At development-brief consultations in March 2014, residents studied plans for housing developments at what is now called Brigsteer Rise. Knowing the volume of traffic on the Brigsteer Road would be far greater we focused on pedestrian safety along the route, the direct and traditional way residents and tourists use when heading for Scout Scar and the Lake District National Park.
' The developer (Story Homes) are required to construct a new footpath alongside Brigsteer Road between Underwood and the new Brigsteer Rise junction as one of the conditions of the Planning Approval.' Information from Councillor Geoffrey Cook on 26 August 2022.
So, a pavement into the ‘new Brigsteer Rise junction.’ Intended to make walking safe for the new house buyers. What of the long-established community, residents who walk this way daily? That was the moment when planners overlooked us, ignored us, failed us. It wasn't thought through. Pedestrian safety along that route is vital. This needs to go back to planning.
' With regards the need for a cordoned footway or reduced speed limit, the permanent footpath works will soon be commencing following completion of the detailed design. I do not believe that there was a footpath in situ originally therefore there has been no change from its previous use.”
Post Engineering Manager
Story Homes Ltd - North West
Residents would like to see that design. We ask to be consulted before it is approved. We will be walking this way long after Story Homes has moved on. This pavement has to be fit for purpose
Chris Tweedle’s comment that there has been no change from ‘its’ previous use is incomprehensible. If ‘its’ refers to Brigsteer Road locals walking that way report frequent dangers from site-related traffic. And housing development at Brigsteer Rise will significantly increase the volume of traffic in the future. So change is manifest and dramatic.
The issue of pedestrian safety must be addressed Now, and resolved. We need that direct and continuous pavement to Kendal Race Course, Scout Scar and the Lake District National Park. We seek peace and The Nature Cure. Once we could find it in Brigsteer Road pastoral but that is lost. Please, one short stretch of pavement so we can walk safely into the countryside.
We are repeatedly told there's no money but we've been asking since 2014 and pedestrian safety isn't an optional extra. The developer might like to fund that short stretch of pavement in reparation for habitat destruction and environmental damage on a scale we could not have foreseen. The embankment was a wildlife corridor where well over 100 trees were felled. On 11May 2022 at The Ghyll residents asked Story Homes the reason and no-one could tell us. Look at the map below. That short stretch marked in red dots is comprehended within the Brigsteer Rise site, between the two access roads heavy-wagons are using.
Walk down the Brigstteer Road and, approaching its junction with Underwood you are in the road, avoiding a road-sign right on the corner. At that moment this large building-supplies vehicle, below right, swung out of Underwood into Brigsteer Road. Highways need to be out there assessing pedestrian safety.
My Books, Cumbrian Contrasts, Chapter 3 Ghyll Brow, An approach to Scout Scar
This is my local patch. As a nature writer and photographer I’ve studied it and followed its fortunes this millennium. Ghyll Brow also features in 'About Scout Scar.'