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Plans look set to be passed for Wetheral apartments

Plans to build 15 apartments in Wetheral could be passed, despite objections from more than 80 residents.

Citadel Estates were granted planning permission un 2012 to build the homes on the site of Skelton House, a 200-year-old property that had been demolished.

Last year they modified the plans, increasing the size of the project by adding a forth floor, but objections from locals meant Carlisle City Council refused planning consent and issued a notice to halt the building work.

Citadel launched an appeal, proposing a third set of plans over three floors.

84 people have objected to these new proposals but the plans look set to be approved at a meeting on Friday.

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Community take on closed play park

The future of play areas in Carlisle is under scrutiny after one community succeeded in thrashing out a deal to save their park, while others have been ripped out.

Residents in Belah will provide funding for new equipment in their play park, with Carlisle City Council providing insurance.

It comes after a number of parks were earmarked for closure to save money.

Councillor Gareth Ellis spoke to ITV Border about the move:

Council approve 2014/15 budget

Carlisle City Council have set its budget for the financial year 2014/2015.

The agreement came last night, 20 February, at a special full Council meeting.

It has originally been delayed as the conservative opposition tried to deliver an alternative.

The council needs to make a further £3.939m saving from a £12.8m budget between 2014-15 and 2018-19.

But this budget has come under fire from the public after it was announced that the cuts would mean play equipment being stripped from 21 local parks.

“We’ve had to make some tough decisions during the budget process. Substantial savings are required, but despite spending pressures, we’ve frozen council tax for two years and taken steps to protect services. We’re also investing in our resources, including the Old Town Hall whilst developing new facilities like the arts centre.”

– Cllr Colin Glover, Leader of the Council

Some significant capital projects totalling £7.217million are included within the budget for 2014/15, including:

  • £1.015million for a city centre arts centre
  • £1.4million for the Old Town Hall and Greenmarket improvements (a further £38,000 is allocated in the 2015/16 budget)
  • £0.5million for the Harraby School and Community Project (a further £500,000 is allocated in the 2015/16 budget)
  • £89,000 for a county-wide CCTV initiative

Play parks will close in council budget approval

Carlisle City Council have agreed on a controversial budget plan which will see 21 play parks closed.

The parks will be stripped of their equipment as part of the council's multi-million pound money saving scheme.

The budget also includes a freeze to council tax for the next two year.

The plan had caused outcry amongst parents, who didn't want don't want their children to be affected by the cuts.

The council say they are investing in other parks across the city.

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Play park debate to continue

Council members will meet tonight to continue their discussion on controversial budget cut plans affecting the city's play parks.

A petition with over 1,000 signatures were handed in to Carlisle City Council on Tuesday, 18 February in protest of one park closure.

Earlier in the month the Council's ruling Labour executive agreed plans remove equipment from 21 play parks across the city in a cost-cutting move, but residents don't want their children to be affected by the cuts.

Protestors instead want the council to scrap their plans for an art centre scheme at the Old Fire Station and put the money from that into improving the parks.

Thousands of signatures against play park closure

A petition with more than one thousand signatures has been handed in to Carlisle City Council against cuts to a children's play area.

Earlier this month the Council's ruling Labour executive agreed plans to remove equipment from 21 play parks across the city in a cost-cutting move, but residents in Belah don't want their children to be affected by the cuts.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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