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MP backs council proposals for scenic new Kendal path

November 24, 2016 3:16 PM

Local MP Tim Farron is backing plans for a £150,000+ project to create a new cycleway along the route of the former Lancaster Canal.

The new pathway would run from Kendal to Natland, providing a scenic route for walkers and cyclists. The Lancaster Canal regeneration partnership came up with plans for this route and thanks to Lib Dem councillors on the District and Town Councils the proposals now have a chance of becoming reality.

South Lakeland District Council Cabinet is recommending that the Council contribute £140,000 to fund the path, while Kendal Town Council will provide £10,000. Local communities will now be consulted about the plans, and additional sources of funding will be looked for.

Tim said: "This is a great plan by the District Council, and I'm sure it will be welcomed by local people. The new cycleway would be right on the doorstep of Kendal and Natland, allowing local people to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery of our countryside without getting in the car and driving for miles.

"This path would be enjoyed for years to come by everyone from elderly residents looking for a stroll through to families with children wanting an afternoon cycle ride. It was a real improvement when the section in Kendal was surfaced.

"I would like to thank the partnership for putting together this proposal, the District and Town councils for supporting it, as well as all other partners who have worked on this project so far."