I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project for being part of the Copeland Pride of Place campaign. I’m extremely proud to be the Elected Mayor of this wonderful part of the world, and myself and Copeland Council are delighted to be leading this campaign to harness a sense of civic pride in our towns and villages.
We have high hopes for the campaign and our aim is for it to be embraced by all corners of the Copeland community.
We are asking people in our community to shout up about why they are proud of Copeland – why they’re proud to live, work, visit or go to school here – and we’ll be sharing and promoting examples of pride and good citizenship throughout the campaign.
At the same time, we’ll be highlighting some areas that blight our communities, such as fly-tipping, littering and dog-fouling, with the ambition of improving behaviours of the minority who do not share our sense of pride in Copeland.
The campaign is an extension of the £1 million Pride of Place Town Centre Regeneration project that we launched in the summer. We’re offering grants to businesses for improvements to their premises and the response from the business community has been extremely encouraging.
As the awareness-raising part of the campaign progresses, we’ll be involving the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project in a number of ways and we look forward to a long and successful working relationship. In the meantime, please share and display the Pride of Place poster, follow and share the campaign’s social media posts, and encourage members of your community to do so.
Together we can make a real difference to this beautiful part of the world.
Mike Starkie, Elected Mayor of Copeland