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TV star concerned for Thirlmere zip wire plans

Hevlevellyn and Thirlmere, Lake District National Park. Photo credit: Andrew Locking

[A]ctress, and President of Campaign for National Parks, Caroline Quentin has joined the opposition to the proposals for multiple zip wires across Thirlmere in the Lake District National Park. Campaign for National Parks has joined up with Friends of the Lake District and others to object to proposals for the activity hub in Thirlmere, which will destroy the beauty and sense of relative remoteness of the area.

Caroline said: “I’m concerned about the proposed zip wires in Thirlmere, my fear is that they will spoil the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful, important place. I am all for development that enhances our National Parks but my instinct is that we should say no to zip wires in Thirlmere.”

Caroline joins other prominent voices and groups in opposing the plans for zip wires across the lake, including the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS).

Campaign for National Parks has today submitted a letter of objection to the Lake District National Park Authority and urges members of the public to do the same before the deadline of 2 January 2018. The Friends of the Lake District website contains lots of useful advice on making an objection.

Ruth Bradshaw, Policy and Research Manager at Campaign for National Parks, said: “Thirlmere is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement in the UK. These proposals are a serious threat to the calm and tranquillity of this beautiful place.”

National Parks have the highest levels of planning protection and developments which are in conflict with the conservation and recreational purposes of these areas are not permitted.

“In our response we explain that as well as being visually intrusive, the proposals will lead to increased traffic and noise. We are also extremely concerned at the precedent this sets for further commercial activity in this valley, elsewhere in the Lake District, and in other National Parks. Anyone who loves our National Parks should object to this planning application.” continued Ruth.

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