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Workington's Lillyhall fails in Enterprise Zone bid

George Osborne's review surprised many people. Credit: PA

Lillyhall, in Workington, has missed out on a bid to become an Enterprise Zone.

In his Spending Review, Chancellor George Osborne announced that Kingmoor Park in Carlisle will be one of 25 new or extended zones.

But while Kingmoor Park has been successful, Lillyhall business park in Workington has NOT been named one of the Enterprise Zones.

Police search for missing Workington man

Rory Woodhall was reported missing on November 17 Credit: Cumbria Police

Police searching for a missing man from Workington are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Rory Woodall, 36, of Harrington Road, Workington was last seen at a property on Curwendale, Stainburn on October 1. He was reported missing on November 17.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact them on 101. Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Roy Ledlingham said:

We are growing increasing concerned for Mr Woodall's welfare. No one has seen or heard from him since the start of October. I appeal to anyone that has any information on his whereabouts to contact us immediately.

If Mr Woodall sees this appeal, please get in touch with Cumbria Police and let us know that you are safe and well.

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Roy Ledingham, Cumbria Police


Workington Railway Exhibition attracts hundreds

Hundreds of model train enthusiasts are expected to attend the annual Workington Railway Exhibition this weekend.

Aimed at everyone young to old, from Thomas the Tank Engine lovers to those who build replica railways. There is something for everyone at the event at the Energus building in Lilyhall.

On Sunday live steam train rides on a specially laid track outside the venue will be available for everybody.

Hundreds attend the annual Workington Railway Exhibition Credit: ITV Border
The Workington Railway Exhibition attracted all ages Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria tax office closures will 'save taxpayer money'

HMRC has explained the closures. Credit: PA

The UK's tax authority has explained the decision to close two tax offices in Cumbria, with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Offices at Lillyhall and Carlisle are expected to close by 2018.

HMRC says its workforce in the North West is spread across 24 offices, and that to modernise it needs to close some of these.

Instead, it will have two regional centres, in Liverpool and Manchester, which it says will save the taxpayer money:

HMRC is committed to modern, regional centres serving every region and nation in the UK, with skilled and varied jobs and development opportunities, while also ensuring jobs are spread throughout the UK and not concentrated in the capital.

HMRC has too many expensive, isolated and outdated offices. This makes it difficult for us to collaborate, modernise our ways of working, and make the changes we need to transform our service to customers and clamp down further on the minority who try to cheat the system.

The new regional centres in Liverpool and Manchester will bring our staff together in more modern and cost-effective buildings in areas with lower rents. They will also make a big contribution to the economy of the North West region providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the Government’s commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK.”

– Lin Homer, HMRC’s Chief Executive

Hundreds of tax jobs facing axe in Cumbria

Hundreds of jobs will be lost in Cumbria. Credit: PA

HMRC has announced it plans to close 139 local tax offices, including ones at Lillyhall in Workington, and in Carlisle.

The closures:

  • Lillyhall - to close in 2018, with the loss of 200 jobs
  • Carlisle - to close in 2017/18, with the loss of 123 jobs

It's part of a plan to replace local offices with 13 regional hubs, and the new centres are expected to open in the next five years.


Speedway champion: "Without this place I wouldn't be able to achieve anything"

Speedway world champion Kyle Bickley has raised £1500 Credit: ITV Border

Speedway world champion Kyle Bickley from Workington has raised more than £1600 after vandals damaged the track where he trains. It wasn't insured so Kyle Bickley set up a go fund me page to contribute towards the repair costs.

Vandals caused more than £70,000 worth of damage to the Northside Speedway track where he has trained since he was eight.

Kyle says some of the young people who train at the track will miss out if it is not returned to its former condition

You can watch the full report on tonight's Lookaround with Pam Royle and Ian Payne at 6pm.

Energy Coast college re-opens after illness

The college was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A college in Workington has re-opened, after it was closed, and the emergency services called, because of a sudden outbreak of illness.

The Energy Coast University Technical College in Workington had to be evacuated on Thursday.

Emergency services were called, and one pupil was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Tests did not find any cause for the problem, but it has been suggested the illnesses were caused by a virus.

Energy Coast College evacuation: Statement from Principal

Energy Coast University Technical College, Lillyhall, Workington. Credit: ITV Border

A college in West Cumbria will remain closed today after a mystery illness affected dozens of students.

An emergency situation was declared yesterday afternoon at The Energy Coast University Technical College and the college was evacuated when a number of pupils were struck down with headaches and other symptoms.

The College has so far released this statement:

Following yesterday's precautionary evacuation of the College and based on the advice of relevant agencies, the College will now be closed on Friday 25th September to allow further safety checks to be undertaken.

For your reassurance, no issues were found in the building on Thursday afternoon and the safety and security of our students and staff was ensured at all times.

We anticipate the College will be open as usual on Monday. For further updates please keep an eye on our Website and Social Media.

– Gary Jones, Principal & Chief Executive
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