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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Action plan to fulfil town dreams

A TOWN is set to be revitalised when a new action plan is launched next month.

The Millom Action Plan is part of the My Millom campaign and is the brainchild of Copeland Borough Council locality worker Trudy Harrison.

The plan is built on surveys collected in the past by organisations such as Cumbria County Council and Millom and Haverigg Economic Development Group.

It identifies the aspirations of residents and the best ways to try and make them happen.

Mrs Harrison led the way on the Bootle Community Plan, which has seen funding secured for a BMX track in the village along with gaining the Lake District National Park Authority’s support for two housing developments.

Mrs Harrison said: “There was a feeling Millom had been over-surveyed and under-acted on.

“We’ve looked at those surveys in the past and made sure we took action.

“One example was a ‘Together We Can’ survey from a few years ago – it highlighted residents would like a market in Millom.

“That’s one thing Copeland is now trying to set up. The action plan is all about working together.”

Mrs Harrison said dog fouling and a poor community image were among the issues that emerged from the plan – which gave birth to the My Millom scheme to boost the town’s image.

The 30-page document identifies a number of areas based around eight categories believed to be needed for a sustainable community: transport, young people, environment, governance, economy, housing, services and cultural and spiritual elements.

Priorities include attempting to improve public transport links in Millom and coordinating bus and train services, establishing projects to help youngsters looking for work and creating a web portal withinformation for potential investors in the town.

The plan identifies potential partners for each project which will then be given a time span and progress will be reviewed four times a year.

Each area has an action plan with timescales for completion stretching from six months to five years.

The Millom Action Plan launch takes place on March 1, in Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road from 6pm.

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