£300k revamp for hotel in Carlisle city centre
Last updated at 09:40, Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Another step in the regeneration of Botchergate in Carlisle is coming with a £300,000 revamp of the former Sherwood Hotel.
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If the council give this planning permission they need their heads looked at. The owners change a few shop fronts and move a few wires. In return they get permission to create 9 rentable properties. 9 x Â£500 a month, hmmm. Altruistic, I think not.
At long last someone has woken up and smelled the coffee! When the part of Botchergate, south of Tait Street was designated a Conservation Area, what plans did the ruling Council of the day have for it? For 18 years they have huffed and puffed and strutted around meetings and more meetings (most recently the dreaded Renaissance!)and all for nothing while Botchergate has remained the eyesore it has been allowed to become because of in-action by the ruling executive. They should be ashamed. I often wonder if our Councillors ever get out of their cars and actually take a walk around the City and form a personal opinion, yes a personal opinion, on the City they represent. Mmmmmmmm I wonder!
Delighted to hear at last that the Sherwood Hotel is being re-developed. It must be some three dedades since the nice lady who owned the hotel died and was charming to talk to. It was then a lovely plush hotel by 1950's standards. My granparents had lived nearby at 4 Tait Street, which was then part of The Clydesdale shop. The original small shop of 'The' Clydesdale. "For Everything Photographic" was recently converted into a house. The larger shop now being a food premises was I believe a farm shop with the then city auction nearby. This shop was owned by Mr Nixon who's son, or was it his grandson opened Banks Street's Nixon's Pet Shop in 1941. My uncle extended his small shop. Such foresight for success even in wartime! We now seem to surrender wholesale all over the city, as if no prosperity will ever exist again."We have owned the site for a long time" I'm aghast at the prolonged time that many such buildings in Carlisle are left empty
and devoid of opportunities to house or conduct business. Naming some seems like part of a TOTP's chart...London Road Newspaper shop. ' Wearing Your Sun'day Best? '
St Nicholas Street's former Supedec?
Shops South Henry Street.
Botchergate, Main road Night Club Premises.
Lnndon Road Railway Station.
Currock Road Estate.
Central Plaza Hotel.
Lonsdale ABC Cinema.
Fisher Street shops.
Central Methodist Hall.
Castle Street University Premises.
Rickergate Police station.
The Lanes Corner Shop.... Never ever occupied.
The Lanes. Various with paper hoardings.
Viaduct Estate. Former Council site.
Viaduct Estate. Former Car Showrooms (2) and garage workshops.
Willowholme Industrial Premises.
Newtown Road Shop.
Crown & Mitre's. Former Staff Quarters St Cuthberts Lane. The above being mostly long term vacant, listed or unlisted suitable for a variety of uses. The Lonsdale and Central Hall have been mentioned as suitable for a small theatre, perhaps art galleries....I think a revolution type policy needs adopted by either local councils or HM Government in getting many such building's back into active community use. I recently followed a German reg VW along Wigton road on a glorious day. It passed the Horse and Farrier which HRH Prince Charles commented on in saving for it's architectual merit, now the building being owned by another property group of Tesco's. Such Planning applications for non intended constructions of site developments should really carry a hefty funded deposit sum for non-developments. This city has enough decaying buildings. Some of these property companies buy such property to stop competitive development or others such as land owner Church of England was known to hold much property, as do British Railways Property/Residue Board was known to hold much city land sites. It maybe so that supermarkets now buy land for stopping adverse competition. It's a bit alike many disused Carlisle Allotments passed onto Riverside by Carlisle Council. They're all no longer active in the community apart from wood hoardings or seasonal land clean-up, or not at all. The thought's I had myself on driving past the Horse and Farrier was having been to Germany and having enjoyed a kind of the well known princes's song "drink, drink... was, what a waste of a lovely fine building and obvious no visual aspect (apart from a decaying city community) for the German tourist van's occupant's and driver as I was following along this main city road perhaps to the well occupied busy Lake District. Most of the said majestic listed buildings should flying the red, white and blue as they have done in their heyday's.