18th November 2019

Friends of the Lake District was invited to take part in the Gooseholme Bridge consultation in early October. We suggested that a proposed access ramp be placed to the north of the bridge. This change would protect the bulk of New Road common and retain valuable green space within Kendal town centre for the public to enjoy. 

Our motivation is to find the best solution that we can for New Road common whilst getting the essential bridge back in place. We are still waiting to hear back from Cumbria County Council (CCC) with an explanation as to why the ramp cannot be re-designed to accommodate this change. If CCC is unable to provide evidence as to why this is not feasible then we would urge it to adopt the change in order to get this essential crossing reinstating and preserve valuable green space with Kendal town centre.  

7th November 2019

Our submissions to the Planning Inspectorate were made during Cumbria County Council's allotted consultation period on 10th October 2019. We also attending the drop in session and have been in regular contact with Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency for some time now. The consultation period is designed to gather comment and suggestions to facilitate the best possible outcomes for planning and development projects.

With this in mind, we have made the suggestion that the proposed ramp is placed to the north of the bridge, on land which has not been enhanced for public use, thereby protecting the bulk of the common and retaining valuable green space within Kendal town centre for the public to enjoy.

5th November 2019

Cumbria County Council is replacing Gooseholme Bridge which was destroyed by the Storm Desmond floods. This bridge is a historic crossing and an important link between two sections of Kendal, and between two parts of common land, and its replacement is welcomed by Friends of the Lake District. The bridge crossing is even more important now that the New Road Common has been enhanced for the public to sit and enjoy the riverside. As part of the process, the county council needs to obtain permission for works on common land and has applied for this recently. The permission will cover the new ramps needed on New Road and Gooseholme Commons. These are necessary to make the bridge accessible for less able people and multiple users, again a development which Friends of the Lake District welcomes. 

Friends of the Lake District has made no objections to the application relating to Gooseholme Common.

However, the plans for New Road are the first ones we have seen showing the extent of land to be taken by the ramps. New Road Common has been transformed back into an enjoyable green space for the public since the cessation of car parking. The proposed ramps would remove a significant area of this valuable green space and sever the common. Our suggestion is that the proposed ramp should be located to the north of the bridge, on land which has not been enhanced for public use, thereby protecting the bulk of the common for the public to enjoy. If Cumbria County Council are willing to amend their plans to protect more of the common, we would fully support the scheme.