Civic Hall and Beacon set to close - full list of shock cuts revealed
Last updated at 12:05, Thursday, 11 October 2012
WHITEHAVEN’S Civic Hall, Beacon museum and Tourist Information Centre are all set to CLOSE in a devastating cull of services.
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Town Crier....Well they wouldn't want to live in a dump or near a dump, would they?
I have been told that at least 5 senior managers and a number of consultants who live outside Cumbria are paid extra to travel to and from and lodge in the area. Anybody from the council care to comment?
I was brought up in whitehaven from 55 to 75 and return frequently. There have been some wonderful improvements to the town, especially the marina. However I have always had a problem with the councils lack of vision. The same can be said of York where I now live. I recall years ago the attempt to demolish the 1930's band stand because it was costing money to paint every twenty years. Imagine if that policy was applied in general to the worlds great structures, barbarism I believe they call it. The council it has to be said is under a lot pf pressure to make cuts from a government of which the least said the better however the ongoing policies of the council are frustratingly insular and blinkered. Whitehaven is an architectural treasure trove but that fact is completely ignored. Look no further than the superb Italianate rococo building on the corner of Tangier Street complete with the garish sign of a kebab shop underneath or opposite to the melting weeping wedding cake of Whittles. One of the problems is allowing individuals to buy fine properties in the town centre in order to leave them to rot in the hope that eventually ten years down the line some supermarket will offer them ten times what they paid for it. This leaves festering paint stripped carbuncles all over the town, very off putting to tourists. This is where Whitehaven should really be concentrating. Its situation and history and architecture should be the envy of every corporation in the country. It has the sea on one side and the lake fells on the other and still the numbers of visitors are minimal. Some of the ways the town can improve its tourist figures are beyond basic. I cajoled some York people over there recently and we went for a coffee on a new place on the harbour. We left when after handling the soggy cardboard menu one of the ladies had tomato sauce on her trousers. the problem is the owners seem blind to the fact. The next step after replacing the menu for success is to get the paint brush out and to insist that the owners of the buildings in Whitehaven keep them maintained to an acceptable level and not leave them looking like a set from war torn East Europe circa 1946.