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Former Council Chambers, Frizington, Cumbria

Frizington Council Chambers were built in 1898 at a cost of £1500, originally for Council related business as the name implies. It has been the focal point for many organisations in Frizington over the years. In its early days, the Chambers housed Frizington's free library and by 1921 it held 5000 books. Other occupants at that time included the School Dentist and Welfare Clinic, the Registrar's office as well as council functions such as rate and rent collection. The Board Room was regularly used by Arlecdon and Frizington Parish Council and in the 1970s the Youth Training Scheme, a national project giving school leavers a taste of working life, were based there. The ex MP for Copeland, Dr Jack Cunningham held his monthly constituency surgeries here.
The building has gradually fallen out of use as other facilities became available in the village, and its grandeur has faded. It was sold to a private buyer for conversion to residential use, but the financial climate changed, and the development was unable to proceed.

Working alongside partners the Phoenix Enterprise Centre, we are taking another look at this building, to produce an outline scheme and budget for the re-use of the former Council Chambers as viable space for community activities within Frizington. This work is being funded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, and without this development funding it would not be possible to take this iconic building to the next stage in securing its future.

Public participation sessions are being held on Monday 12th and Monday 19th of September at Frizington Public Library where we hope that members of the public will be able to tell us their memories of the building and how it was used, and help Phoenix Enterprise Centre and NECT to identify new uses for this iconic Frizington building.

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