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leader of the Conservatives, said: “We know currently that at least £250,000 has already been spent and we’ve got an unpublished report here which says [spend] another £600,000 on it and that isn’t the end.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