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Scheme to improve look of Carlisle city centre

A hoarding looks set to go up around the Lonsdale cinema and ‘to let’ signs could come down across Carlisle as part of plans to improve the look of the city.

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Idea:A hoarding may be erected around the Lonsdale

Details of a scheme to boost the city centre economy will be unveiled tonight at a meeting of the full council.

Colin Glover, responsible for the economy and enterprise, said the council had allocated £10,000 to support the city centre as part of a Town Team initiative.

“The principal use of this funding will be to work with landlords and letting agents to improve the appearance of vacant shops through installation of attractive decals on windows, and removal of ‘to let’ boards,” he said.

“The key vacant retail units have been identified and contact been made with the appropriate agents with a view to agreeing designs for decals and timetable for installation.”

Mr Glover said that the hoarding would be similar to a pilot project for the former Old Post Building in Warwick Road. He added: “A planning application will be submitted from the developer for the hoarding and we expect installation sometime in the New Year.”

The report said that the city council had been working with other organisations, including Cumbria County Council and Cumbria CVS, to support a Funding Fair at Carlisle Racecourse in March.

Mr Glover said: “This annual event is held to enable the community and voluntary sectors to come together to learn more about funding opportunities from a range of grant giving organisations.”

In previous years the event has included representation from bodies including:

the Big Lottery Hadfield Trust

Awards 4 All

Big Lottery Fund

Northern Rock Foundation

Neighbourhood Forums

Cumbria Community Foundation

Francis C Scott Trust

Carlisle City Council

and Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.

The council is also working with organisations, including the University of Cumbria and Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, to establish a Business Interaction Centre (BIC) in the city.

In his report, Mr Glover said the centre was a “high profile entry point” for businesses and employees seeking to access expertise.

He added: “It is envisaged that the BIC will provide accommodation for academics and enterprise staff, students studying on business part-time and short courses, and incubation space for community enterprises and students enabling them to develop business ideas.

“The BIC also envisages access to research and development services for existing local companies with provision of rapid prototyping equipment and design services.”

Have your say

£10000 from our taxes to subsidize the property owners who, by law, have an obligation to keep their premises in good order. Why not clean up the buildings and bill the owners, if they refuse to pay, seize the building.

The only ideas our councillors can come up with are events involving untrained microphone users, anything involving dancing and dressing up and allowing bars and betting shops to open without serious consideration of needs.

I wash my hands of this lot. I only wish I could wash away my council tax bill.

Posted by IM on 9 January 2013 at 12:05

Elsie lol The city needs life, not ideas from people who are clueless and not in touch with what people want. The city is a mess, let's build a bypass to take traffic away, then build a supermarket to bring traffic to the worst bottle neck of roads in Carlisle and do the same on London road, it will be ok we can install traffic lights which like the rest don't work properly who cares. Who wants to come to Carlisle to sit in traffic and get lost in its 1 way system, wake up to what you have already done, waste loads of money

Posted by Steve on 8 January 2013 at 21:54

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