Information for you.

How were the projects chosen?

The final Cleator MoorTown Deal projects were selected by the Town Deal Board as most closely meeting local priorities as well as Government criteria for Towns Funding. This followed a period of public engagement.

Can we spend some of the money on other projects?

No. Cleator Moor secured a “Town Deal” from the Government based on the projects outlined in the Town Investment Plan. The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  confirmed funding following successful evaluation of the businesses cases submitted. 

Who is on the Town Deal Board?

The board includes a mix of representatives from the private, public and community sectors. It includes councillors, local business people, community stakeholders and the area’s MP, Trudy Harrison. Government stipulated the make-up of the Board in the early published guidance.

When will work get underway?

We expect the first ‘spades in the ground’ in 2023. 

Why does the process take so long?

Each project has been through a complex process to ensure it is deliverable within budget, sustainable for the future and supported by the community. Cleator Moor Town Deal Board, working with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria County Council, had 12 months to produce detailed business cases in support of each project. High level summaries were then submitted to the Government in summer 2022, receiving approval in November 2023. 

The programme is now in the early part of the delivery phase.

When will we hear more about the projects in detail?

We are committed to sharing information and updates on the projects as soon as we have it. Please keep an eye on this website or our Town Deal social media channels.

I run a local business. Can we bid for work?

Opportunities may be available as part of the Town Deal projects – tenders will be either advertised on the Local Government online procurement portal, The Chest, or procured through established Local Government procurement frameworks. All procurements will be in line with the council’s procurement strategy seeking social value as part of the tender process and encouraging the local supply chain to bid for new opportunities and to work. collaboratively with other providers.

Is Enterprising Town and iSH the same thing?

No. Enterprising Town is a Town Deal project and is concerned with the transformation of the existing Leconfield Industrial Estate. The project will see the creation of a flexible enterprise hub at Leconfield as well as the refurbishment of existing units and extensive landscaping of the site, creating training opportunities and jobs for local people. 


 iSH – the Industrial Solutions Hub – is a wider economic initiative looking ahead to the next 15 years. iSH will look to expand the existing site to harness skills, create jobs and attract further investment, opportunities and prosperity to the area.