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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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£150,000 work to start on Lake District aquarium

WORK on a £150,000 extension of the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport is due to start this month.

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OWNER: Mark Vollers

Owner Mark Vollers plans to extend the cafe and make the aquarium display bigger.

He also plans to set up a dedicated website for the cafe, which provides the venue’s business growth.

Mr Vollers said the cafe had held its own during the recent recession.

He added: “Although very much still part of the aquarium business, the cafe is not dependent on visitors to the attraction. Local people know it is here and provide a steady trade all year round.

“The new cafe area should be open for Easter and will provide additional space at busy times.”

Mr Vollers, who set up the business in 1997, said the extension could create more jobs. The venue employs 25 people and attracts around 40,000 visitors a year.

He added that the display area extension would provide new insights into smaller examples of marine life and would include microscopes for visitors to use. It will take up part of an area now used for miniature golf.

He hoped the display extension could be completed by the summer holidays.

The development has been supported by a grant from the Fisheries Local Action Group.

Have your say

I really dont think we need a bigger cafe as the one thats there is big enough. I see many children playing the mini golf with there familys and it would be sad to see it go. Sorry to say i think its a waste of money but if its mr vollers money then theres not much we can do. But if its public money then theres many other things it could be spent on other than making a rich man richer as a larger cafe will earn him more than the mini golf.

Posted by donna on 3 January 2014 at 13:05

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