Details of a proposed overhaul of the West Cumbrian town have been revealed, including to bring into use the former Carlton cinema building, rejuvenate the Promenade and create an outdoor market and activities space in the town.
Allerdale Council has published drawings from its appointed landscape architect Layer.studio, which show how Maryport could look if the proposals are taken forward.
A public consultation launched on Wednesday and runs until 14 June, and the council is including the proposals in its latest bid to the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, from which it seeks £14m to finance the regeneration.
Under the proposals, a new activities space at Empire Yard could be used for small music events and a community cinema, while the Wave Centre leisure facility could be revamped to include soft play, swimming, a café and e-bike hub.
The currently disused Carlton building on the corner of Curzon Street could be turned into an events and co-working space. There are also plans to turn Maryport’s vacant Christ Church into a museum and gallery space and rejuvenate retail units along Senhouse Street.
Mike Johnson, deputy leader of Allerdale Council and executive member for economic growth, community development and placemaking, said: “Transforming Maryport and helping it realise its potential has long been an ambition of this council and we hope, if we are successful in gaining funding, these projects will have lasting positive impact on the town and the wider area.”
Cllr Adrian Kirkbride, Allerdale Council’s Maryport town centre champion, told Cumbria media: “[This project] is exactly what the town needs. For many years, Maryport’s been forgotten about.”
Layer.studio is the landscape architect and public realm designer, Buttress is the architect and masterplannner, and Mott Macdonald is working on the highways aspects of the project.
The Future High Streets Fund bid will be submitted before the end of next month and the winners of the next round are expected to be announced in the autumn.