Community engagement events for the development of a border town continue this weekend.

These events are for residents to discuss the future development of Longtown, part of the Carlisle City Council’s place plan, supported by the availability of up to £3million of Borderlands funding from the national government.

The first three workshops have asked residents their opinions of Longtown, what they thought Longtown needed to improve and the big themes that will deliver the difference. 

This fourth workshop  on Saturday, July 8, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, will look in more detail at projects that will reshape the town.

The council aims to produce a collective ‘vision for Longtown’ on the day.

All residents and businesses of the Longtown area are invited to contribute to the co-production of the plan at the following community workshops which will be held at Longtown Community Centre:

Imagining Longtown 2: Saturday, July 9, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • What could Longtown look like?
  • What is the Vision, objectives and goals we need?

Making the Plan: Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Where could we make the changes we want to see?
  • How do we prioritise what to do and when?

The workshop sessions will result in the production of a ‘place plan’ by the end of the year, which will outline the 20-year vision for Longtown.

A ‘town team’ will be set up to help promote, manage and deliver the place plan.

 The funding of capital projects comes from the £452 million Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal signed in March 2021.

The growth deal was signed between the UK and Scottish governments and the five councils of the Borderlands Partnership made up of Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council and Scottish Borders Council.