Politics: Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie

Mike StarkieYOU may have seen reported recently that planning permission has been granted for a revamp of the former Tommy Kelly’s in Egremont Market Place which was high on the list of dilapidated buildings that we have targeted for improving as part of the Town Centre regeneration programme.

We are making progress with other target areas in Egremont and things are moving forward in the right direction, as they are with other unsightly buildings and grot spots throughout the borough.

Also, as a result of serving a planning enforcement notice on the long term grot spot of the former Griffin Pub at Frizington, a plan has now been developed for that site.

I have recently been delighted to accept an invitation to join the Egremont Crab Fair Committee to assist with preparations for the 2017 event; it will be the 750th anniversary of the fair, making it, I am sure, one of the oldest in the country.

There is a real determination to build an event that is worthy of the 750th anniversary and I believe it will help provide a real impetus to the regeneration of this historic market town.

As most people reading this will know I belong to Egremont and was fortunate to live through the boom of the 1980’s so I am aware of the potential of what is the closest town to the biggest nuclear site in Europe and also, what will potentially become one of the biggest construction sites in Europe.

A key part of the Copeland plan is that along with Cleator Moor, Millom, Whitehaven. and all our surrounding villages, Egremont transforms to reflect the prosperity and inward investment that is heading this way.

The Moorside project is clearly a hot topic at present and Copeland Borough Council has, at the end of July, submitted our response to the second stage of the consultation.

As a council we are supportive of the nuclear new build, but we have provided NuGen with a detailed response which raises our concerns regarding the lack of detail.

The report we have sent back to Nugen can be viewed in full on the Copeland Borough Council website or through a link on the Elected Mayor Facebook page.

It has been a huge undertaking to go back to NuGen with such an extensive detailed report, which reflects the concerns we have identified and that have been brought to our attention through local parish councils and a range of public meetings.

We will continue to work closely with NuGen to do all we can to ensure this community secures the benefits and legacy package we deserve and to minimise any impacts as much as is possible.

The next full meeting of Copeland Borough Council will take place in Egremont Market Hall at 6pm on Tuesday 27th September.

This is part of my ongoing commitment, making the council accessible, accountable and transparent to those it represents, and the public are very welcome to attend.

If you’d like to contact me please e-mail mike.starkie@copeland.gov.uk or contact me through the Elected Mayor Facebook.