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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Honister mine to appeal over zip wire rejection

Honister Slate Mine says it will appeal against the decision by the Lake District National Park Authority to reject its plans to build a zip wire.

The authority's development control committee met yesterday in Kendal and heard from Friends of the Lake District's vice president, Sir Chris Bonington, who spoke in favour of the zip wire.

Sir Chris is since reported to have stepped down from his position due to the opposition from the Friends of the Lake District.
Honister Jan Wilkinson today said she would appeal against the decision, continuing the long attractions long fight to open the zip wire.

“We’’ll start the wheels in motion immediately,” she said.

National Park planners said there was a "fundamental principal" at stake that the mountain tops were not the right place for such an activity.

Seven members voted against the proposal and four were in favour despite officers recommending temporary approval.

Key opponents included both Buttermere Parish Council and Borrowdale Parish Council which serve the communities directly neighbouring the tourist attraction.

The plan would have seen two zip wires built from near the top of Fleet with Pike following the route of the old Lancaster aerial ropeway.

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Our economy revolves around Agriculture & Tourism. LDNPA appear to be proving the usual view that if you can't succeed in the business world you can always go into council & hide within bureaucracy - come into the real world & you'll find yourselves redundant! Stop mucking about & get a Cumbria Tourism initiative backed!

Posted by Richard Mattinson on 10 January 2013 at 10:16

Surely we have to put people first sometimes I.e. jobs?

Posted by Becky Willoughby on 10 January 2013 at 08:23

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