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Old July 19th, 2017, 10:41 AM   #701
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This from the News & Star,--

Plan to breathe new life into Carlisle's former Twisted Wheel nightclub




Plan to breathe new life into Carlisle's former Twisted Wheel nightclub

Twisted Wheel

Generations of Cumbrians have fond memories of Legends and the Twisted Wheel.

This West Walls club was a favourite from the 1970s to the 2000s.

It closed nearly 10 years ago but is about to have a new life, as shops and flats.

The building belongs to Carlisle Glass which recently began converting the upper floor into three shop units.

“We’re hoping they’ll be ready for businesses to move into by the end of the year,” says director John Pattison.

“They could be suitable for a hairdresser, a nail bar, a boutique, that kind of thing. It could be one big unit, or one business in two units and another in the third, or three separate units.”

The bottom two floors will be converted into 15 one- and two-bedroom flats.

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Old July 19th, 2017, 08:34 PM   #702
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Excellent jobs news for Ulverston:
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulvers...ment-1.1118179#

Glaxo unveils masterplan for £350m Ulverston development
Last updated at 16:57, Thursday, 20 February 2014

THE vision for a £350m development in Ulverston has been revealed to the public.


GlaxoSmithKline is unveiling its masterplan for the new biopharmaceutical facility at a series of events in Ulverston.

At the opening event yesterday, GSK bosses – as well as architects and planners behind the new development – showed detailed designs to members of the public.

Construction of the main new facility is set to begin in 2015 but preliminary work on the car park and road will begin beforehand.
At yesterday’s event, GSK’s site biopharm lead Pat McIver said he was keen to hear from the wider Ulverston community about the plans.
“Over the last year or so, there has been an opportunity for stakeholders to help shape the development and understand what local needs are,” Mr McIver said.

“This is a chance for us to open it up to the public. There are lots of needs, expectations and hopes over what this will bring and we want to use this opportunity to consult with the public before we make our final submission.”

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After much prevarication, the optimism was unfounded. Bad news for Ulverston & the local area, as not only is the new investment not happening but the future of the existing plant is up in the air

From the News and Star:

"Pharmaceuticals giant GSK pulls plug on £350m new drugs plant in Cumbria

The pharmaceutical giant GSK has pulled out of its commitment to building a new £350m biopharm drugs facility in Cumbria as well as throwing doubt on the future of the town’s existing site.

The drugs manufacturer today made several announcements it says are aimed at improving “the efficiency and competitiveness of its manufacturing network”. It means that its Ulverston site could be sold, and there will now be none of the planned investment in the town.

In a statement released on its website, the company said: 'In pharmaceuticals, the company is to undertake a strategic review of its cephalosporins antibiotics business, with an option to sell the business including the associated manufacturing facilities. These medicines are produced at GSK sites in Ulverston, Cumbria, Verona in Italy and part of its Barnard Castle site in County Durham.

The company has also decided to outsource some manufacturing activity at its Worthing site in the UK. GSK will continue to manufacture other antibiotics such as Augmentin and will continue to conduct research on new antibiotics. The company has also decided not to proceed with a previously planned investment to build a biopharmaceutical facility in Ulverston as it no longer needs the additional capacity.'"


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Old July 20th, 2017, 10:02 AM   #703
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Yeah this looks to be bad news for that area,--and as pointed out--also what will happen to the existing facility,--- you feel for people in the Ulverston area.
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Old July 20th, 2017, 10:10 AM   #704
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Plans for new homes on former Sedbergh school site refused

PLANNING permission for two news home on the former Baliol School site in Sedbergh has been refused so that the site can be kept for new business development.

The decision was taken at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's (YDNPA) Planning Committee meeting.

“This was a really important decision for us,” said the YDNPA’s Member Champion for Development Management, Robert Heseltine.

“We want Sedbergh, the most populous parish in the National Park, to be a place that people can work in as well as live. The town has lost sites earmarked for business development in the past and we were keen to avoid that happening again. We can’t hope to hang on to our young people, or attract families to move into the area, if we haven’t got places where they can work."

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Old July 20th, 2017, 07:33 PM   #705
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Two Cumberland Infirmary stories from the News and Star:

"Condemned tower block at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary to be demolished



A redundant tower block building at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary has been condemned and is scheduled for demolition.

Having stood largely unused for years, there has long been talk of demolishing the building, which stands next to the main hospital.

At one point bosses were looking at turning it into a multi-storey car park or leasing the building to a third party to generate income.

But the News & Star can reveal the building was condemned shortly after the 2015 floods, when excessive rain penetrated the building and electrics. Bosses must pull it down or agree extensive repair work.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said the tower is no longer in use, aside from some storage, which is gradually being moved out.

The News & Star requested details about the building under the Freedom of Information Act. It confirmed the building will now be flattened."


More details at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Co...1b216e8859d-ds

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"New car park opens at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary


A new 270-space car park has today opened at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary. Situated behind the main hospital, near the helipad, the new area is reserved for staff.

