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So remember those floods three years ago? It's, sort of, mostly, all fixed now, according to the Lake
 
February 24 · Issue #10 · View online
Fine Fettle
So remember those floods three years ago? It’s, sort of, mostly, all fixed now, according to the Lake District National Park Authority.
It says that a project called Routes to Resilience which the government funded to the tune of £3 million is finished. How far does three-mil go? It’ll fix you 94 bridges; 65 public paths; and 44 gates, stiles and signposts.
The park’s Chief Executive, Richard Leafe, is in a good mood:
“We’re delighted that the Routes to Resilience project has been completed to improve access throughout the park for local communities and visitors and has, importantly, increased resilience to potential future flooding.”
Let’s get real for a second though. Not to detract too much from the work that’s been done so far, but there’s still a long way to go for much of the county. In the national park alone, £10 million of damage was caused to just public paths. The authority is figuring out how to get another £2 million to repair even more rights of way and there’s still the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Path to fix.
That alone is going to cost nearly three times as much as the entire Routes to Resilience project did.
Burneside near Kendal remains cut in two until repairs are finished on Ford Bridge later this year. A footpath linking Kendal’s New Road and Gooseholme has been out of action since Storm Desmond hit in 2015 and some worrying looking groundworks don’t bode well for it to be fixed anytime soon.
Plenty of bridges are still to be checked off the list for Cumbria’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme, as the county council’s latest plan of future decisions shows:
5. Award of Contract for the Design and Build of Pooley Bridge as part of the Infrastructure Flood Recovery Capital Programme.
8,10,11,12. Award of a Contract for Build Services for Minor Bridge Works in the East, West, South East and South West as part of the Infrastructure Recovery Programme.
13. Award of a Contract for Design and Build services for the repair of Victoria Bridge as part of the Infrastructure Recovery Programme.
14. Award of a Contract for Build Services for the Repair of Broad Head Bridge as part of the Infrastructure Recovery Programme.
There’s another two more, but we don’t have all day. I’m aware this is probably coming across as pessimistic, and I don’t mean it to be.
The county’s come really far since 2015. I still remember how people were trapped and not just in villages like Glenridding, but in Kendal and even Carlisle where bridges were closed for weeks.
Let’s pop the champagne corks in 2020 when the bridge gets put back into Pooley Bridge 🍾

Essentials
Flood repair work success has connected key Lakes routes
Inside Out North East and Cumbria, 20/02/2019 - Crutches in the loft?
Calls for safety improvements at crossroads where 13-year-old girl died in crash
Increase funding for schools - Petitions
Road closed as sea eats away the land
Elsewhere
Eye of the Storm with Emma Barnett, NHS Whistleblower
Adverse Childhood Experiences could be affecting 1 in 2 adults in Cumbria
Will universities go bust if fees are cut?
Leisure group sees £100k loss
Decade-long fight won as land awarded village green status
Farron: Unitary council ‘belongs in bin’
Agenda
MONDAY
  • Carlisle Airport: Regional launch of Transport for the North’s Strategic Plan.
  • Workington: Senior Allerdale councillors consider the budget for next year - and the early stages of setting up a council-owned housing company.
TUESDAY
  • Kendal: Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee gets an update about the planned merger of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
WEDNESDAY
  • Yorkminster: The new Suffragan Bishop of Penrith, Rev Dr Emma Ineson, is consecrated by the Archbishop of York. She’ll be Cumbria’s first female bishop and the second most senior Church of England cleric in the county.
  • Kendal: South Lakeland District Council sets its final budget for the next year, with an proposed increase in its share of council tax by about £5 for a Band D property.
THURSDAY
  • Barrow: Councillors to give final approval to Barrow Council’s budget, including a 2.99% increase in its council tax precept - equal to around £6 extra a year for a Band D property.
One more thing
Westmorland Gazette
The deputy has taken over as head of the village school https://t.co/R1tWLavkEE
10:27 AM - 22 Feb 2019
Anyone else getting major espionage vibes from this tweet by South Cumbrian newspaper The Westmorland Gazette?
I feel like the revolution might have already begun when this was whispered on a park bench somewhere.
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