20th February 2024

Sewage discharges into Windermere

Lakes Parish Council are supporting a statement made by Windermere & Bowness Town Council, fully backing any project or initiative to stop all sewage discharges into Lake Windermere by adopting the ‘Lake Annecy Solution’ action plan proposed by United Utilities. Windermere Town Council have set up an advisory group to lead the initiative, working with a network of other organisations to prioritise the health of the lake.

Loughrigg Meadow Development

Councillors have been told that their suggested name of ‘Galava’ for the 40-home development off Loughrigg Meadow is not acceptable to W&F Council and the developers, because the historic name, which reflects its proximity to Galava Roman Fort, is already in use locally and could lead to postal and deliveries confusion. However, councillors rejected suggested names from the developers including ‘Snowdrop’ and ‘Juniper’, favouring a local name instead with links to the vicinity.

Silver Sunday March 3rd

Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary Club is inviting older people who live alone to its Silver Sunday Tea on Sunday March 3, 2-4pm at the Parish Centre. This is a free event celebrating older people, with a social Afternoon Tea of friendship and companionship. Booking is essential, contact Allison Peak on 07849519133 or Judy Fry on 07739597350 before Wednesday, February 28.

Parish Centre

Next Thursday, February 29, is the monthly Community Lunch, 12.30-1.30pm, Ambleside Parish Centre. All welcome, no charge, but donations appreciated.

Parish Council recommends refusal of Fox How Plans

An Ambleside planning application to merge the historic Grade II listed 5-bedroom house named Fox How with an adjoining 2-bed cottage along the Underloughrigg road was recently recommended for refusal by Lakes Parish Council. The house was built in 1834 by Dr Arnold, Headmaster of Rugby School on a site said to have been chosen by his close friend, William Wordsworth. Visitors included leading literary figures, and the house was later lived in by Dr Arnold’s son, the poet Matthew Arnold. The property is currently sub-divided between a substantial five-bedroomed dwelling and an adjoining two bedroomed cottage, which was made into a separate dwelling from the main house by Bishop Bulley, who was resident there in 1959. Its new owners want the cottage to revert to being one residence. Council said the property, formerly the home of the late Revd Doreen Harrison, held immense historic interest and is situated in a sensitive area. The building should be treated with the utmost care, ensuring there was no loss of historic fabric or special architectural significance, with great weight given to the conservation of assets. The proposed glass extension on the site of former garages was not in harmony with local design aesthetics and the application also failed to address potential light pollution emanating from it, which was a critical consideration for the surrounding environment. Merging two houses back into one would reduce the cottage’s potential availability for local housing, in an area with a high need for permanent homes. Councillors also criticised plans to build a contemporary cottage described as a timber-clad single-storey flat-roofed ‘pavilion’ in the adjoining woodland, which is a habitat for owls and red squirrels, and said that preserving the ecological balance of this area was crucial. Any application needed to address all these concerns adequately, including loss of trees. Flood risk assessments were also required, to promote a sustainable development, secure proper drainage and manage the risk of pollution and flooding. While Lakes PC appreciated efforts to make the internal space accessible, the overall application was deficient in addressing the key concerns raised, and the Council firmly believed that the application required substantial revisions to align it with local planning policies. It therefore urged the NPA’s Development Control Committee to thoroughly reconsider the proposal, addressing LPC’s highlighted concerns before making any decisions.

 Armitt Museum reopens
The Armitt Museum re-opened February 14 with a new exhibition, ‘Running int’ Fells” featuring the history, spirit, and enjoyment as well as sheer guts demanded by Cumbrian fellrunning. This new display explores the origins and enduring popularity of the sport, from rudimentary beginnings of Grasmere Sports to the slick, ultra and trail running events today. Armitt Manager and Curator Faye Morrissey said it is the first and only exhibition dedicated solely to fell running in the sport’s original and spiritual home of Cumbria. The Exhibition runs until December with family activities and fell running events throughout the year. Details on www.armitt.com, email info@armitt.com, or call 015394 31212.