Whitehaven Civic Hall protest

Campaigners fighting to save Whitehaven Civic Hall from closure held a protest.

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Copeland Borough Council comments on civic hall closure

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.”

Lowther Street closing for 'peaceful protest'

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.

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Planned protest over proposed closure of Whitehaven Civic Hall

Whitehaven Civic Hall is being threatened with closure because of budget cuts Credit: North Country Leisure/Copeland Borough Council

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.

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