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:
“The closure of Whitehaven Civic Hall is a disappointment to many people, including the Copeland councillors who had no choice but to take the decision to close the facility following the cuts to funding the government imposed on us, which to date have totalled more than £4m from a starting budget four years ago of £12m.
“We understand the strength of public opinion that will be on show tonight, but sadly we simply cannot afford to continue subsidising the facility at a cost of £200,000 per year.
“For the past 12 months we have been talking with interested groups about the future of the facility, but these discussions haven’t, as yet, produced a feasible plan that demonstrates that they could run the facility or which addresses the funding shortfall.
"However we are still willing to listen and will consider any proposal put to us.”