Highgate £340,000 improvement starts in
Joint News Release with Cumbria County Council
14 August 2012
A £340,000 improvement of Kendal’s Highgate is
to start in September
Called Kendal - Gateway to the Lakes Public
Realm Project, the next phase of the improvement project will start
work on 3 September. The project was developed by Kendal Futures
with grants from South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County
Council and Kendal Town Council.
The project was brought about following
concerns raised by businesses over the poor state of Highgate and
the desire to encourage more residents to shop locally. Highgate
will benefit from new paving, heritage lighting, new benches and
bins and new planting schemes. The project will also complete the
high quality pedestrian link from K Village through the recently
upgraded Kirkland into the town centre.
High quality streetscape and enhanced outdoor
areas will encourage residents and visitors to explore the town on
foot and enjoy the many shops and popular key attractions along the
route such as Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Brewery Arts
Cllr Ian Stewart, South Lakeland
District Council Portfolio Holder for Economy and
Enterprise, said: “The continued improvements for Highgate
will see the area rejuvenated and hopefully increase the number of
shoppers. This is vital for the economy of the area and is another
successful project for those organisations involved in bringing
this scheme together.”
The project also includes a small build out
area for market stalls and for outdoor events such as Mintfest.
This improvement stems from previous space restrictions which meant
Highgate not benefitting from town centre events in the past. There
will also be increased crossing points for pedestrians including a
new diagonal crossing outside the Town Hall, a first in Cumbria.
The new crossing will make it easier for people to access both
sides of the street and reduce waiting times.
Cllr Geoff Cook, Chair of Cumbria County
Council’s South Lakeland Local Committee and County Councillor for
Kendal Highgate, said: “Highgate is home to many shops and
businesses and forms a vital part of the towns economy. We
have worked hard to minimise any disruption as the works are
taking place and once complete the benefits will be huge. This is
going to have a big impact on the look and condition of Highgate
which will encourage more people into this part of Kendal.”
The Highgate Improvement Scheme contract has
been awarded to Cumbrian firm Thomas Armstrong, who are currently
in Kendal working on the Kent View housing development in Kirkland.
A meeting with the new contractors and affected businesses will be
held within the next couple of weeks.
The improvement work will last nine weeks and
should be completed in time for the Remembrance Sunday parade and
the Christmas Lights switch on. Further details on the works
programme will be published towards the end of August. A traffic
management plan will be drawn up to keep disruption to an absolute
minimum and temporary loading bays will be available to traders
throughout the works. Weekly updates will also be provided on
For further details please contact John Bath,
Highways Engineer, on 01539 713040.