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Cumbria to receive £500,000 for repairs to Rights of Way

Hodgson Hill foot bridge before repairs
Hodgson Hill foot bridge before repairs

[C]umbria County Council has been awarded £500,000 from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for funding repairs to Rights of Way damaged by Storm Desmond.

The funding follows a successful application to the RPA’s Cumbria Countryside Access Fund.

The £500,000 will be used by the council to repair damage to rights of way and public pathways in Cumbria outside the Lake District National Park boundary, caused by the flooding and bad weather during and following Winter 2015-16.

Hodgson Hill foot bridge after repairs
Hodgson Hill foot bridge after repairs

Councillor Janet Willis, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “This is fantastic news for Cumbria and I’m delighted that we have been successful in securing additional funding for Rights of Way.  As well as roads and bridges, public rights of way are a vital part of communities throughout the county, and this funding will ensure they can be repaired and maintained for local people and visitors to enjoy. The recovery from Storm Desmond continues to be challenging, but a huge amount of work has been carried out, with a lot more scheduled for the months ahead.”

Additional funding of over £3m has been awarded to the Lake District National Park to fund a variety of projects as part of their Routes to Resilience programme.

Work to repair and improve Rights of Way is already underway; particularly rights of way that lead to or connect rural towns and villages, visitor attractions or assets.

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