Demolition of the former hotel has progressed quicker than programmed and plans are now in place to make the site safe to allow access for adjacent businesses.
A Carlisle City Council spokesperson said: “Tesco’s has been notified that, with immediate effect, they are able to allow staff access to their store to stock up in readiness of reopening as soon as possible.
“Paton House businesses are advised that as from 8am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 17 December) they will have unrestricted access via Bush Brow only.
“In advance of this, protective hoardings will be removed from adjacent properties. Once this has been completed, the City Council will be in a position to advise Cumbria County Council, the local highway authority. The County Council will then be able to advise on pedestrian access and when the Viaduct can reopen.
“The site continues to be secure and 24-hour security is in place with CCTV monitoring in place to prevent unauthorised access behind the debris field.
“We continue to support businesses and have put in place a hardship fund for businesses directly affected. We have also set-up a hotline which will enable those businesses affected to have direct access to the support team. The number is 01228 817444 or [email protected]”
Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson, said: “It’s great to see that the demolition process is nearing completion, ahead of schedule. The site will now be cleared of the rubble and the hoardings removed. We have contacted local businesses and will update the county council to allow them to take a decision on pedestrian and highways access. In the meantime, I’d like to thank those involved in the demolition work and also businesses for their support during a difficult and challenging time.”