The ginnel connecting Church Drive to Main Street and meeting it opposite the butchers is to close from 8am Monday 22nd January for essential maintenance. The footpath is perhaps the most well used in the village. As a result the surface is often muddy and the surrounding hedgerows have overgrown and impacted on its width. East Keswick Parish Council has secured a grant from the Emmerdale Stakeholder fund which will pay for its improvement which will take the rest of that week. it is hoped to reopen the footpath for the weekend.

The work will include a new limestone surface as well as cutting back encroaching hedgerows vertically with the footpath width. A self seeded tree which has grown onto the footpath will also be removed.

Whilst the footpath is closed an alternative route between the two roads is the footpath through Keswick Marsh. The Emmerdale Stakeholder Fund was set up when the outdoor location for the popular ITV network series was moved to land within the grounds of Harewood House. The fund is available for projects which boost the wellbeing of neighbouring areas. Granville Davies of East Keswick Parish Council submitted a proposal for the panel and chairman Andrew Batty presented it at a meeting in the Autumn. He said' we're grateful to the fund for approving our application which will mean a major route through the village will have the significant improvement it needs without any effect on the village precept'. 

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