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No votes win in Workington referendum but polls see low turnout

Last week’s referendum on where Workington’s new £9.41 million leisure centre should be built turned into a massive flop with only 640 votes cast.

This was fewer than four per cent of those eligible to vote in the poll, which was called by Moorclose councillor Denis Robertson and supporters.

It meant that it cost about £14 per person to vote in the £9,000 poll, which was funded by taxpayers and was not legally binding.

More than 20 polling stations were set up across Workington and voting took place last Thursday.

The poll asked whether the town’s planned leisure centre should be built on the Cloffocks and 571 people voted ‘no’, while 67 voted ‘yes’. Two ballot papers were spoiled or unmarked.

However, the result is not legally binding, meaning that Allerdale council’s executive will not have to change its plan.

The parish poll was called by electors at a public meeting last month.

Councillor Robertson was unavailable for comment this week.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, of Allerdale council, said that responsibility for publicising the poll rested with those who had called it.

He said: “They published no information about it, other than a leaflet which only went to a fraction of the people who could have voted.”

Have your say

Agree Luke, lots of people who don't use it commenting.
Get it built allerdale.

Posted by Lisa on 27 March 2014 at 17:59

Memo to Councillor "Cocky" Robertson, save your Town another £9000 and move the venue 6 miles North to Maryport, we'll have it, no probs, we'll stick it along Netherhall Old Boys, a thriving hub of Sport, where it will be appreciated by All I'm sure, actually if you want to waste another £9000 we'll take it too go towards a free Bus to take People there, another memo to the good Townsfolk of Workington, never look a Gift Horse in the mouth, take what's on offer, the Cloffocks, albeit a place that holds many good memories for many a good "Uppie or Downie" is vastly underused and wasted, times change and you have to change with them, Workington, along with Maryport needs to grasp every opportunity it can.
Finally the turnout to vote was truly shocking to say the least, that tells its own story really, smell the Coffee Councillor Robertson and realise its the year 2014 !!

Posted by Kevin Winn on 27 March 2014 at 15:18

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