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NE Copeland is home to 12,167 people and includes the parishes of Cleator Moor, Arlecdon & Frizington, Ennerdale & Kinniside, Lamplugh and Weddicar. Ennerdale is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Cumbria, whilst Cleator Moor is one of West Cumbria’s main industrial towns.

NE Copeland is home to 12,167 people and includes the parishes of Cleator Moor, Arlecdon & Frizington, Ennerdale & Kinniside, Lamplugh and Weddicar.  Ennerdale is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Cumbria, whilst Cleator Moor is one of West Cumbria’s main industrial towns.

The area is generally rural in nature and accessibility to other areas of the Borough, plus onward connection to public transport services to Penrith and Carlisle is an issue for many residents.

Cleator Moor is the main Service Centre for the locality area, although many residents in Lamplugh look to Cockermouth in the north.  Cleator Moor was founded on the mining of coal and iron ore in the 18th and 19th Century, the decline of which has led to long standing economic and social issues.  More recently, employment in the town has been sustained by businesses operating within the key local employment sites including the Phoenix Enterprise Centre and Leconfield Industrial Estate, however, this is affected by pockets of high deprivation and unemployment.

Cleator Moor is the town in Copeland that is most reliant on the nuclear industry, with over half of local employment connected to Sellafield, furthermore, the general rural economy of the wider locality area is perhaps less well developed compared to other parts of Cumbria, as a consequence of this reliance.

The quiet Ennerdale valley is one of the Lake District National Park’s most treasured places, sensitively managed through the “Wild Ennerdale” project, whilst the historic value of Cleator Moor town centre is recognised and designated as a Conservation Area.

Both Frizington and Cleator Moor have areas of high deprivation and the challenges are to improve education, health, broaden the area’s economic base and deal with isolation and inequalities in rural areas.  Key social issues include financial exclusion; low aspirations, particularly among young people, and an ageing, and predominantly RSL owned, housing stock.

Published: 23 August 2012 - 1:26pm