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Harbour undergoes 500,000 revamp
Harrington Harbour
The harbour could be turned into a marina
Work on the transformation of a West Cumbrian harbour is to get under way.

Regeneration agency West Lakes Renaissance said the work would take 16 weeks and urged businesses to consider the potential of Harrington harbour.

More than 500,000 is to be spent on the harbour which could be turned into a marina and leisure area.

On 16 October work begins on repairing the harbour's century-old walls, while new ladders and railings will be erected to bolster safety.

Ann-Marie Cowperthwaite, project manager at West Lakes Renaissance - which is leading the regeneration of West Cumbria along with Allerdale Council.

Identifiable niche

She said: "These repair and safety works will not only secure the harbour's future for the next 20 years, but will also pave the way for a potential development that will work with the community to benefit Harrington as a whole.

"There is an identifiable niche in the marina market that Harrington can fill.

"It will compliment those at Whitehaven and Workington and become an essential link in the chain of marinas along the coast of West Cumbria."

The harbour was built in 1760 by Henry Curwen to export coal and limestone quarried from nearby pits.

It thrived for around 100 years and helped support a local ship building industry.

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