The Mirehouse Residents Group – the team behind the project to improve access from East to West Mirehouse – were absolutely delighted when all the project funding was confirmed.
The project aims to reducing flooding to existing footpaths on Wasdale Close, Whinlatter Road and close to Valley School to provide a safe thoroughfare for the estate residents.
Keith Cartner said ‘On many occasions the footpaths are inaccessible through flooding, and as they are on the main route for schools and shops proves difficult for those wanting to access those services. Although there are alternative routes this can lead to a significantly longer walking time between points, which are actually quite close together. As we want to encourage residents to undertake activity improvements to these paths are vital. We hope to start work as soon as possible now the WREN funding is secure and get the project complete prior to autumn”.
Keith continued: “We have worked closely with the residents, Copeland Borough Council, Network Rail, Cumbria County Council and Sustrans to ensure that the scheme is fit for purpose and will make long-term improvements to the area. Not only will the local residents benefit but all those who use the C2C cycle route so it will have a positive impact on all the route users. The members of the Copeland Community Fund’s development team were instrumental in supporting our group through the project planning to full application and we are fortunate in this area to have such support”.