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Old October 23rd, 2013, 08:53 PM   #81
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Oh dear, that's not good news at all. The civic hall has actually had some pretty big events on over the years including the wrestler Giant Haystacks and bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, Spiritualized and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #82
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Oh dear, that's not good news at all. The civic hall has actually had some pretty big events on over the years including the wrestler Giant Haystacks and bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, Spiritualized and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
The sad thing is the local authority is wasting £ 900,000 on the swimming pool, which would be better spent on saving the Civic Hall. Apart from attracting people like Morrissey and Echo and the Bunnymen, it's used for taekwondo and linedancing classes, political meetings, election counts and a pensioners lunch club. The building makes money for Whitehaven and when Morrissey played, hundreds of people turned up from other parts of the country.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 08:53 PM   #83
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Aylett,

(also anyone else with 'Cumbria knowledge')

If you are aware of any new or ongoing projects in Cumbria, that are major enough to be best covered on their own Project Thread (here in the 'Communal Area') please let me know

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Old October 27th, 2013, 09:36 PM   #84
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(also anyone else with 'Cumbria knowledge')

If you are aware of any new or ongoing projects in Cumbria, that are major enough to be best covered on their own Project Thread (here in the 'Communal Area') please let me know

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I'll scour the Whitehaven News, News and Star, Evening Mail and Cumberland News each week for new projects and construction news. I live in Whitehaven as well, which helps.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 09:25 PM   #85
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The sad thing is the local authority is wasting £ 900,000 on the swimming pool
What's this about? Is a new swimming pool being built or are you referring to the current one at Hensingham?
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Old November 1st, 2013, 10:37 PM   #86
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What's this about? Is a new swimming pool being built or are you referring to the current one at Hensingham?
They're building some kind of gym there. I still think the Civic Hall should come first as it brings money into the area.
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Old November 1st, 2013, 10:41 PM   #87
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http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/ta...bria-1.1094373
Tata Steel planning to cut 90 jobs in west Cumbria

Last updated at 12:03, Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Up to 90 jobs are set to be cut by Tata Steel in Workington as it responds to weak market demand.

The firm has today announced a restructuring that it says will help to strengthen its competitiveness.
Its proposed changes mainly affect management and administrative functions at Workington, Scunthorpe and Teesside. About 500 jobs in total could be lost.
The potential losses at the Workington engineering site are due to a shortfall in external projects. They are about one-third of the plant's workforce.
A consultation process will begin soon with affected employees and their representatives.
Tata Steel's Long Products is aiming to achieve the losses through voluntary redundancy but adds it is important that critical skills are retained.
Various redundancy packages and support services will be made available to those leaving the company.
The firm says it is suffering a prolonged downturn in demand for some of the key products made by the Scunthorpe-based business, including the UK market for construction steel, which is about half of 2007 levels.
Karl Koehler, chief executive of Tata Steel’s European operations, said European steel demand this year is expected to be only two-thirds of pre-crisis levels after falls in the past two years.
“On top of the challenging economic conditions, rules covering energy and the environment in Europe and the UK threaten to impose huge additional costs on the steel industry."
Mr Koehler added the firm will "engage fully with employees, trade unions and our political stakeholders during this restructuring process" and they will do everything they can to support workers through "this unsettling time.”
Michael Leahy, general secretary of Community and chairman of the UK Steel unions' committee, said they were very concerned and are doing all they can to support those affected.
"We recognise the business has been dealing with a downturn in some of its markets for the past five years. Nevertheless, today's news once again reflects the fragile state of our economy.
"Community is seeking an urgent meeting with the company to get their agreement to extending the consultation period to allow for all alternatives to be explored and also to reiterate Community's opposition to any compulsory redundancy."
Tata Steel’s subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise is to look at how it can provide more support to areas affected by today’s announcement and help stimulate new job creation.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 11:51 PM   #88
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Winter 2014 - snow

Snow leaves several motorists stranded in Cumbria
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An early taste of winter has caused travel disruption in the north of England.
Snow left a number of motorists stranded near Hartside on the Cumbria border early on Saturday morning.

