Carlisle City Council has launched a public consultation being heralded as the chance for local people to have their say about the future of the city and the surrounding area.
The so called Carlisle Plan aims to improve everything from business opportunities to arts and leisure facilities.
But the council admit that financially, times are difficult, and expectations need to be realistic. There's also harsh criticism that people in outlying towns are being left out. This is John Bevir's full report.