Work has started today (March 11) near Millom at the site of a potential new visitor attraction.

A specialist survey team started carrying out their ground investigations on Monday, with their efforts expected to take two weeks.

Plans for The Iron Line propose the sensitive enhancement of RSPB Hodbarrow to create a new route incorporating the location’s unique sea wall and coastal lagoon, for use by residents and visitors to the area.

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David Savage, chair of Millom Town Deal Board, said: “People may see some activity taking place on site, so we feel it’s important to clarify what’s happening and why.

“This is simply a crucial and timely standard step when a scheme like this is being developed - the results will provide valuable information that will go on to inform the design process as it goes forward.”

A planning application for the scheme - part of Millom Town Deal - has been submitted.

Due to the historic use of the site, which is part of the former iron mining and associated works, it is now necessary to determine the location of old mine shafts as well as the condition of the ground for any potential contamination.

Background information has been collated and the next stage will see drilling rigs brought onto the site to take core samples.

If plans are approved, The Iron Line would see a new welcome centre built at the location with a cafe, retail area and events room providing new employment and volunteering opportunities.

A new multi-use and inclusive pathway will be installed along with new signage and seating, bird hides and viewing platforms.

An existing bird hide would be provided with new cladding and a living roof, supporting the enhancement of wildlife habitats.

In addition, the location would be provided with new access for visitors, landscaping and a purpose built pay and display car park offering disabled parking spaces, EV charging facilities and bicycle storage.

For more information about Millom Town Deal, you can visit here.