With the recent announcement of an additional £50 million in government funding, the Eden Project Morecambe aims to increase the seaside town’s holiday popularity.
The project, which received the funding as part of the government’s Levelling Up Fund, is expected to be completed in 2026.
The recent funding comes as Morecambe was also voted as the UK’s 8th best location for a budget staycation.
Local property developer Ian Bond believes the project will attract even more holiday makers. He has developed venues in Morecambe such as The Alhambra theatre and The Carleton nightclub.
Mr Bond said: “It is going to make the town a real destination for festivals and weekend events. It is going to give so much back to the area.”
The project is also receiving funding from Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.
Local residents are optimistic about the impact the Eden Project will bring to Morecambe. However, there is more of a divide in opinion on the town’s current condition.
One local said: “We’ve got everything here, it’s beautiful. I’ve travelled all over the world but Morecambe still has the best sunsets.”
Another resident was in agreement, adding: “My daughter has grown up in Morecambe and I think she will stay if Morecambe continues like this.”
However, others feel that the town is not worthy of it’s recent accreditation as one of the country’s best budget staycation spots.
Another local said: “It [Morecambe] has gone downhill, the council needs to stop putting money into the university and start putting it back into the local area.