Library ‘to stay if Civic Hall shuts’
Last updated at 12:22, Thursday, 05 September 2013
LIBRARY users can breathe a sigh of relief as it has been confirmed that Whitehaven Library will remain open even if the Civic Hall closes next month.
Fears had arisen about the future of the library because the Lowther Street facility uses the same heating system as the adjoining under-threat Civic Hall. There had been concerns whether it would stay open and how it would be heated if the Civic shuts.
However, Cumbria County Council confirmed this week that it has a contingency heating plan for the library in place should the Civic close on October 31, and there is no threat to the future of the library.
A spokesperson said: “If the Civic Hall does close, the county council’s current arrangement over heating for Whitehaven Library will continue with Copeland Borough Council until we can come to a mutually agreed solution for providing the library with a standalone heating system.”
Copeland Council has announced that, due to cuts from central government, it must withdraw funding to the Civic’s managers, North Country Leisure (NCL) and the venue will close on October 31 unless any groups come forward to run it.
A number of community groups, including theatre troupes, choirs, and musicians, have all expressed concerns about what the Civic’s closure would mean to the local area.
It is understood that talks are ongoing between the council, NCL and interested parties.
First published at 12:13, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Use it or loose it! The people of Copeland voted with their feet!
"A number of community groups, including theatre troupes, choirs, and musicians, have all expressed concerns about what the Civicâs closure would mean to the local area."
OK - So where on earth or how do we nurture the next Hyacinth Bucket? Whitehaven does not have an inexhaustible list of Theatre / TV or Film celebrities to boast about. Where will the future ones cut their teeth?
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