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Scheme to support nearly 100 apprentice roles in Eden district

Logic Plumbing Heating and Electrical were one of the businesses to benefit from the scheme Credit: Eden District Council

A scheme to support apprentice roles in the Eden district has lead to over 100 new jobs and £125,000 in grants to local businesses over the year.

The scheme, by the Appleby Heritage Centre and Eden District Council supported 57 employers and 62 apprentices. A further 12 businesses and 24 apprenticeship opportunities are being worked on.

Our aim is to grow the economy in Eden. To do this, businesses need access to a skilled workforce. The scheme will support our communities by providing opportunities for young people to gain employment and skills for their future. With so many employers taking advantage of the scheme, we are delighted that we have been able to extend it until March 2018.

– Paul Walker, Business Marketing Office, Eden District Council
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apprenticeships have been supported.

Logic have found the grants a valuable contribution to the cost of employing and training apprentices in the Eden area. They were a factor in deciding to continue to offer apprenticeship opportunities.

– Jim Chalmers, Logic Plumbing Heating and Electrical

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Council could move to former Co-op in Penrith

The former Co-op office in Penrith. Credit: ITV Border

Penrith's former Co-op building could be converted into a council headquarters.

Eden District Council is considering moving staff out of Mansion House and the Town Hall and relocating them under one roof.

Local people are being asked for their views on whether the council should make an offer to buy the former Co-op site on Burrowgate.

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Funding available to celebrate Tour of Britain

The women's Tour of Britain took place earlier in the year. Credit: PA

A funding pot of £5,000 is available to communities in Eden who are organising celebrations for the Tour of Britain.

The funding will be available through Eden District Council's Community Fund, and the idea is for it to help local people to celebrate the cycle race, which will pass through the area.

Cycle races like the ToB can engage crowds, bring together communities and create huge economic benefits for an area.

ToB will showcase Eden to a national and international audience and we are sure that our local communities will celebrate the race passing through in style.

The Council has allocated £5,000 from the Eden Community Fund to support ToB community events and activities.

There is up to £500 per parish available, so we would encourage groups within a parish to work together and we look forward to receiving applications from communities across the district.”

– Councillor Mike Slee, Eden District Council

The application form, and details of how to apply for funding, are available on the Council's website.

More than £800,000 for affordable housing

The money will be used to build 20 affordable homes. Credit: PA

A loan of more than £800,000 has been granted to Eden Housing Association, to help build more affordable housing.

The money is being provided by Eden District Council as part of its £1 million Affordable Housing and Innovation Fund (AHIF).

It will be used to build 20 new affordable homes, in the following areas:

£328k
For seven affordable homes on land opposite Dalegarth, in Threlkeld.
£358k
For eight affordable homes on William Street, in Penrith.
£188k
For five two-bedroom bungalows for people over age 55.

This will create 20 new units of affordable housing and really help to meet the wide ranging housing needs we have across Eden.

AHIF is having a positive impact on the development of housing in Eden and is helping to influence the types of housing that are being developed.

The Eden Housing Advisory Board has carefully considered the merits of these projects and we are very pleased with the quality of the projects we are helping to finance through loans from AHIF.”

– Councillor Lesley Grisedale, Eden District Council

Watch: funding boost for Eden food and farms

The Eden District of Cumbria has been awarded Food Enterprise Status.

It means the area will get a £50,000 share of funding to boost businesses in the food and farming sector.

The council has decided to spend it on employing a consultancy to look into streamlining planning regulations to allow businesses to grow easily.

Fiona Marley Paterson has been looking into what it'll mean for big and small businesses near Penrith.

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