The Parish Council launched a petition asking the County Council to support the creation of the footpath between Hesket Newmarket and Caldbeck. More than 1,400 people have signed, with many including helpful comments explaining why they support the establishment of the footpath.
Caldbeck Parish Council is not fundraising at this stage. The petition is to show the strength of local feeling and put pressure on the County Council to provide the necessary support. If prompted for a donation, this is for Change.org.
The footpath is to be paid for by a generous gift, detailed plans have been drawn up, and 8 out of 10 landowners are content. Two landowners, originally in support, have given back word. A Footpath Creation Order is now required for the project to proceed. The Lake District National Park has offered staff resources to undertake the necessary work for a Footpath Creation Order but cannot take any action without the explicit support of the County Council as Highways Authority. All three Allerdale MPs and the Police and Crime Commissioner have expressed their support for the footpath.
Here is an excellent opportunity for the County Council, National Park and Caldbeck Parish Council to work together to establish the footpath and provide a lasting community asset for generations to come, largely paid for by a gift.