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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Copeland council to close Civic Hall, Beacon and public loos to save money

Plans to close Whitehaven’s Civic Hall, Beacon museum and tourist information centre in a desperate move to cut costs have been described as “an act of vandalism” by Copeland MP Jamie Reed.

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Every one is blaming everyone else, look we all know why this is happening it is this awful governments policies, it seems its always the labour party to blame,they say, well at long last you are correct,
We have just spent 12 Billion pounds on rich peoples fun and Games in London, now that is the labour party's fault, now we as usual we pick up the tab,they are all to blame, i say we want Independence For Cumberland we should Join Scotland and get our own Parliament.

Posted by Danleo on 26 October 2012 at 12:30

I am sorry to see that a number of venues are closing due to lack of funds in Copeland, and I see that many people are angry and raising a petition.Our democracy and sovereign rights are being handed to the EU/Brussels every day yet very few of us pass any comment?If this coalition government, like the previous government would stop sending £55 million a day!!£1.5billion per month!!to this discredited EU club we would not need to close any amenity anywhere.Please ask your MP and councillors why we are continuing to support this empty vessel.

Posted by Michael Owen on 23 October 2012 at 16:33

Cuts have apparently been made since 2010, so how does Elaine Woodburn justify her £6k pay rise in 2011 when all other public sector workers had their pay frozen??

Posted by Nichola on 22 October 2012 at 20:52

Yet another own goal. Everything this council puts its hands on turns to dust. But the waste continues apace. This is just part of a political game, it is the taxpayer that actually owns these buildings not the council. They cannot be allowed to get away with this one.

Posted by Roger on 17 October 2012 at 16:37

Yes, the Beacon figure of £450,000 includes income. It's the remaining cost to the council after the Beacon's income has been deducted.

Posted by Leila Cox, CBC communications officer on 17 October 2012 at 14:55

I was born in Whitehaven and lived in Cleator Moor, I think it is disgusting that Copeland Borough Council is planning to do this. I wish I could that petition!

Posted by Patrick Richardson on 17 October 2012 at 14:33

Yes, the Beacon figure of £450,000 includes income. It's the remaining cost to the council after the Beacon's income has been deducted.

Posted by Leila Cox, CBC communications officer on 17 October 2012 at 08:55

The petition to reassess the budget cuts to the venues is now in the civic hall and tourist information centre and soon to be in town shops. Please make the effort to go down and sign them before the 1st December. Thankyou

Posted by Rachel Denwood (on behalf of Whitehaven Theatre Group) on 17 October 2012 at 08:14

Copeland Borough Council states - "The Beacon is operated by us (CBC) at a cost of £450,000 per year". How much income does the Beacon yield per year, and does the figure of 450K take this into account? In other words, should the income be deducted from the running costs, or has this amount ALREADY been deducted?

Posted by Harry Fancy on 16 October 2012 at 20:18

is it possible to hold a vote of no-confidence in the council and have them thrown out??

Posted by kevin on 16 October 2012 at 19:54

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