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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Pow Beck report will soon go public

A CONTROVERSIAL report into the collapse of the £5million sports stadium scheme in Whitehaven will be soon be made public, Copeland Council has revealed.

The council received a Freedom of Information request from Moor Row man Sean Duffy in January for the report, which was commissioned in light of the part-council funded Pow Beck Stadium scheme falling through in 2012. That cost Whitehaven the chance of hosting the Rugby League World Cup.

Copeland has refused the request as the report is “incomplete” but its chief executive Paul Walker said it will be made public this summer.

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If the report ever comes to light, I would guess that one of primary reasons for failure would be the lack of consultation/discussion with the stakeholders (in this case the Miners Welfare). Sadly I think that this is the reason why so many other projects have failed, e.g. Transport Interchange, Asda certain parties seem to think that people wishes can be over ridden without recourse.

Posted by Rob on 12 March 2014 at 14:18

I sent this letter to all 51 councillors and copied in The Whitehaven News and MP Jamie Reed. Sean Duffy's FOI spurred me on to do this. I have had three 'official' replies out of 53 possible emails. That's only 1.59% DISGUSTING!!!! I wouldn't give a third of my hard-earned cash per week only for it to be burned in front of my eyes... oh wait a minute! I HAVE!

I asked the councillors about the £1.6million expenditure on the Pow Beck project, which of course did not go ahead. I understood that some of the councillors would not be able to answer, but said a simple acknowledgement of my email would be great. The questions I put were:

"Rugby Stadium Review" document (Consultant Rob Blanden) - written 18 months ago

1). Why has this document been withheld from the public?

2). Why has the review document not been discussed with full council?

3). Have you been privy to this document?

4). Were you present when the document was discussed?

5). Do you have a copy of the document - if so please can I see it?

Possibly - if you don't have access to this document you could perhaps ask for access to it and send to me.
I understand that not all councillors were made aware of this document. I would just like to know who was, when and why the findings have not been disclosed as of interest to the public (including your own families and friends). Perhaps indeed you were not aware of it? Either way - please could you let me know.

I believe that the Information Commissioners Office are aware of this "non-disclosure of information but I thought I would be polite enough to ask my councillors directly. I hope that you understand that I am only acting in the best interests of myself and indeed my own family that are Copeland's taxpayers. Kind Regards
Jayne Laine

Posted by Jayne Laine on 10 March 2014 at 10:25

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