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Lessons learnt over collapse of stadium plans

Copeland Borough Council says lessons have been learnt following the collapse of plans to build a multi-million pound sports stadium in Whitehaven.

The £5.5 million Pow Beck Valley Stadium project was stopped in March 2012, with agreement of the Council and partners in the scheme, over issues with funding and access to the site.

A report commissioned by Copeland Borough Council looked at what lessons could be learnt when dealing with future complex projects. It found issues like a lack of risk planning, informal project management and a lack of resources were all issues.

Chief Executive Paul Walker told ITV Border they're implementing changes in delivering other projects:


50 new jobs for Gretna Gateway expansion

The retail village draws more than two million shoppers annually Credit: ITV Border

Fifty new jobs are due to be created with the expansion of Gretna's Gateway retail village.

The announcement comes after one of the most successful summers in the outlet's history.

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games saw Gretna Gateway's busiest ever week at the end of July, as tourists and residents flocked to the park.

The retail village currently welcomes more than two million visitors every year.

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.


Historic castle to be sold for several million

The historic Rose Castle near Carlisle is close to being bought. The people who want to buy it say they'll turn it into a place of spiritual reflection and somewhere that groups who are in conflict can try to resolve their differences.

The Church of England are selling it for several millon pounds. The castle in Dalston had been the home of the Bishops of Carlisle since the 14th century. Matthew Taylor reports.

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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