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Just one day left to take part in £25m Workington Town Deal consultation

Jonathan Irving

Jonathan Irving

Posted on 08 October 2020

Time is running out for people in Workington to have their say on proposals for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the town.

A bid of around £25m to the Government’s Towns Fund initiative will soon be made by Allerdale Borough Council to help support a number of ambitious projects. The Towns Fund is a £3.6bn pot which aims to level-up funding and opportunities for communities across the country, with Workington being one of more than 100 towns invited to bid. 

A range of proposals have been developed by the Workington Town Deal board, a mix of public, private and voluntary sector partners, based on ideas submitted by members of the public earlier this year and a final public consultation on the plans has been running for almost two weeks. 

The consultation ends tomorrow (Friday, October 9) and those who live and work in Workington are being encouraged to submit their views before the deadline. Further detail about the plans and the feedback form is available at https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/workington/workington-town-deal-public-consultation/

  

Cllr Mike Johnson, Deputy Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said:

“We’ve had a great response to the consultation so far and I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to get involved. The deadline is approaching quickly so anyone who wants to have their say should go onto our website and submit a response as soon as they can.” 

  

John Coughlan, TSP Engineering’s Chief Executive Officer is chair of the Workington Town Deal board. He said:

“Getting the views of people in the community is extremely important to us so if there’s anyone out there who’s yet to take part then I’d urge them to do so.”

 

The proposals being considered for the Workington bid are: 

  • Improving the town centre’s public spaces and connectivity 
  • Creating a ‘sports village’, including a shared community stadium and associated sports facilities for Workington Town and Reds as well as for public use 
  • Creating an innovation centre and co-working space to increase skills and provide space for early-stage businesses 
  • Developing a logistics and clean energy hub at the Port of Workington 
  • Developing a digital skills programme 
  • Redeveloping the former opera house site in Workington town centre and creating space for 'street food’ businesses in the short-term.