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Pedestrians to benefit from £345,000 of funding to Kendal's Highgate
2:20pm Tuesday 24th January 2012 in News
PEDESTRIANS are set to benefit from £345,000 of improvements to Kendal’s Highgate shopping street.
Cumbria County Councillors this week agreed details of the scheme to be funded with £185,000 from the authority’s transport capital programme together with £160,000 from South Lakeland District Council. Works will take place along the stretch between Lowther Street and Gillinggate. The improvements will see the current paving flags replaced with ‘tegula’ paving blocks. The old paving will be removed and restored for future use elsewhere. Better street lighting and more crossing points will help make pedestrians safer. Clutter will also be removed from the pavements, such as signs which could be better placed elsewhere.
Many local people had their say on proposals for the improvements to Highgate at consultation event held at Kendal library late last year. Coun Geoff Cook, Chair of South Lakeland Local Committee and County Councillor for Kendal Highgate, said: “Highgate is an important part of Kendal’s economy as it is home to so many shops and businesses. It is obviously very well used by pedestrians so it’s important that the pavement is in good condition and clear of clutter. “These works will have a big impact on the look and condition of Highgate and it is excellent news that this has got the backing not only of councillors on the county council’s South Lakeland Local Committee but also from South Lakeland District Council.”
SLDC Leader Coun Brendan Jameson said: “During difficult economic times it is essential that we support and help our retail areas. The funding being made available and the works planned will help increase footfall to the area and increase its attractiveness to potential businesses and customers.”
Alistair Whittaker, manager of Highgate Carpets, said he had worked on the road for approximately 25 years and in that time had only seen it 'deteriorate'.
"I have seen 25 years of decline," said Mr Whittaker. "Now we have this chance of new improvements I want to make sure we make it a great scheme and not waste this opportunity."
Coun Clare Feeney-Johnson (Kendal Nether) said: "We must not overlook the economic benefit this scheme will bring. It's an exciting project for the whole town."