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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Bid to stop private sale of Blencathra

A bid to stop the sale of Lake District mountain Blencathra to a private person or group has been launched.

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MOUNTAIN BID: Campaign leader Debbie Cosgrove with a cloudy Blencathra in the background

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This follows advice to the Friends of Blencathra group that the owner, Lord Lonsdale will not meet the group and is determined to sell to the highest bidder.

The deadline for bids is July 2

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham and Rory Stewart, have both backed the campaign.

It is understood that a an early day motion could be tabled in Parliament tomorrow morning asking if the Government can step in and make Blencathra a community asset before the auction closes.

The earl, Hugh Lowther, has put the mountain, known locally as Saddleback, on the market for £1.75 million to help settle a £9m inheritance tax bill.

The friends group was set up on social networking website Facebook after a chance remark by Allerby woman Debbie Cosgrove, and aims to raise the cash to buy the 2,850ft peak.

Campaigners met on Sunday to decide how to raise and collect the money.

Debbie, the group’s chairman, said she was disappointed at Lord Lonsdale’s reaction having previously been led to understand that he viewed the Friends of Blencathra favourably.

The friends group has 5,929 members on Facebook since its page was set up nine days ago and has already attracted pledges of £1 million.

Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is the group’s honorary president and TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle has backed the group.

Have your say

What a waste of time, people.

What do you think the new owner is going to do? Fence it off and make it inaccessible or charge people to get on there?

Come on, there's not a lot they can do to a mountain is there? Put things into context and GET REAL!!

Posted by Sceptic on 16 May 2014 at 16:34

This wonderful mountain is the most iconic in the English Lakes and should belong to the nation and not some private personage who happens to have the money to buy it. Maybe the National Trust should buy it for us all, after all they have frequently helped out the aristocrasy by acquiring their ancestral piles. That way we keep the mountain and Hugh gets his tax bill paid.

Posted by Joan Slater on 16 May 2014 at 00:03

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