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Second meeting for Carlisle flood victims

The first flood meeting. Credit: ITV Border

A second meeting is taking place in Carlisle this evening, for victims of December's floods.

People will have the chance to give their views on a report, which explores why the Storm Desmond floods happened, and suggests possible options to prevent future flooding.

It takes place at the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street campus from 5pm this evening.


Dozens attend Carlisle floods meeting

Turnout at the meeting was lower than many had expected. Credit: ITV Border

The Environment Agency has told people in Carlisle it understands their frustrations following December's floods.

The authorities were holding the first of two public meetings in the city to explain the options to try to prevent a repeat of the damage caused by Storm Desmond.

Dozens of people turned up, however the turnout was lower than many had expected.

We might not be able to say Carlisle will never flood again but we're looking to reduce flood risk as much as possible and really it's about doing the job properly really and as well as we can.

– Jim Ratcliffe, Cumbria Floods Partnership

Cumbria floods: public meetings list

Appleby was badly affected by the floods. Credit: PA

Public meetings are taking place throughout Cumbria, to discuss the council's reports into December's floods.

The following meetings are scheduled to take place at areas affected:

  • Carlisle - 9 May 5pm at Holy Trinity Church, and 11 May 5pm at University of Cumbria Fusehill Street Campus
  • Keswick - 17 May 6pm at Greta Gardens
  • Staveley - date and time TBC, at Village Hall
  • Cockermouth - 24 May 6pm at Christ Church Parish Rooms
  • Pooley Bridge - 8 June 7pm at Village Hall
  • Glenridding - 9 June 7pm at Village Hall
  • Flimby - 15 June 7pm at Methodist Church Hall
  • Tebay - 16 June 7pm at Tebay Sports and Social Club
  • Plumpton - 21 June 7pm at Plumpton School
  • Eamont Bridge - 22 June 7pm at Village Hall
  • Appleby - 27 June 7pm at Public Hall
  • Greystoke - 30 June 7pm at Village Hall

Local Elections England 2016: Labour HOLD Carlisle City Council

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Labour HOLD Carlisle City Council.

One third of the seats were contested.

Labour lost one seat to an independent candidate but still have 27 seats overall and remain in control of the council.

turnout at the polls in Carlisle, with 24,046 votes made.
  • Labour - 27 seats
  • Conservatives - 20 seats
  • Independent councillors - 4 seats
  • Liberal Democrats - 1 seat


Counting begins for Carlisle City Council election

Counting begins at the Sands Centre in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Despite the first ballot box arriving at the Sands Centre in Carlisle shortly after 10.00pm, the counting has finally begun four hours later.

A third of the seats at Carlisle City Council are up for grabs.

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Local Elections 2016: The first ballot box arrives

The first ballot boxes have arrive at the count in Carlisle

Ballot boxes have begun arriving at the Sands Centre in Carlisle ahead of a count that will decide who controls the city council.

One third of the Council's seats are up for grabs.

Before today's election, ten were held by Labour, five by the Conservatives, three by independent councillors and one by the Liberal Democrats. Before the election, Labour controlled the city council with 28 seats in total.

The Conservatives had 20.

The count will start after votes have been separated between the Council ballot papers and the Police and Crime Commissioner ballot papers. Counting is expected to end in the early hours of Friday morning.

The PCC votes will be counted on Friday morning at 11am.

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