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AN exciting project to bring vacant and underutilised buildings back into active use to help Millom thrive into the future has passed a significant milestone.
Reactivating Heritage Buildings is one of four ambitious projects that make up Millom Town Deal – a £29.3m programme that secured £20.6m from the Government’s Towns Fund last year along with a further £8.7m from match funders.
Now, a key building in Millom’s Town Square has been purchased as part of the project with the property set to become an Arts and Enterprise Centre – offering start-up and maker spaces for businesses.
It is proposed the former NatWest bank, which has been vacant since 2017, will include a cafe area, co-working and start-up enterprise spaces, digital access, studios and workshops to help draw people as well as new and existing businesses into the town.
The Arts and Enterprise Centre would bring people together to encourage collaboration, enable the sharing of ideas and knowledge and the development of skills, helping to encourage the start up of new businesses and delivering growth and opportunity for the area.
David Savage, the Chair of Millom Town Deal, said: “Many town centres across the country have empty or underutilised buildings which can unfortunately contribute to a feeling of decline.
“The Reactivating Heritage Buildings project is designed to encourage the opposite of this – to enhance the visual appearance of the town by ensuring that heritage buildings are refurbished and can therefore be brought back into active use. This would help to enhance the growing image of Millom and Haverigg and ensure it is a thriving place to live, work and visit.
“The creation of an Arts and Enterprise Centre is central to this project and builds on the entrepreneurial spirit that already exists in the town which is why the purchase of the former bank building is a significant step forward in supporting our town centre image. This is good news for the town.”
The wider Reactivating Heritage Buildings project will also revitalise the public realm in the Market Square and a new grant scheme will be launched to support the refurbishment of other heritage properties in the town centre.
David added: “The success of the Millom Town Deal in attracting a total investment of £29.3M has been a focus on economic regeneration and this project is one part of the overall package of integrated proposals that will bring significant benefits to the residents of Millom and Haverigg.
“The former bank building is an important feature of the Town Square and one that this project will breathe new life into, benefitting the whole community for years to come.”
The other three projects in the Town Deal are:
Notes to Editors
For immediate release.
On July 27, 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: PM speech at Manchester Science and Industry Museum – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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. See the 101 places being supported to develop Town Deals: list-of-100-places.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding in 2020 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: towns-fund-accelerated-funding-grants.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
This release was prepared by 32West on behalf of Cumberland Council and the Millom Town Deal Board.