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New Honister zipwire row brewing

Posted 22 November 2012
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New Honister zipwire row brewing
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A new row may be brewing over plans to establish a zipwire above the Honister Pass in the Lake District.

The scaled-down proposals have been submitted by the Honister Slate Mine Company to the Lake District National Planning Board.

Its previous plan had many supporters, but also faced opposition from campaigners such as Friends of the Lake District, who argued the installation of Fleetwith Pike would disturb those wanting to go walking up the mountain and onto neighbouring peaks like Haystacks.

The mine's proposal will be heard by the planning board in January 2013 and its owners have asked supporters to write to the decision makers in favour of the bid.

Conservation charity Friends of the Lake District (FLD) has already made its continued opposition clear and wants its members and supporters to write in with objections.

Its policy officer Jack Ellerby said: "The changes to the new application are not sufficiently different for us to allow it to go past without comment."ADNFCR-2803-ID-801493519-ADNFCR