THIS time last week I was just back from a county council cabinet meeting at County Hall, Kendal. Dead behind the eyes from the Labour-Lib Dem love-in. Try as I might, I still can’t summon up any enthusiasm for writing about it.
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
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
HIGH NOON IN PENRITH High noon in Penrith. The distant siren of a police car somewhere on the M6. In the high street, a beat-up blue tractor rumbles by, depositing two tyre tracks of fresh cow muck. It proper catches the back of your throat. I tie up my horse outside The George Hotel and bod … Continue reading Sketch: Cumbria Police & Crime Panel
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