New Conservative group leader appointed

South Lakeland District Council’s Conservative group has a new leader. Burton and Crooklands’ councillor Tom Harvey is taking up the mantle from Windermere councillor Ben Berry who is stepping down to prepare for the arrival of a new baby later this year. The party has 15 seats on South Lakeland District…

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Campaigners hail success in Bowness Cinema campaign

Commenting on the Lake District National Park’s decision not to include the Royalty Cinema in Bowness in its list of sites for future redevelopment, Windermere Councillor Ben Berry said: “This is victory for the hundreds of local people who have supported our campaign to save the Royalty Cinema. “I know that South Lakeland District…

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Bowness cinema campaigners receive county council support

Campaigners fighting to secure the future of a Bowness cinema have received the backing of Cumbria County Council. In an unexpected move, the county council has signalled its formal opposition to the decision by South Lakeland’s Liberal Democrat District Council to put the Royalty Cinema on a list of sites…

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Fight continues for Royalty Cinema

The campaign to save the Royalty Cinema in Bowness took a blow today with confirmation that South Lakeland’s Liberal Democrat Council is to press ahead with plans to include the site in the National Park’s new Local Plan. Windermere councillor Ben Berry and local campaigner Jane Hoyle have been fighting…

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Campaigners present Royalty Cinema petition to council

Today (18 July), Windermere councillor Ben Berry, Royalty Cinema manager Charles Morris, Mark Latimer of  the Furness Theatre Organ Project and local campaigner Jane Hoyle,  presented their petition demanding the council remove the Royalty Cinema in Bowness from a list of sites it has put forward to the Lake District National Park…

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Councillors release video on Windermere Ferry fiasco

Two councillors, representing communities separated since May by the ongoing suspension of the Windermere Ferry, have released a video to highlight the ongoing plight of local and visitors, and put pressure on Cumbria’s Liberal Democrat and Labour County Council to act to restore the service before the school summer holidays.…

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New Conservative team appointed on South Lakes’ council

South Lakeland District Council’s Conservative group leader, Councillor Ben Berry, has announced his new Shadow Cabinet team on the local authority. The party, which gained three seats from the Liberal Democrats in this May’s local elections, now has 19 councillors on South Lakeland District Council – its highest number in…

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