The future of Rose Castle is uncertain as the property is due to be made available to buy on the open market.
Kate Walby reports.
Rose Castle is to be put on the open market after the Rose Castle Foundation's offer has been deemed unviable.Read the full story ›
Eden District Council has announced it's agreed its budget.
Council Tax will rise by 1.99% from April, but there are no plans to reduce services in the area.
The tax rise means an increase of £3.61 a year. Residents of an average Band B property will now be charged £185.18 a year.
But are no proposals to reduce services, something the Council says it its proud of:
“Our budget for next year protects our services. This is a tremendous achievement given the major grant reductions we have faced. Our careful financial management has also allowed us to make several important investments."
It says the rise in Tax will be used to fund services such as weekly bin collections, and two leisure centres in Appleby and Penrith.
It also says the budget includes plans to invest £100,000 for its footway lighting programme, and to create a £1million Affordable Housing Fund.
Rose Castle Foundation says it remains committed to buying Rose Castle, despite its first offer being rejected by the Church Commissioners.
The building near Dalston will now be made available on the open market.
The Foundation was given two years without competition to come up with a viable offer.
It says it's now made one, thanks to an anonymous donor, but the Church Commissioners says the offer isn't viable.
Unison say they will continue to oppose budget cuts approved by Cumbria County Council today.
Fifty Councillors voted in favour of plans to cut 1,800 jobs and raise council tax by just under 2%.
It's part of a drive to save £83 million after funding cuts from central Government.
Councillors arriving for the meeting were met by protesters from the union.
Protests were held outside Cumbria County Council offices as councillors met to vote on cutting 1,800 jobs, and reducing key services.
Councillors are still debating at the meeting in Kendal, where the council's budget for the next three years will be set.
Central government funding for Cumbria is being cut by £83 million between now and 2018.
Protesters are asking for any final decisions about the cuts to be delayed.
Protestors against cuts to jobs and services have gathered outside Kendal's County Hall today.
Cumbria County Council is meeting there to vote on its budget for the next three years, which includes proposals to cut 1,800 jobs.
Central government funding for Cumbria is being reduced by £83,000,000 between now and 2018.
A Carlisle youth club is getting a £300,000 cash boost.
Carlisle Youth Zone has been awarded the money from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money will be used for a number of initiatives that will offer support to the hundreds of Youth Zone members aged from eight to twenty-one.
A flash mob protested outside Whitehaven't Civic Hall yesterday, calling for the building to be opened to the public.
Paul Crone reports.
A flash mob protested outside Whitehaven't Civic Hall yesterday, campaigning for the building to be opened to the community.
The Hall was closed to the public almost two years ago, but has now re-opened to businesses that can rent the space.
The Council says the move makes financial sense.