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Facelift for footpaths

[Friday 26 November 2010]

Two footpaths that will lead to a new development in Sedbergh have been given a facelift by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

Developers aim to build a Spar shop in association with a doctors’ surgery on the site of the disused Sedbergh Auction Market and they provided £20,000 for the work to improve the paths as part of a planning agreement,

The work was managed by the YDNPA Ranger Service using a combination local contractors and Ranger staff.

Paul Wilkinson, the YDNPA’s Area Ranger for Cumbria, said: “Hopefully the improvements made to the footpaths will make it easier for people to get to and from the new development on foot.

“We would like to thank the developers for their contribution that made it possible for the work to go ahead.”

On the footpath from Main Road to Howgill Lane, the work involved the construction of a new aggregate path surface, steps, handrails and gateways. This path had previously suffered deterioration at surface level and was proving difficult to walk on.

The footpath from Loftus Hill to March Hill, known as Church Walk, has been resurfaced in two sections in Tarmac and aggregate, with a section of railings refurbished.

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