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Victoria Viaduct set to reopen

Victoria Viaduct, Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

A major route in Carlisle will reopen tomorrow evening after it was forced to close for almost two months.

Contractors working to make the former Central Plaza Hotel on Victoria Viaduct safe have confirmed that work will be completed on Wednesday at 9pm.

Carlisle City Council said both Victoria Viaduct and West Walls, including footpaths, will reopen soon after.

The footpath in front of the Central Plaza building will remain closed.

Work will continue on site within the confines of the scaffold for several more days but this should not impact on the highway or pedestrians. This will include bricking up windows and further work on one of the chimneys.”

– Carlisle City Council statement

Cumbria offers new home to child refugees

The county has already settled four children Credit: PA

Councillors in Cumbria have voted to accept up to 10 more unaccompanied Syrian children who've fled conflict in their country.

It would bring the total number of unaccompanied child refugees in Cumbria to 14.

The children all entered the country without any family, having journeyed from their war-torn homeland.

The council's cabinet approved plans to take in more children as part of the National Transport Scheme.

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More foster families needed for children in Cumbria

There’s a shortage of foster carers in parts of Cumbria. In the Carlisle and Penrith area alone the local authority needs to increase foster families by two thirds to cope with the amount of children needing care.

Sandra Fialkowski has looked after nearly 200 children in her 35 years as a carer. She says fostering can be very rewarding and is urging people to consider it:

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Design for permanent crossing at Pooley Bridge to be unveiled

The temporary bridge currently in place Credit: ITV Border

A draft design for the new crossing at Pooley Bridge will be unveiled tonight at a public meeting. Residents will be given feedback about consultations of the design and how a final draft was decided.

The bridge collapsed during Storm Desmond in December 2015 and a temporary one opened in March last year. The meeting about the permanent bridge design will take place at Parkin Memorial Hall at 6.30pm.

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