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Re Students may face A level move. Well done to the concerned parent for highlighting a very important issue.These subjects (Physics and Further Maths) are invaluable, not only for local employment (Sellafield and associated companies being one example), but also for a vast range of careers and vocations further afield. Should schools not be actively preparing students so that they are equipped to meet the needs of employers and any possible skills gaps? It goes without saying that Cumbria would benefit greatly if 'locals' were retained to fill vacancies as they arise. These students, like all our young people, deserve support and in the current climate can well do without having obstacles put in their way (possibly having to re-locate for two years , not knowing if or how they can study certain subjects at their current school.)
Posted by Posted by parents on
8 March 2013 at 19:59
Having read The Whitehaven News, online, I have came to the conclusion the CBC have lost the plot by proposing to close the Civic Hall, Beacon and public toilets. Whitehaven wants regenerating, not closing down local amenities which is short sightedness by the CBC.
Posted by Leslie Baker on
11 October 2012 at 14:23
My wife and I visited Whitehaven in our boat for the Festival weekend and had a really good time. What made it so good for us was the very friendly reception we received from every local person we met,too many to mention them all, but including the Marina staff,and the security staff who were doing a good job efficiently and in a friendly way. The shopkeepers, and our new friends - the staff of La Venue, King Street where our coffees and meals were really good and served with genuine friendship. Thanks to you all for your friendship so genuinely offered!
Posted by Paul Ginns on
5 June 2012 at 20:12
Dear Sir. may I use this column to say how very disappointed I was to attend a fund raising evening at the P&o club on Greenbank,it was held to raise funds for the summer play scheme during school holidays the attendance was ten (10).How can residents expect to have such things when very little support is shown towards the fundraising.to the organisers I say thank you for the night out. to the Residents I say, must try to do better.
Posted by Brian Goodwin on
29 May 2012 at 15:42
Copeland You Still Aren't Listening! The response by Copeland council in last weeks Whitehaven News was politics of the finest order - oh how great they are and we as their subjects should feel gracious and humble at their wonderful efforts. Well sorry if I don't, the response was all linked to businesses, are they really naive enough to think it is only businesses who are a little disgruntled about their lack of ability to listen? If you were listening Copeland you would know otherwise and say address the concerns people have about your white elephant Albion Square - perhaps you could do a poll of what general people really think of this development and the other hotels and offices which keep being suggested all on existing car parks. Where are those of us who do still want to support Whitehaven supposed to park if your wondrous plans come to fruition, bearing in mind that they all seem to require reserved spaces in the multistory? The development which I believe most of Copeland would support is the development of the Sekers site, but no following a site visit (which makes me wonder at the competency of the planning department if they couldn't visualize it from their Whitehaven office, but it would be a good jolly out!)it is deemed inappropriate for the site as it is not employment. Surely a care home would provide employment, admittedly not on the levels of an industrial unit - but really where are they going to appear from. This council over the decades has shown a remarkable ability to turn away good opportunities while focusing on their own personal crusades, how the area could have been different had the University been built all those years ago (Lancaster seems to have done very well from our cast-off), or what happened to the dental school and health training 'campus' on Westlakes, no Carlisle got all those, but it's all ok because they are committed to Albion Square and Powbeck! At least TESCO and the interchange have moved forward a little, let me guess who were at the root of the delays - Copeland council no doubt. I'm sure though that now our dear councillors have iphones and laptops to keep them in touch with everything, they will start listening - there go the flying pigs! At least Sellafield for all it's faults is attempting to join the real world, perhaps not always getting it right but they are trying, while our councillors and MP spend their time desperately grasping onto the gravy trains of yesteryear. I could go on but it is frankly just to depressing!
Posted by Vicky on
11 October 2010 at 00:28
Once again Copeland Council have got it wrong! The Sekers site is prime for re-development as housing/care home. The area is blighted by this eyesore and i am unaware of anyone else knocking at their door with offers of redevelopment. Moresby business park has struggled to attract buiseness for years and the old WBG at hensingham is lying empty too. Get your heads out of the clouds and embrace the fact that Pathfinding commercial wish to invest in the area, in the current climate can we afford to be so choosy?
Posted by S.Doylehaven on
8 October 2010 at 15:49
I agree wholeheartedly with Kenny Macleods letter in last weeks Whitehaven news regarding Whitehaven RLFC. How much more money is Copeland Borough Council subsidising this club how much longer can it go on?Well in my view it should stop immeadiately, look this area is very passionate about its rugby but at what cost!We also need a new hospital and we passionately campaigned for this also we are told that the hospital development has a short fall of some Â£10 million we also know that the Pow Beck project is going to be given Â£11 million would this money not be better spent on the regions health which is more important and could create sustainable jobs for the future, we need answers to these questions posed.
Posted by David Coulthard on
11 September 2010 at 19:58
Dear Sir - I'm calling up on all of the readers of the Whitehaven News to contact the editor of the News of the World to ask that they make a generous donation to the Cumbria Foundation following their scurrilous reporting following the shootings.
The News of the World profited at the grief and misfortune of others. Please write to the newspaper
Posted by Sean Duffy on
20 July 2010 at 09:31
So Brian Parnaby (letters, 8th July) is âconcernedâ that the Freedom of Copeland was awarded to local cadet organisations and wants to âput it into perspectiveâ. I would like to take a couple of minutes to do just that.
The Freedom of the Borough was awarded to the Armed Forces in recognition of their bravery in conflict, and to the cadets for their support of and contribution to the community over many years. Same award, different reason. So why not make a similar award to the emergency services, or to the others he suggested? A couple of reasons.First, granting the Freedom is a special honour and to award it to everyone we might consider are deserving would simply devalue it. It would no longer be special.Second, it has to be a unanimous decision by the whole Council rather than a majority. Just one dissenting Member means that it cannot be awarded.Finally, can I just say that if Mr Parnaby wishes to check he will find that during their history â well over 70 years in Copeland â various cadets have rescued or assisted in the rescue of others, at times putting their own lives at risk. And as for awarding the Freedom to the Veterans, I think one of the Sea Cadet officers summed it up when he said that the award recognised the contributions of all, past and present.To the Cadets - there are a lot of people who appreciate you, and what you do. Congratulations, well done and well deserved.To Mr Parnaby - don't be so mean spiritied. Smile, and be happy for all the recipients.
Posted by Brian on
9 July 2010 at 15:00
with regret i am writing this especially since what has happened since that dreaful day. The eyes of the world are on whitehaven and how we will cope in the coming days and weeks. And that's why the maritime rightly goes ahead to bring the comunity together my concern is about the beautiful harbour that we are letting it turn into a shadow of its former self the amount of weeds that are growing and the litter around it makes it look shabby and unkept especially from wellington terrace up till the harbour lock gates these are nearly knee high in places can we please do something about this. We need something beautful and calm in the coming weeks and for many me included a stroll around the harbour on a lovley summer days is just what people need
Posted by Gillian Connery on
14 June 2010 at 17:13