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Boost for Wigton town centre

26 June 2014

Community leaders in Wigton are celebrating the success of a host of town projects aimed at boosting the local economy.

The Wigton Partnership was awarded £10,000 of government funding at the end of 2012 in the wake of the ‘Mary Portas’ review of high streets. In 2013, Allerdale Borough Council added £5,000 to this total, giving Wigton Town Team £15,000 to invest in initiatives that will benefit the town centre. Projects led on by the Town Team have included the purchase of equipment that can be used at community events and the development of a heritage trail for Wigton.

Projects that have been completed so far include:

  • The purchase of seven canopies which can be used for community events and markets and can be used by local charities and organisations.
  • The launch of a new monthly local produce and craft market on the Corn Market area and inside the Market Hall. The latest market took place on 24 June 2014 and they will continue to be held on the last Tuesday of each month.
  • The acquisition of four large modular display boards, which were used at the recent Wigton Open Art Exhibition and will be used for future community events.
  • Support for the Pride in Wigton environmental group.

Projects that are being developed:

  • Creation of a heritage trail for Wigton, with ‘blue plaques’, a route map and an accompanying guide with information about the heritage and history of the town. The guide, that is planned for launch later in the year, will be available free of charge and include key points of interest such as St. Mary’s Church and the George Moore memorial fountain.
  • Improved pedestrian signage, new finger-post signs and community notice-boards.
  • Further support for the popular Wigton ‘Totally Locally Campaign’ which promotes the town’s independent businesses

Sandra Keaveney, Chair of the Wigton Town Team, said: “I’m really pleased with the progress that we’re making. The Town Team isn’t just about spending the £15,000 that we have – it’s about closer working between different organisations and sustainable improvements to generate more inward investment, more footfall and more success for Wigton’s businesses.”

Joe Broomfield, Allerdale Borough Council’s Town Centre Manager for Wigton, added: “We didn’t want to rush out and spend the available funding on a one-off event that would only benefit the town centre in the short term. In purchasing the display boards and the canopies, and developing projects such as the heritage trail and improved signage, we’re making provision to support the town, its businesses, its community groups and its residents for years to come.”

Councillor Mark Fryer, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “This is exactly the sort of partnership working we want in our towns and it is great to see it reaping rewards. I look forward to seeing more initiatives like this in Wigton and across Allerdale.”

Community organisations who are interested in hiring the canopies should get in touch with Wigton Town Council on 016973 44555

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