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Council considers New Squares proposal

Members of the public are being asked for their views on controversial plans to build a new hotel and petrol station in the centre of Penrith.

It would be part of the New Squares shopping development.

The land had been set aside for extra shops and homes. But the developer Sainsbury's believes there is no longer enough demand and wants to alter those plans. At a council meeting last night concerns were raised by other businesses in the town.

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Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a 10 year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.

Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a ten year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.

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New scheme to help more people get onto housing ladder

A new scheme has been set up to help more people get onto the housing ladder. Credit: ITV News Border

A new scheme is being launched to help more people get onto the housing ladder.

Eden District Council and the Penrith Building Society have set up a 'Mortgage Boost' initiative to allow residents to apply for mortgages with just a five per cent deposit.

First phase of restoration of historic garden complete

A ceremony to mark the 'phase one' completion of regeneration work at Penrith's Coronation Garden taking place.

The Penrith Rotary Club, along with Eden District Council have carried out the work, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, who provided £170,00 worth of funding.

The garden features four artwork sculptures which local primary schools helped design, together with plaques set into a footpath, forming a historic timeline.

Eight historical banners will also be displayed on flagpoles.

The ceremony will be opened by the chairman of Eden District Council who will cut the ribbon at 10am.

The Penrith Coronation Garden is situated on Portland Place at the rear of the Town Hall.

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