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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Millom clock tower owners ticked off by grant refusal

A FATHER and son have been left ticked off after they were refused grants towards a £10,000 clock tower refurbishment.

Larry Mackie, 55, who owns a number of businesses at the clock tower site in Millom, including Bear on the Square, said: “We were hoping to get some kind of grant but the council told us there’s no money. The council are not going to help because it’s privately owned.”

He believes Copeland Borough Council has not clocked its importance for the community.

He added: “They say it’s not for the community because we own the building, but it’s in the middle of town so it’s part of the community. It’s the first thing you see. It’s for the whole town.”

The quote has come from Cumbria Clock Company, in Penrith, which previously worked on Big Ben. Cash will go towards three new motors, clock faces and hands.

Son Daniel Mackie, 35, of Pannatt Hill, said: “When the engineers looked at it for a quote they realised it would need to be completely refurbished.

“We’d hoped it would be something that would cost £1,000 to £2,000 originally, but then we found out the dials and hands have seized up and the circular glass needs replacing.

“We also want to redo the numbers in gold leaf so it stands out and looks new. The benefit of having a working clock goes to Millom not our business.

“Barrow and Ulverston have a working clock so why shouldn’t Millom?

“We’re at a stalemate now unless we can come up with the money.”

Millom and Copeland Community Group approached the pair about the potential of financial support to have the clock up and running. They have said it is time its importance was recognised.

Spokeswoman Linda Johns said: “We are very keen to get involved with this project and get our clock ticking again.”

Group members will discuss the prospect at a MCCG meeting next week before any cash changes hands.

A spokesperson for Copeland Borough Council said: “Our locality officer has been advising the clock’s owners about where they might apply for funding, but the council itself isn’t able to give money to private businesses.”

Have your say

It's privately owned! They own it, they should pay for and not plead poverty. Unbelievable.

Posted by Terry on 23 July 2014 at 16:12

10 Grand?!?
For that price I'd want it lifted another storey - like it once was!

Posted by Millom Lad on 23 July 2014 at 12:19

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