Cockermouth’s Lottery funding bid for Main Street facelift submitted today
Last updated at 12:22, Friday, 24 August 2012
A bid for the £950,000 refurbishment of Cockermouth’s Main Street will be submitted to the Lottery today.
The Cockermouth Main Street Heritage Scheme includes ‘poetry lifelines’ embedded in the pavement to represent the lives of the Words-worth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and information boards, dubbed “heritage hubs”, to explain the town’s history and famous figures.
There will also be new bus shelters, new timber seating, bins and signposts.
The lifelines will trace the lives of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Wordsworth’s future wife Mary Hutchinson and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Their lives will be represented through four interconnecting coloured lines along Main Street.
The six “heritage hubs” – triangular cabinets displaying information relevant to their position in the town – will be placed outside the National Trust shop, Bet DSL, Cockermouth Paper Shop, the junction with Station Street, the junction with High Sand Lane next to The New Bookshop and next to the HSBC bank.
The hubs outside the bookmakers and Cockermouth Paper Shop will be installed on new bus shelters, and it is hoped they will be illuminated at night.
The designs have been put together by Richard Hollinshead, of Newcastle company Grit & Pearl, after consultation last year. The application will be decided in December. Initial plans to fell lime trees and replace them with younger trees and replace a zebra crossing at the junction with Station Street with a courtesy crossing were thrown out after public consultation.
First published at 11:52, Friday, 24 August 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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This sounds as bad as the Market Place refurbishment.Heritage hubs? Some bins? Coloured lines? Things embedded? Sounds a nightmare.
What is the precise connection between ST Coleridge and Cockermouth ? One supposes that Mary Hutchinson creeps in since she married Wordsworth .. but the poet Robert Southey would have an equal claim.. or more to the point Percy Shelley who changed stage coaches at the Globe in May 1813, or John Graves once of Challoner Street who wrote the lyric for the ballad D'ye Ken John Peel. Or Robert Louis Stevenson who stayed at the Globe in 1878.Coleridge has no connection with the town and therefore his name forms no proper part of any lifeline on a streert he never walked on.