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Ambleside businesses concerned over Premier Inn plans

An exhibition's begun to give people a say about plans for a controversial new hotel in Ambleside.

Developers have included plans for 40 homes in the scheme - many affordable - and say it'll boost the area's economy.

But some existing hotelliers and Bed and Breakfast owners are concerned about the idea of a Premier Inn being built in the village.

Nick Davenport, of Future Ambleside, believes the new hotel will affect the local economy:

"This massive hotel is going to suck something like 4 million ponds out of the local economy which would otherwise be spent and go round and round.

It's going to go to Whitbread shareholders.

They are going to sell 10 local occupancy houses which will sell for about 4 million pounds.

Local builders could use that and build far more local occupancy houses for the people who need them."

– Nick Davenport, Future Ambleside


'Unexplained' death in Ambleside

A 71-year-old man was found dead in an Ambleside hotel Credit: PA

Police are investigating the death of a man at an Ambleside hotel.

Local forces were called to a property on Rothay Road in the early hours of Friday morning.

The death of the 71-year-old man is being treated as unexplained, and enquiries are ongoing.

Plans for controversial hotel in Ambleside are presented to the public

Plans for a Premier Inn in Ambleside have been presented to the public Credit: PA

A two day exhibition is beginning to tell people more about controversial plans for a new hotel in Ambleside.

Existing hotels and bed and breakfasts have expressed concern about the idea of a Premier Inn being built in the village.

The developers have now included plans for affordable homes in the scheme.


Swimmer dies on Windermere

A man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Windermere yesterday.

The 32-year old man had been visiting the area with his family and swam at Jenkins Head at Water Beach near Ambleside.

He was treated by medics at the scene before being transferred by air ambulance to Cumberland Infirmary Hospital in Carlisle, where he died a short time later.

Cumbria Police are not treating his death as suspicious however, officers would like members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch.

Police are warning members of the public to take extra care when swimming in open water and to be vigilant of others especially in warmer weather as water temperatures can be very low.

Call for Lake District volunteers

Waterhead, Ambleside Credit: PA

Lovers of the Lake District are being sought to help visitors make the most of their time in the area.

With the height of the holiday season fast approaching, the Lake District National Park is seeking a team of dedicated enthusiasts to meet and greet Windermere Lake Cruises’ passengers at Bowness and Ambleside piers.

Volunteers will be asked to hand out leaflets, talk to people about the national park and encourage them to drop off at the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for people to play a part in promoting opportunities to enjoy a spectacular place. Our drive to encourage visitors to park up and get round the world renowned locations by boat, bus, train, bike or boots make it a very appealing initiative.

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the huge amount Brockhole offers, without adding to pressure on the roads. This way, holidaymakers can enjoy a beautiful boat trip, as well as a veritable feast of activities.”

– Lorraine Brierley, Lake District National Park’s commercial assistant

For further information contact Lorraine on 01539 792605 or email

Man crushed by car in Ambleside

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A man has been severely injured after being crushed between a car and a wall in Ambleside this morning.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene in the middle of the town, where paramedics treated the 48-year-old from Cambridge.

He had sustained serious chest injuries and was flown to Preston, where his condition was stable upon arrival.

Police warned drivers this morning that traffic disruption was to be expected on the the A591 at Market Place.

A591 closed following collision

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The A591 at Market Place in Ambleside is closed as emergency services deal with a road traffic collision.

Police were called at 10:13am today following a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Serious congestion is expected, especially to those travelling southbound, and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

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