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D-day for Maryport ex-cinema plan

Plans to convert a former Maryport cinema into seven apartments look set to get the go-ahead.

Steve Wood wants to create three two-bedroom and four one-bedroom units on the top floors of the Carlton Cinema building, on Senhouse Street.

His proposals will be considered by Allerdale council on Tuesday and members of the development panel have been recommended to approve the scheme.

Mr Wood also wants to use the ground floor of the Carlton as an indoor market and hopes to open it next month.

He said he wanted to sell goods not already available in the town and planned to offer reasonable rents and three-monthly renewable leases.

Mr Wood bought the Carlton Cinema four years ago as a base for a pottery business and cafe. Just four months after opening, dry rot was found on the ground floor and he was forced to close the cafe immediately, eventually having to liquidate that part of the business.

He said: “Since I came here, we have had two recessions and a lot of pottery firms have gone out of business, including some big names.

“I’ve gone from a staff of 15 to two and I am back where I started – decorating and glazing pottery. I still have some prestigious clients so I will continue the business in the Carlton.”

Have your say

Yes indeed. Maryport seems to be blighted by 'developers' and 'entrepreneurs' who promise to improve the economy, create jobs and local wealth. But in the end they are all the same, they stay for the course of the grants or incentives they've received from the local councils - in the end it is all taxpayers money - and then they move out or reap other benefits.
You can't really blame these people - such as Mr Wood - they are just taking advantage of a poor system. You can blame corrupt or stupid local officials who either don't think of the long term consequences or who just get paid to shut up.
That's one reason Maryport has received stacks of development money but doesn't have much to show for it.

Posted by A. N. Other on 22 January 2013 at 21:11

Would this anonymous person like to meet me and I will answer all of their questions face to face?

Posted by Mr Wood on 19 October 2012 at 13:27

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