South Lakes District Council’s Cabinet approved the award of the tender for the improvements at Waterhead, on the northern shore of Windermere, at a meeting last week.
The council will invest £280,000 to fund the improvements and Lakes Parish Council has committed at least £20,000 to the scheme.
Plans were drawn up for the improvements following an extensive public consultation earlier this year and have been approved by the Lake District National Park Authority.
The Waterhead area, covers extensive lake frontage including a ferry pier and a mix of businesses including hotels, guesthouses and pubs.
The upgrade will include widening the promenade and resurfacing pavements, repairing walls and installing a ‘panorama’ board, developed with Ambleside Civic Trust, to identify key Lakeland landmarks that can be seen from the shore.
Councillor Giles Archibald, SLDC portfolio holder for Economic Growth, Town Centres and Small Businesses, said: “We are investing £280,000 and Lakes Parish Council is putting in at least £20,000 to make this a reality.
“These plans have been shaped following steering group meetings and in partnership with key stakeholders, including the parish council, civic society, Cumbria Tourism, Lake District National Park, the two local district councillors and all the respondents to the consultation.
“It is an excellent example of true partnership working and has resulted in a scheme that greatly improve a popular and much-loved Lake District location.’’
In addition to this there will be new dry stone walls to protect planting beds and provide informal seating, as well as cycle stands and better landscaping in keeping with the location and surroundings.
The work is set to begin in January to be completed before the Easter season.
Article taken from in-Cumbria.
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