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13 October 2022

Earnse Bay Outdoor Centre - have your questions answered!

Cumbria County Council will hold two sessions to answer questions about the proposed Earnse Bay Outdoor Centre.

In September, the county council submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment, ahead of the full planning application for a multi-million-pound outdoor community and environmental education centre which forms part of the ambitious #BrilliantBarrow programme.

The centre will form part of the #BrilliantBarrow Community Hubs project and is proposed for a site owned by Cumbria County Council in Earnse Bay, on Walney Island.


The planning application includes proposals for the new Outdoor Centre and landscaped area and proposals for a new centre funded by Natural England on the same site.

Officers from the council’s Community Team and Capital Programmes Team are hosting two drop-in sessions on Walney Island and in Barrow Town Centre to provide further details on the project, see the new plans and visualisations before planning permission is submitted, and will also allow an opportunity to ask questions about this project.

The Earnse Bay Outdoor Centre - question and answer session will be held at:

  • Walney Links Golf Course - on Thursday 20 October, between 10am - 1pm
  • The Forum - on Thursday 20 October between 2pm - 4pm

For further information about this project, please email: EarnseBay@cumbria.gov.uk  

Cllr David Southward, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Development and Property, said:

“I am pleased to see that the early stages of this important project is underway.

“I would encourage members of the local community to attend one of the drop-in sessions so that we can listen to and understand their views and provide more information and details about the project.

“A huge amount of hard work has gone into getting the scheme to this point and I, along with so many other people, look forward to what’s to come in the future.”

Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“The outdoor activity centre and the educational facility will be an asset to the area and will be advantageous for the local community, being a real hub to get together and connect with neighbours and other residents.

“The centre will aim to provide people of all ages with opportunities, access to the outdoors and to education, community growing schemes and reflection too.”

Cumbria County Council will hold two sessions to answer questions about the proposed Earnse Bay Outdoor Centre.