Civic Hall users tell of fears of closure
Last updated at 11:18, Thursday, 15 August 2013
THE closure of Whitehaven Civic Hall would have a “catastrophic effect” on those who use the facility, it has been warned.
Wadvern Davies, on behalf of the Civic Hall’s User Forum, has written to Elaine Woodburn (leader of Copeland Council) and George Beveridge (deputy managing director of Sellafield Ltd) to outline what the loss of the well-used facility would mean for the local area.
“Many of the groups that use the Civic Hall cannot find alternatives that provide the facilities offered there,” said Mr Davies, “namely the large stage complete with lighting and sound systems, dressing rooms and an auditorium seating 400.
“If access were lost to this venue, then it is probable that a number of groups would cease to exist.”
Copeland Council has announced that, due to cuts from central government, it must withdraw funding to the Civic’s managers, North Country Leisure (NCL). The venue will therefore close on October 31 this year unless any groups come forward to run the venue without council subsidy.
It is understood that talks are ongoing between the council, NCL and interested parties.
Mr Davies added further concern for youth activities and other social groups that use the venue – and lists 71 different organisations that have used the Civic over the last year.
Whitehaven Theatre Group, currently rehearsing for next month’s Fawlty Towers, fears that it could be its last show if the Civic were to close.
The group’s chairman Shaun Donald said: “The Civic Hall situation is a real concern for us. We are so dependent on it and it’s hard to think how we could continue if it were to close.”
First published at 11:16, Thursday, 15 August 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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maybe if the lab council hadnt wrote off the council tax that was owed then the hall could stay open.
i,m a retired labourer and because i have a small works pension i have to pay the full whack of council tax.
the labourites didnt want the poll tax,NORDO THEY WISH TO PAY THE COUNCIL TAX
Could the absolute definition of irony within our lovely location be the forthcoming production of, "Fawlty Towers" at, the Civic Hall? Could it be postulated that the road managers interpration of Google Earth locating system was out by about 300 yards, sorry, 293.6 metres?
OK will let you in on this one: there again, no I won't, work it out.
NB Seriously, the am-dram society do a truly wonderful job.
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