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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Date set for new Workington leisure centre referendum

A date has been set for a referendum to be held into plans to build a multi-million pound leisure centre in Workington.

Independent Allerdale councillor Denis Robertson has been lobbying for a parish poll ever since the council’s ruling executive voted to move the facility away from Moorclose and build a one on the Cloffocks.

At a town meeting last week a vote was held about whether to hold a referendum, which came back in Mr Robertson’s favour – even though the results will not be legally binding.

Workington town council clerk Chris Bagshaw has confirmed that the poll will take place on Thursday, March 13 between 4pm and 9pm and will be run by Allerdale council.

An Allerdale spokeswoman said that the authority’s executive committee is “not required” to revisit its decision over the preferred site for any reason and has “no obligation” to consider the results of the £9,000 parish poll.

The authority says it held a thorough consultation regarding the preferred site which saw Brow Top – which stretches onto The Cloffocks – being the favourite.

Meanwhile, there has been a delay in submitted a planning application for the £9.4m development.

Allerdale council originally said plans would be lodged at the end of February, but this has been put back until April as officers want to make sure all of the details are correct.

The spokeswoman said: “We want to get this right and are making sure that everything is as thorough as it can be.”

The authority has this week been told it does not need an environmental impact assessment to accompany the planning application.

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