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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Work to start on £450,000 boathouse for Maryport rescue team

Building work is about to start on a new boathouse for a voluntary lifesaving team.

Maryport inshore photo
Taking a last look at the old facility are Rory O'Neill, from Sellafield Ltd, Michael Wignall, of Thomas Armstrong, MIRS chairman George Farish, Allerdale council chief executive Harry Dyke, Tim Hurst, from BEC, Celia MacKenzie, of North and West Cumbria FLAG, Pauline Gorley, of Maryport Developments and Andrew Dodds, of BEC

Maryport Inshore Rescue Service (MIRS) has been campaigning for the past decade to get a new base because its current one on the town’s harbour is not fit for purpose.

Work will begin on Monday, led by Flimby-based Thomas Armstrong, to demolish the existing building to make way for the £450,000 new build.

Station manager Mike Messenger said that he was “delighted” that work was to finally begin as the existing boathouse, which was built in 1865, is too small to keep vital equipment inside, meaning rescues are being delayed.

“The award of the contract is a major step in realising our long-held dream to have a modern, fit for purpose boathouse that will help us to do our lifesaving work,” he said.

Mr Messenger added that he was thrilled to have received funding and wanted to thank those who have supported the cause, including Workington MP Tony Cunningham. Stuart Hoyles, director at Thomas Armstrong, said: “We’re delighted to have won the contract to deliver this fantastic new facility for Maryport Inshore Rescue Service – an organisation that provides an invaluable service.”

The cash from Britain’s Energy Coast is part of a £1.2m investment in Maryport Harbour. The rest of the cash will be spent on much-needed repairs to Senhouse Dock walls as well as other improvements.

Steven Szostak, chief executive of Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “The volunteers at MIRS give their time, energy and expertise to help those in distress and we’re proud to be supporting them in this way.

“Our investment is in these people and their life saving work as well as the long-term sustainability of Maryport Harbour. The contract going to Thomas Armstrong is an added bonus because the economic impact of this project will stay local too.”

Work is expected to be complete by October. Cash for the project has come from Britain’s Energy Coast, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Nuclear Management Partners, the European Fisheries Fund Axis and the Marine Management Organisation, which is allocated by the North and West Cumbria Fisheries Local Action Group and Cumbria Community Foundation.

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