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Information on Carlisle City Council services over Christmas

Information about Carlisle City Council and other services, over the Christmas and New Year period, is as follows:

Civic Centre

The Civic Centre will close to the public at 3pm on Friday 23 December and will reopen onWednesday 28 December. It will also close to the public at 3pm on Friday 30 December and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2016.

Crematorium

Open 8.30am to 4.30pm:

Wednesday 28 December, Thursday 29 December and Friday 30 December.

Open 1pm to 4.30pm:

Saturday 24 December, Sunday 25 December, Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December, Saturday 31 December, Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January.

Open as usual from Tuesday 3 January.

Bereavement Services

Open 8am to 4.30pm:

Wednesday 28 December, Thursday 29 December and Friday 30 December.

Closed:

Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January.

Open as usual from Tuesday 3 January.

Festive Refuse and Recycling Collections

There will be some changes to the days you need to put out your refuse and recycling over Christmas and New Year.

Usual refuse and recycling date To be collected

Monday 19 December - Friday 23 December As normal

Monday 26 December Tuesday 27 December

Tuesday 27 December Wednesday 28 December

Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December

Thursday 29 December Friday 30 December

Friday 30 December Saturday 31 December

Monday 2 January Tuesday 3 January

Tuesday 3 January Wednesday 4 January

Wednesday 4 January Thursday 5 January

Thursday 5 January Friday 6 January

Friday 6 January Saturday 7 January

Collections return to normal from Monday 9 January onwards.

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Anger at proposals to cut D&G councillors

D&G Council HQ Credit: ITV News Border

The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council has hit out at recommendations by the Local Government Boundary Commission to cut the number of counillors from 47 to 43.

The recommendations provide for 351 wards and 1219 councillors across Scotland.

The boundaries of the existing wards are being amended.

“Members of Dumfries and Galloway Council agreed unanimously across all groups to challenge the proposals by the boundary commission because the methodology they used for the number of Councillors for our Region, and therefore the subsequent crazy new Ward boundaries were completely flawed.

"The Commission simply made up the new methodology, which isn’t covered by the rules or laws they are supposed to follow, and I think that shows they are a law unto themselves accountable to no one.”

– Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, Leader of D&G Council

D&G Council budget cuts a 'sad day' for the region

Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson said that yesterday's announcement of £21million budget cuts was a 'sad day' for the region.

The cuts will mean a loss of 250 jobs at the council alone, with many more expected in other organisations.

Councillors turned to cutting a pack of cards to settle the final vote at the lengthy meeting.

Four separate budgets had been proposed, but after a tied vote following abstentions and council leader Ronnie Nicholson declining to use his casting vote, the decision was made by cutting a pack of cards.

The council say the savings are needed to bridge a gap in funding as a result of a 4.5% cut in the council's grant by the Scottish Government.

“There is no doubt that making £21.193m of cuts to our Council’s budget was a sad day for Dumfries and Galloway.

"The cuts by the Scottish Government are the single biggest attack on local services for a generation. You cannot save in one year £21.1m without impacting on services and these proposals are still very tough. What makes me so angry about having to make these cuts is the fact that the UK Government’s grant to the Scottish Government has actually risen by 0.6% this year but the Scottish Government have still chosen to go ahead with slashing council budgets. They could and should have been avoided by the Scottish Government”

– Councillor Ronnie Nicholson, Leader, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Amongst the proposals rejected by Labour were cuts to winter gritting primary routes, the scrapping of a Taxicard scheme for the elderly and disabled, the scrapping of the gull control scheme and proposals to scrap Instrumental Music Instruction.

The budget also rejected proposals to close a number of leisure facilities such as Hillview Leisure centre, Beechgrove sports Centre, Newington Leisure Center and Castle Douglas Swimming pool.

However, the leader of the SNP Group at Dumfries and Galloway Council accused the Labour Administration of “robbing bairns’ piggy banks”.

“This budget will see Teachers removed from Nursery classes and other childcare providers facing a gloomy year ahead as their contracts have been shrunk or in some cases may disappear altogether”.

“The move to bring children currently in out of region placements in a variety of nationally acclaimed care settings back into Dumfries & Galloway should be supported but at a more modest pace. When you add in this Administration’s cuts to the cleaning budget in schools, despite head teachers’ concerns, and the branding of youngsters leaving the care system or in the Youth Justice system by introducing an easily identifiable pre paid card system.

"Shockingly, they will be the only children in Dumfries & Galloway with a type of pre-paid card to present for bus travel and other services and as such easily identified”.

– Andy Ferguson, Leader of the SNP Group on Dumfries & Galloway Council

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Businesses see red over council paint row

Pete and Cyn Downham outside the front door of their shop "Fairy Croft" Credit: ITV News Border

Two businesses inn south-west Scotland are fuming after their councils complained about the exterior façade of their buildings.

Pete and Cyn Downham have been warned that their shop front door in Moffat contains too many colours and is not in keeping with the town’s conservation area.

The couple say that more than 1,000 people have signed a petition in support of their “Fairy Croft” shop door and say they are often complimented on the bright exterior.

In a separate case, owners of a Dumfries restaurant say their business could be at risk if they are made to change the paint on the outside of their building.

Owners of “Mississippi Grill House”, Craig Deman and Robert McAleese, say that replacing the current green paint with a more subtle colour, as suggested by council planners, could cost them around £10,000.

They are also worried that having a lot of scaffolding outside of the restaurant in order to carry out the work could deter potential customers.

Dumfries and Galloway council say that the current paintwork is not in keeping with conservation rules.

Vida Paul fights eviction

Vida Paul at her home Credit: ITV Border

An 80 year old woman is facing eviction from her home which will then be demolished because a Council say it's not fit to live in.

A court has ordered Vida Paul out of her Dumfries home, but her supporters say they'll fight to stop the action

The Dumfries Sheriff granted the eviction warrant because she's not carried out essential repairs.

Concern as shoppers desert Scottish Borders

Business leaders in the Borders have held, what have been described as 'important talks' with the council after a survey showed shoppers are staying away from eight Borders towns.

There's been a 17% drop in the numbers over the last four years.

Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce says more can be done to boost local high streets.

James Aitken from SBCC told ITV Border:

'If you walk into any shop in the Borders it is an issue right across the board. That's why we are such supporters of the borders railway and broadband being improved. Business rates are a huge issue. We would ask the council to look at that again and see what help they can give. "

– James Aitken

Tim Farron MP gives tributes to Brendan Jameson

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale**, said:

"A leader and a window cleaner - everyone here knew that Brendan Jameson wasn't a politician, he was one of us. Brendan was born and bred in Kendal and besotted with Kendal.

“Brendan was the first ever Lib Dem to lead our District Council, the man who brought recycling to every home in South Lakeland and who ensured 500 new affordable homes were built for local families, he also fought like a tiger to make sure that we got the Olympic Torch and Olympic investment into South Lakeland

"Brendan was a good friend, great company, a strong leader, a hardworking campaigner and a Kendalian to his core. I will miss Brendan immensely, and we will honour his memory by continuing to serve and protect the community he loved."

– Tim Farron MP
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