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Carlisle boy's care pod a 'disaster'

Ryan's family felt the pod would change his life for the better. Credit: ITV Border

A home extension designed to make life easier for a disabled boy from Carlisle has ended up causing more problems than it's solved.

The council paid for the care pod to be installed at Ryan Wilkinson's home last September, but three months on it's hardly been used. The family blame poor design and workmanship. The council have now agreed to have it removed.

Greg Hoare has this report:

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Do you want an elected Mayor in Cumbria?

Campaigners in Windermere are calling for a referendum to see if Cumbrians want a directly-elected Mayor running Cumbria County Council, instead of the party leader.

But Cumbria County Council says it can't afford a referendum and this isn't the answer to better democracy in Cumbria.

ITV Border asked people in Troutbeck and Kendal:

Campaign begins for Cumbrian Mayor

Campaigners are calling for an overhaul of the way Cumbria County Council is run.

The 'Cumbria Yes' campaign is calling for a directly elected mayor to replace the leader of the council.

Windermere Cllr Ben Berry (Conservative) is one of the leaders of the campaign:

But Cumbria County Council leaders don't agree. They say a referendum would be too expensive and an elected mayor isn't the answer to better democracy in Cumbria.

"Our efforts are currently focused on making the massive savings needed to balance our books.

"An expensive referendum on how the leader of the council is determined would be an unwelcome and costly distraction and would not address the fundamental issue of having two different sets of councils running things.

"All of our councillors are democratically elected in the same way that MPs are. A far more productive and cost effective reform of local government would involve switching to a unitary council or councils.

"This would actually deliver savings of up to £28m a year. Changing the mechanics of how the leader is decided would save nothing."

– A Cumbria County Council spokesman

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Brunton Park to host thousands of carol singers

A crowd of 2,500 is expected at Carlisle United's Brunton Park on Sunday afternoon for a special carol singing event.

The Silent Night Carols service has been organised by HOPE Carlisle, which helps bring churches together to transform communities.

The service will give people the chance to celebrate Christmas as well as the opportunity to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One.

The moment when the battlefield guns fell silent on Christmas Day in 1914 and soldiers from both sides sang carols and played football during a temporary truce, will also be marked.

The gates will open at 3pm on Sunday 14 December, with pre-service events running from 3.30pm, ahead of the service which stars at 4pm.

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