Ex-POW Camp to Provide Accommodation Again - UK Knack Group

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After a chequered existence, the site of a one-time Cumbrian POW camp is to be rejuvenated as a 44-bedroom hotel.

After a chequered existence, the site of a one-time Cumbrian POW camp is to be rejuvenated as a 44-bedroom hotel.

Hospitality hotel group has received planning permission for the development on the A595.
The Lake District Park Authority has approved the project on the site of the old Moota Motel near Cockermouth. The motel was built in the 1970s, and occupied the old internment site for German and Italian prisoners. Before the motel was built the land had been the site of a butchery. The Moota was a popular dance venue and nightclub before failing in 2004.

Developers outlined the new hotel proposal as including a 100-seat a la restaurant, two conference rooms, a buffet, 94-space car park and staff quarters.

“It’s expected there will be 17 full-time positions and 25 part-time, and they will become vacant once the hotel opens for business.

“It’s almost an historic site, really. The old Moota had to be boarded up to repel vandals and souvenir hunters, which made it sadly scruffy to look at, and resulted in the Allerdale Council’s declaring the whole thing a public eyesore. This re-building, though, will be good for the district, visually and economically.”

The new two-storeyed hotel will be open 24 hours, catering for area visitors, businessmen and adventure tourists. It is also intended to be available as an events centre and evening restaurant.

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