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More than 1,200 apply for South Lakes flood grants

Flooding in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

More than 1,200 people in South Lakeland have applied for £5,000 grants to protect their properties from future flooding.

South Lakeland District Council says 66 per cent of those eligible had submitted applications by last week's deadline for the flood resilience grants.

In South Lakeland, a total of 2,358 properties were flooded in December 2015.

Of those, it was estimated around 1,900 were eligible for the grant scheme announced by the government.

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Tour of Britain 'will boost business in South Lakeland'

Stage Two of the Tour of Britain. Credit: Tour of Britain

The return of the Tour of Britain to South Lakeland will boost businesses in the area, according to one of the local MPs.

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and leader of the Liberal Democrats, has welcomed news that Stage Two of the Tour will pass from Carlisle down to Kendal:

This is exciting news for South Lakeland, which will provide a boost to the local tourist industry and showcase the beauty of our area to an audience from across the globe. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the area and will create a real buzz.

Following the devastating floods which have hit our area, and others in Cumbria, this is a great opportunity to show that we are open for business. My thanks go to all those who have worked to bring the Tour of Britain to South Lakeland.”

– Tim Farron MP

The Tour also passed through South Lakeland in September 2013, when it brought an estimated £4.1 million into the local economy, and some 15,000 supporters to the streets of Kendal.

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