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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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Cash injection for Lakes youth projects

More than £4000 has been earmarked to help fund a number of youth related projects across south Lakeland.County Councillors approved the cash to help the following projects:

  • A Revenue Grant of £2,300.00 from the Low Furness/Ulverston Electoral Division to support improvements to Swarthmoor Football Club to prepare the building to be used as a flexible space for all community activities.
  • A Revenue Grant of £500.00 from Upper Kent Electoral Division to support the feasibility stages to enable the development of an extension on to Burneside Cricket Club for Burneside Brass Band to use.
  • A Revenue Grant of £500 from the Lower Kentdale Electoral Division to purchase equipment to improve the kitchen facilities within Hutton Roof Village Hall
  • A Revenue Grant of £1000 from the Lower Kentdale Electoral Division to support the re-surfacing of the children’s playground in Heversham

Grant money for the projects comes from South Lakeland Local Committee’s Local Member Schemes budget. Councillor Geoff Cook, chair of South Lakeland Local Committee, said:

"These grants are targeted to helping these outstanding schemes and groups to continue making a positive difference to the lives of people across South Lakeland.

“As a local committee we recognise the important contribution they make to our communities and are pleased to be able to support them.”

– Councillor Geoff Cook