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Cumbria Council to cut 1800 jobs

Cumbria County council announce 1800 job losses

Cumbria County Council is planning to cut 1,800 jobs to achieve savings of £83 million over the next three years.

By 2018 the authority, run by a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition, will employ 5,200 staff, almost half as many as five years ago.

A consultation on the planned cuts will run until the new year, but the authority warned that millions of pounds of savings were needed to balance its books.

Cumbria County Council deputy leader Patricia Bell said:

These are dark times for the public sector. These are the biggest cuts the council has ever seen. Losing another 1,800 staff will impact on lives, families and our local economy.

"It will be very painful but there is no alternative. We have a legal duty to balance our books and we must live within our means and face up to the reality that if the Government cuts our grants and reduces our budget by a quarter, then we have to make cuts too.

"It has taken a massive effort to identify the £130 million of savings a year that we've already found, but the next three years of cutting a further #83 million is going to be incredibly tough.

– Cumbria County Council deputy leader Patricia Bell

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Vintage Blackpool airport

Rare 1960s footage of Blackpool and its airport has been released by the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The film, which is more than 50-years-old, shows the resort from the air and the landing at the airport.

Viewers see the passengers' view in the approach from the north, including the Tower, Central Pier and of course the beach.

After landing, the De Havilland Ambassador aircraft pulls up alongside the terminal and the tourists disembark the flight.

Click below to watch the footage:

End of an illustrious era at Blackpool Airport

Pioneering aviator Amy Johnson, pictured in her aircraft in 1930. Credit: PA

Blackpool Airport - which has roots in the infancy of aviation - closes to the public today.

There's still hope a new owner will be found to resurrect commercial aviation at some stage in the near future, but for now it's the end of long and proud history at the airport which was formerly known as Squires Gate Airfield.

The empty terminal has become a familiar sight. Credit: PA

According to www.controltowers.co.uk, Squires Gate Fields was chosen as the site for the resort's first aerodrome.

The first aviation meeting was held there in 1907, attracting 200,000 spectators.

The site was occupied by other uses, including a convalescent hospital for the The King's Lancashire Regiment, until after the First World War.

Flying resumed in the 1920's and from 1933 Squires Gate flew regular services to Liverpool and the Isle of Man but airline operations were later moved to Stanley Park on the other side of town.

During the Second World War, both Squires Gate and Stanley Park airfields were aircrew training and bomber manufacturing sites.

A Vickers Wellington Bomber, thousands were manufactured in Blackpool during the Second World War. Credit: PA

Thousands of Wellington bombers were built at sites all over Blackpool to assist in the war effort.

It's been claimed the pioneering aviator Amy Johnson flew her last flight from Blackpool and it is said she often flew in to visit her sister who lived in the resort.

Amy Johnson and the famous Gypsy Moth aircraft in 1930. Credit: PA

In recent years the airfield was transformed into Blackpool Airport, a modern International airport serving domestic and European routes.

But after losing a number of airlines the business struggled to make money and owners Balfour Beatty announced it would close last month.

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary announcing new routes in 2003, but the airline's relationship with Blackpool was not to last. Credit: PA

The last flight comes in from the Isle of Man shortly before 5pm tonight and the final departure, heading to the Isle of Man, will take off shortly afterwards.

The scene at Blackpool Airport's terminal today. Credit: ITV News

Last flights at Blackpool airport take place today as it prepares for closure

People checking in at Blackpool airport Credit: ITV Granada

The last flights in and out of Blackpool will take place today as its airport prepares for closure.

It's owners Balfour Beatty have put the airport up for sale, claiming it's been losing money for years.

Around 110 staff are employed at the site. It's future hangs in the balance despite Blackpool council announcing several potential buyers have come forward.

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Blackpool Council: 'Bright future' for Blackpool Airport

Blackpool Airport Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Blackpool Council has revealed today that there is good reason to believe that there is a 'bright future ahead' for the town's airport.

It was announced last week that the airport would close, after the owners Balfour Beatty said it had been losing money for years.

Councillor John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“We met with Balfour Beatty again on Friday to discuss their plans and the latest position regarding the potential new investors.

“They confirmed that interest in the site remains high with a number of parties expressing an interest with a range of proposals.

“Going forward, as well as staying close to negotiations, we will be attending a meeting in Westminster next week with MPs, Government Ministers and other bodies where the situation will be discussed, considering ways in which new funding could be accessed."

286 jobs could be lost at BAE sites in Lancashire

A Eurofighter Typhoons at BAE Systems, Warton Aerodrome, Lancashire. Credit: PA

BAE systems have announced 286 potential job losses at their Samlesbury and Warton sites in Lancashire.

The company says the posts at risk are managerial positions within its Military Air & Information business.

Chris Boardman, Managing Director of BAE Systems said:

It is always regrettable when you have toannounce potential job losses. However, we believe that by implementing changes to our management structure we will become a more efficient and effective business, and be better placed to meet the needs of current and potential customers in what is an increasingly competitive market.

We have a strong order book with Hawk, Typhoon and F-35 in production across our business and this, aligned with our extensive and growing in-service support work with the Royal Air Force and our overseas customers, provides a strong foundation for a long-term sustainable business.

We understand that this is a time of uncertainty for our employees and we are committed to working with them and their representatives to explore ways of avoiding and mitigating potential job losses.”

– Chris Boardman, Managing Director of BAE Systems

Union calls for rethink on Blackpool Airport closure

We are shocked and very disappointed. We can’t believe Blackpool Airport’s hasty decision to shut the airport next week.

We urge Blackpool Airport bosses to seriously rethink the planned closure.

The loss of 120 jobs in Blackpool will have a huge impact on local communities.

It is a major blow to the town, which is already struggling with high unemployment, and a shortage of skilled or well-paid work.

Our main priority now is to work with local agencies to ensure that our members receive as much support as possible during this difficult time.

– Unite regional officer Dave Kennedy
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