Historic England Have Visited Maryport To See Transformation Progress

Historic England’s Director for the North and Levelling Up visited Maryport to see how almost £1.1 million of funding is being used to help transform the harbour town.

On Friday March 10, Trevor Mitchell met with Mark Jenkinson MP and Councillor Mike Johnson, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, to see the ongoing initiatives taking place.

Trevor Mitchell, Historic England’s Director for the North and Levelling Up, said: “It was a privilege to visit Maryport alongside Mark and ourcouncil partners, to talkwith local people involved in the programme and see at first hand what a difference is being made.

“We’re seeing Maryport’s unique heritage being harnessed to draw in investment for the high street and involving the community to improve lives and enhance people’s sense of pride in their home town.

“Together we are creating more reasons to visit the town centre and more places to live in it.”

Set up in 2020 by Allerdale Borough Council, Historic England and other local partners, the High Street Heritage Action Zone is delivering more than £560,000 of government funding, alongside additional investmentfrom the Borough Council and the Future High Street Fund programme which brings the total to £1,076,650.

Local businessesare also involved, with buildings in Senhouse Street soon to become a banking hub with upstairs residential conversions, also becoming part of the programme to restore shop fronts and enhance the historic character of the area.

Other shop fronts which have benefitted from the scheme include the Heron Foods supermarket, and the Knoxwood shop at 90 Senhouse Street, with more in progress.

One of these is 22-24 Curzon Street which will become home to a pop-up Maritime Museum with more residential accommodation above.

In addition to providing direct funding, the High Street Heritage Action Zone is complementing the Future High Street Fund programme in the town.

That includes bringing 16 additional residential units back in to use in the Love Maryport Living scheme.

Historic England has supported the whole of the effort through new listings of historic buildings, and undertaking research into Maryport’s heritage to help inform and shape the overall package of improvements.

Mark Jenkinson MP said: “I’m delighted to see that the government funding we’ve secured for Maryport is having a positive impact on people’s lives.

“The sense of pride in the town, which I see as really important to the idea of levelling up, is palpable when you look at the improvements and speak with local people.”

The capital spending programme is supported by the work of a local cultural consortium which is working with people in the town to celebrate the past, present, and future of Maryport.

Friday’s visit included the Irish Street ‘Latrine’ public loos mural, the first cultural programme project, created by Maryport artist Alan Roper.

The ‘Made in Maryport’ Cultural Programme is working with local communities including children, young people, and families to create an annual series of events designed to bring life and vitality to the town.

Current activity includes a series of local author talks and activities in town centre locations, including the refurbished Maryport Town Hall, as part of Maryport’s Arts and Literature Festival, which was held over the weekend of 3-5 March.