A SECTION of the A591 from Waterhead towards Windermere will be closed during evenings in early November for resurfacing work.

It is proposed that the work will start on November 4, after half-term, when a section of the road will be completely closed from 6.30pm-1am approximately on week-nights only, with no planned work at weekends.

The road will be reopened to daytime traffic at the end of each shift, and if the work is delayed, Highways say they will ensure that the road is open to traffic for the Christmas lights switch-on weekend, taking place on November 16.

The resurfacing involves taking out in excess of 1,800 tonnes of existing road construction and replacing it with new material and is expected to take about two weeks. Highways say they are working with the contractor to ensure that the operation runs as efficiently as possible. Although noise disturbance is inevitable, it is hoped that the limited hours of weekday evening working will have less impact on businesses and local traffic than all-night shifts, or around-the-clock working.

Highways have opted to carry out the work in November rather than an alternative date in February next year when it was feared that colder weather and the possibility of ice and snow could slow work down.

LEARNING Plus is running a ten-week creative writing course for anyone interested in fiction or autobiography at Ambleside Library, led by Sue Birkett on Thursdays (2.30pm-4.30pm).

Beginners and more experienced writers are welcome. English classes for speakers of other languages will run weekly until Christmas on Tuesdays (1pm-3pm) and Thursdays (6pm-8pm) upstairs at Ambleside Library.

Learners are asked to leave their name and email address and/or telephone number with library staff or call in when classes are taking place.

AMBLESIDE-Kirkstone Rotary joined with Grange Rotarians to visit Castlehead Field Centre by Lindale, to hear about the history of the building and the centre’s environmental and youth work. The centre, which has more than 15,000 day visits a year, is proposing to renovate a derelict barn to support its activities and youth work.

AT THE Lakes Parish Council meeting it was pointed out that BT notices had appeared in public pay phones announcing their imminent closure, despite strong local objections expressed during the consultation period more than two years ago, when this was previously proposed.

Parish clerk Michael Johnson said that South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) was still waiting for BT to provide a list of telephone boxes they intended to close, but no formal consultation dates had been announced yet.

Councillors said that payphones in Langdale and Elterwater had already been removed and should not have been. Councillors felt that at least one payphone should be left in every village, especially along walking routes such as the Coast-to-Coast.

The university would be submitting a planning application for 25 parking spaces with lock-down bollards by Ambleside Junior Football Club’s new pitch and pavilion off Rydal Road, exclusively for the club’s use.

It would be surfaced with diamond-holed Gridforce which allows grass to grow through.

The popular and heavily used crazy golf course on the council’s White Platts recreation ground was subject to a locally themed upgrade, with two replacement holes depicting Ambleside’s Bridge House and a Lakeland farm with barn attached, both constructed in grey slate.

Further work to reflag worn holes and upgrade features would bring the total cost to about £22,750. Councillors recommended refusal of a run-off river hydroelectric scheme to generate renewable energy on land east of Low Wood Bay Hotel because of damage to the ecological value of woodland through which the proposed run-off was routed.

Councillors made no comment or recommendation concerning an application by Rothay Garden Hotel, Grasmere, for change of use from a manager’s house to a lettable house in connection with the hotel. However, in a note to planners, they expressed their strong opinion that the house should remain in local occupancy. 

AMBLESIDE Action For a Future (AAFAF) held a number of events, including one inspired by Cumbrian teenager, 17-year-old Amy Bray of Matterdale, whose website  another-way.org.co.uk  looks at ways to bring climate breakdown to the attention of the public and help to protect the planet.

She recently organised an event asking groups, organisations and individuals to ascend a Wainwright summit, where participants were asked to carry out some kind of activity to benefit the planet and send their photos to the website.

Despite windy weather conditions, between 120 and 140 summits were occupied and AAFAF reached two summits, Low Pike and Red Screes. Another Way, supported by Chris Packham, aims to inspire people to change their own lives for their own health and happiness and that of the community and the planet.