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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 October, 2003, 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Forest future for former arms dump
Broughton Moor - Allerdale Borough Council
It is hoped work on the 1,050 acre site will start next year
A former arms dump in west Cumbria is having a name change to attract tourists.

Broughton Moor, near Workington, is to be renamed Derwent Forest and if funding is secured will eventually be home to a new ecological visitor centre.

The Royal Naval Armaments Depot is one of the largest brownfield site in north-west of England and is expected to be acquired by Allerdale Council for development early next year.

Officials hope to create a regional forest park, offering a variety of walking, cycling and riding routes for the public, along with facilities to reflect the history of the site.

One proposal put forward by a consortium of local businesspeople is to include a plan to build an "elemental" theme park, called Utropia, on the site.

'Strong image'

It is hoped the theme park - which would feature white-knuckle rides based on the elemental themes of air, earth, fire and water - would create hundreds of new jobs.

Allerdale Council's head of environment, Ian Payne, said there was a strong marketing image behind the new name.

He said: "Derwent Forest, and the tag-line 'The other side of the Lakes' has the right feel.

"It obviously makes a link with the River Derwent, which actually puts it on the map, the Forest links to the Forest Park and the Lake District reference completes the picture."

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