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Lake District flood damage and road infrastructure

We're very pleased to announce that Dr Simon Ferley, local geo-engineering expert will be speaking at our AGM at the Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, on the afternoon of February 10th.

Dr Ferley's multi-media and interactive talk will draw on his experience from his role of Principal Geo-engineer at Capita. He led the recent survey of the flood damaged road, the A591, which was undertaken on behalf of Cumbria County Council by Capita. A film of Dr Ferley on YouTube explaining the issues which contributed to the flood damage to this key road has had more than 10,000 views since it was posted by Cumbria County Council. He will be speaking at the event in a personal capacity. The event is free to attend for Nurture Lakeland corporate and individual members. Non-members are welcome to attend for £10 per head payable in cash on the door, which will go towards the work of the charity. Places must be reserved in advance via Eventbrite. This will be a popular event so please book early.

Location: Wastwater Room, Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LP


2.45 pm Registration, tea and coffee

3-3.45 Presentation by Dr Ferley (open to members and non-members) followed by questions from the floor.

4.00 AGM business - non members may wish to leave before the AGM business. Members only can vote, though non-members are welcome to stay to observe.

4.30 Close






Dr Simon Ferley on site on the A591

Simon is a native of Bury, in Lancashire.  Educated at Bury Grammar School. He was awarded a Bachelors Degree in civil engineering from Birmingham University in 1978, and a Masters Degree in Geotechnics from Middlesex University in 1992. He gained his PhD for research into the geological and glacigenic controls on the engineering properties of glacial soils in 2014.

Among the major schemes he has been engaged with are the design and construction of Heysham Power Station, the closing of the M6 Cumberland Gap between Carlisle and Gretna, and several projects on the Greater Manchester Metro.  He has also been involved in many schemes throughout Cumbria in over twenty years since moving to the region.