South Lakeland MP Tim Farron has called for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to leave a dowry behind to make future investment in the site more attractive for a potential buyer and to support local jobs.
This week GSK shocked the area by pulling out of a planned £350million investment in the Ulverston site which would have supported hundreds of local jobs.
Tim Farron says the local community is still reeling from the news:
People feel betrayed and many residents are understandably concerned about the impact on jobs. GSK should commit to leaving a substantial dowry of several million pounds, to show good faith to the local community.
Leaving even a fraction of the £350million that GSK would have invested would help to support local jobs and partially compensate local residents for this blow. Our local community has shown deep commitment to GSK. GSK must now show an ongoing commitment to our community. Anything else will be an appalling betrayal.”
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South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) say they are 'shocked and disappointed' at pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKine's (GSK) decision to pull out its investment from its Ulverston site in Cumbria.
SLDC’s portfolio holder for the economy, Councillor Graham Vincent, said the news was a blow. He said the council's concern now is to understand the implications for the future of the current site and the existing GSK employees in Ulverston.
The SLDC's chief executive spoke to GSK management who have said there will be no immediate impact on the existing workforce and the site does remain profitable. The council have said they will assist the company in finding a buyer, to continue the operation of the facility, should they decide to sell up.
We have been in meetings and discussions with GSK in the last few weeks about unrelated matters and there was no suggestion that this announcement was on the horizon. We will work with the company, the local MP, town, county and district councillors and Cumbria LEP to offer whatever support is necessary.
Burglars stole over £1,000 in cash and over £7,000 in jewellery from a house in South Cumbria.
The property on Swarthdale Avenue in Ulverston was broken into between 12pm on Friday 14 July and 11am, Monday 17 July.
- A gold watch
- A sovereign and half sovereign ring
- Two wedding rings
- A gold sovereign on a chain
- A cameo ring
- A diamond solitaire engagement ring
- A gold chain and locket
- A gate bracelet
- A link chain and bracelet
- A three tone gold bracelet
- A lotus pearl necklace.
Anyone offered any of these items in a sale, or anyone with more information, is urged to contact PC 1444 Conway by calling 101 or emailing email@example.com. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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A project is being launched to draw up a ‘masterplan’ for the Ulverston Leisure Centre site.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is to look at what is possible for the site at Priory Road.
The masterplan will examine how the leisure complex could potentially be re-modelled and improved to meet the future needs of the Ulverston area.
The leisure facilities on the site are run by North Country Leisure (NCL) on behalf of SLDC.
The council and NCL are working together on the masterplan, which has been prompted by GSK’s (GlaxoSmithKline’s) need to relocate its sports centre as part of possible future redevelopment plans of its site on North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston.
The first phase of GSK’s development of a new biopharmaceutical factory would include the construction of a production facility, to be built between 2015 and 2021, followed by a new sports hall, football pitches and bowling green as part of the second phase.
The council is investigating how a new GSK sports centre could potentially link with the town’s existing leisure facilities.
Since NCL took over the contract to run the district’s leisure facilities in April 2014, the number of users of the Ulverston centre has significantly increased, with a 45% increase in all-inclusive memberships compared to this time last year.
Currently the Priory Road site is home to a swimming pool, gym, sports and social club, tennis centre, a full-size artificial pitch, all-weather tennis courts and new 3G pitch, as well as grass rugby and football pitches and associated parking areas.
“This is very much a study, to see what we could potentially achieve on the site and how we respond to future opportunities to improve leisure facilities in Ulverston. The first thing we will need to know is, what could the site accommodate?
“No firm plans or proposals for change are going to come forward at this stage and the groups using the Priory Road facilities will be kept informed about the masterplan.
“This study will see what may be possible on the site. It will shape the way we go forward. If a realistic project opportunity does emerge, we would begin an extensive consultation with the local community.’’
An international concert pianist will play on stage in Cumbria tonight, but will only use one hand.
Anthony Hewitt broke his shoulder in a cycling accident six weeks ago.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
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An international concert pianists is playing at Ulverston Music Festival this week using only his left hand.
Antony Hewitt broke his shoulder and collar bone in a cycling accident six weeks ago.
He is playing music written for a musician injured in the First World War.