Village businesses could soon be 'back on the map'
Businesses in the villages of High and Low Newton could soon be put 'back on the map' thanks to pressure from South Lakes MP Tim Farron.
The MP has issued a cautious welcome following a meeting with highways officials regarding the need to signpost local businesses in the villages from the new A590 bypass. Business owners in the villages contacted Mr Farron following concerns that takings had dropped significantly with the drop in through traffic.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Farron said: "The new by-pass has succeeded in improving safety and the quality of life of residents in High and Low Newton, but businesses are suffering following the Highways Agency's refusal to erect signposts highlighting the attractions on offer there."
Highways Agency officials have until now blocked all attempts to get signage approved that would help direct tourists to excellent local businesses such as the Yew Tree Barn craft centre. However, National Park Authority planners have now supported the erection of private signs, and the Highways Agency have indicated they would not oppose the erection of signs overlooking the A590.
Tim continued: "We're not in a position to celebrate just yet, but there is certainly ground to be optimistic that the important businesses that have been disadvantaged by the by-pass will soon be back on the map."