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Plans for mining in West Cumbria unveiled to the public

Mining was once a huge part of the Cumbrian economy. Credit: PA

People in west Cumbria will be able to find out more about plans to bring coal mining back to the area this weekend.

West Cumbria Mining are hosting a public open day at Whitehaven's Haig Pit to give an update on their scheme to extract coal from under the Irish Sea.


Bull sold in Carlisle makes world record price

A Limousin bull being sold in Carlisle for a well-record price Credit: Robert Smith Photography and Video

A bull has sold for a world record price at Borderway auction mart in Carlisle.

It went for 140 thousand guineas, the highest price ever paid for a Limousin breed.

It's also a record for any breed in Europe. The animal, sold by a Northern Irish breeder, was bought by a consortium of businessmen.

See footage of the bull below.

Carlisle United stadium development hits stumbling block

Brunton park. Credit: ITV Border

Plans to develop Carlisle United's stadium have stalled, the club has revealed in a statement released today.

The update on the Blue Yonder project comes from Finance Director Suzanne Kidd.

The club has been working with a developer to put together a self-financing plan for a new stadium within the city, as part of a major retail-led development project.

But that developer has now requested an extension of six to twelve months, to give it more time to progress with the plan.

The club's Finance Director says since the feasibility study in 2011, there has not been any cost to the club, and any costs incurred by this extension will be picked up by the developer.

She says they're encouraged by the fact the developer has asked for an extension, rather than shelving the project entirely.

This is her full statement:

At its latest meeting, the CUFC 1921 Ltd Board of Directors board was informed that the developer with whom we have been in discussions regarding the Blue Yonder project had requested an extension of either six or 12 months to the non-disclosure and 'lock-out' agreement which was due to expire in November 2015. Paperwork regarding this is due to be received by the club shortly.

From the club's point of view, the extension would keep open our options regarding a possible move to a new all-seater stadium in the city. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that the club is going to leave Brunton Park. That point for that decision would still be some way off.

But we are encouraged by the fact that the developer has come to us and asked for up to another year to continue its progress, as opposed to saying it did not wish to carry on trying to find a way to put together a self-financing plan for a new stadium within the city as part of a major retail-led development project.

The board would like to stress that, since the feasibility study in 2011, there has not been any cost whatsoever to the club, and no costs will be incurred should there be an extension to the date. It would simply enable the developer to continue its work. Any costs will be picked up by the developer.

Furthermore, an extension would not preclude any investor in the club - or indeed new owner - from carrying out any work at Brunton Park in the meantime as Blue Yonder could take many years to implement, way beyond the next 12-month period. As always, we remain interested in any possible stadium development or improvement of facilities if it would be of benefit to the club and Carlisle United supporters.

The board meeting was attended by myself and fellow directors, including the fans' representative. The relevant paperwork is now with lawyers and will be presented to the board at our next meeting for final approval.

We would also add that should the extension be agreed, we will look to measure tangible progress made during that period and we would hope to have a definite direction, before the end of the extension period, as to whether a new development is viable, and that there is support for it from the local council, retailers and other stakeholders - or whether we will need to revisit the redevelopment of Brunton Park."

– Finance Director Suzanne Kidd

Hundreds of delegates visit West Cumbria for the Nuclear Energy Business Opportunities Conference

The Nuclear Energy Business Opportunities Conference at Energus, Lillyhall Credit: ITV Border

Plans for how businesses and the local economy can benefit from future investment in west Cumbria's nuclear industry were highlighted at a conference today.

Hundreds of delegates were at Energus in Lillyhall for the Nuclear Energy Business Opportunities Conference.

Hosted by Britain's Energy Coast, the event focussed on the potential business opportunities that could be delivered by a NuGen's new nuclear power station close to the existing Sellafield site at Moorside.

Well I think the momentum on nuclear new build has increased tremendously over the past few years. I think with Hinkley Point getting over the finish line with FID this will, I think, solidify that momentum. We are actively engaged with the supply chain, we're here at these events today, we are talking to the supply chain and the skills providers to make sure people understand what our needs are and when we're going to be coming online. We're actively working on the site today doing investigations and exploratory work so there are things that are happening but with nuclear new build it's a long process.

– Tom Samson, NuGen


Record turnout for Dumfries Business Week

A record number of businesses took part in Dumfries and Galloway's business week, with around 500 local companies attending the 20 events.

Tom Van Rooyen and his wife are re-building their bakery business after their premises was burnt down in an accident in March.

They used business week to network with local food and drinks producers and re-establish themselves in the Castle Douglas community.

Lori Carnochan reports:

Controversial 'Great Tapestry of Scotland' plans approved

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will be permanently housed in the Scottish Borders Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a controversial six million pound scheme to permanently house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in the Scottish Borders have been approved.

Scottish Borders Council granted planning permission today for a two-storey building for the tapestry at Tweedbank.

The authority is contributing three and a half million pounds to the project which councillors say will boost tourism.

Last week a petition signed by thousands, urging the council to drop its financial support, was rejected.

Campaigner criticises 'closed minds' at Council

The tapestry. Credit: Alex Hewitt.

The campaigner who set up a petition against Scottish Borders Council's decision to house a tapestry in Tweedbank, has criticised the council for rejecting the petition.

Brian McCrow's petition was signed by more than 4,000 people, and debated by councillors today.

The main concerns were the amount of money the council is investing in the project - £3.5m - and the decision to locate the Great Tapestry of Scotland at Tweedbank, rather than a town with a more textiles-based history.

It's not unexpected. I thought there would be some closed minds in the council and there were."

– Brian McCrow, main petitioner

But the council leader says their decision to reject the petition was the right one:

I think it was the right decision. Elected members carefully considered the petition and we had a very good debate about the evidence."

– David Parker, leader Scottish Borders Council
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