Work is likely to be underway shortly on the construction of the new Settle roundabout on the A65. The project, which is being overseen by the Settle & District Chamber of Trade, will result in a beautiful new look for the roundabout, emphasising its prominent position as the Gateway to the Dales.
Designed by landscape designer Elaine Newington Ward of Giggleswick, the theme of the new roundabout is the Three Peaks. At the centre will be three stone cairns, representing Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside and each built in one of three local stones; gritstone, limestone or sandstone. The cairns will be three metres high in the centre, with a spiral design of dry stone walls emanating outwards from each. A planting of trees and juniper bushes will complete the look of this exciting new project.
Funding for the roundabout has come from the Countryside Agency, Booths Supermarkets and Settle Chamber of Trade, with the construction being designed to comply with the road's demands for visibility and low impact and handled by Lancashire County Council's Highways Department. The stonework is being supplied by Tarmac, Lafarge and Hanson.
Ken Hill, Settle Chamber of Trade vice-chairman, has been overseeing the project for the last year and is delighted that it is now coming to fruition. "We first came up with this plan almost five years ago, but lack of funding plus other problems meant it has lain dormant for quite a while. When it's completed, it's not only going to be an attractive feature of a very busy holiday route. It's also going to be a wonderful advertisement for the entire Settle area."
For further information contact Martin Higham on 01729 822071, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Web www.settle.org.uk