£67,000 scheme protects riverside path from River Lune in Kirkby Lonsdale (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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£67,000 scheme protects riverside path from River Lune in Kirkby Lonsdale
10:02am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A RIVERSIDE path close to the famous ‘Ruskin’s View’ at Kirkby Lonsdale has undergone major restoration work by Cumbria County Council.
The £67,000 improvement project has created a high quality all-weather surface along a 1km route linking Devil’s Bridge and the town centre.
It provides much improved access suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs while protecting the path from future damage by the River Lune.
A wide range of enhancement work has been completed, including new access gates and surfacing, and diverting sections of path to higher ground, as well as landscaping, tree planting and riverbank protection work.
The project was funded and undertaken by Cumbria County Council, with support from Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, the Friends of the Lake District, South Lakeland District Council via the Local Area Partnership, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust and Underley Estates, which owns much of the land along the route.
The county council said the improvement work was made possible thanks to the support and co-operation of the Underley Estate, which owns much of the land along the route between Devil's Bridge and The Chains.
Coun Keith Little, the county's cabinet member for Highways and Transport cut a ribbon to mark the official unveiling of the much-improved path.
He said: “This popular and much loved path has been used by residents and visitors for generations. Thanks to these improvements, the path has been saved and people will be able to enjoy all year round access to this beautiful place.”
The scheme has been an objective within the town council’s community plan for a number of years.
Coun Nick Cotton, the county councillor for Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale and also a town councillor, said: “We’re thrilled with the enhancement work which has transformed the path, making it much more accessible for everyone to enjoy.
"A lot of time and effort has gone into the project and we were really impressed with how those involved overcame many challenges, not least the bitterly cold weather earlier this year, to complete the work.”
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