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50 jobs at new west Cumbrian arts centre and theatre

A disused church in Workington will be turned into an arts centre and theatre.

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Paul Scott

Planning permission has been granted for the ambitious development of the empty Trinity Methodist Church in the town centre.

Publican Paul Scott, who also owns The Vine Bar and The Grapes in the town, said the development would create 50 jobs, including bar staff, stewards, doormen and cleaners.

The venue, which would hold 2,000 people, will be used for theatre productions, live music, concerts and other performing arts and exhibitions. Despite five letters of objection from nearby residents, Allerdale’s planning officers gave the development the green light.

People living on Wybrow Terrace had concerns about noise and feared the venue could be used as a nightclub.

However, the planning officer’s report said the applicant had provided a noise assessment.

“Allerdale Environmental Health has accepted the findings and raises no objection to the change of use with appropriate conditions,” the report said.

Amanda Marshall, of Wybrow Terrace, said that during performances at the theatre the public will “undoubtedly” want to exit the premises and that will lead to groups of people standing around outside.

“Due to consumption of alcohol there could be raised voices causing a disturbance in an otherwise residential area,” she added.

She also has concerns with parking and increased traffic.

Cumbria County Council’s historic environment officer Jeremy Parsons said that records indicate the church was designed in 1890 and is one of the “grandest Non-conformist churches in the county”.

Trinity Church is near the Carnegie Theatre, but Mr Scott insisted his arts centre would not be in direct competition with it or the Theatre Royal in Washington Street.

The centre could be used for community projects, band rehearsals, arts and craft shows and weddings, he added.

Have your say

I would love to see where all these art loving people are going to park when they go there. Not a lot of parking available or should I say no parking and if a show is on at the Carnegie at the same time it will be very interesting! It will be an inconvenience to the residents some of which will have lived there for years. I wouldn't want it on my doorstep especially when the opera would be more suitable as not in a residential area and closer to the large car park.

Posted by Really? on 9 May 2013 at 23:16


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Karen - Carnegie Theatre

Posted by Karen Thompson on 7 May 2013 at 13:00

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