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Full report: Demolition sparks housing protest in Carlisle

A protest has taken place in Carlisle against the demolition of several one bedroom flats in the city.

A group of residents say there are not enough properties of this size for all the people that need them.

They are worried that there's a growing demand for smaller flats because of the Government's so-called bedroom tax, which charges people in public housing who have unused bedrooms.

Andy Burn reports:

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House demolitions "nothing about housing" says campaigner

"This is basically another instrument by the government to take money off the poorest and most vulnerable to finance tax giveaways to the millionaires and big business corporation tax cuts.

"It's nothing about housing. If it was really about rehousing people and using the social housing stock, why would they knock down 16 post-war-built single bedroom flats?

"This is the proof that it is nothing about housing."

– Brent Kennedy, Spokesperson, Axe the bedroom tax

Riverside Homes: "We have a large number of one bedroom properties"

"Riverside in Carlisle manages 6,000 homes. Within the district over 1600 are one bedroom which means Riverside is responsible for managing 85% of the one bedroom properties in Carlisle.

"Not only do we have a large number of one bedroom properties in our stock but also extensive knowledge on demand and management of one bedroom properties.

"We currently have over 30 one bedroom properties which are empty and in the process of being advertised for re-let or have been allocated."

– Spokesperson, Riverside Homes

Bedroom tax protest in Carlisle

A group of Riverside Housing Association tenants from Carlisle are staging a protest against the proposed Bedroom Tax.

Residents on the Botcherby housing estate are angry after 16 single-bedroom flats were demolished, despite 400 people signing a petition to save them.

A national survey says that single room flats are unavailable for 96 percent of those affected.

Nuclear protests held in Carlisle

Opponents of a proposed underground dumping of high level nuclear waste in west Cumbria held a protest outside Council offices in Carlisle this morning.

Cumbria County Council along with Copeland and Allerdale District Councils say they've taken Government advice and delayed a decision on the project for three months while more information on key areas is gathered.

The protest by the group Radiation Free Lakeland coincided with the Council's Cabinet Meeting.

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Anti-nuclear protest

Opponents of a proposed underground dumping of high level nuclear waste in west Cumbria held a protest outside Council offices in Carlisle this morning.

Cumbria County Council along with Copeland and Allerdale District Councils say they have taken Government advice and delayed a decision on the project for three months.

The protest by the group Radiation Free Lakeland coincided with the Council's Cabinet Meeting.

Delays expected during biker protest

Delays are expected on certain roads in south Cumbria this afternoon as bikers stage a mass demonstration against EU legislation on motorcycles.

The protest involves members of Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), and is one of 12 demos taking place across the UK.

The bikers are planning to meet at Greenodd, near Ulverston at 1pm, before riding at 40mph to Kirkby Lonsdale. The protest is expected to cause delays on the A590 and A65.

Paul Turner, MAG rep for Cumbria, said:

"We're all protesting against the EU legislation as they're basically interfering with bike riding.

"They're trying to make things like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) compulsory. When you're riding a bike, you don't actually want ABS on all the time. You want to be able to switch it off."

– Paul Turner, MAG rep for Cumbria