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Funding available for Scottish Borders community projects

Almost £3 million is up for grabs. Credit: PA

Nearly three million pounds of funding is now available to community projects in the Scottish Borders, and those aimed at improving the local economy.

The last phase of the Leader Funding Programme helped Selkirk Pop Up Shops, and Councillor Stuart Bell says it helps inspire businesses to be creative:

They're very often start up projects, so quite often what we're seeing is projects that are a new initiative, a new idea which is looking for start up funding in order to be in a position to explore the project and explore the idea and to develop it through to sustainability.

– Councillor Stuart Bell

Council tax in Cumbria set to rise 2%

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Council tax in Cumbria is set to rise by two percent in the coming financial year.

The County Council is having to find £33m of savings and says the rise is necessary in order to protect frontline services.

In the future the government are going to require councils to fund services locally. So we will not be able to afford funding services locally unless we put Council tax up year on year."

– Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council

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Wordsworth Trust set to receive £4.75m Lottery Grant

William Wordsworth Credit: ITV Border

One of the Lake District's top tourist attractions has been awarded nearly £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Wordsworth Trust is getting the cash to expand and overhaul the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, including improving access to the public parks and woodlands that inspired many of Wordsworth's famous works.

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Scotland's Business Minister visits Hawick

Hawick Knitwear went into administration last month. Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's Business Minister Fergus Ewing is in Hawick this morning for a meeting with businesses to discuss local economic issues, including the closure of a local factory.

The meeting was called after textile manufacturer Hawick Knitwear went into administration last month.

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jobs were lost when Hawick Knitwear went into administration.
123 jobs were lost when Hawick Knitwear closed it's gates for the final time in December 2015. Credit: ITV Border

Keswick parking charge rise met with 4,000 protest signatures

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Businesses in Keswick have gathered almost 4,000 signatures on a petition asking Allerdale Borough Council not to raise car parking charges.

The council has proposed lowering charges in places like Maryport and raising them in Keswick, to make £3.5million worth of savings and to encourage more people to use long-stay car parks.

Sellafield guarantees work for Cumbrians during decommissioning process

Cumbrian workers will be given priority in the decommissioning process Credit: PA Images

Sellafield has announced a deal guaranteeing jobs for local people during the decommissioning of the nuclear site.

The agreement has been signed between Sellafield Ltd and a series companies involved in the decommissioning process.

Among the promises made by the firms:

  • A 'local first' approach to recruitment, with one consortium aiming for 95% of its work carried out by Cumbrian staff
  • 150 jobs for what are described as 'under-represented or disadvantaged' people
  • Up to 240 new apprenticeships over 10 years
  • Training and business mentoring

Sellafield Ltd says these commitments will be written into the contracts of the organisations carrying out the decommissioning.

It suggests that more than a thousand jobs a year could be created or supported during the ten years of the decommissioning contracts.

Our first priority will always be the safe, secure and cost-effective clean-up of Sellafield.

But alongside that is a commitment to help deliver a long-term, sustainable economic future for our local community.

– Paul Foster, Managing Director, Sellafield Ltd
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