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.

Town will benefit from huge tourism boost linked to Iron Line project

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PLANS to transform one of Millom’s most popular beauty spots into an accessible visitor attraction could lead to more than 100,000 visits to the town every year, new data shows.

The Iron Line, a project which proposes to sensitively enhance the unique nature reserve at RSPB Hodbarrow, will unlock the area’s untapped potential.

The proposed improvements will also have direct benefits on the health and wellbeing of local residents, as the area is enhanced to make it more accessible for walking and cycling.

And there are plans for a new welcome centre that would incorporate a café/bar, retail space and events room along with adjacent parking.

The Iron Line project is one of four schemes being developed under the Millom Town Deal.

Working alongside Copeland Borough Council, the Millom Town Deal Board secured an offer of £20.6 million in July 2021 for projects it identified as local priorities.

Robert Morris-Eyton, Chair of the Millom Town Deal Board, said: “The benefits of the Iron Line are varied and many and it has been very pleasing to see the project develop over the last 12 months.

“It represents a significant opportunity to harness the beauty and uniqueness of the RSPB Hodbarrow Nature Reserve and build upon it to deliver a significant boost to the health, prosperity and destination status of Millom and Haverigg.

“The projected visitor numbers are very encouraging and the focus now is on delivering a full business case for the project to the government later this summer.”

The scheme will also incorporate upgrades to the historic landmark buildings alongside the incorporation of new public art installations.

The Iron Line is one of four projects that form the Millom Town Deal. The other three are:

Activating community health – The creation of a new, multi-purpose community and leisure hub to provide a range of facilities including a swimming pool and 3G pitch.

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 Millom Town Deal projects have now reached the assurance stage which means the plans are undergoing final assessment before being submitted to the government later this year.

Further details for each of the projects will be made available after the assurance stage is complete when people will be able to comment on the proposals.

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