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Lake District may back two boundary extensions

Posted 12 February 2010
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Lake District may back two boundary extensions
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The Lake District National Park Authority has revealed that its members are to be asked to back two of the five proposed extensions to the area's boundaries.

Plans for extending both the Lakes and the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales were unveiled late last year by Natural England and the authority will ask its members to support extensions at the southern edge (Helsington Barrows to Sizergh) and an eastern extension (Birkbeck Fell to Whinfell).

In addition to this, the Orton Fells will also come under consideration, with the schedule aiming to decide by March 17th whether these should be added to either of the two national parks.

The meeting will be held on February 24th and if the new areas are extended, they may become places those donning their walking boots may wish to buy Ordnance Survey maps for.

A final say on any extension to the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales should be subject to local referendums, the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron has argued.

Posted by Elaine Arthur