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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Owner wants to demolish Whitehaven's former bus station

Whitehaven's art deco-designed bus station looks set to bite the dust.

Whitehaven bus depot photo
Whitehaven’s former bus station

Permission to demolish the 1930s building on a one-acre site at Bransty Row is being sought by the owners.

Special consent is needed as it lies within a town centre Conservation Area.

Copeland council’s approval to demolish the bus station, together with the old bus garages on Wellington Row (behind the Wetherspoon pub), has been applied for by Monaghans Ltd of Sheffield, acting as agents on behalf of Torquay-based company Whitehaven Marina.

Peter Beard, for Whitehaven Marina, said: “We are looking to demolish the buildings and to find someone who may wish to purchase our sites.”

Parts of the old garages on Wellington Row are considered dangerous and the council’s building control section has become involved.

The firm demolished the old bus depot, opposite Wetherspoon, last summer, work that resulted in problems for some nearby properties as previously undisturbed rats and pigeons were scattered.

The depot, once used to house Stagecoach buses, plus the adjacent Grand Garage site, was cleared to leave a large vacant tract of land that had planning consent, granted over three years ago, for a new five-storey complex of shops and 62 flats. The dilapidated building had blighted the northern entrance to town for more than a decade.

There was a public outcry in the winter of 2002 when Stagecoach decided to shut down and sell off the bus station, after which passengers had to use stops on Lowther Street, Duke Street and Preston Street.

The bus station was opened in 1931, having been built by Glaisters, a local firm of builders and masons.

It was only the second covered-in bus station in England at that time.

The building’s curved rows of bricks showed great skill and building apprentices from Workington College would regularly be sent to Whitehaven to admire this example of the brickie’s craft.

Have your say

Thankyou 'Proffesional Man'. Been there myself. What you have stated is absolutely correct, missed that one. In the process of negotiating leaving the area, however, will still be interested in progress, hopefully that word will apply, only if the people of the area recognise that a change is vital to that end.

Posted by Observer on 5 August 2013 at 19:03

Observer - What a great posting and I completely agree.

I must point out that all the educated and qualified persons have fulfilling and rewarding careers and don't have time to be Councillors. That's the problem. How many CEO's, Project Directors, Accountant, Lawyers, etc. actually put themselves forward? These professionals have fulltime careers and don't usually have the time to become Councillors, that's why it's the ex-union and blue collar workers that stand for election, they need to feel important and being a Councillor allows this!

Most importantly whatever happened to Whitehaven being a town with history? Surely development of the current bus station makes far more sense than knocking it down.

Posted by Professional Man on 5 August 2013 at 02:05

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