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Barrow Island forms part of the Borough of Barrow in Furness in the county of Cumbria. It is located to the south of Barrow town centre and overlooks Morecombe Bay to the south. Barrow Island is one of the islands off the West Cumbria Coast and benefits from its direct road link to the nearby town centre and through to Walney. It has a population of 2,504 making it the 9th most populated island in England.

The Island is home to one of the largest shipyards in the UK – Barrow Shipyard now owned by BAE Systems, one of the biggest employers in Barrow. The shipyard physically dominates the island, effectively splitting the residential areas into two communities – the Ferry Road triangle and the main residential area around Island Road.

The £1m from the Big Lottery Fund is to support, challenge and encourage the local people to take ownership of Big Local. To create a better place to live now and in the future but also create changes that will last.

Your opinions on the island is essential to the success of the project. Give us your ideas, help us make the community better, and see the changes you want to see.

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