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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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Man rescued after fall in Borrowdale

A 21 year-old man was taken to hospital suffering with chest and arm injuries after he fell when climbing in Borrowdale.

Keswick Mountain Rescue team carried the injured man to the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance. He was then flown to hospital in Whitehaven.

The helicopter team were called at 12.15pm

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