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Concern for walkers as zip wire plan 'to be revived'?

Posted 21 October 2010
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Concern for walkers as zip wire plan 'to be revived'?
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The man behind a plan to establish a zip wire in the Lake District has said it will be revived next year.

Honister Slate Mine company owner Mark Weir told Grough the application to set up the facility on nearby Fleetwith Pike will be re-submitted in 2011 - having been withdrawn this week - to ensure its details offer "100 per cent clarity".

He said those who go walking should have nothing to worry about, as it will be established on black crag, below the top of the pike, avoiding any impact on those hiking along nearby paths.

"I was born and brought up in the area and I don't think I would want to see it on the top of Fleetwith myself," Mr Weir remarked.

He said opponents like Friends of the Lake District had been wrong to claim the wire would be based on the mountain summit.

A decision on the application had originally been scheduled for late summer, but last month the national park authority announced it would be delayed until November 3rd.

Head of development management David McGowan stated this would enable the planning committee to examine "every possible implication" of the proposal.

Posted by Elaine Arthur