There are plans to build a £1million tourist centre in Elterwater near Ambleside to celebrate the life of the artist Kurt Schwitters, who died a pauper in Kendal but is recognised as a great contemporary artist.
But many locals don't want the investment in their area.
Kurt Scwitters' art divides opinion. Whether you love it or hate it, to the contemporary art world, he is a genius.
He came to the UK as a German refugee in the Second World War, fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany.
Unfortunately the English thought he was a spy so when he first arrived he was sent to prison in the Isle of Man. After a stint in London, he found Ambleside and fell in love with the Lake District.
The Littoral Arts Trust wants at least £1million to turn a barn in Elterwater - his old studio - into a tourist centre. The Arts Council is the main funder they have to convince.
It's already brought one German to the Lake District for the first time: the German Consul in Edinburgh. It's hoped the tourist centre would bring many more in search of cultural tourism.
But many in Elterwater don't want more tourism. Around 80% of properties in Elterwater are second homes.
Locals complain the traffic in the height of summer is crippling, the roads can't cope with it and tourists leave cars along the banks, which damages the environment.
The trust and Cumbria Tourism want to hear from members of the community before more concrete plans for the centre are drawn up.
It's still an idea at the moment and needs to get funding.