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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Plans for extension to Beacon

PLANS are being drawn up for an extension to the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven.

It would involve extending out over the flat-roof section to provide some extra exhibition space and also creating a separate conference facility on the area currently occupied by the upper car park. Details and costings have yet to be finalised and would be subject to raising the necessary finance.

The matter is set to go to Copeland Council’s executive meeting later this month.

Have your say

At the last public meeting held in the Beacon about the closure and Sellafield interest it was said that included in the Beacon visitors there were many school groups - and whilst they may have contributed to Beacon income(school group discounted entry) - the Beacon was still making a big loss. And visitors to the very good exhibitions had free access to the hall but were counted in numbers. The Council Leader headed the panel that spoke to the small number of individuals that actually turned up for the meeting and clearly stated that the Beacon made losses - hence closure. That Sellafield took interest in Beacon is good - they are part of Whitehaven/Copeland history and since they closed down their Visitor Centre they had no public outlet anyway. What is truly sad is there is no Tourist Information Centre in town - one that provides info to visitors (and residents alike) on what's where and hotels/B&B' accomodation, bus time tables and local souvenirs. The TiC is badly missed, just like the toilets!!

Posted by Mike Robbins on 11 August 2014 at 14:52

So 160,000 of the people who would have been visiting the area anyway happened to drop by the beacon. It's hardly the same thing as "ZOMG THE BEACON BRINGS IN MILLIONS!" because it doesn't.

Posted by Rick on 11 August 2014 at 07:31

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