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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Residents want compensation for roads chaos caused by office build

Angry residents have called for compensation for “roads chaos” suffered during the construction of a major office complex.

Whitehaven residents meeting photo
The residents' meeting

Albion Street and Rosemary Lane, which lead from Whitehaven’s centre to the Kells estate, have been closed periodically for more than a year while the £18 million Albion Square is being built, prompting a residents’ group to call for recompense.

John Brannan, spokesman for the Prospect Area Residents’ Group, told a public meeting yesterday: “We have been greatly disadvantaged and have suffered major inconvenience and expense and deserve compensation.”

Mr Brannan suggested a ‘token’ £100 each for the 190 households affected on Harbour View, High Road and Basket Road.

He added that a four-mile detour is added to a resident’s round-trip to town due to the ongoing closure.

Karl Melville, Cumbria County Council’s area highways and transport manager, told the meeting that the council is “not permitted to pay out compensation for highways work carried out”.

But he said that he would take the residents’ concerns to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Morgan Sindall, Albion Square’s owners anddevelopers, respectively.

The roads will reopen at the end of July, the meeting at The Stump pub heard.

Work on Albion Square is due to be completed in August and will be home to around 1,000 Sellafield Ltd workers by October.

Ahead of its opening, further concern was expressed by residents about the lack of available parking in town.

Howard Rooms, of Sellafield Ltd, said they will do “everything in their power” to mitigate the impact on town centre traffic.

This will include permitting only cars containing two or more people to use the multi-story car park and encouraging the use of public transport.

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how can this group be considered for compensation for road chaos? poor shopkeepers of cockermouth cant get compo for there chaos stop moaning and get on with it

Posted by big mike on 18 July 2014 at 16:28

Pat, are you serious? what other major supermarket do you want? I don't know if you have noticed but Whitehaven is a small town, I'm surprised it has the population to support the supermarkets it has! nobody want to go into town because it has nothing to offer! I just hope that the new offices will encourage people to open a few cafe's and shops to cater for the new demand, its that sort of thing that will improve the place not supermarkets and chain stores.

Posted by dom on 14 July 2014 at 15:15

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