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Restoration work to commence for landmark Cockermouth site

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Works to transform one of Cockermouth’s prettiest viewpoints will begin next week.

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 lack of path mean it’s currently not the most pleasant and accessible place to sit and enjoy the scenery.

All that is about to change thanks to a partnership initiative between housing developer Lovell, Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth Town Council, Jennings Brewery and Cockermouth Civic Trust. Contractors Ashcroft have now been appointed to carry out the works.

The landscaping project will include the improvement of the seating areas and repair of the boundary wall. A York stone wheelchair-accessible path will be created, over 2000 daffodils planted and a heritage-style street light installed.

Lovell is providing £13,000 towards the £16,000 costs of the project, with £3,000 coming from Allerdale Borough Council’s town centre funding that has been allocated to the scheme in conjunction with Cockermouth Town Council.

Lovell has built 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 is part of the steering group for the project.

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 I am looking forward the work beginning and the area being transformed into a place where visitors and residents will enjoy spending their time.”

Joe Broomfield, Town Centre Area Manager and Chair of the steering group for the project, added: “It’s been great working with Lovell and the others on the group to come up with a suitable design for the site. Hopefully the works won’t take too long to complete, but we’re aware that access to High Sand Lane is severely restricted at this time, so at no point will the pedestrian bridge across the River Cocker to Brewery Lane be closed. That being said, I would ask that drivers don’t park at the bottom of Brewery Lane whilst the works are on-going to give Ashcroft space to work.” 


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