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Stadium: MP's furious attack on 'humiliating shambles'

COPELAND MP Jamie Reed has launched a furious attack on local government regeneration chiefs after West Cumbria lost the chance to host 2013 Rugby League World Cup games due to plans for a new £5.5 million stadium stalling.

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Well done Whitehaven...it didn't take long for the back stabbing and finger pointing to start. A glorious opportunity for a new stadium missed, a chance to host a World Cup event missed, chance of jobs and a much needed economic boost missed. Can I suggest the 'Miners' continue to blame the council, the council will no doubt make the claim that the Miners scuppered the deal. In the meantime Haven will continue to play in a ground that is falling down and the town is taken over by charity shops. Will the last one out, please switch off the lights.

Posted by billythetrainspotter on 25 April 2012 at 20:12

Who cares may be now the money will be spent on some other part of west cumbria instead of whitehaven hogging all the cash as per usual, may be the roads in west cumbria could be done up or heres a thought build a by pass round whitehaven then us folk who dont think its the centre of the universe wont have the miss fortune of having to drive anywhere near it. This whole scheme was simply a look at us whilst the miners part was pure greed. Whitehaven through and through

Posted by truthfull man on 25 April 2012 at 19:54

And we continue to vote these people in! We need fresh viable people to stand against them.

Posted by Anne on 25 April 2012 at 19:05

If the Miners' Welfare don't wish to be scapegoats why don't they state publically what they demanded from the partnership?

Posted by Dave Siddall on 25 April 2012 at 18:44

Whitehaven every one a winner....N.A.T.O.....No Action Talk Only.
what loosers. Great talkers but end up always doing nothing. Get rid of these useless councilors rapidly.

Posted by Bill on 25 April 2012 at 18:23

Paul Walker should make a public announcement along the lines, 'i am very sorry for being in charge of this embarrasing failure and so without delay i resign' Councillor Woodburn should do the decent thing and spare us anymore oral claptrap and have her resignation written & submitted & cleared off without hesitation.
This is an appalling situation will damage WRLFC for years to come all because of the incompetent project management delivered by CBC. No doubt like all the other non deliveries they will blame someone else. Be interesting to see who?

Posted by ted on 25 April 2012 at 18:15

Here we go again !!! Its the cheap shot to blame the Council, where is the blame for the rugby club, the football club and mainly the miners !! they are all culpable in what adds up to a fiasco. I can see the real potential for a stadium its a pity most people on this site cant, and as for Cllr David Moore is this the same man who only a few weeks ago did not see the benefits of the world cup games. A touch of convenient forgetfulness I think !!!

Posted by tom tom on 25 April 2012 at 17:53

Surely after yet an another disaster and misuse of public money Councillor Woodburn and her team should do the decent thing and resign.

Posted by Anon on 25 April 2012 at 16:42

You can argue all day long about where the blame may lie, bottom line is that basic project management principles were not followed by who ever was responsible for project management, and that certainly was not the miners.

Would you build a house with your own money without being certain that you had AGREED, SIGNED AND SEALED pre planning that you had access to your front door ?.

Yes the miners may have played awkward, of that I don't know, but I do know the project management side has been appalling, I suspect the external consultants are now busilly referring to the clevely worded disclaimers in the contracts they had with whoever instructed them, that the council will spurt out the usual ''it wasnt our fault'' line ( aka Asda, Transport Interchange, new hotel on the harbour, I could go on) and finally once again Copeland is seen through the eyes of outsiders as a joke.

Maybe also the Whitehaven News will stop raising false hopes, be in new jobs, new hotels, new multi million pounds this, new that, new the other, with its eye catching headlines full of Mr Irving's small print maybe's, could be's and, possibilies etc, as in reality few of them rarely come to fruition, still its sells papers. Whether it's a new bus/train station, 2 new players from PNG,10,000 new jobs in MAGNOX, a cruise terminal, a cable car ride to Kells, a 5 * holiday village in Lowca with mega screen cinema blah blah we have had it all.....

I could go on.....

Posted by rob on 25 April 2012 at 16:15

before people blame the miners, be aware of the facts: the miners accepted the council's financial offer and were awaiting completion of the legal documents. Questions requesting details of work to be carried out on miners' land were put to the council on March 30 and no answers have been received - and now we have been advised they no longer want to proceed. No additional demands have been made.
What is the problem? Posted by Brian Birkett, Miners secretary

Posted by brian birkett on 25 April 2012 at 16:02

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