Copeland Borough Council have published a leaflet advising where you can obtain help and support during the pandemic. Grants are available to those in need of urgent help.
Gosforth Parish Council are pleased to announce that Gosforth Playground will re-open on 4th July 2020. In line with government guidance there are some restrictions which are listed below. Please note Food and Drink cannot be consumed in the playground area and we are asking everyone to keep socially distanced and to take your litter home with you to avoid spreading the virus. Please do not allow your children to play with the Talk Tubes. Bring your own sanitiser and clean your childrens hands before and after playing on the equipment and consider bringing cloths to wipe down the equipment before use. Thank you and stay safe.
Guidance for users of Gosforth Playground
We hope you enjoy using this play area and thank you for helping to keep everyone safe by following these instructions.
This guidance maybe updated as regulations and guidelines change, therefore we ask you to review this signage each time you access the play area.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Parish Clerk on Gosforth.firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01229 717551
As the lockdown begins to ease, the Lake District has seen a significant increase in the number of visitors. While many are acting in a considerate way, there have been instances of visitor behaviour that has put pressure on the local communities and the emergency services.
Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority comments:
“We’re delighted the nation has such an appetite to the visit the Lake District. Our communities have been hit hard by COVID19 and as they start to recover, we ask all our visitors to be kind to both people and the place when they arrive. We’ve had some real issues with littering, fires, illegal camping and terrible car parking in the last couple of weeks.
“We recognise that people have spent many weeks cooped up at home and being in such a beautiful place as the Lake District is exciting but please remember it’s also a place when people live and work. Please make sure that there is no trace of your visit and you leave with great memories.”
Agencies are urging people to follow the Countryside Code on their visit:
Respect other people:
Protect the natural environment:
Enjoy the outdoors:
Inconsiderate parking caused particular problems for the county’s emergency services.
Craig Drinkald, Area Manager, Head of Community Safety, Cumbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service, said:
“While we understand that people want to get out and enjoy our county’s beautiful scenery, it’s important everyone does so responsibly.
“We are asking people to ensure they park in a safe and considerate way that allows access for fire appliances and other emergency vehicles. If you can’t guarantee this then please find a safer alternative place to park or return at a different time. Fire engines are approximately 2.5 metres wide. Therefore if you’re parking your vehicle and don’t think a van could get through the space, it’s extremely unlikely that a fire engine will either. So please keep this in mind, especially on our narrow country lanes. The delays this can cause could cost lives. We’d also urge people not to light fires or BBQs. The weather has been exceptionally dry for weeks and the potential for dangerous wild fires is high.”
Sector Manager for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Rick Shaw, reiterated this advice. He said:
“As people head to Cumbria to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful county, we ask that they are considerate of their parking and make sure that they leave enough room for ambulances and other emergency services to get through. In a life-threatening emergency every second counts and if an ambulance is delayed due to dangerous and thoughtless parking, it really can mean the difference between life and death. We know that the vast majority of people do act responsibly but please bear in mind that we need extra space to allow large vehicles to pass at speed if necessary.”
Only for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of COVID-19, who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours and are struggling for food, medicines or other essential supplies.
Call: 0800 783 1966
or email: COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk
For an online application form please click this link
Following BT’s consultation on the removal of Telephone Boxes in the area, Parish Councillor Rachel Rowe, launched a Facebook discussion on whether residents wanted to keep the phone box. Responses came in thick and fast, most of them in favour of retaining the Telephone Box and several offers of help were also received. The Parish Council have now indicated to BT that they want to ‘adopt’ the phone box on behalf of the residents of Gosforth. Councillor Rowe is currently researching and co-ordinating the maintenance of the box so we are ready to act as soon as contracts are exchanged.
Gosforth Public Hall is an ideal venue for parties of all sizes. It has loads of space to let your little ones run around – its even large enough for a bouncy castle! There are dates available in the calendar so look no further and contact the booking officer – you will be surprised how reasonable the hire fees are – see our Public Hall page for details.
The infrastructure team at Sellafield have announced that they are planning a Litter Pick on 12th July. They aim to clean up from the A595 junction at Gosforth to Seascale and hope to go all the way to the beach.