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Highgate revamp to run into the new year
9:00pm Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
A KENDAL regeneration scheme, which should have been completed by Easter, is set to drag into the new year.
There were fears the £345,000 Highgate project, which started in September after a five-month delay, could have run until late November, hitting Christmas trade. But the construction team will down tools on November 9, and not go back on site until January.
South Lakeland district councillor, and Highgate Partnership member Coun Graham Vincent slammed the delay and its effect on trade. He said: “There doesn’t seem to be much understanding of what businesses’ fears are.”
It is understood bad weather and extra materials needed for new traffic lights have prolonged the work.
Emma Butterworth, 33, who owns the Frothimoon bridal shop, said the work had already had a ‘massive affect’ on her business.
Cumbria County Council said: “Highgate works have been extended but, rather than run into the Christmas shopping season, we will halt works on November 9, and then the Christmas embargo period will begin. The works will be picked back up in January.”