Millom Town Deal

Millom Town Deal

Millom is at a turning point; an exciting time in its history when unprecedented investment in the town and its infrastructure will bring about real and tangible change; change that will make a positive difference to the lives of its residents for many years to come.

Community swimming pool and leisure hub project takes a leap forward


AN ambitious scheme to deliver a new community swimming pool for Millom within a multi-million pound, purpose-built leisure hub has taken a significant step forward.


Working with Copeland Borough Council, the Millom Town Deal Board secured an offer of £20.5 million from the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund initiative this summer for four projects which are set to ensure the town and its communities thrive now and into the future.


Activating Community Health is one of these projects. It will provide a multi-purpose community and leisure hub with a swimming pool and 3G pitch, in addition to investment in outdoor amenity space at Millom and Haverigg Parks.


The proposal aims to help people to improve their health and wellbeing whilst also generating more reasons for people to visit and spend time in the town – increasing footfall and spend to boost economic growth.


Now, a tender has been launched to find a design team to work with the Millom Town Deal Board and Copeland Borough Council on the scheme.


The winning multi disciplinary contractor will be required to develop an outline design for the proposed new facility, taking into account local feedback, as well as providing formal assessment on the feasibility of possible locations for the building.


Mike Starkie, the Mayor of Copeland, said: “Nothing can be more important to us as a community than improved levels of health and wellbeing for everyone – and we know the Activating Community Health project will help us to achieve this alongside a whole host of wider benefits.


“We also know securing a new swimming pool has been a community priority for a very long time. Appointing a design partner for the pool and hub is a milestone in the journey and I’m looking forward to seeing the proposals begin to take shape.”


Millom was one of 101 towns invited to bid for a share of the Government’s Towns Fund in 2019 – part of its Levelling Up agenda.


All four projects aim to help maximise inclusive economic growth and better connectivity for the area while developing a welcoming arts, culture and tourism offer with thriving independent businesses and healthy, active people.


The other three Millom Town Deal projects are:


  • Reactivating heritage buildings – A proposal to significantly enhance Millom Town Centre by bringing derelict, vacant and underused heritage buildings back into active use to increase vitality and footfall.


  • Connected Millom and Haverigg – Improving Millom’s transport network to create a gateway to the town at the railway station, while transforming cycling and walking infrastructure in both Millom and Haverigg.


  • The Iron Line – A project to sensitively transform the unique coastal lagoon and sea wall into an inspirational and fully inclusive, nationally significant visitor attraction.


Business cases supporting each project will be subject to a rigorous assurance process next year before high level summaries are submitted back to the Government for approval.


It is hoped a design partner for Activating Community Health will be appointed by November.


Alongside Activating Community Health, the winning firm will also work with the Cleator Moor Town Deal Board to help develop its Healthy Town project.


Robert Morris-Eyton, chair of the Millom Town Deal Board, said: “The projects that make up our Town Deal proposal are all hugely ambitious and will bring wider benefits to the area for years to come.


“Appointing a design partner for the Activating Community Health proposal is a very positive step forward and will form a vital part of the business case in support of the project.”



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