Sketch: Cumbria Police & Crime Panel

DANGERPETE Tuesday 13th March. Mid-March in Cumbria. Freezing outside but a sweatbox in the glass-fronted "Community Room" at Penrith Fire Station, high above Kemplay Bank roundabout. Welcome to a PFI-funded greenhouse complete with a wobbly Press Table. Tepid coffee but distant views of the far-off Keswick peaks capped in snow. Cumbria’s police & crime commissioner is … Continue reading Sketch: Cumbria Police & Crime Panel

Sketch: Lake District Planning Meeting

SURLY MOSS To Murley Moss then. A.k.a Murley Mess. The Joke Factory. The drab headquarters of the Lake District National Park Authority. From the outside, it looks like a mental health unit and on the inside, it has all the Joie de Vivre of the Dignitas departure lounge. Architecturally, it is the most uninspiring public … Continue reading Sketch: Lake District Planning Meeting

The Sketch: Eden Local Committee

By god I might just be mistaken or this could be the best-drilled, cross-party committee I’ve come across on my travels. Eden Local Committee last Tuesday. A barnstormer of efficiency. No petty national mudslinging or point-scoring, it was a model of getting down to council business.  At the end, they even gave away a load … Continue reading The Sketch: Eden Local Committee

The Sketch: Eden District Council

MAYORY ROBINSON Mary Robinson might just turn out to be the best Mayor that Cumbria County Council never had. She was in action on Thursday night, chairing Eden District Council. Mary is short-haired, slight of stature and a no nonsense woman. Rifling through the 18-item agenda with a haste that left the room spinning. Arriving for … Continue reading The Sketch: Eden District Council

The Sketch 2: Cumbria County Council

JAMMY DODGERS So it was the ‘last day of school’ on Thursday as councillors gathered for the final Cumbria County Council meeting of their four year term. Similar to ceasefires at Christmas, the last get together of all 84 councillors before the May elections tends to see swords kept in scabbards and an atmosphere of … Continue reading The Sketch 2: Cumbria County Council