Thursday 4 January 2018. If, like me, you are a lover of the Lake District, you will be appalled by the proposal to install 8 zip wires across Thirlmere. I’ve been following this story for a while on Twitter with interested parties submitting objections and signing a petition to stop this ludicrous idea.
Things came to a head earlier this week with Ramblers Central Office failing to respond to mine and other tweets on the subject. All that we needed was for them to take a stand against the proposals and to make their position known to the wider public. I emailed the Lake District Ramblers Area secretary to find out what they had done. It transpired that the Area and some of the groups had submitted objections but as none of them use social media, this had gone unnoticed.
In response to my email and tweets from other concerned parties, Ramblers Central Office issued the following statement:
As Ramblers, we value our countryside for its natural beauty, sense of peace and tranquility and wildlife, as well as its vital role in promoting wellbeing and sustainable economic growth. We believe that development should work harmoniously with the countryside and that our landscapes need to be developed sensitively, so that the communities living in them can benefit from the services and infrastructure they require in order to have a sustainable future. Thousands of our volunteers work actively across the country, applying their expert and local knowledge of their landscape, walking environment, community and economy to evaluate and respond to planning and landscape issues in their local areas and we fully support the work they do. In this instance, we are pleased to support the decision that the local Ramblers areas, together with some of our members in their personal capacity, have taken to object to the Zip Wire proposals, which they consider will adversely affect the landscape character, tranquillity and visual amenity of the area.
If you would like to make your views known on this planning application, the consultation is open until 12 January and you can submit your comments by writing to the Local Planning Authority. The Friends of the Lake District have provided more information about how to do this on their website:
One final note. This has all been picked up by The Great Outdoors website on which I receive an honourable mention. You can read it here. Please feel free to join me in this campaign to stop the Thirlmere Zip Wire.