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Crossing the Borderlines

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It's just about payday for me - and there's a fair few people either side of the border who probably
 
March 16 · Issue #11 · View online
Fine Fettle
It’s just about payday for me - and there’s a fair few people either side of the border who probably feel like this week was pay day for them too.
After months of speculation, both governments in both Holyrood and Westminster confirmed who much cash they’d be willing to plough into a Borderlands Growth Deal - a cool £345 million.
So what’s that going to get the five Borderlands councils (inc. Cumbria and Carlisle City)? Here’s some of what’s on the wishlist so far:
  • more high-speed and fibre broadband connections for homes and businesses
  • joined up tourism initiatives for the whole border area
  • jobs, employability and training schemes
The good news for Carlisle is that it sits smack bang in the middle of it all so it’s safe to assume that a fair chunk of that money is going to benefit the city.
One of the big ideas is for a new Carlisle Station Gateway, wrapping up a redevelopment of the city’s main railway station, with the nearby former council offices known as the Citadel.
There’ve even been whispers over the years about moving the city’s bus and coach station next to the railway station, but right now, that’s home to Carlisle’s main swimming pools.
With plans to add some new swimming pools to the Sands Centre in the coming years though, it’s not out of the realms of possibility for some land to be freed up after that.
You knew about the semi-secret entrance to Carlisle station from James Street right?
Another proposal which could pay dividends for Carlisle is the full restoration of the Waverley line from Edinburgh, through the Scottish Borders and all the way to the Great Border City.
The section of the line from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank reopened four years ago as the Borders Railway, with passenger numbers exceeding expectations.
It’s something that would probably end up costing in the hundreds of millions of pounds, and the Borderlands money could help to cover a portion of the cost.
The fly in the ointment is that everything seems very vague so far. The money is just about confirmed, but the timetable doesn’t seem to be just yet.
It’s likely we’ll find out more later this year, when an initial Heads of Terms agreement is drawn up by the Borderlands councils in the summer.

Essentials
Campaigners hopeful consultant-led maternity unit is saved
Councillor booted off Copeland council for failing to turn up to a single meeting in six months
Happy Mums help couple struggling with parenthood
Elsewhere
Storm Gareth: Family 'terrified' by lightning strike in Cotehill
Cazgraham on Twitter: "Kendal young people protesting at climate change #YouthStrike4Climate ⁦@timfarron⁩ ⁦@BBC_Cumbria⁩… " Cazgraham on Twitter: "Kendal young people protesting at climate change #YouthStrike4Climate ⁦@timfarron⁩ ⁦@BBC_Cumbria⁩… "
Agenda
MINE: County councillors expected to give the green light to a new undersea coal mine off the Cumbrian coast on Tuesday.
MARKETS: Senior councillors in South Lakeland consider a proposal to outsource the management of Kendal’s indoor and outdoor markets on Wednesday.
STADIUM: Senior Allerdale councillors consider the business case for a new shared stadium in Workington which would be a host venue for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 on Friday.
MUSEUM: Windermere Jetty museum reopens on Saturday after a big redevelopment. There’s press preview this week, so stay tuned for a sneak peek.
One more thing
Image: BeatMedia and the Kennel Club
An Irish Water Spaniel from Thursby wins place in Crufts Best In Show final
Is there anything else?
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