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Tourism businesses host A591 reopening celebrations

The A591 re-opened on May 11th Credit: ITV News Border

Tourism businesses are hosting a series of celebrations today to mark the official reopening of the A591.

The road between Keswick and Grasmere collapsed due to flooding during Storm Desmond in December. It reopened last week and businesses are now keen to promote the area.

Celebrations include a vintage car display and a children's poetry reading.

"The closure of the A591 following Storm Desmond had a terrible impact on local residents and local businesses, but the good news is that the road is now fixed.

"This event is about sending the message loud and clear that Cumbria is back 'open for business'.

"I'd like to thank all those who have helped to organise this event, as well as those who have contributed funding, in particular South Lakeland District Council."

– Tim Farron MP, South Lakes, Lib Dem

Lorry driver training business hopes to fill skill shortage

A business employing fifty people has been set up near Carlisle, to train lorry drivers.

The company is supported by major local employers and is looking to fill a major skills shortage in the haulage industry.

We've had an ageing profile and people not replacing that because of various factors. Now there are real opportunities for young people. Employers are crying out for new people who are well trained, eager to get on and eager to progress in this industry."

– Tony Higgins, System People
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EU Referendum debate to take place in Carlisle

Eu Referendum. Credit: PA

A debate on the EU referendum is taking place at Carlisle United's stadium today.

It's being held by the Institute of Directors in Cumbria together with Carlisle United Business Club.

The purpose is to inform directors about the possible implications of staying in or leaving the EU.


Plans for £80m waste fuel plant at Kingmoor Park go on public display

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Plans for a new £80m plant to turn waste into energy are going on public display today.

Two companies are behind the development that would be built on vacant land in the Kingmoor Park area of Carlisle and burn household rubbish to create electricity.

A public drop-in for people to find out more about the scheme is being held this evening.

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