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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Car park lost to the storms

SOUTH Beach car park, in Whitehaven, has been closed off permanently to traffic on grounds of public safety.

The decision, taken jointly by Copeland Council and the police, comes in the wake of heavy rain and severe storms that have made the area more unstable.

Coupled with that, the police have been concerned about the number of vehicles attempting to drive onto South Shore at the peak of the storms and the sometimes ‘foolhardy’ behaviour of some folk resulting in officers from both the police and other emergency services having to place themselves in unnecessary danger.

The police asked Copeland to permanently close the car park to vehicles.

Inspector Mark Wear said: “Since December 5, the foolhardy behaviour of a small minority has resulted in officers from both the police and other emergency services having to place themselves in unnecessary danger, as they have attempted to encourage members of the public to act in a safe and sensible manner.”

Pat Graham, director of services at Copeland, said: “We were happy to comply with the police’s request to help keep this area safe. As we all know the land there, created largely from deposited pit spoil, is eroding. This erosion is unpredictable and has accelerated in recent months. Public safety, and that of our emergency services, was the overriding factor in our decision to close off the area.”

Have your say

As an annual visitor to Whitehaven I hope those responsible will do whatever is necessary to repair and return the car park to full use so that it can be used for the pleasure of residents and tourists.
The magnificent harbour is the town's major
attraction and it and it's many features must be retained in good order or Whitehaven
will be disregarded as a tourist attraction.

Posted by Patrick McAteer on 27 February 2014 at 14:29

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