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Councillor Hugh Branney, Copeland Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community regeneration, has released a statement commenting on the proposed closure of Whitehaven Civic Hall:
Police are closing Lowther Street in Whitehaven today at 5.30pm because of a protest taking place outside the Civic Centre..
Organisers have indicated that there could be a few hundred people there, so police are taking precautions and closing the road for public safety.
The road will re-open at 6pm if the situation is considered safe by police.
Motorists are being advised to use alternative routes in Whitehaven to avoid Lowther Street.
1,000 protesters are expected to gather at a popular entertainment venue, which closes its doors tonight.
Whitehaven's Civic Hall has been heavily subsidised by Copeland Council, which says it cannot afford to continue.
Watch the lunchtime report from Kim Inglis below.
Campaigners fighting to save Whitehaven Civic Hall from closure will hold a protest today.
More than 1,300 people have signed a petition, calling for Copeland Council to reconsider its plans to close the centre because of budget cuts.