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Lakes war of words heats up as zip wire decision approaches

Posted 5 September 2011
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Lakes war of words heats up as zip wire decision approaches
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Those who like to go walking in the Lake District may be interested to note that a decision is due this week on controversial plans to install a zipwire near the Honister Slate Mine by its owners.

Groups such as Friends of the Lake District are opposed and the mine company has gone on the offensive via its Facebook Page.

A posting on behalf of the firm claimed "most" of the objectors are not from the Lake District, but places such as Cheshire and Manchester.

"The folk running this business were born, live and work here unlike those in comfy warm offices pontificating on what we should and should not do," the company said.

Such comments follow a variety of responses to a BBC article in which mine owners defended the plan and it was noted more than twice as many letters have been received by the national park authority in support of the plan as opposed to it.

Planning Officer for Friends of the Lake District Richard Pearse recently outlined the group's opposition to the wire, saying it would damage a designated area of special scientific interest and detract from the "recreational experience of walkers and climbers".
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