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Commencing 22nd May for approx. 8 weeks 

The closure will be phased to allow for resurfacing - details can be obtained by clicking here.

Maps showing closure areas & alternative routes can be accessed by clicking on the relevant phase

Phase 4 - Phase 3 - Phase 2 - Phase 1 



BELL BRIDGE & RIVERSIDE ROAD, Sebergham - (update 21st June 2017)


Bell Bridge, Welton, collapsed on 27th January 2016, one of many bridges damaged by storms during the previous month.  This bridge was constructed in 1772, and was a Grade II listed structure built to replace an earlier bridge, also washed away by storms.  A section of the Riverside Road between Bell Bridge & Sebergham Bridge was also undermined by the storm.

Cumbria County Council (CCC) has awarded contracts to Story Contracting Ltd to design and build the replacement bridge & repair the road.  Planning applications have been approved by CCC, and Story Contracting are ready to commence work.  

Following concerns expressed at the Sebergham Parish Council meeting on 24th May about previously undisclosed delays & lack of consultation with local residents, the Chairman & County Councillor Fairbairn met with CCC officers to seek to expedite the works and get clarity about the expected timescale.  The latest information provided is as follows.  

Bell Bridge - The problems causing delays have now been resolved and on 10th July Story Contracting Ltd will commence a 22 week programme of work to rebuild the bridge, ENW will re-locate its power lines on 23/24 July, and the work is programmed to be completed by late November, subject to weather.  Only the first part of this work requires river access and will be completed before the EA licence expires at the end of September.  The cladding, etc on the bridge walls will be done from the bridge gantries and will not require river access.  The 'heads of agreement' to purchase the additional land required are reported to have been agreed with all parties and, subject to a couple of minor issues of detail, should be signed very shortly and will not create any delays.


Riverside RoadIn spite of assurances given at the Parish Council meeting in May that CCC would be making a decision the following week regarding which of their three options for repairing the road would be adopted, this did not happened.  The CCC Programme Board refused to authorise the officers' preferred option, requiring more information & other possibilities to be examined.  The Environment Agency has also told CCC that they will not allow any work to narrow the river so installing gabions to stabilise the river bank appears very unlikely to be approved.  The Project Team is now re-considering the options, including considering whether to purchase additional land alongside the existing roadway and realign the road by constructing a parallel short stretch of new road a little further from the river bank.  They could then stabilise the bank in some other way as a separate contract next year.  

Although strong assurances have been given that a decision will be reached without further delay, at this time it is difficult to be confident this will happen.  Because of this indecision, no approach can be made to EA to allow entry into the river to undertake any road related work.  If it proves necessary to seek approval to enter the river, it is expected to take 8 weeks for EA to issue a licence.  The next CCC Programme Board meets in early July, and in the meantime Rory Stewart MP has been appraised of the situation and has undertaken to write to CCC urging them to make the necessary decisions & progress the work as a matter of urgency, and he will approach the new Environment Minister with a request to accelerate the issue of a licence. 


  Public Footpaths 251010 and 251032 have been re-routed to allow work to be undertaken;

  for full details click here.   



The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Wednesday 26th July 2017 

commencing at 7:30 pm in Welton Village Hall


Parish Council meetings take place on the fourth Wednesday of alternate months

commencing at 7:30 p.m. in Welton Village Hall unless otherwise stated 

These are open meetings which members of the public are welcome to attend



The recycling bins on Welton village green have been replaced with new 'Co-mingled' Bins which now enable glass bottles & jars, metal cans and plastic bottles to be recycled in the same container. 

Further information can be obtained from the village noticeboard,

by contacting Allerdale BC on 01900 702800,







For a report on the current situation with Broadband in Sebergham Parish - click here

Further information regarding delivery of broadband services by Cumbria County Council is available on  



Rural Wheels Travel Service 

Cumbria County Council's Rural Wheels transport scheme provides a travel service to address the lack of good public transport for people living in rural areas. It provides door-to-door transport for people when required, and at a reasonable cost.  For further information click here 

Highways Hotline

The most effective way for members of the public to report potholes and other damage to the surface of roads, or any other highways issues, is to telephone Cumbria County Council's Highways Hotline on 0300 303 2992 or to submit them on-line here.  Alternatively, Peter Pearson maintains contact with the Highways Steward on behalf of the Parish Council and any issues can be reported to Peter click here.

For further details about the County Council's Highways Hotline click here

Home Fire Safety Visits For details of the County Council's new arrangements to provide Home Fire Safety Visits, click here