Chamber Chat with Charlotte Rawes

May 10, 2022 - 12:00am

Chamber Chat with Charlotte Rawes

Sense of Pride and Place

As a true sandgrownian, I am immensely proud of my Morecambe/Poulton roots and heritage. A descendant from the Poulton fishermen family the Gardner’s. My three times great grandmother, Ann Gardner and her family lived in Shore Cottage. Which as legend has it, was built and had a smoking chimney within 24 hours, which meant the family could keep the building and the land. In June 1862, the Midland Railway Company saw an opportunity in Morecambe and agreed to invest in a sea wall and promenade for Morecambe. Shore Cottage was bought for £100 so that it could be demolished to make way for these improvements. Morecambe clock tower now stands where Shore Cottage once stood.

160 years later, the district has an array of opportunities developing from the new funding available from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Opportunities designed to restore local pride across the UK by focusing investment on three main areas for investment: improving communities and place, people, and skills, and supporting local business, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Whilst I personally, am unsure whether the any amount of funding, will make me any prouder to have been born, to live and to work in Morecambe. Additional funding for projects will support the regeneration and investment within the area, will restore any lost pride in the district. Projects that will boost living standards, pay and jobs, which will lead to inspirational opportunities that will provide exciting career aspirations for the next generation, whilst boosting the local economy and productivity.

Like 1862, 2022 is another creative, exciting time within the local community. Another moment in time that will provide opportunities for future generations who will continue to be a proud Sandgrownian’s and proud to be part of an amazing community.

Charlotte Rawes

Vice Principal Progress & Performance

Lancaster & Morecambe College

UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Levelling Up the United Kingdom: Executive Summary (publishing.service.gov.uk)

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