"Disgusting" Millom meeting place slammed by politicians
Last updated at 14:44, Thursday, 07 June 2012
COUNCILLORS have called for repairs to a “disgusting” council centre.
Members of Millom Town Council heard a plea from Councillor Ray Cole to owners of dilapidated properties and run down land in Millom.
But councillors responded that the back entrance to their own St George’s Road council chamber had become untidy and an “embarrassment” to visitors.
Plaster has fallen from the ceiling above the stairs and councillors say the area outside the back doors is looking shabby.
Councillors will write to the building’s owners, Cumbria County Council, in a bid to spruce up the office.
The call was a response to Cllr Cole’s plea for the owners of land and buildings to keep them tidy in a bid to restore civic pride in the town.
But Councillor Audrey Gabbert said: “I think something can be done right here.
“These stairs here, I feel ashamed when members of the public come up.
“This would be civic pride, this is our civic building.”
Councillor Felicity Wilson said: “There is a chimney in a dangerous condition. Can we send a letter to our landlord?”
Cllr Cole said: “It’s a disgrace downstairs.
“It’s a county council responsibility and it should not look like that. It’s disgusting.”
The council has supported the Millom Action Plan, a 30-page document which aims to tackle problems in the community through achievable aims, and My Millom, which seeks out the best aspects of the town.
A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “We are currently reviewing our property assets in Millom, including the library and council centre, with a view to ensuring our properties in the town better support service delivery.
“While the review is underway we’ll continue to ensure properties are maintained.
“Our property team will be in close contact with the occupiers of Millom Council Centre regarding any concerns they might have about the state of the building.”
First published at 14:03, Thursday, 07 June 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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As so often is west Cumbria, we have to put up with neglect that wouldn't be tolerated nearer to Carlisle or Kendal. Why don't they get more honest and rename themselves Carlisle County Council? Most of them don't know where Millom is. And what are local County Councillors doing about it? I'm reliably informed such people exist, though the evidence is sketchy.
While the Cumbria County Council are cleaning up the Council Building, they might find time to replace the wheelchair lift, it`s unreliable, and always breaking down, god only knows what a disabled person wishing to attend a council meeting, or worse still, if we had a disabled councillor.....Equality Act comes to mind, never mind the DDA Act