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Plans for west Cumbrian rugby stadium World Cup facelift

Workington Town’s Derwent Park stadium could undergo a £450,000 facelift to help ensure west Cumbria lands next year’s Rugby League World Cup (RLWC).

Dave Bowden photo
Dave Bowden

Final confirmation of the cost of the required works is still to be clarified, but the current estimate stands at between £400,000 and £450,000.

The Britain’s Energy Coast board has ring-fenced £350,000 for the scheme, with Allerdale council set to underwrite the potential shortfall of up to £50,000.

West Cumbria’s bid to host two tournament games will be discussed at a meeting of Allerdale council’s executive tomorrow.

A report to councillors recommends the authority underwrites up to £50,000 of upgrading work.

Workington Town and the council are working in partnership to land two games involving Scotland, Italy and Tonga.

Senior staff from the RLWC 2013 have met officials from the rugby club, the council and representatives from Britain’s Energy Coast to see what was required to host the games at Derwent Park.

Town chairman Dave Bowden said: “Talks have been very positive and I’m very impressed with the partners’ commitment to bring the Rugby League World Cup games to west Cumbria and hosting the event.

“The RFL’s organising committee were impressed with our approach and the commitment to deliver a high quality event for the whole of the west Cumbrian community.”

Mr Bowden expects Allerdale council to endorse proposals to bring the World Cup to west Cumbria.

In his bid, Scotland would be based in Workington, but train at Copeland Community Stadium, Whitehaven.

Copeland council, Whitehaven Rugby League Club and Whitehaven Amateur Football Club branded their failed project unfeasible after failing to agree terms with landowner Whitehaven Miners’ Welfare Association about an access route to the proposed new stadium at Pow Beck.

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Well done the Workington , Thay have Shops
A Football team , Rugby teams League and union , and Speedway . If thay spend it on D/P good for them , billboy you ask (what is going on here ) Just ask Copeland Council and Whitehaven Rugby etc what thay were doing ? and just look at Whitehaven town , Very poor shops could do with a paint and a tidy.

Posted by John on 21 June 2012 at 17:07

What bitter and twisted people billyboy and Jonny Swift seem to be? Billyboy, Copeland and Whitehaven RLFC are still getting £4 million towards a new stadium, that hasn't been cancelled. Jonny Swift, where was your concerns for the people when ABC gave £40k to the Reds for new floodlighting? You are both bitter because your council and it's partners, which included Whitehaven RLFC, couldn't get the basics right and the old green eyed monster has appeared. Live with it and move on.

Posted by Geordie on 20 June 2012 at 12:21

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