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Civic Centre 'should stay'

A campaigner who wants to keep the Civic Centre in Carlisle has pleaded for people to look again at the much criticised 1960s building.

Tina Leith is part of a group of people who think the building should be kept, despite plans to demolish it.

Mrs Leith says that those who think it's an "eyesore" should look again at its hidden treasures and iconic status. There's a website called "Save Carlisle Civic Centre from being knocked down" with a petition on it that people can sign.

The city council has put forward proposals to redevelop the area of Carlisle where the civic centre no stands. It is urging people to put their views forward on its vision of a new 200,000 square foot shopping development.

This archive footage was filmed by ITV Border shortly after it was built:

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200 fight to save Civic Centre

A petition has been signed to save Carlisle's Civic Centre. Credit: ITV Border

More than two hundred people have signed a petition to try to save Carlisle's Civic Centre.

The city council is considering whether to demolish the 1960's building to allow a potential shopping development. But opponents say it's a historic and architectural gem and should be saved.

Council: 'works finished within weeks'

Scottish Borders Council has assured traders in Kelso that the town centre's multi-million-pound regeneration will soon be completed.

“The Council is currently completing streetscape works in Kelso town centre following the introduction of a new one-way traffic system. These works are due to be completed within the next few weeks and we are confident they will boost the appeal of the town centre to locals and visitors alike.

“A community stakeholder group was set up to discuss and agree the detail of the work which has been designed to enhance the town by regulating traffic flows, improving facilities for pedestrians and creating additional on street parking spaces.

“The Council appreciates that work of this nature does cause some disruption and, as such, work has been programmed and undertaken with a view to minimise this both for locals, visitors and traders in the town. During particularly important times of the year work has in fact been postponed to allow festivals and events to continued unhindered.”

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

Kelso shop owner: 'Repair works cost £15,000 of business'

Shop owner Claire Mole says the regeneration works in Kelso have cost her £15,000 of business.

She runs an independent gift shop in the town.

Since the work begun last year, Claire says visitors have been put off shopping in the town due to a lack of parking and the disruption from the works.

"I've had to let a member of staff go, I've had to move into premises with a business partner to try and halve the overheads just to stay afloat. The footfall is down dramatically and there is no people.

I think what they are doing and the idea is great and I'm not adverse to change, but I think they have taken the heart out of the town as it was. It is a market town and if you can't park in a market town, what use is that."

– Claire Mole, Kelso Shop Owner

Kelso regeneration is 'costing traders thousands'

Traders in Kelso say the £3.8 million town centre regeneration programme is costing them thousands of pounds of business.

A number of traders have complained to the council and asked for compensation for lost business due to disruption caused from the project.

A one-way system has been implemented and the historic market square has been relaid with new cobbles.

Parking spaces have been taken away during the works and traders say that passing visitors aren't stopping as they have no where to park.

The works, which began last year, are due to be completed in the next few weeks.

You can watch Jenny Longden's report on Lookaround.

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Planning permission for GSK factory in Ulverston

The pharmaceutical giant now has outline planning permission Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

GlaxoSmithKline has been given outline planning permission to build a new bio-pharmaceutical plant at Ulverston.

The company says 700 jobs will be created during the construction of the plant.

It would be the company's first new factory in the UK for more than 40 years.

Carlisle chain pub cuts prices in tax campaign

More than 15,000 pubs, bars and restaurants will reduce their prices by 7.5% today. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Two pubs in Carlisle are joining a national campaign to reduce VAT.

The William Rufus and Woodrow Wilson, along with other J D Wetherspoon chain of pubs across our region, will reduce their prices on food and drink for one day. It joins more than 15,000 establishments across the UK who will cut their prices by 7.5%.

Campaigner Jacques Borel called on the hospitality industry to make Tax Equality Day, today, their busiest day of the year to highlight the benefit of a VAT reduction. Mr Borel has achieved VAT cuts in a number of European countries and says that on a long-term basis this reduction will "generate growth and create jobs".

Read: Pubs and restaurants cut prices in tax cut campaign.

“The biggest danger to the pub industry is the VAT disparity between supermarkets and pubs. Wetherspoon, along with many pub and restaurant companies, is supporting Jacques Borel’s VAT Club on Tax Equality Day to publicise this inequality.

A similar danger relates to the general tone of corporate governance advice and practice which has helped to create unstable board rooms, often preoccupied by the wrong considerations. For example, many do not even recognise the danger from the VAT disparity, despite the high weekly level of pub closures which has lasted for many years."

– Tim Martin, chairman of J D Wetherspoon

Work starts on multi-million-pound community hub

Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council has said it will deliver 'first-class facilities' for the area Credit: ITV Border

A multi-million-pound community hub is being built in Carilsle. The first sod was cut to mark the beginning of the building work.

The Harraby Community Campus scheme will see a new community centre including a cafe, a library link, children's centre and sports facilities. A new primary school will be built on the site of the former North Cumbria Technology College.

The scheme has received £12 million of investment from Cumbria County Council and £1.6 million from Carlisle City Council.

"This is one of the most exciting schemes the county council has undertaken in recent years and it will deliver first-class facilities for this part of the city."

– Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council
Cumbria County Council have invested £12 million in the scheme Credit: ITV Border
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