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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.

Food for thought as Eden gets grant

Eden is known for its local cheeses, and the Cumberland Sausage. Credit: ITV Border

Eden District Council has been awarded £50,000 to turn the area into a 'Food Hub'.

The grant has been awarded by DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It's hope the 17 Food Hubs, throughout the UK, will boost tourism and attract investment, as well as helping to grow the rural economy.

We are delighted to have been selected for an award of £50K to support the setting up of a food and farming zone in the District and in order to make sure we get this right we are talking to local businesses to understand where and how they wish to expand and what barriers there might be to expansion which the Local Development order will overcome.

We already have a renowned food and farming sector in Eden and this award will enable us to build on that success story.”

– Ruth Atkinson, Eden District Council’s Communities Director
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