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Full report: Cumbrian footpath restored after floods

The floods of 2005 caused widespread damage across much of Cumbria, but thankfully most people's homes have been repaired, and new flood defences are in place.

However, it has taken until now to restore a riverside path in south Cumbria, and this week saw an official opening ceremony, at the River Lune in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports:


Full report: Major repair works completed at Carlisle's Old Town Hall

Major repair works to one of Carlisle's most famous buildings are complete.

The restoration project at the Old Town Hall cost £500,000 and has taken more than six months.

Carlisle City Council say the work on the 300 year old building, which houses shops and the tourist information centre, was essential to bring in more visitors to the area.

Hannah McNulty reports:

Town Hall is "gateway to the city centre"

Major repair works to one of Carlisle's most famous buildings have been completed

The Old Town Hall in the city centre is more than 300 years old and £500,000 has been spent on the roof and structure of the building.

The Tourist Information Office has now moved back in.

The newly appointed Leader of Carlisle City Council, Colin Glover, says it was worth spending the money to try to boost to tourism:

First phase of Old Town Hall restoration complete

The Old Town Hall entrance Credit: ITV News Border

The first phase of restoration works at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle have been completed.

Major repair works began in January and the building, which is one of the oldest in Carlisle, is now fully water tight and structurally safe.

The Old Town Hall in Carlisle City centre Credit: ITV News Border

The building is owned by the City Council, who alongside English Heritage, have invested almost £500,000 into the improvement scheme.

The first phase of restoration work included roof repairs, works to the external walls, refurbishment and replacement fo some windows, internal works to the tourist information centre and new carpets and decoration.

Some of the replacement brickwork Credit: ITV News Border


£500k restoration work begins on Derwent riverbank

A £500,000 restoration programme to prevent further erosion of the riverbank on the River Derwent is underway.

The Cumbria County Council project is aimed at securing the land between the river and the A596.

The road began eroding in 2009 when the county was hit by large floods, and has so far lost around 30 feet.

The work will involve placing 3,000 tonnes of limestone over a 100 metre stretch between Northside and Navvies Bridge.

"We must protect the A596 from the threat of further river erosion, which is why we're making this significant investment.

"We've been working hard to deliver a long-term solution that safeguards this important road."

– Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

Motorists are being advised that there may be some disruption on the A596 with one lane temporarily closing at Northside to allow for the unloading of heavy machinery.

The project is expected to take around 12 weeks to complete.

Dock park restoration begins

Work has begun on the £2 million revamp of the Dock Park in Dumfries.

The restoration work is will include creating a new entrance to the park, an overhaul of the bandstand and improving the child play areas.

Local councillors Colin Smythe and John Martin have been campaigning for the council to restore the park, after what they call years of neglect and vandalism.

The work is being funded by Dumfries and Galloway council, along with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"For a long time we have been inundated by fed up local residents reporting the latest vandalism in the park and it really is in a sorry state.

"This announcement is great news not only for everyone who uses the park, but in particular local residents who have had to look on at first hand at the way the park has declined in recent years.

"The council have a habit of dithering when it comes to big projects so we will be keeping the pressure on to ensure that work on the Dock Park is completed as soon as possible.

"The fact that part of the restoration will include CCTV cameras is also positive as there is no point spending nearly £2 million on the park, only to see it suffer more vandalism when the work is done."

– Councillor John Martin, Nith ward

Iconic Borders structure restored to former glory

Restoration work has finished on one of the most iconic structures in the Scottish Borders.

Fatlips Castle is a famous local landmark and has been saved, following a restoration project costing £200,000.

The work was coordinated by Tweed Forum, who are a charitable trust specialising in conserving the natural, built and cultural heritage of the Tweed area.

The funding for the project was received from Historic Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Landfill Community Fund and the Elliots of Minto.

'We are delighted to say that the extensive consolidation and restoration works to the castle are now finished.

"This is the culmination of many years of work to build a funding package and appoint a team to carry out the restoration.

"None of this would have been possible without the support of the Elliots of Minto, Historic Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and the Landfill Community Fund."

– Luke Comins, Director, Tweed Forum

Methodist church re-opens after £120k restoration

Brigham Church, before the restoration Credit: ITV News Border

A Methodist Church in Brigham, west Cumbria, is about to re-open to the public- nine months after it closed for urgent repairs.

Water had damaged some of the church interiors Credit: ITV News Border

Members of the church community raised more than £120,000 through a combination of grants, donations and events.

The money was used to fix the roof, update the heating system and bring the church and adjacent hall up to modern standards and to meet the needs of the village.

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