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It looks like Cumbria has been let back into the Northern Powerhouse again with a Valentine's Day gif
 
February 17 · Issue #9 · View online
Fine Fettle
It looks like Cumbria has been let back into the Northern Powerhouse again with a Valentine’s Day gift from ministers. Along with cards from their sweethearts, councillors unwrapped £102 million pounds to build a new road south of Carlisle linking the M6 to the A595 near Dalston.
It turns out that the road is very handy for plans to build up to 10,000 homes on a swathe of land south of the city which has been dubbed St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.
Beside the plans for new houses, some will just enjoy that they won’t have to travel through Carlisle, go all the way up to J44 or along the winding roads of the Northern Fells if they want to head to west to Workington or Whitehaven.
Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover described the road as “the missing link in the infrastructure of Carlisle” on BBC Radio Cumbria on Valentine’s Day:
The government have confidence for us to deliver the infrastructure, deliver the homes, deliver employment opportunities and this, we hope, will lead on to a successful Borderlands inclusive growth deal announcement. It was very important early on that we were making the case for Cumbria, and for Carlisle, in the Northern Powerhouse.
That work could not just stop at Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds. There was a lot of north, north of Manchester, that we need to make sure were able to benefit.
Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse minister, told the News and Star that it was just the start and stressed that his saw his brief as about more than a strip of cities along the M62:
“This is the biggest infrastructure investment in Carlisle in a generation. We’ve set out a commitment as a government to support Carlisle and Cumbria.
This is a huge down-payment of £100m on the overall plan, through Borderlands and the Northern Powerhouse, to create a growing economy. That’s one of the reasons that we’ve chosen Carlisle.”
We’re still waiting for news of what a Borderlands Growth Deal would include for southern Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland, after it wasn’t ready in time to be announced at the last budget.
It’s fair to assume it will include money to upgrade more people to high-speed internet, cross-border tourism initiatives, turning the A69 road into a dual carriageway and, possibly, cash to extend the Borders Railway all the way to Carlisle.
It could be a while before any of those grander ideas can become reality though, so it’s likely that the Carlisle Southern Link Road will be the first real chance to see the so-called Northern Powerhouse in action for Cumbria when it’s planned to be open by 2023.

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Agenda
🗑 CLEANER CARLISLE: The city council is likely to spend £60k extra on more staff to keep Carlisle cleaner, by cracking down on dog messes and flytipping. Senior councillors discuss it on Monday, full council due to approve it on Wednesday.
📈 COPELAND TAX CLIMB: Empty houses in the borough will cost you, if councillors agree new council tax plans. On Tuesday, the full council will decide if there should be a double council tax rate on long-term empty houses, and a reduction in council tax discounts for empty and unfurnished homes.
🏞 NO SAFE HARBOUR: Who doesn’t love a common land tale? Allerdale Borough Council, probably. It looks like the land they own at Harrington Harbour will be formally listed as a village green at a meeting on Friday. They say this scuppers some of their ideas for regenerating the area, but some locals want the area protected from development.
One more thing...
Carlisle United FC
💙💙💙 We did it! #10kforMK Today's attendance is 10,459 includuing 329 @MKDonsFC fans - thank you all for your support #cufc https://t.co/yWtHqQulWb
4:15 PM - 16 Feb 2019
It wasn’t the result Carlisle United wanted but well done to the Cumbrians, after more than 10 thousand supporters came to their home game this weekend against promotion contenders MK Dons.
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