Bridge Update!

One of the businesses from the Mill Yard has acted as a representative for other businesses in the area and has emailed the authorities regarding our bridge closure asking for the Staveley Bridge to be prioritised.

Stan Collins has responded highlighting difficulties regarding the gas supply under the footbridge which they are trying to re-route as quickly as they can in order to address the repair of the bridge. Keith Little has encouraged that there is strong pressure from our local authorities to address the bridge.

Please see the correspondence below;

Dear Mr Young,

I am writing to you on behalf of Staveley businesses. Following the recent floods, the road bridge on the Main Street in Staveley has been severely damaged and is unsafe to walk across let alone drive. After recent inspection a new bridge is the most economic option. However, we have been informed that this is likely to take up to one year to rectify. This timescale is not a viable option for our businesses in the village. This will have a detrimental effect on the businesses and therefore our community.

The Mill Yard is located at the heart of this rare Lakeland village. Not only does Staveley have a thriving community, the Mill Yard alone employs over 400 employees through the 40 diverse businesses located on site. Since the bridge closure the village has been split. We urge you to prioritise Staveley and take immediate action to replace the bridge. 

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Tiffany Solender –

POGU – Protect What Matters

She has recieved the following responses:


One of the problems is that the gas main runs under the remains of the footbridge (alongside the Eagle and Child bridge) and these cannot be moved while the gas main is live.  National Grid (gas) is working on a major project to reroute the gas main which will be done as soon as possible.  I had been concerned that the remains of the footbridge could fall into the river and block its flow causing massive flooding; we now have the risk of fire to contend with as well because such a collapse would rupture the gas main.

I am keeping up to date with the latest developments and pressing for a permanent solution to be delivered at rapidly.

Best wishes,

Stan Collins,
Upper Kent division

Hi Tiffany, thank you for your letter re the defective bridges we are well aware of the difficulty all of the bridge defects, closures are causing our communities and businesses. We are working hard to get decisions on repairs and or replacements and this will form part of our ask to the Government for funding. I can assure you that your locally elected members are continually reminding us of the difficulties faced in the community, we are a very large county with a great many difficulties as you will appreciate, we face further weather related issues in the next few days, which will inevitably cause further damage to our already fragile infrastructure. I will forward your letter onto the area team and ask for a response direct to yourself. I hope this is helpful.


Keith Little

Portfolio holder Highways & Transport




Barley Bridge Weir

barley bridge

There is a public consultation meeting which the Council is arranging.  It will be held in the Staveley Village Hall on the Thursday, 17th March 2016.

This is to establish the next steps to be taken with regard to the current state of the Barley Bridge Weir.  Ultimately the options will be whether we allow it to deteriorate further, dismantle it or seek actively to preserve it.

The public are invited to attend from 7.00 -9.00p.m, where various bodies will be able, if they so wish, to give a short presentation as part of an Open Meeting.

Read about The Barley Bridge Weir and it’s history here (Staveley & District History Society).



We need our Bridge!

IMG_5866There is a growing concern regarding the repair of the Gowan Old Bridge. An increased number of people are gathering momentum to put pressure on the authorities to prioritise our bridge due to the potential adverse affect that it’s closure will have on the village.

We will be publishing any updates as and when we receive them.


Save our Fire Station

OPPOSITION is mounting against plans to shut Arnside and Staveley fire stations in the wake of massive cuts to local government funding.

Cumbria County Council wants to close five stations across the county as it looks for ways to slash £55m from its budget over the next two years as austerity measures bite.

And today, The Westmorland Gazette launches a campaign demanding the fire stations are kept open.

Click here to see the full story

Click here to have your say on the Fire Service Closure Plan.