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Compston CornerAmbleside Cumbria LA22 9DS

Bill for Lake District flood footpaths reaches over £1m

   Words by tcsh

   on 14/11/2011 10:37:05

Many Lakeland bridges and paths, such as this site near Whiteless Pike,  were damaged in the floods

As announced on the Grough website this week, the bill for the repair of the Lake District paths and bridleways that were damaged by the infamous 2009 floods has now increased to over £1 million!

The floods, which saw houses wrecked, cars ruined, lives endangered and many areas cut off from civilisation also caused all manner of devastation to our well maintained system of paths in the national park itself. A reminder that the Mountains are a wild place ruled by nature alone.

To date, the Lake District National Park Authoruity (LDNPA) have had to repair 180 bridges that were made unsafe by the floods, and there remains a further 70 that still require work before they will all be back to an acceptable standard.

LDNPA’s ‘Paths for the Public’ co-ordinator, Dylan Jackman commented:

“The unprecedented rainfall in November 2009 left a trail of destruction across the national park and what happened to this path was repeated in dozens and dozens of locations all over the national park.

“There are still further repairs and improvements to be complete before the end of the project in March 2013.

“Work on the ground continues unabated during the winter months. Meanwhile our in-house staff will be preparing work with landowners and partners so that river works can be complete within the Environment Agency consent period of June to September 2012.”

Work continues, funded by DEFRA, the council and the Rural Development Program, so that the network of trails and paths that allow access to the Cumbrian fells will once more be the envy of many, and the playground of us all.


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