No votes win in Workington referendum but polls see low turnout
Last updated at 08:33, Friday, 14 March 2014
Fewer than four per of Workington residents took to the polls in a referendum on plans for a new leisure centre.
At total of 640 people turned out to say whether they thought the town’s planned new leisure centre should be built on the Cloffocks - just 3.8 per cent of those eligible.
In total, 571 people voted no, while 67 voted yes.
Two ballot papers were spoiled or unmarked.
The parish poll was called by electors at a public meeting in February.
It cost Workington Town Council about £9,000 - roughly £14 per person who voted.
However, the result is not legally binding, meaning that Allerdale council’s executive will not have to change its plans.
The borough council wants to build a new £9 million leisure centre on the Cloffocks, near Brow Top car park, to replace the ageing facility at Moorclose.
It says the existing centre is no longer fit for purpose and is now uneconomical to maintain.
Councillor Denis Robertson, representing Moorclose, called the public meeting amid concerns that the estate would suffer if it lost the leisure centre and the Cloffocks is liable to flooding and is contaminated.
First published at 08:32, Friday, 14 March 2014
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Agree Luke, lots of people who don't use it commenting.
Get it built allerdale.
Memo to Councillor "Cocky" Robertson, save your Town another Â£9000 and move the venue 6 miles North to Maryport, we'll have it, no probs, we'll stick it along Netherhall Old Boys, a thriving hub of Sport, where it will be appreciated by All I'm sure, actually if you want to waste another Â£9000 we'll take it too go towards a free Bus to take People there, another memo to the good Townsfolk of Workington, never look a Gift Horse in the mouth, take what's on offer, the Cloffocks, albeit a place that holds many good memories for many a good "Uppie or Downie" is vastly underused and wasted, times change and you have to change with them, Workington, along with Maryport needs to grasp every opportunity it can.
Finally the turnout to vote was truly shocking to say the least, that tells its own story really, smell the Coffee Councillor Robertson and realise its the year 2014 !!
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