Just what is happening about The Brow? Why is it closed? When will it re-open?
These are questions we hear around town almost daily.
A lot is going on behind the scenes to make The Brow safe again, and to enable visitors and local people to once again enjoy the panorama which is Ruskin’s View - an attraction which attracts visitors year-round and boosts the local economy.
To keep our community fully informed, a public consultation and drop-in session will be held at the Lunesdale Hall on Wednesday, May 25, between 6pm and 8pm. Come along with your questions and find out why The Brow is at risk, what needs doing to make it safe, and how you might be able to help.
The Town Council, together with others in the community, are developing plans to secure the area. This includes raising the significant funds needed to restore and stabilise the area.
Raising the money, and carrying out the necessary technical works, will be a long process. In the meantime, we sadly have no other option but to follow expert advice from a variety of professional sources and close The Brow between the Radical Steps and the path to Lily Wood just past the new graveyard gates. New, more robust barrier gates have been installed, along with explanatory signage.
The area is being monitored with specialist equipment and since The Brow was closed in September, 2021, there has been measurable movement on the sloped embankment in the closed area, which confirms the area is unsafe.
The disappointment and inconvenience caused by the closure is totally understandable, but is unavoidable.
We hope to see you at the consultation on May 25.
Ruskin’s View Appeal Group