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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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New tenants needed for closure-threatened Cumbrian pub

Rumours that a Whitehaven pub is set to be demolished can today be quashed because new tenants are being advertised for.

Dusty Miller photo
The Dusty Miller pub in Whitehaven

Many people in the town thought that the sudden closure of the Dusty Miller in Albion Street three months ago was due to it being in the middle of the site earmarked for the £20m Albion Square office development, which will house 1,000 Sellafield workers.

However, agents Trust Inns have now advertised for new tenants to take over the running of the “busy town centre market pub” in an “up and coming redevelopment.”

The Dusty Miller mysteriously closed in July and has been standing empty ever since, with the doors and windows boarded up.

A spokeswoman for Trust Inns, which is based at Chorley, said that pub was having refurbishments carried out before new tenants were advertised for.

Meanwhile it has this week been revealed that the multi-million-pound Albion Square development could face a lack of parking for the 1,000 Sellafield workers due to move into the town centre.

The next-door multi-storey car park will provide 300 spaced under a lease scheme with NDA Properties. But the Highway Authority’s traffic assessment states there will be a demand for another 165 spaces which could affect available capacity at other town centre car parks.

Copeland Council feels a travel plan designed to improve road junctions around the town, more buses and better rail facilities, will solve car congestion concerns.

And it is looking to NDA Properties to come up with cash to help create improvements, including a sum of money as a bond to make sure travel plan improvements are carried out.

Copeland Council’s director of resources, Pat Graham, said: “Both us and the county council have been supporting Sellafield in developing a more sustainable approach to travelling to Sellafield and Albion Square, including a wider range of transport and removing traffic from the A595.

“The transport strategy is not yet complete but is the mechanism by which some of the transport conditions will be met.

“We’re confident the issues can be addressed.”

The traffic plan calls for NDA Properties to contribute towards improvements which would include more rail station facilities coupled with a better bus provision with main pick-up points for the staff.

The council also wants it made easier for Albion Square staff to cycle or walk to work.

Have your say

As a member of 'The Infamous Dusty Miller Four', this comes as wonderful news.

Posted by Stanwix Marra on 16 October 2012 at 19:57

they'll have to change the road markings to give the vehicles exiting the multi-storey the right of way... same as on blackbeck roundabout

Posted by macca on 16 October 2012 at 13:25

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