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Restoration plans for landmark Cockermouth site

12 November 2015

Plans are being created to transform one of Cockermouth’s prettiest – but unappreciated – view points.

The land where the Rivers Cocker and Derwent meet, beneath Cockermouth Castle, is a tranquil spot with views across to Memorial Gardens and up and down the river. However, aging benches and unruly shrubbery mean it is currently not the most pleasant place to sit and enjoy the scenery.

All that is about to change thanks to a partnership initiative between Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth Town Council, housing developer Lovell and Jennings Brewery.

Lovell is providing around £13,000 towards the estimated £16,000 costs of the project, with an additional £3,000 coming from Allerdale Borough Council’s town centre funding. Each year, the Council, through its Town Centre Managers, distributes £10,000 to each of the borough’s seven towns, plus the large village of Seaton. This is spent on improvement projects which are decided in conjunction with the town councils.

Lovell is currently building new homes in Cockermouth and the team was keen to get involved in a legacy project which would benefit those who live and work in the town, as well as its wealth of visitors. Jennings Brewery owns most of the area which is being improved by the project and will be a part of the steering group leading the project.

The landscaping project will include the improvement of the seating areas and repair of the retaining walls. A wheelchair-accessible path will be created, and additional ideas include a new quiet seating area to the north of the site. Swathes of daffodils and wild flowers will be planted and native riverside flora encouraged to bloom, while the existing vegetation will be thinned out and pruned back to open up the views. A heritage plaque will also be installed to reveal the area’s history.

Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council and a member of Cockermouth Town Council, said: “I think this is one of the most important sites in town – it is the ‘mouth of the Cocker’ from where the town takes its name – so it is great to see it is going to be transformed into a real beauty spot.

“Schemes like this are exactly what this town centre funding should be spent on. It’s all about making them better places for people to spend time, and to make sure visitors enjoy their experience so they keep coming back.”

Lovell regional director Nigel Yates said: “The project is set to make a huge difference to this historic riverside area, opening it up for even more people to enjoy and appreciate the stunning views.

“Wherever the company is building homes, creating lasting benefits for the wider community is very important to us and we are really delighted to help restore and transform such a significant location for Cockermouth.”

ENDS

Notes

  1. For more information contact 01900 702526, corp.comms@allerdale.gov.uk
  2. Lovell began work last year on a 217-home mixed tenure development – The Laureates – at Cockermouth, which will create 156 homes for sale and 61 affordable homes for Home Group.
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