Zip wire for the Lake District hits a snag

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

As a born-and-bred Cum­brian, I agree to­tally with Si­mon Jenk­ins (A zip wire is the last thing the

Lakes needs, 30 Novem­ber). He high­lights that the area is part of the na­tional park and is en­ti­tled to pro­tec­tion from in­ap­pro­pri­ate plan­ning and devel­op­ment. The Lake District plan­ning author­ity is demon­strat­ing a to­tal lack of care.

The pro­po­nents of this ridicu­lous plan claim to want to at­tract more young peo­ple. The park has huge num­bers of all ages en­joy­ing the peace and beauty we can of­fer.

This is a na­tional park, not a gi­ant fair­ground. The new jobs cre­ated will be tiny in num­ber. The park only re­cently achieved world her­itage sta­tus af­ter years of try­ing. This will put such sta­tus un­der threat. If passed, this plan will lead to other mon­ey­mak­ing de­vel­op­ments such as the reemer­gence of plans for a Thirlmere zip wire, ca­ble cars and out-of-town re­tail out­lets. Mike Telford

Cock­er­mouth, Cum­bria

It is hard to be­lieve that Si­mon Jenk­ins has been to Hon­is­ter Pass

re­cently, if ever. Hon­is­ter Pass does not back on to ei­ther Pil­lar or Scafell. These hills and Cat Bells are more than three and a half miles away and ob­scured by the fells in be­tween. It is only from Dale Head that the crag can be seen.

The pass is a far from tran­quil spot. There is a busy car park and vis­i­tor cen­tre, an ac­tive slate mine and ev­ery week­end there is an end­less stream of mo­tor­bikes rac­ing up and down. Un­like na­tional parks in the US and else­where, Bri­tish na­tional parks are hu­man land­scapes and have to sup­port a ru­ral econ­omy and pop­u­la­tion, oth­er­wise they will just be the pre­serve of sec­ond-home own­ers from the home coun­ties.

Rigby Jer­ram

Ken­dal, Cum­bria

I am stay­ing only a few miles from Hon­is­ter this week. I can only sug­gest that Si­mon, as I did this morn­ing, stands at the bot­tom of the pro­posed zip wire run and looks up. That side of Fleetwith Pike is a des­o­late waste­land of scree, min­ing waste and foot­paths.

The im­pact of the new wire will be min­i­mal. There is no “man­i­fest nat­u­ral beauty” to be af­fected. Hon­is­ter’s chief eco­nomic as­set has, for cen­turies, been the slate mine, not “its empti­ness and tran­quil­lity”. Yes it is a “ravine of ex­quis­ite rugged­ness” but that is partly be­cause of the awein­spir­ing work of the min­ers there.

An­thony Nixon

Water­looville, Hamp­shire

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