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New 'Seven Stories 'exhibition for Carlisle Library

A new exhibition called 'The Seven Stories' which has been created by three local schools and four community groups, is on display at Carlisle Library.

The artwork, produced by stroke survivors, disabled adults, and people with mental health issues, is inspired by the library's wonderful collection of books.

Each group or school has looked to different genres of books for inspiration.

"The standard of artwork in the exhibition is testament to the creative and artistic skills of all involved.

"We would like to thank Prism Arts and their team for their commitment and support throughout this project. We are also grateful to The Arts Council England for providing funding for the project."

– Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council

Villagers club together to keep only shop open

The village's only shop. Credit: ITV Border

Villagers who have been fighting to save their only shop from closure have become its new owners.

The former Co Operative store in Hallbankgate near Brampton, closed in the summer after 140 years.

A community group made up of local residents has now bought it after raising around £70,000, and they're busy refurbishing the shop.

They hope it will re-open in the spring.


Police and Crime Commissioner 'relieved' after Autumn Statement

The PCC is relieved. Credit: PA

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says he's "relieved" the force has been spared millions of pounds of cuts following the Autumn Statement.

Cumbria Police feared it would lose £11 million from its budget but Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday the cut would not be going ahead.

Kingmoor Park to become Enterprise Zone

Kingmoor Park. Credit: ITV Border

Kingmoor Park's bid to become an Enterprise Zone has been successful, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Spending Review today.

Here is what you need to know about the business park:

It is a former RAF site, will two million square feet of office space available.

It is already home to around 100 businesses supporting 2,000 job.

Another 3,000 jobs could be created when it becomes an Enterprise Zone, from April 2016.


Workington's Lillyhall fails in Enterprise Zone bid

George Osborne's review surprised many people. Credit: PA

Lillyhall, in Workington, has missed out on a bid to become an Enterprise Zone.

In his Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Kingmoor Park in Carlisle will be one of 25 new or extended zones.

But while Kingmoor Park has been successful, Lillyhall business park in Workington has NOT been named one of the Enterprise Zones.

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No cuts to police budget 'at all', Osborne says

There will be no cuts to police budget 'at all', George Osborne announced.

Now is not the time for further police cuts.

Now is the time to back our police and give them the tools do the job.

I am today announcing there will be no cuts in the police budget at all.

There will be real terms protection for police funding. The police protect us, and we’re going to protect the police.

– George Osborne

Chancellor announces Carlisle will become Enterprise Zone

George Osborne is announcing his Spending Review. Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne has announced £12 billion of funding for 26 new or extended Enterprise Zones, including Carlisle, Dorset and Ipswich.

The news means there should be additional funding and government support for enterprise schemes in the city.

It is understood the zone will be at Kingmoor Park in the north of Carlisle, and could create thousands of jobs.

The Zone will offer a reduction in business rates or tax relief for companies.

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