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Cumbrian schools close due to flooding fears

Keswick School and Borrowdale Church of England Primary School have closed early to enable pupils to get back home safely.

Cumbria is currently suffering from heavy downpours, falling on already saturated ground. There are problems around the county with surface water.

A number of flood warnings are currently in place across the county.

Mountain biker seriously injured

A mountain biker has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling in the Lake District.

The 40-year-old man from Egremont fell off his bike yesterday afternoon at 4pm on Castle Crag in Borrowdale.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew him to the major trauma centre at the Royal Preston hospital for specialist care.

He suffered head, leg and chest injuries and is in a stable condition.


Two communities affected by road works

Two very different communities say they're being badly affected by road works in Cumbria.

The rural villages in Borrowdale have been hit by the closure of the main road to Keswick, and in the town centre of Wigton, businesses and shops say trade is down because of new gas mains being laid.

Matthew Taylor reports.

B5289 Borrowdale Road closed to cars

The B5289 Borrowdale Road in the Lake District will be shut to cars for six weeks while a retaining wall is repaired.

Pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and horse riders will be able to pass through while work is ongoing.It'll cost around £60,000 to complete the work.

The B5289 Borrowdale Road in the Lake District will be shut to cars for six weeks Credit: ITV News
The road is closed to vehicles for six weeks Credit: ITV News

The B5289 in the Lake District will be shut for six weeks

One of the main roads through the Lake District will be closed for six weeks. The B5289, which skirts along the east of Derwent Water and is the main access road for communities along Borrowdale including Grange, Rosthwaite and Seatoller, is shut.

Cumbria Highways Engineers say need to carry out structural repairs to a retaining wall that stops the roadway from collapsing into the lake. Residents and businesses will face a detour across Honister Pass which can get blocked by snow and ice in winter.

Barry Surtees from Honister Slate Mine said it would affect his business by stopping lorries from using the Borrowdale route to collect slate. He also criticised the council for a lack of notice claiming he had not had any communications from Cumbria County Council directly.

"We appreciate that this is a popular, well-known road work on the retaining wall and keep one lane open, we now know that this cannot be done safely.

"We will pull out all the stops to get the work done as soon as we can and keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind as this will help with the time it takes.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for highways

Hundreds expected to help "Fix the Fells"

Hundreds of volunteers are helping to fix the Borrowdale fells in the Lake District today.

Volunteers met in Rosthwaite this morning before heading out to restore paths, woodland and dry stone walls.

They include school children, young people from the Lakes College and the Princes Trust and apprentices from a local housing company, who are learning to dry stone wall, as well as adults.


Villages concerned over Tour of Britain route

Villagers in the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District are concerned that they Tour of Britain may have to be re-routed due to the state of their roads.

Borrowdale Parish Council say the road is riddled with potholes which are a danger to cyclists and motorists.

They are concerned the surface would not be safe enough for the world famous race which will see millions of pounds ploughed into the local economy.

Pot holes visible on the Borrowdale Valley road Credit: ITV News Border

ITV Border contacted Cumbria County Council about the condition of the Borrowdale valley road yesterday (8th May).

They said the road would be maintained as normal ahead of Septembers race.

This morning most of the potholes were filled in with tarmac by highways engineers.

The council has recently patch repaired some of the damaged roads Credit: ITV News Border

Fears over Tour of Britain route

A parish council in Cumbria fears that the Tour of Britain route may have to be diverted away from the north Lakes, due to "appalling" road surfaces.

Borrowdale parish council are now writing to Cumbria County Council and its Highway department, along with the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Tourism and local MPs to bring attention to what they describe as dangerous road conditions.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the B5289 Borrowdale road when the event runs from Honister Pass to Keswick during the Carlisle to Windermere stage on 16th September.

Rural community "fights back" with bus

Borrowdale School, near Keswick Credit: Borrowdale School

One of the region's smallest schools has been bequeathed £60,000 to help it bring its pupils into class - and safeguard its future.

Borrowdale Primary School has only 28 pupils, but 20 of them live outside the catchment area.

The new minibus Credit: Borrowdale School

The money has allowed the school to buy a minibus. Local businesses have agreed to pay the running costs for the first year.

The school says it is an example of a 'rural community fighting back' against 'today's world of cuts and austerity.'

Borrowdale School, near Keswick Credit: Borrowdale School
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Injured climber flown to hospital by GNAA

GNAA on the scene in Borrowdale Credit: GNAA

A CLIMBER from Newcastle was taken to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance with serious back and leg injuries after falling in the Lake District.

The man was rescued by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team after falling 15 metres when attempting a climb on Shepherds Cragg, Borrowdale.

A spokesman for the GNAA said: "Aircrew Paramedics assessed and treated the patient for injuries and Keswick MRT extricated the patient from the bottom of the cragg to the helicopter. The patient was flown to hospital."

The man is recovering at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

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