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Lake District park authorities consider 250k upgrade plans

Artist impression of how the upgraded Waterhead promenade could look Credit: South Lakeland District Council

Finalised proposals for a quarter of a million pound upgrade to the Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere, are due to go before Lake District national park planners.

The plans were drawn up following a public consultation which received more than 170 responses.

South Lakeland District Council is investing £250,000 to fund the improvements and Lakes Parish Council is also committing up to £20,000 to the scheme.

The council says the key aims of the project are to:

  • deliver a promenade which residents and businesses can be proud of
  • improve the visitor experience and create an environment which encourages people to return
  • restore and enhance existing features along the promenade
  • make better use of space along the waterfront, improving it for pedestrians
  • deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly scheme, using durable materials which are locally sourced

Stickle Tarn listed as Asset of Community Value

Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

Stickle Tarn has been listed as an Asset of Community Value.

The move means community groups would now have six months to put together a bid to buy the tarn if it goes back up for sale.

David Sykes, Director of People and Places at South Lakeland District Council, said the decision to list the site was made because it 'serves local social interest and wellbeing'.

“Social wellbeing is quite a broad church but it includes the idea of enjoyment, recreation, and access to special places that are cherished by local communities.

"Stickle Tarn is a piece of land and water that was nominated by a local organisation as it is enjoyed by the public and cherished by local people and we believe it fitted the criteria for listing."

– David Sykes, Director People and Places at South Lakeland District Council

Last month, the deadline to bid on the land passed.

However, Lake District National Park Authority rejected tender bids as they didn't believe they were "responsible" enough.

Campaigners have objected to the potential sale of the site, with thousands supporting a Save Stickle Tarn group.

Park bosses first announced they were selling the tarn, along with six other areas in the National Park, in February this year.


Campaign group questions Lake District sales

'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners are protesting against the potential sale of seven Lake District beauty spots.

The group 'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' has been demonstrating outside the LDNPA visitor centre, in Brockholes,

'Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District' Credit: ITV Border

They also staged a walk at Stickle Tarn, in protest.

The group says:

"We sincerely hope the sale for Stickle Tarn does not go ahead, and the strength of public feeling is respected.

"The process has been too short. This, with a lack of transparency, means that, however well meaning the LDNPA is, their process is wrong.

"Public land is not a 'portfolio' to be bought and sold - it is ours and should be maintained for our, and future, generations."

– Save Stickle Tarn - and our beautiful Lake District

But the Lake District National Park Authority says the lands will still be subject to the same public access rights and restrictions, meaning the sales pose no danger to the environment or public use of the land.

It argues that once it has improved access and conservation on sites it is common practice to return them to the private market, where they can still be managed by the National Park's planning processes.

The National Park Authority has had its funding cut by 23% in the last 5 years and intends to use the £500,000 from the sale for other capital investments.

Deadline day for Lake District beauty spot bids

Swimming in Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

The deadline to bid for seven of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is up today.

National park bosses are selling off the Stickle Tarn with a guide price of twenty to thirty thousand pounds.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

The other areas up for sale are:

  • Yewbarrow Woods
  • Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood
  • Blea Brows
  • Ladywood
  • Baneriggs Wood
  • Land near River Derwent
  • Waterside Knott


A guided tour of the Lake District's Stickle Tarn as it goes up for sale

The Lake District National Park Authority has put seven sites up for sale, including the iconic Stickle Tarn.

The Tarn's well known to fell walkers, set within the Langdale Pikes, 1,500 feet above sea level - and three miles west of Grasmere.

It has a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 and is already attracting interest.

But not everyone is pleased it is up for sale.

Our correspondent Hannah McNulty made the hour long hike up it to find out who may want to buy it.

The swimmers in the piece are professionals and were being supervised and were only in the water for a short amount of time.

Local MP calls for decision over Lake District National Park boundaries

Lake District National Park Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Local MP Tim Farron has called for a decision regarding proposals to extend the boundaries of some national parks, including the Lake District National Park.

The proposals were first set out by Natural England in 2011 in a bid to increase the areas that can be conserved.

However, some residents and business say that if passed, the proposals would mean much tighter planning regulations.

Last year, a public inquiry was held after five councils, including Cumbria and Eden District , opposed the changes.

Mr Farron says the current uncertainty over the plans is worse than either outcome and has called for a decision to be made.

Cone-tinuing sales of ice cream

Ice cream sellers have until the end of the month to apply for their summer spot Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

We may be in the middle of winter, but the Lake District National Park Authority is asking ice cream sellers to bid for the best spots ahead of the summer season.

15 million people come to the lakes every year and good pitches for ice cream vans can be a big money spinner for the ice cream sellers.

They have until the end of the month to apply.

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