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Controversial plans for Penrith pass

A new Premier Inn is to be built in Penrith Credit: ITV Border

Controversial plans for a budget hotel in the centre of Penrith have been approved by Eden planners.

A Premier Inn will be built in the New Squares area of the town, despite some bed and breakfast owners opposing the idea.

But Planners said they were likely to turn down an application for a petrol station, close to the new hotel. The final decision is will be made at a later meeting.

A guided tour of the Lake District's Stickle Tarn as it goes up for sale

The Lake District National Park Authority has put seven sites up for sale, including the iconic Stickle Tarn.

The Tarn's well known to fell walkers, set within the Langdale Pikes, 1,500 feet above sea level - and three miles west of Grasmere.

It has a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 and is already attracting interest.

But not everyone is pleased it is up for sale.

Our correspondent Hannah McNulty made the hour long hike up it to find out who may want to buy it.

The swimmers in the piece are professionals and were being supervised and were only in the water for a short amount of time.

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A buyer for Stickle Tarn?

A group of open water swimmers are hoping to buy Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

A group of open water swimmers in Ambleside are hoping to form a consortium in order to buy Stickle Tarn.

It is on the market with a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000.

Pete Kelly who runs Head to the Hills, an open water swimming school, is asking people to get in touch with serious bids.

Public access won't be affected

Stickle Tarn is one of eight properties going on sale Credit: ITV Border

Stickle Tarn has gone on sale alongside seven other properties in the Lake District National Park.

But Park Authorities have said that the sales won't affect existing public access.

They say that the money earned from the sales will be put into other National Park properties.

Stickle Tarn for sale

One of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is being sold off by park bosses.

Stickle Tarn, in the Langdale Pikes, is one of seven areas that has been put on sale by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

It is on the market with a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000.

Frustration after Council misses out on Stranraer funding

Dumfries and Galloway Council is confident the regeneration of Stranraer town centre will go ahead, despite missing out on funding.

Bids were made to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Historic Scotland, for grants to help the £3.5 million project.

But the high level of competition for the funds means the council has been invited to resubmit its application in August.

The council remains committed to spending £1 million on the regeneration.

"It’s very frustrating that funding has not been approved at this stage due to the sheer number of applications and the competitive nature of the process.

"However, the HLF Scotland team supported our application and both they and Historic Scotland recognise the proposed improvements as an excellent project.

"The Council has been encouraged to resubmit our applications by HLF and Historic Scotland, so we will continue to try to secure external funding.

"However, I’m very clear that even if we do not secure that funding, the £1 million set aside for regenerating Stranraer town centre will remain in place to spend in the town centre to improve key buildings”

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

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Borders Railway 'Olympic moment' for area

Michael Moore has described the Borders Railway as an 'Olympic moment' for the area Credit: PA

MP Michael Moore has told the Scottish Affairs Committee that the Borders Railway is an 'Olympic moment' for the area that can't be wasted.

The 30 mile line is due to be reopened between Edinburgh and the Borders in September.

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels to hear evidence about issues facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.

Parliament to hear cross-border plans in Galashiels

The Scottish Affairs Committee is in Galashiels today Credit: ITV Border

A UK Parliament committee is in Galashiels today to scrutinise issues faced by businesses on the border.

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about problems facing businesses and residents of the border regions in Scotland and cross-border issues.

Among the speaker's are Michael Moore MP and Jack Clark, convener of Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.

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