Allerdale Council has revealed details of the proposed Maryport regeneration plans that could see major areas of the coastal town transformed.

The proposals look at parking, pedestrian spaces and regeneration of the town's empty or under performing landmark buildings.

In August 2019 the town successfully secured funding as part of a the national governments "Future High Streets Fund."

The proposal mentions a number of key areas in Maryport that, if plans go ahead, could see the town and its facilities transformed.

A statement on the Allerdale Borough Council website reads: "The plan sets out deliverable priority projects to improve the quality of place.

"It also sets out strategic projects and opportunities that can address underlying issues that must be influenced if the town is to become truly successful."

Below are the details listed in the Maryport regeneration scheme.

'Public realm'

A number of the proposals focus on the town's shared spaces and plans include looking at both parking and pedestrian areas.

A number of 'key routes' are mentioned in the plans with a focus on connectivity and enhancing the "pedestrian environment."

One example given is the route from Maryport Railway Station, to the high street, on to the harbour and then promenade.

The plans state: "Connecting these spaces along the high street by using a cohesive visual style which is easily identifiable to Maryport is a key aspiration for the project."

Other proposed plans for the public realm include:

Shop fronts and empty units

The council hopes to change the look of Maryport town centre by ensuring signage and shop fronts in keep with the town's architecture and history, creating a "preferred aesthetic for Maryport Town Centre."

A number of Maryport's notable buildings, including the Town Hall and Maritime Museum are mentioned in the proposals.

There are also plans to tackle a number of vacant buildings in the area, with a special focus on empty first floor spaces that, under the proposal could be used as offices or flats.

The council say the aim is "to draw new users to Maryport while increasing footfall and demand along the high street" and to "visually improve the overall impression of Maryport for business owners, local residents and visitors."

Some of the proposal ideas included are:

Major building changes and regeneration

The Maryport regeneration scheme also lists four proposals that could see more leisure and cultural activities available in the centre.

1. Empire Yard

The space could be transformed to accommodate a market and events space.

The regeneration plans state that "previous public consultation has identified a local aspiration for a market, and space to hold Maryport events."

The proposals would see a "flexible covered space which can be adapted to house a market, community cinema screening and small music events, it is surrounded by a number of commercial units of various sizes.

"Typically focused at food and beverage units but can accommodate both startup businesses and more established businesses."

2. The Carlton

The Carlton is a "landmark property" that has stood vacant for a number of years.

Allerdale Council say bringing this property back into active use is key for the future vision for Maryport and hopes that the project will "drive more evening economy along Senhouse Street."

Unlike the proposed event space within the Empire Yard, The Carlton would provide focus "on the arts and crafts movement in support of the work by local artist and the Settlement."

Details include:

3. Christ Church

Christ Church is as a landmark and well-loved property that has been vacant for some time.

The proposals for the church would see the building brought back into public use, by transforming the space into a museum and gallery.

According to the plans, "the proposal includes the introduction of a mezzanine floor to increase floor area and a viewing platform over the Solway Coast."

4. The wave centre

Described as an "underperforming leisure facility," The Wave Centre could be "reconfigured" under the proposal.

Plans for the site would see The Wave's performance space moved to The Carlton, with a new swimming pool for the centre installed in its place.

The proposals state that "aspirations for a swimming pool have been widely voiced by the residents of Maryport and the proposal for the Wave looks to build on the existing infrastructure to bring this offer back to the town."

The consultation began on June 3 and will run until Sunday June 14 - to give your opinion, click here.