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Times they are a changing!

After 7 years of operation our directors have decided that the time has come to wind up the activities of the Trust. Uncertainty about the onward  impact of the current financial climate and difficulty in securing sufficient forward contracts to maintain a positive cash flow being the primary drivers. As a consequence the Trust has ceased its trading [...]

Retailers meet the Shop Doctor

This week is seeing retailers in  Nantwich, Sandbach and Middlewich benefit from one-to-one advisory sessions with Shop Doctor,  Bill Smith. The support programme is funded by Cheshire East Council and will see around 22 shops visited this week alone.
On Wednesday evening a Shop Doctor Retail  Masterclass  enabled over 35 business representatives to particpate in identifying opportunities to [...]

Brackley really does mean Business!

See how information about the opportunity for the community of Brackley to involve themselves in the creation of a Development Trust has involved some traditional  messaging with the modern technology of “You Tube”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A3HHVmmmcA
South Lakes Development Trust is advising Brackley Means Business towards creation of a Development Trust through its role as an Associate Consultant working with [...]

Windermere Community Plan moves forward

A recent update of the Windermere Community Plan, which encompasses issues identified by the community across Windermere, Bowness and Troutbeck Bridge, has identified that considerable progress has been made since the launch of the plan in September 2009.
A copy of the updated plan (showing the progress made) can be accessed here.
The Town Council is keen to [...]

Wanted – Local food producers in Cumbria(and north Lancashire)

As part of our work with The Plunkett Foundations “Making Local Food Work Programme” we are looking for local food producers manufacturing within 30 miles of the four village shops that we are presently assisting under the scheme.
The intention is to grow the local food offering within the shops concerned and work with the retailer [...]

More Shop Doctor surgeries for Cheshire



Independent retailers in Nantwich, Middlewich and Sandbach will be benefiting from a visit from our Shop Doctor during March.
‘One to One’ in store surgeries will be held with 18 retailers during the three day programme which will also include an evening ‘Lets Talk Shop’ Masterclass presentation.
Cheshire East Council has previously worked with The  Shop Doctor to advise retailers in Macclesfield, Congleton [...]

Windermere needs superfast broadband – vote today

Over the next five years BT is rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband across the UK. Windermere is not on the announced roll out plan and The Race to Infinity gives us the opportunity to fast track our area to get BT Infinity next.
The five areas with the largest percentage of votes by December 31st 2010 will win [...]

So, what does SLDT do?


We continue to provide the delivery platform for many of the projects initially commenced under the originating funding provided by the NWDA under the Lakes Market Towns Initiative.
However since expiration of that main project funding in 2008 we have become increasingly reliant upon the generation of our core funding requirement by securing contracts from the public and private [...]

Conservation Area plans raise concerns in Windermere

The Lake District National Park Authority has recently published proposals to create a Conservation Area encompassing much of  Windermere Town.
Concern has been expressed by many residents and property owners within the area that they are not aware of the proposals, and that the 4 week consultation period is too short.
Full details of the proposals can be accessed via [...]

No fear of liability – snow clearance.

The information below is provided by Cumbria County Council from their website and should help put your mind at rest if you are one of our many local residents and businesses who are doing your bit to help keep things moving.
 In the event of freezing temperatures, snow and ice, people are able to treat pavements [...]