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Old June 15th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #21
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Carlisle's damaged Millennium Bridge closed
Cumberland News, Tuesday 14 June 2011


Rusty metalwork on the bridge

The Irishgate Bridge across Castle Way in Carlisle has been shut until further notice after an inspection found damage to the structure.

The £750,000 footbridge - known locally as the Millennium Bridge - has been plagued by gremlins since it opened in 2000.

It follows the line of the city wall, providing a link across the busy dual carriageway from the city centre to Carlisle Castle and Bitts Park.

The city council is advising pedestrians to use subways at Tullie House or Hardwicke Circus, or the pelican crossing by the former Globe pub, while the bridge is out of action.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank the public for their understanding.”

The 110ft-long curved bridge weighs 60 tonnes, is finished in white and features a 60ft-high steel mast from which load-bearing cables span out.

The Civic Trust branded it too modern and out of character and argued it was not needed.


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Old June 20th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #22
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It was never a great design. The lift for disabled people was apparently vandalised almost immediately after the bridge was opened. In contrast, Tullie House subway mentioned in the report is no ordinary subway. It is effectively a part of the Tullie House museum:

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Old July 6th, 2011, 05:35 PM   #23
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The former bus station in Whitehaven is up for sale for £1million, with apparently 'detailed plans' for retail/leisure space and 60 apartments. Doesn't look like an actual planning application has been submitted though.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #24
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800 Sellafield jobs to go after Japanese Tsunami
by Iain Laing, The Journal, August 4th 2011



THE UK's only plant for processing plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors is to close with the loss of hundreds of jobs as a result of the Japanese tsunami.

The MOX site at Sellafield in Cumbria, which employs 800 workers, only had customers in Japan, where reactors have been shut after the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said there had been a “changed risk profile” for the Sellafield Mox Plant (SMP) following the Japanese disaster which crippled the Fukushima nuclear reactors. “In order to ensure that the UK taxpayer does not carry a future financial burden from SMP, the only reasonable course of action is to close SMP at the earliest practical opportunity.

“The decision to close SMP is no reflection on the SMP workforce which has continued to improve SMP operating performance.”

Workers were told it would take months to close the site and there was “considerable scope” for many of them to be redeployed elsewhere at Sellafield.


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Old August 14th, 2011, 04:05 PM   #25
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CUMBRIA'S RED SQUIRREL MAY BE EXTINCT IN 20 YEARS
Published at 08:16, Friday, 12 August 2011

Cumbria's native red squirrel was today named as the sixth most vulnerable animal in the UK – and could be extinct within 20 years.

A new study by digital TV natural history channel Eden says red squirrels, Scottish wildcats and hedgehogs are all at risk. The loss of habitat is named as the biggest threat to the nation’s indigenous animals.

The Eden Species Report brought together all the available research and officially recorded sightings of UK-based species, including birds and mammals.
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Old September 1st, 2011, 10:27 AM   #26
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Stobart Group hits back at Carlisle Airport critics
News and Star, Wednesday 31 August 2011


Stobart Group has hit back at consultants’ claims that Carlisle Airport is unlikely to sustain passenger flights and air freight. The transport company has tabled documents with Carlisle City Council outlining proposals for regular passenger flights to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin.

It says less frequent flights could operate to Inverness, Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton, Exeter, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands, and possibly European destinations. Stobart also claims that Carlisle can become an air-freight hub for Tesco, flying in perishable goods from Spain and Holland for delivery to supermarkets across northern Britain.

Stobart has said previously that 679 jobs in Cumbria would be at risk if the airport scheme is blocked. It says it “remains hopeful” that Carlisle City Council will approve its planning application for Carlisle Airport.

The earliest the application can go before councillors is September 30.


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Old November 11th, 2011, 11:06 PM   #27
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£11m luxury hotel plans for outskirts of Carlisle shelved
By Matthew Legg, Business editor, Cumberland News, Friday, 11 November 2011


Plans for an £11 million luxury hotel complex on the outskirts of Carlisle have been shelved after the company that sold the land for the project bought it back.

Farming and finance giant H&H Group revealed this week it had snapped up a plot next to its Rosehill headquarters that it sold nearly four years ago.

The company has not disclosed how much it paid to buy back the land.

But the deal represents a canny bit of business by H&H, which sold the land at the peak of the property price boom and bought it back when values had nosedived.

The land was placed back on the market when developer Redwood Investments, which had wanted to build a four star hotel, offices, a pub/restaurant and day nursery, went into receivership.

Planning permission for the project, which was granted in 2004, has lapsed.

Sources at H&H Group say they do not have any immediate plans to build on the land, but bought it as a “strategic asset” with an eye towards possible long-term development.


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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #28
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Found this old archived thread about the windfarm at Whinash, which may be of some interest:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/archiv.../t-323760.html
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Proposals for southern Carlisle bypass drawn up
By Julian Whittle, Cumberland News, 2nd March 2012


Proposals are being drawn up for a southern bypass that could give Carlisle a complete ring road around the city.

Mike MitchelsonCity council leader Mike Mitchelson says a link between M6 junction 42 at the Golden Fleece to the A595 at Newby West would complement the M6 and recently-opened Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR).

His draft route heads southwest from junction 42, skirting south of Durdar, then northwest across the River Caldew and the Cumbrian coastal railway to the start of the CNDR.

Mr Mitchelson said: “We need to start planning now. It has taken 27 years to get the CNDR open so we need be thinking now about how we get the next one.”

Roads are the responsibility of Cumbria County Council. But Mr Mitchelson believes the city council holds the key to a southern relief in its role as planning authority.


