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Friday, 25 July 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

It is about time the people of whitehaven acknowleged that the money given by the nuclear industry comes with a price,namely your opinion counts for nothing as long as the councils hold out their begging cap.The nuclear industry is now the unofficial owners of copeland,as county councilors and copeland councilors have stated with the traffic at albion square"their is a heirachy of priority within whitehaven when it comes to the traffic", namely sellafield has priority over everything you have none,did your opposition count with the demolition of the public toilets NO your opinion meant nothing,it is wrong that they show their contempt to the locals but if the council continue to go cap in hand that comes with a price and that price is sacrificing what the locals want within and around the town.I'll be very suprised if anything comes of this meeting,but knowing the contempt the nuclear industry shows to the whole of copeland you'll probably be invited to the opening of the offices,just to let you know who's the new sheriff in town.

Posted by James O on 11 July 2014 at 18:37

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