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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.


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
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