- Transcribed by Barb Baker Barb Baker
- Edition: July 14, 1888 July 14, 1888
WORKINGTON AND CUMBERLAND QUARTER SESSIONS.
An illustration of how Workington is unfairly handicapped with other parts of the county, owing to its lack of magistrates to properly represent this Petty Sessional Division, is forcibly shown writes a correspondent, in the proceedings at the Quarter Sessions last week.
It will be in the memory of many of our Workington readers that the Workington Local Board made application to have two bridges taken over by the county, and spent upwards of £50 in having them put into first-class condition before being handed over to the County Authority. The application was peremptorily refused, no reasons being given for such refusal, the few justices belonging to Workington not being present.
These bridges are substantial stone-built fabrics, and possess every qualification to be taken in charge by the county. On the other hand, how was the How Gill Bridge, situate in the eastern part of the county, taken over some half dozen years ago ? It is now in an unsafe and ruinous condition, so much so that by special direction of Quarter Session Standing Orders are suspended in order that it may be re-built forthwith at a cost to the county of £100, to which Workington, with its populous centre and high ratable value, will have to contribute its full quota, albeit it must not expect to have its own bridges treated on the same lines.
No --- "Big Workington" must once more learn to "grin and bear it." The time, however, will come when public opinion will demand as a right from LORD MUNCASTER what they now seek as a favour, a larger and more "equitable" representation by Workington at Quarter Sessions and on the magisterial Bench.
"West Cumberland Times."