It is part of wider efforts by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and its Private Finance Initiative (PFI) partner Interserve to tackle long-running parking chaos at the infirmary.

Pay on exit barriers will also be installed soon, while planning permission has now been granted to make the temporary car park next to Reiver House permanent."


Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/la...2730229967a-ds

More parking space is certainly needed. On my one visit to the Infirmary by car I had trouble finding somewhere to park for a 7pm appointment. My recent visits have been by taxi, but I have seen cars going round the car parks looking for spaces and lots of cars parked where they shouldn't be.

Public transport to the Infirmary is fine for local journeys until about 6pm, when it deteriorates considerably such that use of a car is the only practical option for many people.

I wonder if the area left by the demolition will become another car park? I suspect it will.
Looks like I was wrong about the vacant site.

From the News and Star

"Condemned tower block to make way for cancer centre at Cumberland Infirmary

A condemned tower block at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary is set to be replaced with a new state of the art cancer centre.

Up to £50m will be spent overhauling cancer services, meaning many patients will no longer need to travel outside the county.

It is part of a wider investment of up to £105m in health services across north and west Cumbria announced by the Government.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England boss Simon Stevens confirmed the funding - including between £30m and £50m to improve access to chemo and radiotherapy - yesterday.

Stephen Eames, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said there will be a brand new building with state of the art kit. It will also be linked directly to some of the country's top specialists in Newcastle as part of a new partnership.

"It's a large amount of money so we are going to completely overhaul the cancer facilities at Carlisle hospital," he said.

"It's going to be integral to the hospital. What we will be looking to do is knock down the tower block, which isn't really fit for purpose anyway, and replace it with a brand new building."

Mr Eames said it would happen over the next 18 months, meaning the new building will be complete in early 2019."


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Old July 21st, 2017, 06:15 PM   #706
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This from the News & Star,--

"Eyesore" auction mart to be demolished to make way for new development




"Eyesore" auction mart to be demolished to make way for new development


A demolition team will be moving in to pull down an old auction mart building long considered to be a huge "eyesore" by townsfolk.

Wigton-based Hopes Auction Company has been given the go-ahead to demolish their old town centre site which has largely laid empty since the firm moved to new headquarters in Syke Road in 2013.

The future of the site however, remains up in the air.

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"Former Cumbrian auction mart to become housing and foodhall in £1m deal


The future of a former auction mart site can today be revealed after years of speculation - with the land being earmarked for new housing and a foodhall as part of a deal worth more than £1m.

Wigton-based Hopes Auction says an agreement has been struck to sell a large part of its former town centre headquarters to housing provider Home Group.

The land had been lined up to become a new Tesco store.

But the supermarket giant performed a U-turn in 2014, leaving the site's future unknown and Hopes with multi-million pound debts.

Hopes moved to a new base in Syke Road the previous year and the town centre site, off High Street, has laid mainly empty ever since.

It's been dubbed an "eyesore" by locals and has been on the receiving end of arson attacks.

What the site would become has been the centre of much debate in the town, with a range of ideas put forward.

But locals were unanimous in their calls for action.

About 10 acres of the prime site looks set to go to the housing provider, according to Hopes.

The Cumberland News can also reveal that an offer from an unnamed party has also been accepted for the remaining three acres.

It is earmarked for a retail development, more specifically for a cafe, butchers, greengrocers-type enterprise."


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Old July 23rd, 2017, 10:32 AM   #707
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Plans tabled to transform historic Carlisle hotel




Plans tabled to transform historic Carlisle hotel


A Grade II-listed hotel in the heart of Carlisle could be transformed into a major chain.

Plans have been submitted to convert the County Hotel, on Botchergate, into an 84-room Holiday Inn Express.

The proposals, which have been put to Carlisle City Council, include "a full refurbishment of all floors to upgrade the accommodation in line with current standards".

Plans tabled to transform historic Carlisle hotel


A Grade II-listed hotel in the heart of Carlisle could be transformed into a major chain.

Plans have been submitted to convert the County Hotel, on Botchergate, into an 84-room Holiday Inn Express.

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Old July 23rd, 2017, 08:18 PM   #708
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This sounds like very good news. I have only ever been in The County Hotel for record fairs, but an acquaintance who has stayed there described it as having faded grandeur and being in need of a thorough modernisation, which suggests it doesn't currently meet the sort of standards expected these days.
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Old July 24th, 2017, 02:12 PM   #709
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More on this annie,--

This from the News & Star,--


City centre Holiday Inn Express hotel plans welcomed





City centre Holiday Inn Express hotel plans welcomed

County Hotel

Plans by a multi-national chain to convert a prominent Carlisle hotel have been welcomed.

An application has been made to turn the County Hotel, on Botchergate, into an 84-room Holiday Inn Express.

The proposals, put to Carlisle City Council, include “a full refurbishment of all floors to upgrade the accommodation in line with current standards”.

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