IT IS difficult to see anything negative in proposals for the multi-million pound Eden Project North, which could be created at Morecambe.

Indeed, this exciting scheme would surely only bring huge benefits, not only to the town but also to South Lakeland.

The Morecambe Bay community and wider North West region.

The team behind Eden Project North recently submitted a business case, asking for a £70 million investment from the Government to help make the scheme a reality.

The Eden Project organisation estimates the project will cost in the region of £125 million and is seeking a mixture of private and public funds to make up the difference beyond any central Government funding.

The proposed attraction would feature a series of different zones and is projected to attract one million visitors a year and directly employ more than 400 people.

The Eden Project says that visiting the site at Morecambe ‘will be a day out that inspires a sense of wonder and connection with the natural world’, adding: “It will build on the Eden Project’s particular mix of entertainment and education, leaving visitors with lasting memories as well as driving positive behavioural change.”

There would be plant and art exhibits above the Bay and, below, a series of theatrical experiences, bringing to life lunar rhythms and tides.

Also celebrated would be the food of the Bay and surrounding area.

I have been to the Eden Project’s first site in Cornwall and was hugely impressed by its vision and execution.

Our area has long been short of sufficient indoor attractions, so to have such a prestigious one at Morecambe would be a major tourism draw.

People might choose to stay in the Lakes or surrounding area and visit Morecambe for the day or stay in Morecambe and spend time in the Lakes.

Either way, more visitors would mean more spending in local hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops, bringing a welcome economic boost.

Morecambe has worked hard to regenerate itself and this would be the icing on the cake.

Meanwhile, the educational nature of the Eden Project’s schemes means more people would learn about the important eco-systems of Morecambe Bay.

Backing such a scheme would allow the Government to show it was delivering on its promise to ‘level up’ prosperity across the country.

Let’s hope everyone gets behind this project and it comes to fruition.