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Copeland mayor’s pandemic podcasts

Mike Starkie

Cumbria’s only elected mayor is producing a series of podcasts to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie began the podcasts last year and said he wanted to continue them during the new national lockdown to keep businesses and residents engaged.

The most recent episode covers some of the pressures that the council currently faces including its waste, recycling, and customer services.

Other topics covered include business grants, housing, and community resilience.

Mr Starkie is joined by council colleagues, business leaders, and charity leaders.

He added: “Our community gets to hear from our officers and partners who are involved on the ground every day, in the grants process or managing waste collections for example.”

These include Pat Graham, the council’s chief executive; David Moore, councillor and nuclear services portfolio holder; and Joanne Crowe, operations manager of Phoenix Enterprise Centre in Cleator Moor.

Mr Starkie added: “It’s never more important for our community to know about the work that is going on behind the scenes and on the frontline at Copeland Council.”

The podcasts are available on the Copeland Council’s Youtube page and on Facebook @mayorofcopeland.

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