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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Temporary stop in bus station work

DEMOLITION of Whitehaven’s bus station has been temporarily halted.

By Sarah Robinson

Workers knocking down the building, which many view as an eyesore, have been stopped in their tracks as a survey needs to be carried out.

It will ensure a permanent record is made of the station’s front wall, on Bransty Row, and a 1940s machine-gun pill-box which sits behind the bus station, below Herbert Hill (Wellington Row) on an overgrown stretch of land.

Paul Walker, Copeland Council’s chief executive, said: “It’s a normal planning condition in a conservation area that a site should be surveyed and recorded before it is demolished.

“The developers will not be allowed to demolish the pill-box and wall until this is complete.”

It is understood that English Heritage does not object to the demolition.

English Heritage will be contacting the council to find out more about the survey.

The old bus station garages, on Wellington Row, have already been knocked down, and steps will be taken to retain as much of the structure of the station as possible, particularly the boundary walls.

Have your say

The old town hall is not going to be destroyed. It is going to be brought back to its former glory. Get your facts right first, h!

Posted by Secret Squirrel on 11 April 2014 at 12:14

Georgian town...
I know and understand we have a past to remember but, we don't have to keep living in the past like some people would have us do!
We need to grow as a town.....out with the old and in with the new. Make place for regeneration (e.g. the Marchon works area)and plan for the future, not sit on our poor backsides and watch the town rot and go to waste (by keeping it in the past)
We need people to be positive, have forward thinking (like Workington town council)so we can bring more trade and industry to our town. Knock down these old housing estates and build new fresher up to date modern homes.
If only......Georgian town.....blaaaah!

Posted by NEB on 11 April 2014 at 06:53

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