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A CHANCE to find out more about Millom’s exciting Town Deal as it reaches a key stage in the programme will take place next week.
The latest plans for each of the four projects will be available to view at a drop-in event with residents and businesses in the area invited to attend.
The informal sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at the following venues:
Working with Copeland Borough Council, the Millom Town Deal Board was awarded £20.6 million from the Government’s Towns Fund in November 2022, attracting an additional £8.7 million in match funding.
Now, alongside the newly formed Cumberland Council, work is underway to ready each of the projects for development and completion before March 2026.
David Savage, Chair of Millom Town Deal, said: “We are proud to have secured £29.3 million for the projects through the Town Deal, which brings significant opportunities and new facilities to both Millom and Haverigg.
“Now, we are delighted to be able to invite residents across Millom and Haverigg to come along to this event to see how things have been progressing and to chat to those working on the projects. We have listened to past feedback, and we are running this event in separate venues both in Millom and Haverigg.
“While each one of the projects are at a different stage of development, we are encouraging as many to attend as possible to find out the latest position of the projects and offer your views, as we now move steadily towards formal planning.”
The projects were selected to meet both local need and strict Government criteria.
Each one was subject to an expert business case to prove it is deliverable within the funding available, will provide long lasting economic and social benefits to the area and will be financially sustainable going forward.
The four projects that make up Millom’s Town Deal are:
The Iron Line – a scheme to sensitively transform RSPB Hodbarrow into an inspirational and fully inclusive visitor attraction featuring new walking and cycling routes, a visitor centre with cafe/bar, events room and parking for around 80 vehicles.
Activating Community Health – The creation of a new, multi-purpose leisure hub on land at Millom School to provide a range of facilities including a community swimming pool and 3G pitch.
Reactivating Heritage Buildings – A project to significantly enhance Millom Town Centre to increase vitality and footfall by bringing derelict, vacant and underused heritage buildings back into active use, including the former Natwest Bank building in St George’s Road.
Connecting Millom and Haverigg – Improving Millom’s transport network to create a gateway to the town at the railway station, while improving ways to move around both Millom and Haverigg on foot or by bicycle.
Councillor Mark Fryer, the Leader of Cumberland Council, said: “The Town Deal represents a once-in-a-lifetime level of regeneration investment and has the ability to transform the future of Millom.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to speak to those involved in the development of the four projects and to find out the latest position with each of them.”
For more details about Millom Town Deal, please visit millomtowndeal.org.uk
Notes to Editors
Towns Fund – Town Deals
On 27 July 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. See further details of the announcement.
A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision.
Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding last year for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19. View a list of accelerated funding by place (PDF, 266 KB, 11 pages).
Cumberland Council is a unitary council in Cumbria.
On 1 April 2023 we took over the responsibility for all council services previously provided by Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council, Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council.
The new council was formed in April 2023, and it aims to be ambitious, collaborative, compassionate, empowering, and innovative. Its Cumberland Plan sets out its vision and values.
The Cumberland area welcomes ambition and sustainable growth.
It is a globally recognised place of innovation and opportunity.
Its city of Carlisle and its towns of Cleator Moor, Maryport, Millom and Workington have collectively attracted millions of pounds of government funding for schemes that will provide long lasting benefits for businesses and residents.
This release was prepared by 32West on behalf of Cumberland Council and the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board.