Frequently asked questions

How were the projects chosen?

The final Millom Town Deal projects were selected by the Town Deal Board as most closely meeting local priorities as well as Government criteria for Towns Funding. This followed a period of public engagement.

Can we spend some of the money on other projects?

No.  The Government has offered Millom a “Town Deal” based on the projects outlined in the Town Investment Plan.  The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has made a grant offer against each of these projects subject to final Business Case summary submission and will confirm funding once they have reviewed and approved the submission.

Who is on the Town Deal Board?

The board includes a mix of representatives from the private, public and community sectors. It includes councillors, local business people, community stakeholders and the area’s MP, Trudy Harrison.  Government stipulated the make-up of the Board in the early published guidance.

I run a local business. Can we bid for work?

Opportunities may be available as part of the Town Deal projects – tenders will be either advertised on the Local Government online procurement portal, The Chest or procured through established Local Government procurement frameworks. All procurements will be in line with the Council’s procurement strategy seeking social value as part of the tender process and encouraging local supply chain to bid for new opportunities and to work collaboratively with other providers.

What will happen to the gymnastics club / rec

We are working together to enable continuation of the gymnastic facility at the Recreation Centre. The facilities will complement each other providing a wide range of physical activities for the people of Millom and the surrounding area.

When will work get underway?

We expect the first ‘spades in the ground’ in 2023.

Why is the swimming pool being built on school grounds?

As part of the business case development process, we carefully looked at a number of potential locations for the health hub and swimming pool. We needed to find a site that met a number of strict criteria. The school site ultimately proved to be the only viable location and the most likely to be granted planning permission.

Why does the process take so long?

Each project must go through a complex process to ensure it is deliverable within budget, sustainable for the future and supported by the community. Millom Town Deal Board, working with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council, had 12 months to produce detailed business cases in support of each project. High level summaries were submitted to the Government in summer 2022 for approval and confirmed in the autumn. Now, the Town Deal Board is working with the new Cumberland Council to complete the assurance process required by Government for the funding while procuring the expert skills necessary to develop the projects in more detail.

When will we hear more about the projects in detail?

Preparing the business cases for each project is a lengthy process. We are committed to sharing information and updates on the projects as soon as we have this. Please keep an eye on this website or our Town Deal social media channels.

Why is the swimming pool at the leisure hub 15m ?

To secure government funding for a pool in Millom, the business case submitted has to be financially robust and demonstrate long-term viability. That means that, whilst the initial build cost is an important factor, of equal importance is the long term viability of the pool and health hub to operate efficiently.

 

We listened to all the feedback received from members of the public and the Activating Community Health project delivery team have focused on developing a modern long term sustainable facility for the community of Millom.

 

During design development a number of options linked to pool length and additional facilities were thoroughly explored. The final proposal represents the very best viable option, based on available capital build funds and future operational revenue requirements. The final option was appraised against projected visitor numbers, activities it can offer and accessibility to the community.

 

We believe the 15m x 8m – 4 lane community pool can be programmed to meet the needs of the Millom Community. It will be able to accommodate swimming lessons, lane swimming and other water based group exercise classes.

Can members of the public use the pool during the school day?

Yes. Like many community pools across the country, swimming lessons and other activities will be timetabled in but it is proposed that members of the public can use the pool during school hours in term time.

Can some of the Town Deal money be used to support the running costs of a larger pool?
No. Strict Government criteria sets out that funding from the Town Deal can’t be used to cover ongoing running costs for any project.
 
In addition, the funding will only be awarded where the viability of a project is evidenced in the business case submitted to Government, and that the local community is supportive of the project.
 
In the case of Activating Community Health, the facilities on offer, including the size of the pool, represent the only sustainable model. This is based on projected visitor numbers, activities it can offer and accessibility to the community.
Can we have our say about the proposed road and junction improvements?

Yes. If Town Deal funding is secured, there will be statutory consultation periods for all highways work.