Emerging regeneration plans could change the face of Maryport.

Graeme Wilson, head of Allerdale council's £2.3 million improvement programme, has listed his priorities which will not only include eye catching projects such as a zipwire, but will also make the town a better place for today's residents as well as future visitors.

Mr Wilson told Maryport Town Council that the plans under consideration include bringing empty houses back into use, cleaning up the town and looking at ways to use some of the iconic empty buildings including the former cinema, the Carlton, and the "fishermen's church" Christ Church on the harbour.

Mr Wilson has already revealed proposals to create a "container village" on the harbour, using container pods to house seasonal or all-year-round attractions and food outlets.

He said the proposals, which would also depend on private investment, would look at housing and commercial developments, making Maryport part of a Rievers Route, work on the promenade and the popular Fairy Path.

The development would also address the question of public toilets and clean-ups in the town.

Maryport Coastal Communities group has also received a £50,000 grant to do up the gazebo on the promenade.

Helping shape this future development would be an advisory panel comprising representatives from Allerdale, Maryport and Cumbria councils and the University of Cumbria.

The development programme has been divided into five parts, each with a different lead person.

Paul Taylor will be responsible for the town centre, Graeme Wilson for Down Street, Graeme Kennedy, the promenade, Stephen Hilland for the harbour and Andrew Gilbert for community engagement.