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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Residents get chance to view multi-million schemes planned for west Carlisle

Residents living in the west of Carlisle have the chance to find out more about two multi-million pound developments set to take shape in Morton.

Tomorrow evening, Kier will give residents an update on the building of the new £26 million Richard Rose Morton Academy, which is due to open in September.

It is due to start at 4pm and run until 7pm and will be held in the site cabin next to the security gate on Wigton Road.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, a public exhibition will be held at the Wigton Road academy about the plans for a £5m gymnastics centre and all-weather pitch – the first phase of an anticipated £20m sports development.

The event follows the recent submission of a planning application to create the first phase of the Morton Sports Village.

Carlisle City Council planners will have the final say but those behind the plans, the Richard Rose Federation and businessman Brian Scowcroft, are holding the event to give local people the chance to see the designs first hand.

The public event will be held in the performing arts theatre of the academy on Wigton Road between 10am and 8pm.

The Sports Village, subject to planning, will be built beside the £26m academy building currently being constructed.

If approved, the gymnastics centre and all-weather pitch – worth £5m – will not be built until after the old Morton School buildings are demolished once pupils and staff move into their new purpose-built complex in the summer.

Phase one of the Sports Village will be funded by the Richard Rose Federation’s endowment trust and bids to Sport England, the British Gymnastics Association and support from Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council.

The endowment trust is a fund which was set up by businessmen Brian Scowcroft and Andrew Tinkler when they agreed to sponsor Carlisle’s two academies. The money was set aside to be used on projects that benefit pupils and the community. Future phases of the sport complex include a health and well being centre and a 25-metre swimming pool. Facilities will also be for community use.

If planning permission is given for phase one of the project, building work could start in January.

Those behind the plans believe more than 150 new jobs could be created over two phases of the sports complex.


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