The condition of the former Central Plaza Hotel is now being described as 'critically dangerous', according to Carlisle City Council.
Works to ensure the safety of the building have been suspended, after a detailed inspection revealed the amount of work needed is 'far greater than anticipated'.
Two cranes working to remove several tonnes of dangerous brickwork have now left the site.
A specialist engineer is expected to inspect the building next week.
Ongoing repairs to secure the site of the former Central Plaza Hotel in Carlisle could cost more than £600,000.
Deputy Leader of the Conservatives on Carlisle City Council, Gareth Ellis, told ITV Border that works will cost £611,000 over the next few months and that this amount "is not the end":
Two cranes are being set up in Carlisle to begin removing seven tonnes of dangerous masonry from the front of the former Central Plaza Hotel.
The City Council's leader Colin Glover said the council has been speaking with Newcastle based finance firm Invenium, which has plans for a 60 bedroom hotel together with bistro bar and office space.
It's still not clear how long the closure of Victoria Viaduct will last.
Keeping a derelict Carlisle hotel safe has cost taxpayers more than a quarter of a million pounds. The Central Plaza closed in 2004 and has been empty ever since.
Carlisle City Council has revealed it's spent money on the site on 11 separate occasions over the past six years. Funding has paid for repairs to scaffolding and demolition work.
A controversial £1million scheme to put an extra lane on a Carlisle road looks set to be thrown out.
Cumbria County Council's plan to widen Warwick Road has been met with opposition from some residents. Carlisle City Council is expected to withdraw support for the proposal at a meeting tonight.
A number of 'recycling roadshows' will take place around the city to inform residents of changes to recycling and refuse services.
Carlisle City Council have already extended their kerbside recycling service to more properties, and are requesting residents to sort their recycling differently.
The council say some residents will have to check their new collection calendar - which was said to have been delivered to households mid-May - to confirm the correct days to put out their recycling bags, bins and boxes; refuse and garden waste.
The roadshows will be taking place:
- On Thursday 22 June at Asda in Kingstown from 9am to 1pm
- On Saturday 24 June at Brampton Farmers’ Market from 9.30am to 1pm
- On Saturday 1 July at Farmers’ Market in Carlisle city centre from 9.30am to 3.30pm
More information can be found on the council website.
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Councillors will be asked to increase council tax in Carlisle by nearly two per cent - the first rise since 2009.
Carlisle City Council has to cut £3.5million from it's budget over the next three years.
Fifty jobs could be created in Carlisle as the city council has agreed to sell five acres of land on the Rosehill Industrial Estate.
The deal is thought to be worth up to £5 million.
There are plans for the land to be used for the development of up to ten commercial and retail units, as well as a 350 space pay-and-display car park.