Kendal Vision Progress Update Event 2024

Mark Cropper

Members of the public will be able to see and hear about the latest projects which are helping to progress the Kendal Vision at a special event later this month.  

This is the second progress event held by Kendal Futures since the Vision was published in 2020. 

Residents are invited to drop in to see the exhibition will be held in the Assembly Rooms in Kendal Town Hall on Wednesday 17th January, from 1.30 pm until 8.00 pm.  A presentation will take place at 2.00 pm and repeated at 6.00 pm.

During the presentation, Kendal Futures will reveal the findings of a specialist movement study which offers ideas to reimagine Kendal’s road network and make the streets attractive public spaces for everyone – people, cyclists and vehicles – in the long term.

The study was funded by Westmorland and Furness Council via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and while inspirational, has involved significant data analysis and explored the technical constraints to ensure proposals could be delivered in the future.  

There will also be another opportunity to find out more about the town centre regeneration projects which were recently awarded £13.5m from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund and how the now completed Stramongate public space improvement scheme will influence this scheme.

Mark Cropper, chairman of Kendal Futures, said: “The importance of our places is now widely recognised and having the Vision, led by Kendal Futures, has enabled Kendal to attract a significant funding investment from the Government.  The Vision was shaped by the views of 2,000 local people who told us what’s important to them.   

“While the Vision provides long-term inspiration for change in Kendal, change is complex and can take a long time.  However, working with Westmorland and Furness Council, Kendal Town Council and the local community via our Action Groups, progress is being made.   We are excited to share the findings of our latest study to improve our traffic system and Kendal’s streetscape.”

Councillor Jonathan Brook, Leader of Westmorland and Furness Council, said: “There is great value in working with local partners, such as Kendal Futures, to develop ideas for a placemaking vision for the future of the town centre, based on community aspirations.

“These are tremendously exciting times for Kendal, and Westmorland and Furness as a whole. Investments such as the Levelling Up funding for the Heart of Kendal project, as well as projects funded by the Shared Prosperity Fund, will support our aspirations to make ambitious and long-lasting improvements across the town.”

Find out more here.