Derelict boutique hotel becomes centre of political feud

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Labour and Conservative councillors are facing off to determine the future of a ‘derelict’ hotel that is responsible for a street closure.

The Central Plaza Hotel in Carlisle, which is currently in a state of disrepair, is a Grade II-listed property and has been empty for more than 13 years.

According to the BBC, the vacant site is a currently considered dangerous with brickwork threatening to fall into Victoria Viaduct.

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In response to Victoria Viaduct’s closure, which is harming local business and creating traffic problems, Conservatives on the Carlisle council are pushing for the building to be de-listed and demolished.

Standing in opposition to the Conservative councillor’s plans, the Labour administration remains confident a developer can be found as it has been in talks to create a 60-bed hotel, with a restaurant and office space.

The news agency reported that Gareth Ellis, deputy leader of the Conservatives, said: “We know currently that at least £250,000 has already been spent and we’ve got an unpublished report here which says [spend] another £600,000 on it and that isn’t the end.

“We will have nothing to show for it except a dangerous building.”

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