The 2015 Carlisle and district flood is the test that has fallen to our generation. A test of resolve, leadership and political process. Win, and a safe and prosperous city is secured for our children, and theirs. A place to thrive and dream. Free from fear and in the growing confidence that when challenged we acted with the same spirit previous generations did when under threat.
The Carlisle Flood Action Group is the voice of these hopes and fears. Carlisle expects nothing short of an exceptional world-class innovative flood management project that inspires and protects. As Adam Smith says: "The first duty of the sovereign [state], that of protecting the society".
Through this vision the Group wishes to convert catastrophe into opportunity. Heartache into hope. By uniting the community under a powerful commitment to hold the government, local and central, to account; and to express a long-term vision for the city and region. One that attracts major global investment that funds the long-term maintenance of our beautiful three-river city, and its rural surrounds. Come to Carlisle and Cumbria and build your business here, and enjoy the finest lifestyle in the United Kingdom. A place that wins against all odds.
Our vision: "Fighting for a safe and prosperous city".
Dr Stephen Gibbs
Chair, Carlisle Flood Action Group