Wednesday, 4 July 2012


NESTING birds and bats are delaying repair work to the main access bridge at Cockermouth cemetery.

The wildlife was discovered when Allerdale Council applied to the Environment Agency for consent to carry out the work to the bridge, which has been closed to vehicles because of structural problems.
A survey was carried out which showed there were four different types of bats, various species of birds and even an otter in the vicinity.
Chris Rolle, Allerdale Borough Council’s property manager, said: “It is marvellous that the cemetery is such a haven for wildlife. The peaceful and unspoilt environment of the cemetery that we all value is understandably being taken advantage of by the animals and birds that are flourishing there. The downside is that our scheduled works for the cemetery bridge will now be affected.
“Because nesting birds and bats are protected, we have taken advice from experts and will not be able to progress the works until the autumn.”
He said the council apologised for any inconvenience caused by the delays. Work will be carried out as soon as possible.

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