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Carlisle Council meets to discuss homelessness

Councillors in Carlisle will meet today to discuss the issue of homelessness in the city and how it can be tackled over the next five years.

The council claims that all key priorities outlined within Carlisle’s homelessness strategy for 2008-2013 were achieved.

Although the number of people sleeping on the streets is relatively low, the council believes that many people are forced to stay on friend's sofas.

It says housing provision in the city over the coming years will be an important factor in addressing homelessness.

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Carlisle City Council staff sickness up

The Civic Centre Credit: ITV Border News

The high rate of sickness among staff at Carlisle City Council is under the spotlight today.

The local authority will meet this morning to discuss why the number of people taking time off has gone up by more than a quarter since this time last year.

Stress and depression are said to be factors.

Consultation on Carlisle's development starts today

Public consultation starts today on the future of Carlisle's Rickergate area.

One proposal includes the demolition of the Civic Centre to make way for a new shopping centre.

It's a proposal under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.

The transformation is part of a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle up until 2030.

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Carlisle's Civic Centre may be demolished

The Civic Centre, home of Carlisle City Council, may be replaced by shops Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's Civic Centre could be knocked down to make way for a new shopping centre.

It is one of the proposals under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.

The framework outlines a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle, with a timeframe up until the year 2030.

The plan goes out for consideration on Monday.

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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