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£10 Million plan to re-vamp Carlisle's Sands Centre
By Julian Whittle, Cumberland news, 2nd March 2012


A new £9m-£10m plan to revamp Carlisle’s Sands Centre is being drawn up – 16 months after an earlier scheme was put on ice.

City council leader Mike Mitchelson is in talks with Carlisle Leisure about building a 25-metre swimming pool and a dedicated sports hall, freeing up the main hall as a full-time events venue.

The pool would replace The Pools in James Street, which could be demolished to make way for a transport interchange serving the Citadel railway station.

Mr Mitchelson said: “If we keep The Pools we’d have to spend £2m to bring it up to standard but we would still have what is essentially a dated facility. In my view it is far better to use that money for a new pool at The Sands and that’s what we are working towards with Carlisle Leisure.”

Financial pressures forced the council to shelve a £15m revamp of The Sands in November 2010. The proposal included a ‘school of sport’ for the University of Cumbria. Mr Mitchelson said the university was no longer able to proceed with this.

The revised plans would cost £9m-£10m funded by the council and Carlisle Leisure, the not-for-profit company that runs leisure facilities in Carlisle and Allerdale.


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Sounds like a great idea to replace the present pool with a transport interchange. The current bus station is hidden away behind Argos and gives a poor impression of the city, as well as being a long walk from the train station.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 02:34 PM   #32
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GlaxoSmithKline choose Cumbria for £350m factory
By Karen Dent, The Journal, March 22nd 2012



COUNTY Durham has lost out to Cumbria to be the location of a major new manufacturing site for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The multinational company is to build a £350m biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant at Ulverston in Cumbria as part of a new £500m investment in the UK, which it says will create around 1,000 jobs.

Its sites at Barnard Castle in County Durham and Irvine and Montrose in Scotland were also in the running for the new factory but Cumbria was judged to have the best sterile processing skills, technical capability and existing links with local suppliers and academic partners.

The Cumbrian factory will be the first new site that the pharmaceuticals giant has set up in the UK for 40 years. The company said it was investing in the UK again following measures announced in yesterday’s Budget, creating a ‘patent box’ to encourage investment in R&D and related manufacturing in the UK, by introducing a lower rate of corporation tax on profits generated from UK-owned intellectual property.


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Found this old archived thread about the windfarm at Whinash, which may be of some interest:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/archiv.../t-323760.html

An interesting archived SSC thread about "Windfarms" (in Cumbria) from back in 2006.

I wonder how much this discussion reflects the situation and the debate here in 2012, and whether those involved in the thread might/might not, see things differently today?
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Future of Carlisle Airport to be decided in July
By Julian Whittle, News & Star, Monday, 18 June 2012


The future of Carlisle Airport should be decided at a special city council planning meeting next month. Stobart Group wants to build a 394,000sq ft freight distribution centre and to resurface the runway for scheduled passenger flights and airfreight. Its planning application was to have been heard last July but was delayed at Stobart’s request.

The company asked for time to challenge findings from the council’s aviation consultants that passenger flights would not be “commercially viable” and there was “very little potential” for air freight. Planning officers were advising councillors to refuse the application on the grounds that “the distribution centre appears to be primarily for road haulage rather than airport related”.

A new date was set of June 8 this year only for Stobart to ask for another postponement so it could respond to further comments from the consultants, Alan Stratford Associates. The meeting is now scheduled to take place on July 8.


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Old July 27th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #35
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I live in Whitehaven and can help you out. Work is due to start soon( but no guarantees given) on demolishing Mark House, the sixties office block, and most of what was the swimming baths( later The Park nightclub) and to replace them with the apartment development shown earlier.
Also further along the harbour, near Tesco, work has started on demolishing the former bus garage and car showroom, although nothing has been said about what will replace these. This is seen as a priority as the buildings are in a dangerous condition and have been empty since 1993. Actually the person who owned the car showroom moved to a much bigger site when he obtained the SEAT franchise and has never looked back.
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Who would have thought it? The cheapest looking design has 'won' the public vote! Magnus must be so pleased because reducing construction costs will enable them to maximise profits. Who cares that one of the few towns in Britain that escaped the 1960's town planners unscathed is being ruined by shoddy architecture?
To a point, but you've never seen the monstrosity that is the multi storey car park just behind Zest. One ugly monster that looks like a derelict block of flats and has been underused for the last 40 years as it is badly lit, expensive and feels unsafe due to its poor lighting and low roofs. Also we can add in the now derelict Mark House, a hideous looking courts and police complex from the eighties and a sixties telephone exchange on Catherine St that spoils the environment. Yet compared to some places, Whitehaven got off lightly.
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Sounds like a great idea to replace the present pool with a transport interchange. The current bus station is hidden away behind Argos and gives a poor impression of the city, as well as being a long walk from the train station.
It is poor and outdated. However, spare a thought for people who live in Whitehaven whose perfectly adequate enclosed bus station has been closed for eight years and plans for an interchange with the railway station have stalled due to the incompetence of Copeland Borough Council, who have lost us an Asda superstore and seem to be permanently holding up Whitehaven RLFC's new stadium.
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Yes that really was inexplicable and makes the difficulties with the new interchange harder to tolerate. The old station was a bit old, but still better than having a confused load of outdoor bus stops.
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Yes that really was inexplicable and makes the difficulties with the new interchange harder to tolerate. The old station was a bit old, but still better than having a confused load of outdoor bus stops.
That's Copeland for you. It would still be cheaper to refurbish the old bus station than the chaos they have now.
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Is this the building that's being demolished? Certainly a positive step for that area. Perhaps this would be the best place for the bus interchange.

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