Current projects

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 12:48

There are lots of improvements under way in Penrith at the moment, which Penrith Partnership is organising or supporting. And you can help, if have a little time to spare!

You could help with the Greening Penrith work that you’ll find out more about below. Or perhaps you could spare an hour or two to help with the litter pick we’re organising later this year.

Nearly all of the projects below are undertaken by a few dedicated people who give their time to try and make a difference to Penrith, and if you (or someone you know) could help, please get in touch. No matter how small or large your contribution is, it will make a difference!

Penrith Community Plan

Penrith Community Plan

We have created a community plan for the town, which will capture what the community wants to change and what people value. Importantly, it also sets out and prioritises the projects the community can undertake to bring about those changes. Find out more

Neat streets

Neat streets for Penrith

We painted the street furniture in Middlegate, railings and seats last year, to keep the town looking its best heading into summer. It’s part of the ongoing maintenance we do, to look after the seating and other street furniture that add to people’s enjoyment of Penrith.

Castle Park

Castle Park, Penrith

We’re supporting the Castle Park Development Group in the work they’re doing to improve the park. It’s one of Penrith’s greatest assets but is under used and showing its age in many respects. Improving the park is one of the main priorities that local people raised when we were creating the Penrith Community Plan. We are now working with the development group, Eden District Council and Penrith Town Council to develop plans for a major upgrade and the submission of a Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund application by February 2017.

Find out more

Two Lions pub

This disused building at Great Dockray is reputed to be the oldest in Penrith, built around 1500, and we are at a very early stage of considering whether we could raise grant funding to restore it and bring it back into use. It’s a type of building known as a ‘hall house’ and has a plaster ceiling that’s Grade 1 listed, incorporating the Lowther coat of arms. It has been made weather tight but is in a poor state of repair internally.

Litter picking and waste bins

We’re hoping to organise a litter pick later in the year. Watch this space for details. If you are aware of any areas that need specific attention, please get in touch.

Loo alley

Loo alley, Penrith

We’ve begun work to upgrade the alley way between Little Dockray and Three Crowns Yard, where Penrith’s public toilets are located. This work follows on from the successful renovation of the alley between Devonshire Street and Little Dockray. This work is being done in conjunction with students from Ullswater Community College, who are designing a mural that will cover the walls. So far, we’ve had the alley way cleaned and the wall surfaces have been prepared, with the aim of completing the mural in early September 2016. We’ll then update the lighting later in the year.

Penrith Goes Orange

Marmalade Festival, Penrith

After the success of working alongside Dalemain to bring the Marmalade Festival into town in March 2016, we’re now developing plans for a major new festival in Penrith to coincide with the Marmalade Festival next year.

Greening Penrith

Quirky planters, Penrith

You will have noticed the beautiful hanging baskets and flower displays in town, which have been funded by Penrith Business Improvement District (BID), and all the quirky planters by volunteers. In addition to this, a group of volunteers has recently been formed to improve the displays and maintenance at St Andrew’s Church Yard. They meet on the third Saturday of every month at 10.30 am. Please join us, if only for half an hour, to make improvements to this area of town.

Traffic flow in Penrith

Bus in the centre of Penrith

One of the things that most concerned people who contributed to the Community Plan was the amount of traffic that flows through The Narrows, with all the pollution and disruption that comes with it. We’ve submitted comments to Eden District Council as part of their consultation on the Local Plan, and we want to follow these up with discussions with EDC and Cumbria County Council. We will keep you informed.