Cumbria County Council budget discussed

County councillors prepare to discuss the budget Photo: ITV News

Cumbria County Councillors are meeting to decide whether to make budget cuts of almost £90 million over the next three years.

The most controversial cuts, if approved, would see the closure of five fire engines across Cumbria. Hundreds of Protestors have been campaigning against the proposal in recent weeks.

There are also plans to bring in charges for on street parking in future and reductions to subsidised bus routes.

Petition about plans to reduce bus subsidies handed in to councillors Credit: ITV News

A petition of more than a thousand names have been handed in this morning calling for councillors to think again about the bus proposals.

Cumbria's cabinet will make a decision but this will have to be ratified by the full council at a later date.