NEW PLANS are being introduced to create a one-way system in Grasmere but has caused some concerns for local residents.

The main roads passing through Grasmere, down Stock Lane and from Broadgate Orchard to Easedale Road will be turned into a temporary one-way system to ease pressure on the Swan Junction.

However, these plans have caused debate on whether it is in the best interest of the local area.

MP Tim Farron said: “Since the proposed temporary scheme in Grasmere was designed a number of weeks ago, the social distancing guidance has changed so therefore the current scheme is out of date now really.

“Working with local councilor Will Clark, we’ve been actively listening to the views of local residents and feeding their comments back to the county council. I’m pleased that as a result council officers are now reviewing this scheme.”

On social media South Lakeland Cllr Will Clark said: “I have listened to the concerns and emails opposing the suggested temporary one way system in Grasmere, which was originally designed by Cumbria Highways to assist with 2m social distancing guidelines with thought for both your businesses and health.

“The scheme will be implemented within the next four weeks.

“Residents in other areas have complained they haven’t been considered.

“Turning out of Swan Lane onto the A591 is going to be difficult but no traffic will be coming down Swan Lane and the Southerly bus stop will not be in use as this is the main obstruction to this junction.

Local resident, Mel McNally said: “The main worry is the effect it’s going to have on our businesses and our town.

“We had no idea it was happening; we were just told it was going to happen and that it was non-negotiable. Some of us do not think this is fair.

Cumbrian County Council said: “The council is developing temporary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide additional pedestrian space in Grasmere.

“This is to ensure the safe reopening of our town following the easing of the lockdown."