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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.

Closure of play park would be a 'disaster'

A petition with more than 1,000 signatures has been handed in to Carlisle City Council against plans to close a children's play areas.

Earlier this 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

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Families gather to protest park closure

Parents and children have gathered at the Civic Centre in Carlisle Credit: ITV News Border

A petition with more than 1,200 signatures has been handed in to Carlisle City Council against cuts to a children's play area.

Earlier this month Carlisle City Council's ruling Labour executive agreed plans remove equipment from 21 play parks across the city in a cost-cutting move.

Petition launches to save Carlisle park

Over 1,000 people have signed a petition to save Carlisle's play parks Credit: ITV News Border

Over a thousand Carlisle residents have signed a petition to save one of 21 of the city's parks being stripped of play equipment.

The city council agreed to the plans to save money. The petition will be handed in by a group of youngsters ahead of another meeting to consider next year's budget.

Untrained and unregistered Carlisle tattooist jailed

This woman has been scared for life after visiting Tony Newlands Credit: Carlisle City Council

An unregistered tattoo artist with not training has been sentenced to 120 days in prison after pleading guilty to running the business from his home.

Tony Lee Newlands, 29, from Carlisle pleaded guilty to the offence at a Magistrates’ hearing in yesterday. He was charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Carlisle City Council brought the prosecution after deciding Newlands did not take steps to ensure that his tattoo customers were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

One woman said she was given her tattoo in the kitchen of a property and an Old Spice deodorant stick was used to put the tattoo transfer onto her back. This may have been used on other customers.

Carlisle City Cllr Elsie Martlew, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport, said: "We welcome the strong action taken by the Magistrate.

"All tattoo artists, both the individual and the premises, must be registered with the local authority to ensure that they are inspected and meet the strict infection control and health and safety standards we place upon them."

Anyone who may have visited this tattooist or any unregistered operator should contact the City Council’s Environmental Health Team on 01228 817559.

Row over play park plans

Planning permission for a new play park that will cost £33,000 have been submitted to Carlisle City Council, in a village which has no children and where the majority of residents appear to be against the plans.

Residents in Brisco had applied to the local Parish Council for funding for drainage on the land, but were told in order to get this a play park would have to be built.

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