and Housing Committee was told that 21 homes would be built and let to homeless people on six-month shorthold tenancies. Councillors had been about to begin a seven-year scheme to replace the Pategill caravans with chalet homes, but this had to be abandoned after legal checks showed that, unlike caravans, chalets would be subject to tenants’ right to buy.

Temporary caravan accommodation for the homeless of Eden is to be phased out at Pategill, Penrith, over the next four years and a housing association will take over responsibility by building houses for short term accommodation. Neither the association nor the site have been named, but a meeting of Eden Council’s Health and Housing Committee was told that 21 homes would be built and let to homeless people on six-month shorthold tenancies. Councillors had been about to begin a seven-year scheme to replace the Pategill caravans with chalet homes, but this had to be abandoned after legal checks showed that, unlike caravans, chalets would be subject to tenants’ right to buy.

Residents are being asked to join in the drawing up of traffic plans for Penrith, including debating the banning of through vehicles from streets such as Middlegate, Devonshire Street and King Street. A public meeting is being staged by Cumbria County Council in an attempt to find out further public opinion on how traffic flow can be improved in the town centre.

LAKE DISTRICT

Given the vagaries of the Lake District weather, it was appropriate the fells should be shrouded in snow on the day that a new weather line was launched. The launch, at the Bowder Stone in Borrowdale, marked the advent of a three-year sponsorship deal by Glaxo Holdings of the national park’s fell top weather line service.

KESWICK

Keswick is in the grip of rugby fever as the town’s players bid to reach the final of a national competition. A large crowd is expected at Davidson Park, the home of Keswick RUFC, as the town team take on Kidderminster Harriers in the quarter-finals of the Pilkington Shield.

KIRKBY THORE

Kirkby Thore motorist Sandy Milne and his wife Olive have no shortage of cars to choose from — they have won two within the last four years! Sandy, of Dunfell View, collected his latest prize, a new Mini Sprite, which sells for around £6,000. He came up trumps in a national competition run by BP and a daily newspaper. Four years ago, Mrs. Milne hit the jackpot in a similar national competition and won a Rover Vitesse 800, plus a holiday for two in Florida.

MUNGRISDALE

English Nature’s proposal to designate Low Beckside Meadow as a Site of Special Scientific Interest has been welcomed by Lake District planners. The meadow is situated about a kilometre south of the village, with much of the land sloping down to the River Glenderamackin.

ALSTON

County councillors are demanding full market value from Eden Council for amenity land at Alston’s former railway station. Members of Cumbria County Council’s Property Sub-committee had been recommended to transfer the land to Eden for a nominal sum, but voted to charge the full market value. Councillors agreed that, subject to approval from the Economic Development Committee, county property holdings at the station be declared surplus and that the car park, landscape areas, picnic area, footpath and toilet block be offered to Eden.

CALTHWAITE

A former Eden dairy has taken on a new role, producing “upper crust” pies and sausages for sale across Cumbria. Monday saw the start of production at what was the old Pattinson’s dairy at Calthwaite, when it officially opened as the new base for Brennand’s, a former Kendal company now a subsidiary of Penrith-based J. and J. Graham.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

Members of Penrith Urban Council will be asked to approve rents of 40s to 45s for the new council houses now being erected on the Pategill Estate, but they will be told that economic rents for these houses would be between £4 and £4 9s. The Housing Committee recommends the following rents for the houses: Ten old people’s bungalows, 40s a week; sixteeen 3-person houses, 40s; twenty-four 4-person houses, 45s.

SOUTHWAITE

“I don’t think it is for the County Council necessarily to take sides unless pressed to do so,” maintained the Chairman, Mr. Tim Westoll, at a meeting of Cumberland County Council, when defending its non-intervention in the matter of the site for the proposed motorway services at Southwaite. The Minister of Transport has decided on a site near Southwaite, despite the recommendation favouring a rival site at Road Ends by his inspector, who conducted a local inquiry.

CUMBERLAND

The County “Chancellor of the Exchequer” — chairman of the County Finance Committee — Mr. Richard W. Shepherd, Outwood, Arthur Street, Penrith, was elevated to the aldermanic bench at a meeting of Cumberland County Council, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sir Timothy Fetherstonhaugh, Kirkoswald. His election was carried unanimously, there being no other nomination.

APPLEBY

The Mayoress of Appleby, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Brown, was killed in a tragic accident on the A.66 through the town. She was walking along The Sands when a southbound articulated lorry collided with a stationary car and careered through the front of a shop belonging to Spooner’s Garage. Police said 60-year-old Mrs. Brown, of Thanet Terrace, was killed instantly.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

A proposal to revive the Associated Football Club, which has been dormant since the outbreak of war, was approved at a public meeting. Mr. H. L. Robertshaw said the old playing pitch had been secured and Messrs. Richardson and Son and Mr. A. Grisenthwaite had provided goalposts. Lord Lonsdale was to be asked to become President.

EDENHALL

Mr. John Metcalfe, The Grange, Edenhall, held his boon ploughing, when 49 draughts — eleven turning double furrows — put in an appearance. There were 38 draughts at the boon ploughing of Mr. Horn, Langwathby.

KNOCK

During a “welcome home” celebration in the Mission Room there was a singular coincidence when the door opened and in walked Private W. Saul, straight from France — the only soldier from Knock who had not returned when the celebration was organised. He had not been expected nor did he know of the festivity in preparation.