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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

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Praise for Wilko’s continued commitment to town

SIR – We have all read about the difficulties that national stores are facing and sadly some have gone from our main streets never to return.

not going anywhere! Wilkinson in Whitehaven

This fear sometimes can start rumours with regard to other shops, and unfortunately this seems to be the case with regard to Wilkinson’s in Whitehaven.

On hearing rumours of its closure I took it upon myself to speak to the store directly and they confirmed they are not closing.

I commend Wilkinson’s for their continued commitment to Whitehaven and urge customers to ignore the rumours and to forcefully dispute them if they hear them. In these difficult times it’s great that Wilkinson’s have invested in the Whitehaven store, and myself and others will continue to enjoy all the store has to offer for many years.


Copeland Borough Council

SIR – I feel it is necessary to respond to the letter in The Whitehaven News last week from ex-councillor Robin Pitt.

I feel it was appalling that he singled out one member of Copeland staff and suggested making them redundant. As deputy chair of personnel panel I know first hand that we have been forced through Government cuts to shed over 150 jobs in the last two years and it was disgraceful that all he could suggest was add another person to an ever-increasing job queue.

With the events unfolding at the time the leader was allocated a personal assistant, it was agreed with issues alluding to nuclear and dramatic increase in work load (60-hour week), agreement was given for said position. The salary for the leader was a figure that the independent remuneration panel put forward and, considering the leader’s workload, brought the salary in line with other authority’s scale for leaders.

If I remember for the short time Mr Pitt was a councillor he also had a personal laptop, Blackberry!

This area is facing difficult times and the role of the council and employees is also becoming increasingly difficult and retaining morale through these times is important. Suggestions for changes are welcomed but all the letter did was upset a very hard- working member of staff and that is not helpful, in fact it was cruel. I know Mr Pitt will be tempted to respond to this but I would ask he doesn’t make personal comments about our extremely hard-working staff.


Egremont South ward, Copeland Borough Council

SIR – The Government is closing Remploy because it requires a subsidy and says disabled workers should compete in the open market.

S’funny how the same rules did not apply to the banks and the bankers!!



SIR – All ranks from RAF, WAAF and WRAF or next of kin who served at RAF St Eval, are invited to join the RAF St Eval Coastal Command Association. We have two reunions every year, in April and September, and two newsletters, in January and July.

For more information contact me on 0151 423 5241, or rafstevalcca3959@gmail.com

SIR – This is by way of a follow up to a letter I wrote to the Whitehaven News in the summer. My letter related to a building development on the South Row area of Kells and its impact on the local environment from the viewpoint of an ex- Woodhouse (and Kells) lad; one who remains a regular visitor to this precious little part of the world.

Visiting family and friends recharges ‘me la’l creative batteries’; also the daily walks I enjoy across the coastal paths.

Several large and tightly-packed houses are now beginning to dominate the once-clear skyline of my childhood haunts, masking the once open and picturesque views previously afforded to residents on South Row. I doubt anyone however would consider the current sight, of parked-up diggers, green mesh curtains billowing loose from steel fencing and the steady flow of mud and water trickling down the incline from the site across the battered and broken surfaces of adjacent roads, as picturesque.

On turning into Low Kells I was initially pleased to see that some reconstruction work has been carried out on sections of the old sandstone wall that separates the new development from the Lower Kells row of houses and their service road. I noted in the summer that this wall was looking a bit tired and was bellying out in several places from the development site so it was nice to see that some effort has been made to maintain this fine old heritage feature. I would however like to point out that whilst walking on one of those rainy days between Christmas and the New Year I noticed a row of sandbags running along the bottom of the wall towards its southern end. A steady trickle of water was gurgling through its base at several points along its length. A few days later, after some further heavy rainfall, it was clear that a steady stream of water was permeating through the wall, including through sections that appeared to have been recently re-grouted.

May I respectfully suggest that whoever made the commendable gesture of addressing the cosmetics of the wall go that little bit further and ensure its old foundations are equally restored and, more importantly, adequately drained!

I wonder if local residents have noticed and share these concerns? Here’s hoping they put pen to paper and make their voices heard before the trickle of a problem could well turn into a torrent.



SIR – With the chill of winter upon us, Action for Blind People is urging local people to spare a thought for residents with sight loss.

Many blind and partially sighted people find it difficult to get out and about on their own; particularly in crowded places, when it’s frosty and hazardous under foot, and when there’s less daylight and shorter days. They can’t see the obstacles and dangers ahead of them.

We are encouraging anyone who has a blind or partially-sighted neighbour to help make sure they’re not left isolated by the cold weather. The majority of people with sight loss are elderly and are particularly vulnerable. You can help by:

Contacting visually- impaired neighbours to make sure they’re okay.

Offering to help them get out and about – perhaps driving them into town or helping them use public transport.

Being their sighted guide – walking with them around shops or on short journeys to friends or to their place of work.

Guiding them around icy and slippery surfaces, if it’s frosty or snowing.

Simply giving them your phone number in case of emergencies.

Action for Blind People provides a range of services for local visually-impaired people of all ages, from confidence building, to employment and welfare guidance, and how to make the most of technology. But if these people are struggling to get out because of the weather, they might also need some neighbourly support. Your help could be a real lifeline. For more information about our local services: www.actionfor-blindpeople.org.uk


Area Operations Manager: North West

Action for Blind People


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