MP Says ‘Next Elon Musk’ Could Come From Workington After Town Granted £23 Million Investment

By Rachael Grealish

Workington is to receive a multi-million pound investment from the Government’s Towns Fund which will help complete a number of transformational projects for the community.

Revealed today, Wednesday March 3, as part of the Government’s Budget announcement, the investment of £23m will support projects such as the sports village and an innovation centre/co-working space to become a reality.

The MP for Workington, Mark Jenkinson, posted on social media saying he is ‘thrilled’ with the announcement for the town fund – as well as posting a video about the fund saying the investment could lead to ‘the next Elon Musk’ coming from Workington.

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The bid, formally known as the Town Investment Plan (TIP), was developed by the Workington Town Deal board, a mix of public, private and voluntary sector partners, with Allerdale Borough Council the lead authority.

The council will now work with Government to finalise the plans.

Workington was one of more than 100 towns across the country invited to bid to the fund – a £3.6bn pot which aims to level-up funding and opportunities for communities across the country. 

The proposed projects gained strong support from the public and partner organisations during a public consultation exercise. 

The other projects included in Workington TIP are: 

  • Improving the town centre’s public spaces and connectivity 
  • Developing a logistics and clean energy hub at the Port of Workington 
  • Developing a digital skills programme 

John Coughlan, CEO of TSP Engineering and chair of the board, said: “These projects will be really transformative for Workington and the wider west Cumbria region and I can’t wait to see them come to fruition.

“The general public played a significant role in this bid with their support through the public consultation, so I’d like to once again extend my thanks to the good people of the area for working with us.”