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NORTHERN CANAL PROPOSAL LEAKED

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Proposals to build a canal from Carlisle to Newcastle are to be formally presented to Cumbria CC later this month....
Proposals to build a canal from Carlisle to Newcastle are to be formally presented to Cumbria CC later this month.

Details emerged after Cumbria's policy chairman, Bill Minto, deliberately released a confidential commercial document from a consortium interested in building the canal.

Mr Minto said he had leaked the document to bring the issue into the public domain. The consortium has now agreed to make a special presentation to the authority.

Mr Minto said it would be wrong to 'reject any proposals which might help the economy', but the project had major environmental implications.
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