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West Copeland

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The parishes of St Bees, Egremont, Haile and Wilton, Beckermet with Thornhill and Lowside Quarter work together as the West Copeland Partnership.

The Partnership has raised funds to employ a gardener for the gardens at Egremont Castle and to improve areas around the parishes. It has also helped to address the provision of services for young people in the area.

The West Copeland locality area is situated to the north-west coast of the Borough and covers the wards of North Egremont, South Egremont, Beckermet and St Bees, around 12,000 residents.

The main service centre, and the historic capital of Copeland, in this locality area is the traditional compact market town of Egremont. The town is overlooked by castle ruins and nestles along the banks of the River Ehen.  From 2006 – 2009 Egremont was the subject of a Market Town Initiative (MTI) which stimulated economic regeneration by improving the townscape and public realm, tourism and cultural development, encouraging investment and creating jobs, business growth and skills development.

Outside of Egremont, the locality area encompasses a number of smaller communities within its dramatic coastal environments and low-lying farm land. St Bees, for example, is a largely rural village and a popular commuter settlement for those who work at the Sellafield site (eight miles away) and in the nearby towns of Whitehaven, Workington and Egremont.  It is also an area which attracts tourists.

The majority of the working population in this locality works within the nuclear sector at Sellafield. In terms of the housing offer, the town of Egremont is dominated by social rented housing, with increasing new private developments. There is little in the way of good quality executive housing although this is available in the surrounding villages, Haile, Wilton, St Bees and Beckermet. Consequently, across the area, house prices are above average.

The Partnership has set out its communities' priorities in the form of a plan and is working to address these.