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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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'The Great Border City' vs 'the City of the Lakes'

Next, when you think of Carlisle, what springs to mind? The Castle? Hadrian's Wall? What about Lakes? The Great Border City - as it's been known for years - is being given a new identity.

Carlisle isbeing re-labelled the 'City of the Lakes' to make it more attractive to investors. Hannah McNulty has been finding out more.

Carlisle: City of the Lakes?

Tens of thousands of pounds has been spent to re-brand Carlisle as a 'City of the Lakes' instead of the 'Border City'. However, this has been met with mixed opinions.

Tony Blaney, from the Lakes Hospital Group, says it's a bad idea as it will taint the lakes with the association with a city and will leave visitors annoyed when they get to Carlisle and discover they're actually 40 miles and an hour away from the lakes:

On the other hand Nigel Wilkinson, from Windermere Lakes Cruises, says if Carlisle wants to spend its budget promoting the lakes then it could be a good move for tourism:

Maryport fish plant confirms closure

64 jobs will be lost with the closure of Brookside Products Limited Credit: ITV Border

Brookside Products Limited, in Maryport, has confirmed it will close.

The company, which smokes, prepares and packages salmon for the retail market, is said to have lost £4 million in the last three years. 64 jobs will be lost.

"The 30 day consultation period has passed and whilst initially there seemed to be a reasonable level of interest in the facility, discussions with interested parties have now come to an end and no formal offers have been received. We have explored all the options and there seems to be no viable alternatives. Sadly, this means the facility will now close.

We are very sorry we will have to close the factory but we have no alternative given the substantial losses in recent years. This is a sad day for us all.”

– Doug Aitchison, Director of Brookside Products

Council promote Carlisle as the 'City of the Lakes'

City of the Lakes - that's how Carlisle Council's promoting the city to the rest of the country.

It's part of a scheme to draw in more business, but the move has received criticism from some companies who say Carlisle isn't in the Lake District.

Jason Gooding is the Chief Executive at Carlisle City Council and says that the re-branding is about 'driving growth':

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Friendship cairn grows after 'No' vote

A friendship cairn in Gretna has continued to grow after Thursday's vote.

It became a symbol for the union in the run up to the referendum but people are still leaving stones with messages on them. One of the cairn's founders says she hopes MPs will now come together in the best interests of everyone:

Eden district house prices 11x higher than income

A new scheme hopes to create more affordable housing in the Eden district of Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

A million pound fund has been pledged for new affordable housing in the Eden district of Cumbria.

The local council has approved the move in order to create homes for local people in an area where average house prices are 11 times higher than average incomes. It is hoped housing associations will be able to bid for money from the scheme later this year.

Rose Castle on verge of sale

The castle was home to the bishops of Carlisle since 1230. Credit: PA

The historic Rose Castle near Carlisle is close to being bought. The Church of England are selling it for several million pounds.

The people who want to buy it say they will turn it into a place of spiritual reflection and somewhere groups who are in conflict can try to resolve their differences.

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