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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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80th anniversary for town’s revamped council building

THE Cleator Moor Town Council building has been officially reopened on its 80th anniversary.

By Lucy Grosvenor

The council was formed in April 1934 and, last year, over £80,000 was spent refurbishing the building.

Completed in three stages, the one-year project has seen the building on The Square have new rendering, roof repairs and electrics, as well as new kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The building was able to stay open and be used by community groups while the work was being carried out.

Helen Gilmour, the town council clerk, said: “This is a milestone moment for the council. A lot of work has gone into updating our services and I am pleased with the result.”

Coun Joan Hully, chair of the town council, added: “We needed these renovations for health and safety reasons.”

An exhibition of photographs from Cleator Moor and the surrounding areas, submitted by Copeland councillor David Banks, is on display within the town council building.

Coun Hully said: “The photos are a good way to remember Cleator Moor in the past and it is a recognition of all the hard workers who built this town.”

Coun Hully has been working with the town council for over a quarter of a century, she joined in 1988 and has spent two years as chair.

She said: “The town council has been going for 80 years now, which proves we are clearly doing something right for the community.

“A lot has changed since 1934, the council is less political and more inclusive of women. It’s great we have people with a wide spectrum of interests who can offer different outlooks.

“This is a community building and we are now more involved with partnerships with other groups in Cleator Moor.”

Mayor of Copeland, Geoff Garrity, officially reopened the building.

He said “The town council has picked up a lot of the services which had to be dropped by the borough. They are a good example of a town council and I am pleased to see the building in a good condition.”

The building is now suitable for different community groups to use the space and anyone is invited to take a look at the photo exhibition over the next month.

The renovations have enabled a number of new groups to use the space, including the Credit Union, Clear Blue Skies, the Young Citizens’ Scheme and the Joint Churches of Cleator Moor .

Have your say

Time for change not just for Whitehaven but all of Copeland

Posted by hopefull on 14 April 2014 at 21:22

To be closely followed by the revamped Copeland Borough Council. Me and 95% of Copeland voters can't wait for May 22nd, Referendum Day! Getting rid of the dead wood has not been easy, but certainly worthwhile!

Posted by Bern Birbeck on 11 April 2014 at 22:45

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