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Central Plaza Hotel repairs could cost more than £600,000

Ongoing repairs to secure the site of the former Central Plaza Hotel in Carlisle could cost more than £600,000.

Deputy Leader of the Conservatives on Carlisle City Council, Gareth Ellis, told ITV Border that works will cost £611,000 over the next few months and that this amount "is not the end":

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill move to Carlisle confirmed

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in Langholm Credit: ITV Border

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has confirmed a date is set for its site in Langholm to move to Carlisle.

Scottish Secretary and Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell made the claim on Twitter.

He called on the retailer to recognise the support the community has provided 'over many years'.

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A spokesperson for the EWM Group said:

The decision to move to Carlisle was not taken lightly or quickly, but EWM Group is expanding and our current premises in Langholm are not capable of supporting a modern, fast-growing, national retail development.

Langholm has played a critical role in our company's history and heritage, and we will be retaining our headquarters building there.

We have ambitions to turn the building into a heritage centre which celebrates the role that both Edinburgh Woollen Mill and textiles has played, and continues to play, in Scotland."

– EWM Group spokesperson

The date of the move will be on or around 30 July 2018.

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Council agrees to seek help with demolition of former Plaza Hotel

The crumbling building has closed the Victoria Viaduct for almost three weeks Credit: ITV Border

An emergency council meeting last night called for help to demolish or find a new owner for the former Central Plaza hotel, a Grade II listed building, which has closed one of Carlisle's main roads.

Councillors agreed that in the absence of any plans for renovation and investment, Carlisle City Council will seek Crown Estate and Government help to demolish the building.

The derelict building, which has no current owner, poses a serious health and safety risk and has closed the Victoria Viaduct for almost three weeks.

Woman and boy in 'serious condition' after one-car crash

The crash happened on the B7085 Credit: Google maps

A 22-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy are in a 'serious condition' in hospital after a one-car crash near Airyhassen.

It happened yesterday morning on the B7085 between Whaphill and Port William.

The woman and child were airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow where they remain receiving treatment.

The road was closed for seven hours but has since reopened.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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Leading surgeon presented with NHS Heroes award

Last night the NHS Heroes awards were shown on ITV. Among the winners was a leading vascular surgeon from Cumbria.

Professor Averil Mansfield was presented with the Aneurin Bevan Lifetime Achievement award. She was the first female Professor of Surgery at St Mary's Hospital in London and went on to become the President of the British Medical Association.

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