RESIDENTS have signed a letter and a petition to object to a proposal for a new public car park in a popular Lake District town. 

More than 150 residents have signed the petition and the planning application has received more than 40 objections from district councillors, the town council and a Sea Scout group.

The new car park would sit adjacent to Applethwaite Green care home in Windermere. It would feature 21 additional spaces, bringing the total at the site to 29. 

Complaints say the narrow width of the road makes it difficult or even impossible for vehicles to pass and that the absence of pavement would mean increased danger for pedestrians if plans were approved.

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The letter was addressed to the Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council John Metcalfe and Chairman of Cumbria County Council, Cllr Anthony Markley.

Residents are asking for a 'review' of the plans and that objections from the community with 'real concerns and dangers associated with implementing this proposal' are looked at.

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Antony Sutton, who sent the latter, said: "The road is narrow and absent of any footpath. Increased traffic, resultant from the introduction of a public car park, would present a significant increase in danger to the many elderly residents who walk up and down this route.

"The proposal fails to consider, or mitigate against these dangers."

The county council says its scheme would help to ease parking issues in Windermere. 

But Mr Sutton is urging the authorities to 'intervene and fully withdraw this dangerous proposal'.

A spokesman for the Lake District National Park Authority said: "We are awaiting additional information from the applicants to address issues raised by the highway authority.

"We have received a significant number of objections and all objections are carefully considered as part of the decision-making process.

"Because of the level of objections if officers decided to recommend approval then it would be a decision taken by members at the Development Control Committee. No decision on a recommendation had been taken to date."