Cumbria

Cumbria County Council hands over community buildings

Wigton Swimming Pool Image copyright Wigton Baths Trust
Image caption Wigton Swimming Pool was at risk of closure

A swimming pool, an old court house and former highways depot have been handed to the community by Cumbria County Council.

It said transferring the buildings free of charge to community groups would allow them to be run them for the benefit of locals.

A trust will take over Wigton Swimming Pool and Lamplugh Parish Council will run the former depot at Kirkland.

The council said the move would secure the services' future.

Shap Community Building Group will run the library and playgroup in the town's former court house building.

Cumbria County Council needs to make savings of £83m over the next three years.

Councillor David Southward, cabinet member for property, said: "The council is facing an unprecedented financial challenge and by working with communities we can look at delivering services differently in the future.

"As the organisation downsizes, we will increasingly be looking to communities to help themselves.

"These three transfers are excellent examples of how this can work for both the council and for local communities."

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