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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Facelift ideas wanted to improve Workington riverside area

Workington's “drab” northern entrance is in line for a major facelift, after leading councillor Barbara Cannon announced ambitions to create a modern gateway into the town.

The deputy leader of Allerdale council revealed plans to transform a piece of forgotten land next to Workington Reds’ Borough Park football stadium.

It is hoped that this would link in with the new Northside road bridge, due to open later this year, and a new look Borough Park.

Coun Cannon said the proposed upgrade was a 14-year itch that she now planned to scratch.

She said: “The northern route into Workington has looked drab for far too long, and we need to give it a facelift.

“With the new bridge coming along, and Workington Reds’ plans for a new stand, the area is improving and it’s important we carry that through to the finer details.

“Everywhere around the northern area of town is being cleaned up, but there is still work to be done. That is why I want to improve the land next to Borough Park.”

Coun Cannon said she hoped the transformation would draw a line under the tragedy that the town has endured, but insisted it was vital that the brave work carried out by PC Bill Barker when he died during the 2009 floods was never forgotten.

She added: “It is desperately sad what happened to PC Barker, and we will never forget his bravery, but there is no reason why that end of town should only be remembered for that awful moment.

“We need to look to the future as much as remembering the past.

“Right now there are no specific plans for the land, and I am open to suggestions. It could be landscaping ideas, or development proposals, or whatever the people of Workington believe this space should be used for.”

Coun Cannon hopes that people will want to create an idyllic riverside walk area, which would be eye-catching as visitors enter Workington through Northside.

Work on the new Northside Bridge is well under way with the central beams lifted into place, reconnecting two sides of the River Derwent.

It is expected to be open fully this autumn.

Workington Reds are still in talks with Allerdale council regarding their Borough Park lease.

Once that is sorted, the club can then look to secure funding to build a new £1.5 million grandstand which will span the entire length of the west side of the ground.

The 1,200-capacity stand would become a hub of club activity to generate more cash.

Have your say

I'd say making Workington look much nicer is more important and and easier task than raising employment Gary.
If you make an area more appealing then that may very well attract more business to the area. Plus, it's all very well mocking the art installations around town (I know that's the cool thing to do) but compared to how the town looked before the redevelopment it's a massive improvement.

Posted by Tom on 13 June 2012 at 19:01

You could make a nice park on the site of the old dog track. All it would take would be some inspirational imagination followed by some major landscaping. Dam the Derwent below the bridge and create a large boating lake and leisure area with picnic area and a pub.

Then we knock down the abattoir west of the new bridge and landscape that whole area too.

Posted by Derek on 13 June 2012 at 07:39

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