Ground investigation works get underway at proposed new visitor attraction

A SPECIALIST survey team is carrying out ground investigations on land near Millom that has been identified as the location for a unique and inclusive visitor attraction.

The work starts on Monday 11 March and should take around two weeks.

Plans for The Iron Line propose the sensitive enhancement of RSPB Hodbarrow to create a new route incorporating the location’s unique sea wall and coastal lagoon, for use by residents and visitors to the area.

A planning application for the scheme – part of Millom Town Deal – has been submitted.

Due to the historic use of the site, which is part of the former iron mining and associated works, it is now necessary to determine the location of old mine shafts as well as the condition of the ground for any potential contamination.

Background information has been collated and the next stage will see drilling rigs brought onto the site to take core samples.

David Savage, Chair of Millom Town Deal Board, said: “People may see some activity taking place on site, so we feel it’s important to clarify what’s happening and why.

“This is simply a crucial and timely standard step when a scheme like this is being developed.

“The results will provide valuable information that will go on to inform the design process as it goes forward.”

If plans are approved, The Iron Line would see a new welcome centre built at the location with a cafe, retail area and events room providing new employment and volunteering opportunities.

A new multi-use and inclusive pathway will be installed along with new signage and seating, bird hides and viewing platforms. An existing bird hide would be provided with new cladding and a living roof, supporting the enhancement of wildlife habitats.

In addition, the location would be provided with new access for visitors, landscaping and a purpose built pay and display car park offering disabled parking spaces, EV charging facilities and bicycle storage.

Millom Town Deal secured £20.6 million from the Government’s Towns Fund in November 2022 with an additional £8.7 million in match funding to help the town and its communities to thrive in the future.

Working with Cumberland Council, the money will be used to deliver four projects. Alongside The Iron Line, the Millom Town Deal includes Activating Community Health, Reactivating Heritage Buildings and Connecting Millom and Haverigg.

Work continues on other parts of the Town Deal projects. The latest plans for a scheme to improve ways to move around Millom and Haverigg sustainably were shared with the community on Wednesday 6 March at a drop-in public engagement event at Millom Guide Hall

The engagement material is now available to view on our website. This also includes a link to the online survey. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 20 March 2024.

Once completed, the Connecting Millom and Haverigg project will make it easier and safer for people to move around Millom and Haverigg on foot, by bicycle and by incorporating the needs of those with limited mobility.

An exciting opportunity to take on the management of a new activity and leisure facility in Millom and Haverigg is also underway.

The provides the chance for potential operators to submit their interest.

In addition to submitting information through Cumberland Council’s online procurement CHEST, potential providers can also email the procurement team direct or send information in the post.

The deadline for responses is 4pm on Friday 29 March 2024.

There are three options for sending completed questionnaire back to Cumberland Council including:


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