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.
Carlisle City Council set its budget for 2015/2016 at a Special Full Council meeting last night.
The Leader of the Council Colin Glover proposed the Executive’s budget, which was seconded by Councillor Les Tickner.
The council needs to make a saving of £1,211,000 in 2015/16 and £663,000 of this has already been achieved.
The following was agreed in the budget:
- ·Council tax has been frozen
- £0.5million for the Harraby School and Community Project
- · £390,000 for the Old Town Hall and Greenmarket improvements
- · £20,000 contribution for a proposed Sexual Assault Referral Centre
- · Car park charges have been frozen and in some cases car parking charges have decreased.
- · £114,000 has been allocated for the next two years towards the continuation of a rapid response team to keep Carlisle clean.
The council says it has had to make difficult decisions.
“We’ve had to make some tough decisions during the budget process but we have taken steps to protect frontline services.
"Substantial savings are required, but despite spending pressures, we’ve frozen council tax for the second year running and have allocated funding towards schemes that maintain Carlisle as a vibrant city."
Pete Moran, from the Cumbria Law Centre, has warned that dangerous levels of rent arrears and people struggling to get into housing are problems contributing to homelessness in Carlisle.
Although the homeless figure in Carlisle has remained steady for the last six years, the Cumbria Law Centre says more and more people are being pushed to the edge.
Homelessness is defined as not having a permanent roof, and about 1200 people fall into this category each year.
More than a third of all homeless people in Carlisle are aged between 16 and 24, and the charity argues that the problem is that they can't get into housing in the first place.
"People who are coming into dangerous levels of rent arrears is certainly a growing problem. That's a culmination of welfare reform and a difficult economic environment.
"We also see a lot of people who can't get into housing in the first place often quite young people with low paid jobs."
Carlisle City Council is currently working with local charities to finalise its plans to reduce homelessness. It will focus on the prevention of homelessness.
"Anyone at any time could find themselves homeless and what we're trying to do is prevent people from becoming homeless.
"If someone feels they're going to become homeless get in touch and we'll work with them and put a package together to help prevent them finding themselves on the street or homeless."