Mike Starkie, Elected Mayor of Copeland
I am delighted at the progress we are making on the £20.5 million Towns Fund investment for Millom.
We are now set to develop detailed business cases, over the course of the next ten months, demonstrating the development, cost and scope of each project included in our initial application.
The four projects, set out in Millom and Haverigg’s Town Investment Plan, will aim to help maximise inclusive economic growth and better connectivity for the area while developing a welcoming arts, culture and tourism offer, thriving independent businesses and healthy, active people.
This will see the creation of a new, multi-purpose community and leisure hub providing a range of facilities including a swimming pool and 3G pitch, as well as improvements at Millom and Haverigg parks.
A proposal to transform the unique coastal lagoon into an inspiring visitor attraction which fuses ecology, heritage and art within an inclusive recreational space around the sea wall.
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.
It will also improve 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.
Millom will also benefit from significant further investment in the town through the new nuclear hub which will create flexible workspace for nuclear employees, with work commencing soon.
These significant programmes of work mark an exciting time for the area, making Millom and the surrounding villages incredibly attractive places to live, work and visit.