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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Honister zip wire could be approved by national park

A plan for a 3,395ft-long zip wire visitor attraction at Honister Slate Mine is set to get the go-ahead.

The mine’s owners are seeking permission to put up the attraction for 18 months.

During that time they have pledged to have an independent survey done of its impact which will help the Lake District National Park Authority determine whether it should be retained permanently.

Plans for a 3,937ft zip wire from Black Star, near the top of Fleetwith Pike, were rejected in September 2011 because the authority’s development control committee felt it would harm the remoteness, tranquillity and wilderness of the landscape and result in the loss of an area of designated European dry heath habitat.

The revised plan would see the zip wire start below the summit of the fell at Honister Crags, finishing in the mine car park.

It could only be used by people completing the Via Ferrata climbing route.

The committee will consider the plans on Wednesday.

Officers have recommended that the committee delegates responsibility to an officer to approve the plans subject to conditions.

Those conditions are likely to include monitoring and, if necessary, reinstatement of vegetation.

The application has attracted 271 letters of support and 162 letters of objection.

Borrowdale and Buttermere parish councils have both opposed the scheme.

Keswick Town Council has supported the bid.

The mine’s bosses have said the development is needed to keep the business profitable.

Have your say

I hope it goes ahead and is successful. There is far too much of the "not in my backyard " attitude here. Anything in the area that can create jobs for the youth and above is a good thing, be it a zip wire or a nuclear waste dump. Most local people would be supportive of these things , but its all the "in comers" to the area who are against developments. I would love a nuclear waste dump. Think of the thousands of jobs for school leavers and the people in their 20's who have had an impossible time living in a disadvantaged area of massive unemployment. Attitudes need to change for the benifit of the area and local peoples.

Posted by andrew on 10 January 2013 at 21:32

Yeah, let's turn the lake district into a theme park!, we could also have mountain side train journeys to take you upto the ski lift or even afew stalls where you could throw the hoopla and possibly win a pike instead of a goldfish, hurrah bring on the candy floss!.

Posted by Andrew on 10 January 2013 at 01:20

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