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Kendal Town Council are calling for a bypass to solve traffic problems after Storm Desmond

Flooding in Kendal following Storm Desmond Photo: ITV Border

Kendal Town Council is calling on the government for a bypass for Kendal, after the town's traffic has been badly affected by the closure of a bridge after the floods.

There have been calls for a northern development route for years but the loss of Victoria Bridge has showed Kendal how just a few meters of its one-way system could bring traffic to a standstill and it has severely affected many businesses.

"We need a Northern Development Route for the economy of Kendal. As my mother used to say, 'if you don't put your fishing line in the water you have no chance at all'."

– Cllr Sylvia Emmott, Kendal Town Council
Sandylands estate is experiencing high traffic volumes after a major bridge closed Credit: ITV Border

Much of the traffic is now going through Sandylands housing estate, one of the areas worst affected by the flooding.

Sandylands Methodist Church agrees the Government needs to do more.

Sandylands Methodist Church says more needs to be done Credit: ITV Border

"The last thing we want to see is an accident that happens on Sandylands Road because of the number of people that we have in our community.

"We also have articulated lorries coming through, we have emergency vehicles coming through obviously because the bridge is closed, so a relief road would take that pressure away from our estate."

– Rev Jonny Gios, Sandylands Methodist Church

Over 2,000 properties flooded in December 2015. Kendal Town Council hopes a northern development route could act as a flood defence in future.

"We also want to know about the future maintenance of the River Kent, its culverts, its streams, its subsidiaries to make sure that we can do all that is possible not to have the experience of Flood Desmond."

– Cllr Sylvia Emmott, Kendal Town Council

Cumbria County Council says this isn't its top priority as it needs to repair the road network but would be happy to talk to the town council.

It would need Government funding but the Department for Communities and Local Government didn't get back to us in time.

The Environment Agency says it's working on new plans for flood defences.

"We need to look at a whole range of options: planting trees, managing river channels.

"We also need to look within the town itself and look at not only what's happening from the rivers but also we need to look at the drains but also from surface water."

– Jeremy Westgarth, Environment Agency