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£3 million bill for Lake District paths

Posted 23 September 2010
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£3 million bill for Lake District paths
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The cost of repairing Lake District paths and bridges wrecked or damaged by last winter's floods will be £3.2 million, the national park authority has said.

It has revealed a plan jointly drawn-up with Cumbria County Council to carry out a mass renovation scheme, which will include making new paths more flood-resistant for the benefit of those who like to go walking in the national park.

The Rural Development Programme for England and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be contributing £1.7 million of the funds for the project, which the authority's paths for the public co-ordinator Dylan Jackman welcomed.

He said an "enormous" amount of surveying of the damage had been done and the body is "very grateful" for the external funding.

Other endeavours to repair and maintain Lake District footpaths include the work of voluntary group Fix the Fells.

It revealed in July how donations to its work form the English Lakes Hotels over the past 15 years have hit the £100,000 mark.

Posted by Elaine Arthur