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In Autumn 2019, Carlisle was announced as one of the 101 places invited to create Town Deals as part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund. The Town Deal will secure investment to support the regeneration of the city, support skills and business development and improve digital and physical connectivity.
Carlisle City Council has convened a Town Deal Board made up of people from some of Carlisle’s key public and private sector organisations to create a Town Investment Plan to drive this investment. The Town Investment Plan includes Projects that will be taken forward as part of Carlisle's Town Deal.
Carlisle's Town Deal Board submitted its Town Investment Plan to government in October 2020, and in March 2021 the government confirmed that Carlisle has been successful in securing £19.7 million from the Towns Fund. The following projects have been proposed for funding from the Town Deal:
Start with the Park, St. Cuthbert's Garden Village: The 'Start with the Park' project will provide the 'Greenway' a connective, multi-modal green travel route connecting the key settlements of SCGV with Carlisle City Centre and providing a high quality leisure and recreation facilities. The project will position SCGV as a unique and attractive destination for working-age families.
Southern Gateway: An integrated programme of investments in active and sustainable travel and public realm to better connect key developments in the Southern Gateway area of Carlisle, including the Railway Station, Citadels, Devonshire Street and the former Central Plaza site, and to connect St. Cuthbert's Garden Village with the City Centre.
Project Tullie: Welcome & Entrance to Tullie House Museum: part of a wider programme of investment at Tullie House Museum, this project will better connect the Museum to the surrounding streetscape, increasing its visibility by providing a clear and contemporary point of arrival for visitors.
Lighting Up Carlisle: Investment of capital funding in digital lighting equipment to support an expanded and transformed events programme.
Digital and Community Learning Hub: Refurbishment of the City Centre Library to create an accessible digital skills and community learning hub, and installation of digital equipment and training materials in 13 community venues.
Citadels Business Infrastructure: A purpose-built hyper fast digitally enabled business interaction and accommodation space, linked to the University of Cumbria's flagship campus development on the Citadels site.
Carlisle Market Hall: Investment to improve the infrastructure and internal structure in the Market Hall to improve the experience for shoppers and visitors and exploring options to create a food court and events space.
A copy of the Town Investment Plan is available to download below.