Motorists stranded in the snow on the Cumbria border. Image: Owen Humphreys, PA Wire

Temperatures have dipped below freezing in the county for several nights' running, and the cold snap is forecast to continue for the rest of the weekend.
The maximum temperature in the north-east of England isn't expected to climb above 5C until Monday.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 03:24 PM   #89
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A positive story about one of Cumbria's worst council estates, which is doing a Meadowell and shedding its once awful image:
http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/o...tion-1.1098773

One-time Workington sink estate transformed into prime location
Friday 15th November 2013



BURNT OUT: Once a familiar sight at Salterbeck, the fire-damaged wreck of a car


Twenty years ago, people couldn’t wait to leave Workington’s Salterbeck estate. JOHN CONNELL investigates how it has been reclaimed by the community into a place where people are desperate to move in. Cars were torched on an almost daily basis, and stolen buses driven through public parks by children. The reservoir was a dumping ground crammed with old fridges and the rotting carcasses of abandoned vehicles. Drugs, vandalism and anti-social behaviour were rife. But there was a culture of silence in which the law-abiding members of the community were reluctant to speak out for fear of reprisals. At best this nightmare sounds like a scene from the TV series Shameless, at worst a newsflash from downtown Damascus, but these are recollections of the Salterbeck estate in Workington in the 1990s.

Mike Muir, chief executive of Impact Housing, says: “When we were first involved down there, the first thing we would have to do was count the number of burnt-out cars dumped over the weekend. Social workers were advised to leave their cars on the outskirts of the estate.
“We had a lot of complaints from Workington MP Tony Cunningham about people who wanted to move off the estate and couldn’t. Now we get a lot of enquiries from people who want to move on to it and can’t. “Fifteen years ago it was probably the worst estate in Cumbria but now we have huge demand for properties. People want to live here – they have reclaimed their community.” The patch of land known as the Oval – close to where the Oval Centre now stands – was previously nicknamed ‘the wreck’ after the smouldering husks left there to burn.


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Old December 21st, 2013, 02:10 PM   #90
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Good jobs news for Wigton:
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/bu...otes-1.1105594
80 jobs as Cumbrian firm builds new factory for plastic bank notes

Last updated at 16:07, Thursday, 19 December 2013

Cumbria is poised to be at the centre of a banking revolution – prompting a planned £20 million investment and the creation of up to 80 jobs.
David Beeby, of Innovia

Innovia has been named by the Bank of England as the company it expects to enter into a contract with to supply material for new-style £5 and £10 notes, sparking a huge cash injection at the company’s Wigton site.
Innovia says it plans to build a new plant, which will need an investment of more than £20m. This is on top of investment of the same amount announced earlier this year for a different production expansion.
Innovia says the new facility for the polymer material used for the money is expected to be fully operational in early 2016.
It should produce the plastic needed for £5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill launched in 2016 and a £10 note featuring Jane Austen a year later.
The investment is expected to create 70 to 80 extra jobs. The announcement by the firm came after the Bank of England revealed it would issue plastic bank notes for the first time when the new £5 appears.
Innovia has been singled out because its polymer is already well established, being used in 23 other countries.
In a statement, the Bank of England said it “expects to enter a contract with Innovia Security (a division of Innovia Group) to supply the polymer material for the new-style £5 and £10 notes”.
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Old February 8th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #91
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A massive eyesore in Whitehaven finally goes after standing empty for 12 years.

http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news...tion-1.1113287
Demolition work at bus station

Last updated at 13:57, Thursday, 30 January 2014

DEMOLITION work is sEt to start this weekend on Whitehaven’s former bus station.
John Groves, Copeland Council’s head of nuclear, energy and planning, told The Whitehaven News this week: “We have met with the bus station’s owners and Highways representatives and some demolition of the lower workshop on Wellington Row will take place this weekend.
“Our building control staff consider that some work needs to be done now to keep the buildings safe.”
The owner’s representatives are working with Highways to agree arrangements to continue the demolition following this emergency work.
Special planning consent was granted in September for the demolition because it falls in Whitehaven’s Conservation Area and the art-deco building is said to be architecturally significant. Steps will be taken to retain as much of the structure as possible, particularly the boundary walls.
First published at 11:17, Thursday, 30 January 2014
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What a farce. It should never have been closed in the first place.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 07:25 PM   #93
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What a farce. It should never have been closed in the first place.
It was a bad decision and has led to huge congestion on Duke St which is a second rate replacement.
Actually there was a plan a few years ago to demolish the dismal looking railway station and build a transport interchange next to Tesco. However, this being Copeland, it never got off the ground.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #94
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Excellent jobs news for Ulverston:
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/ulvers...ment-1.1118179#

Glaxo unveils masterplan for £350m Ulverston development
Last updated at 16:57, Thursday, 20 February 2014

THE vision for a £350m development in Ulverston has been revealed to the public.


