Planned A66 closuresspark concern

Date: Friday 25th May 2018

SCOTT Jackson was elected mayor and chairman of Penrith Town Council for the second year running, at the authority’s annual meeting on Monday.

At the same meeting, councillors voted to finalise a draft response to Highways England, following news that the A66 will be closed for repairs for seven consecutive weekends in September and October. Councillors were concerned about the effect the closure would have on the town and local businesses. Among the stretches of road which will be closed for one or more weekends will be those at Kirkby Thore, Kemplay roundabout and the Temple Sowerby bypass.

Peter Baker (Pategill), chairman of the neighbourhood plan group, gave town councillors an update. He said the first draft of the neighbourhood plan had been sent off by the steering group and the next step was to bring it to full council. In preparation of the next meeting, he invited councillors to attend an informal gathering on 7th June — an opportunity to raise questions.

It was also agreed that the Corn Market bandstand, which was transferred to the town council at the end of March, be made available for use by third party organisations.

Councillors voted to accept ownership of the war memorial obelisk in St Andrew’s churchyard.