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Battle lines drawn over zip wire plans

Thirlmere: site for a zip wire? Credit: PA

Battle lines are being drawn over plans to create an “activity hub” at Thirlmere that would include two zip wires across the lake.

Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek has begun local consultation to discuss and review a potential scheme, dubbed the Thirlmere Activity Hub, which it has billed as a "world class family attraction".

Cumbrian firm Treetop Trek has unveiled its vision to create a new "activity hub" in nearby fore

But the move comes just weeks after the Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, adding to the scrutiny such schemes will face;.

Laura Fiske, from Friends of the Lake District, said the group supported the cycleway development, but could not support the zip wire.

“The siting of the two zip wires across Thirlmere we consider to be wholly inappropriate in this location.”

Mountaineer Chris Bonington has also urged caution over the plans.

“United Utilities has been very careful in the way they have reforested the area so it feels wholly natural,

“So I would urge caution. We definitely don’t want to turn the Lake District into a theme park.”

Treetop Trek managing director Mike Turner said: “We have been very carefully considering locations within the Lake District for the last three to four years and are confident that Thirlmere would provide the perfect site for an exceptional family activity hub.

“We are now looking forward to consulting with local bodies and the local community on the viability of our proposal.”

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Roman invasion in Carlisle as Cavalrymen come to town

Some of the crowds watching the action in Bitts Park Credit: ITV Border
A faithful reenactment of one of the regiments that once guarded the Northern frontier of the Roman Empire
The infantry in formation on Bitts Park in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border
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The two day event is expected to attract big crowds Credit: ITV Border

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£1m investment in rural roads

Scottish Borders Council announced the investment today Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Almost £1million will be invested to improve six key rural roads in the Scottish Borders.

The six roads are:

  • B6399 Shankend Quarry to C29 Junction – edge reconstruction and strengthening
  • B711 Redfordgreen to B709 at Tushielaw – carriageway strengthening
  • C29/B6399 junction at Berryfell to A6088 at Hawthornside – passing place improvements, cattle grid replacement, edge/carriageway strengthening and junction improvement
  • D1/3 Roberton to Craik – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening
  • D24/3 A7 junction near Northhouse to Priesthaugh Farm – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening
  • D53/1 C8 Talla Road junction to Menzion Forest – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening

A total of £590,000 has been awarded by the Strategic Timber Transport Fund for the routes, alongside £360,000 of investment from Scottish Borders Council.

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