Category: Cumbria

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Ultrafast boost to Morecambe 0

Ultrafast boost to Morecambe

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:30AM by Gary West SOCIAL BOOKMARKS Virgin Media has begun work in Morecambe to connect up to 14,000 properties to ultra-fast broadband. The company ultimately plan to extend its fibre optic network to up to 53,000 homes and businesses across Lancashire. It was also announced that homes and businesses right across the county will be next to benefit from an ultrafast broadband and entertainment boost.

Businesses which wish to take Virgin Media’s internet services will be connected to a service which reaches speeds of up to 350Mbps for small businesses. Residents will be able to benefit from broadband that is 16 times faster than average speeds in the county, up to 300Mbps. Regional director of Virgin Media for the north west, Paul Hutchinson, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our network to tens of thousands more homes and businesses to help to make Lancashire a world class digital hotspot. “Local residents and businesses will soon be getting the high speed connectivity they deserve.

We urge more people to come together and register their interest.” Councillor Roger Mace, Mayor of Lancaster said: “The pending arrival of ultrafast broadband is another real boost for residents and businesses in Morecambe. “This comes soon after the boost to physical connectivity for the Heysham and Morecambe peninsula from the recent opening of the Bay Gateway.” Backed by parent company Liberty Global, Virgin Media is investing £3bn to extend its ultrafast fibre broadband network to an additional 4m premises, and to reach a total of 17m homes and businesses.

The work is expected to be completed before the end of 2018.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 4:19PM

Cumbrian MPs call on PM to come up with £278m for the county following £1bn deal for Northern Ireland 0

Cumbrian MPs call on PM to come up with £278m for the county following £1bn deal for Northern Ireland

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:06AM By Natalie Chapples SOCIAL BOOKMARKS Three Cumbrian MPs have written to the prime minister calling for her to come up with £278m for Cumbria to match the £1bn deal for Northern Ireland under the negotiations with Democratic Unionist Party. Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron and Workington MP Sue Hayman have penned Theresa May a letter urging her to invest in Cumbria following an agreement of an additional £1bn of public sending in Northern Ireland over the next two years. Political leaders in Scotland and Wales reacted furiously to the deal, which will see Northern Ireland benefit from additional cash while Mrs May will gain the support of DUP MPs in crucial votes at Westminster.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones described it as a “straight bung” to prop up a ”faltering” Conservative minority government, while his Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Any sense of fairness sacrificed on the altar of grubby DUP deal to let PM cling to power.” The Cumbrian MPs said they accept Northern Ireland has a case to be made for greater spending due to “historic under-investment and special geographical circumstances”, but said “a similar case” could be made for many areas of the UK “including Cumbria”. In the letter to Mrs May, the MPs wrote: “You will be aware that for many years Cumbria has suffered a relative under-investment in infrastructure which has accentuated the difficulties caused by the unique geography of the county. This problem has only been exacerbated by Cumbria’s omission from the Northern Powerhouse project. “Given the challenges we face, we are struggling to explain to our constituents why the government feels it is a priority to spend huge sums of money on roads, rail and broadband in Northern Ireland whist the same issues go unaddressed in Cumbria. “By our calculations the extra spending per head of population in Northern Ireland would result in an additional £278m of investment in Cumbria over the next few years.

This is in addition to the money that we expect Cumbria will receive as part of the UK shared prosperity fund as we exit the European Union. “Please can you provide details of when such money might be forthcoming so that we can reassure our constituents that they have a government which allocates investment in a fair way across the United Kingdom?” Mr Woodcock said: “The government have been telling us for years that there is no money to invest in Cumbria, and yet they have found £1bn for Northern Ireland in order to cling on to power. “The need for investment in roads, rail and broadband in Cumbria is just as great as in Northern Ireland and I know people will want to know on what basis the government has found cash for her new friends in the DUP but not for us. “We are asking Theresa May to come up with £278m for Cumbria to match the £1bn she has found for Northern Ireland to prove that her government is committed to spreading prosperity across the whole of our country. “If the calls made by the county’s Conservatives to fight for investment in Cumbria are genuine, I am sure they will want to join us in lobbying for this.” Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:09AM

Deal recognises importance of agriculture in NI 0

Deal recognises importance of agriculture in NI

Courtesy of the confidence and supply agreement reached earlier this week between the DUP and Conservatives, both parties recognise the importance of the agriculture sector to Northern Ireland and the opportunities for growth that exist. The policy paper, which forms the basis of the overarching financial agreement arrived at between the two parties, also confirms that agriculture will be a critical policy area during the EU exit negotiations. Specifically, where agriculture is concerned both parties agree to continue to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the current Parliament.

Further discussions will take place on the future framework for farming support. In terms of additional financial support, rural areas will benefit from the commitment by the UK government to contribute £75 million per year for two years to help provide ultra-fast broadband for Northern Ireland. The UK government will work to utilise its networks of Embassies and High Commissions so as to ensure that Northern Ireland plays a full role in all initiatives to boost exports.

This should have a direct bearing on allowing local food processors to access new markets, including China, with a range of products.

Commenting on the announced Tory-DUP deal, UFU president Barclay Bell said: “Farmers will be encouraged by the government commitment to provide the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of Parliament and that Northern Ireland’s agri-industry has been highlighted as a critical policy area for the EU exit negotiations. “The additional financial support for Northern Ireland as a result of the Tory-DUP deal is also welcome news, in particular, the commitment to improving broadband which will be of significant benefit to rural communities. “We are awaiting the release of more detail to get a better idea of what exactly the deal means for farmers here in Northern Ireland.

However, it is important that we have a functioning NI Executive and Assembly at Stormont to help deliver the deal.”