GlaxoSmithKline is unveiling its masterplan for the new biopharmaceutical facility at a series of events in Ulverston.

At the opening event yesterday, GSK bosses – as well as architects and planners behind the new development – showed detailed designs to members of the public.

Construction of the main new facility is set to begin in 2015 but preliminary work on the car park and road will begin beforehand.
At yesterday’s event, GSK’s site biopharm lead Pat McIver said he was keen to hear from the wider Ulverston community about the plans.
“Over the last year or so, there has been an opportunity for stakeholders to help shape the development and understand what local needs are,” Mr McIver said.

“This is a chance for us to open it up to the public. There are lots of needs, expectations and hopes over what this will bring and we want to use this opportunity to consult with the public before we make our final submission.”

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Good jobs news for Barrow, which guarantees the future of Vickers:

Minister confident subs to be bult at BAE Systems Barrow will be ordered
Last updated at 12:00, Friday 14th March 2014



Mr Hammond flew into Barrow to reveal the Ministry of Defence’s plans to invest £300m into new facilities in Barrow including an extension to the Devonshire Dock Hall, a warehouse facility, two new buildings and the refurbishment of the fabrication facility, and he gave the firmest assurance yet that the programme would go ahead, saying: “The next generation nuclear-deterrent submarines that will be built in Barrow will be the largest and most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy.”

The eight-year programme, which will employ 850 contractors at its peak, will allow the site to prepare for the construction of a new fleet to replace the ageing Vanguard class submarines. Although final approval of the Successor programme is not due until after the next general election, Mr Hammond was confident the programme would go ahead, regardless of which political party is in power. “There is a broad consensus between the two major political parties about the Successor programme and the need to retain a nuclear deterrent,” he said. “The Liberal Democrats have a different position but the two main parties are clear that this is in Britain’s best interests.”

With yesterday being his first visit to the Devonshire Dock Hall – “a world class facility” – Mr Hammond was also given a tour of Artful, the third Astute-class submarine being built in Barrow which is due to be launched into the dock in around six weeks.
BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines’ operations director, Alan Dunn, gave a briefing in which he described the new facilities as “the biggest investment since the DDH was built in 1986”. “We will change the skyline and landscape of Barrow,” he added.

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More excellent jobs news and the biggest investment in the county since Sellafield was built.
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/up...bria-1.1133232
Up to 21,000 jobs at new nuclear power station in Cumbria

Last updated at 16:42, Thursday, 01 May 2014

Up to 21,000 jobs could be created following a deal that moves the creation of a new nuclear power station in west Cumbria a step closer.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has reached an agreement with Toshiba and its partner GDF Suez on the key commercial terms of an updated option agreement for land at Moorside, near Sellafield.
This is a key step in enabling the development of the new nuclear power station.
Toshiba and GDF Suez intend to build three reactors, to come online from 2024.
They will deliver around 3.4GW of new nuclear capacity, enough to power up to six million homes.
It is estimated the project will result in 21,000 jobs over the construction period, including peak on-site employment of more than 6,000 people.
In the operational phase, the reactors will sustain around 1,000 permanent jobs over the course of their lifetimes.
NDA chief executive John Clarke said: “This is a significant step forward for the plan to establish new nuclear in west Cumbria.
"Together with our nuclear partners we are seeing the emergence of west Cumbria as a centre of nuclear excellence across the whole span of the industry from new build to decommissioning and waste management
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Can you pay on the train from Newcastle to Carlisle?
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Can you pay on the train from Newcastle to Carlisle?
You will need a ticket to access Newcastle Central Station as it has barriers, but from other stations, you can pay on the train and going the other way from Carlisle, which is still open, you can get on the train and buy a ticket, although this is frowned on.
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You will need a ticket to access Newcastle Central Station as it has barriers, but from other stations, you can pay on the train and going the other way from Carlisle, which is still open, you can get on the train and buy a ticket, although this is frowned on.
Thanks. I totally forgot about the barriers. Can I buy a ticket from a machine at the Central Station?
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Yes, or from the ticket office if it's open. In the evening when the barriers are unmanned and therefore open, lots of people buy their tickets on the train - but strictly speaking you aren't supposed to.
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