Windermere Speed Restriction

Jobs in Cumbria – Windermere speed restriction harmful for the local economy.

England’s largest lake has been a draw for waterskiers, yacht crews, rowers and pleasure boats for decades. It is difficult to find supporters for the speed limit in Bowness, which relies heavily on the lake and the millions of tourists for its economy and on the jobs in cumbria that this creates. The bylaw came into force five years ago but implementation, which began five years later, was delayed to give powerboat owners and businesses time to adjust and for the impact on vacancies to be gradual. It is not just the businesses who will suffer; it is the local residents, who rely on the staffing capabilities of the large tourist firms to earn a living. A lot of these jobs are taken by students in the area, who need the capital to pay for their tuition fees in the summer holidays, before sadly leaving for greater graduate opportunities elsewhere; if only there were more graduate trainee jobs in the Lake District.

Also, some reports suggest a planned 10mph speed limit on Windermere in Cumbria would prove more dangerous to users than no speed restrictions at all. This has led to disquiet by some involved in the local tourist industry, who believe the restriction is not justified. Worries that this will lead to fewer job vacancies in the area, which is still recovering from foot and mouth, are also apparent. These recruitment opportunities are crucial for the youth in the region, as more and more leave their humble surroundings for lives in the inner cities of Manchester, Lancaster, Carlisle etc.

“The government and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the department that now has responsibility for this issue, will also have to look at this very carefully.” These are the words of Ms Hoey, a campaigner against the speed restriction. The government, at local and national level, will have to address these types of issues and fight to preserve employment in such rural communities.