Cumberland Council seeks public input on Keswick Traffic Restrictions

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Cumberland Council is launching a statutory consultation to gather for feedback on proposal traffic and parking restrictions in Keswick and the surrounding area.
The statutory consultation period is from Friday 25 August to Friday 15 September.
This statutory consultation follows an earlier informal consultation, where people were able to send feedback and share their thoughts with the council about the Keswick Traffic Restrictions. The council is reminding the public, that if they want their opinions to be considered, then it is crucial that people respond to this statutory consultation.
The proposals will focus on addressing safety concerns and obstructive parking issues, at Portinscale, Borrowdale and Stonethwaite. Temporary restrictions have been implemented in these areas to address these issues.
The TRO also includes proposals for the U7003 along the western shore of Thirlmere in the interests of road safety.  
The U7003 road had emergency restrictions imposed after Storm Arwen in November 2021 due to fallen trees, rockfalls, and debris, endangering road users. This affected the adjacent land, Rough Crag, which belongs to United Utilities.
Detailed evaluations by United Utilities assessed damage across Rough Crag, including hidden sections, such as tree damage and loose rock hazards. Ongoing discussions are taking place with United Utilities to determine if technical solutions can make the road safe again.
While these discussions continue, the hazards persist, necessitating the continuation of a full road closure at Rough Crag.
Additionally, a Prohibition of Motor Vehicles restriction is proposed on two segments of U7003, allowing access for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders, while providing safe turning points for vehicles.
Proposals also include loading restrictions linked with the Premier Inn development at High Hill, Keswick and structural weight restrictions at various bridges.
The council is inviting the public to share their views, by the closing date of Friday 15 September. More information can be found on the Cumberland Council’s website. Comments can be emailed to, or mailed to Keswick TRO Review, Highways Depot, Joseph Noble Road Lillyhall, Workington
Cumbria CA14 4JH.