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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Move to breathe new life into town’s prom

Plans to return Maryport’s Promenade to its former glory have taken a step forward this week.

Community groups and the Love Maryport town team are working together to make sure that the rundown prom becomes a destination for townsfolk once again.

Work is going on to fund a splash pool for youngsters, a kiosk and to reopen the public toilets that were closed in 2010 because of vandalism.

The Solway Trust wants to take on the toilets from owners Allerdale council after a joint bid for funding by the trust and the town team was turned down by the Fisheries Local Action Group.

The action group declined to accept the bid because it was a joint application.

The trust is now in talks with Allerdale council about taking over the toilets for a nominal sum by itself, backed by the town team.

Dale Stephenson, of the trust, said there was concern that if the toilets were not taken over soon they would be demolished.

Allerdale council will not hand over the toilets until the trust provides a suitable business plan.

Toni Magean, town centre manager, is also looking for other sources of funding.

The trust and a group of mums who are campaigning for a play area on the promenade have also made a joint application to the People’s Millions for funding.

Jade Goodfellow, who started the campaign, said she wanted something in Maryport that would stop the need for families to travel out of town for a day out.

They want facilities like those in Silloth, which has a play area on the green, including an adventure playground and a splash pond.

Jade said: “When we were children our family would spend the whole day at the Promenade. There was a paddling pool and play equipment. Now there is nothing.”

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