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Honister Zipwire plans rejected

Plans to build a huge Zipwire in the Lake District have been rejected.

The owners of Honister Slate Mine wanted to build a 1035m long zip wire but the Lake District National Park Authority Development Committee turned down the plans at a meeting in Kendal, by seven to four votes against it.

The revised plans were for a shorter zip wire than the mile long structure that was turned down in September 2011.

Sir Chris Bonington supports Zipwire application

Expert mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is in favour of the Honister Zipwire application.

He said:

"I wouldn't go down the zip wire for all the tea in China because I'd be frightened, but the last thing I want to do is stop others from doing it."

– Sir Chris Bonington

He's now asking the Committee at the LDNPA to approve the development.

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Views in favour of Honister Zipwire heard

People in favour of Zipwire application are now having their say at the meeting.

First up is Jan Wilkinson, one of the Directors of Honister Slate Mine and partner of Mark Weir.

He was the owner of the Mine and it was his idea to build the Zipwire.

He died in a helicopter crash in March 2011.

She told the Committee:

"Tourism (in the Lake District) needs to up its game and give it a stronger international profile. We need adventure."

– Jan Wilkinson, Director, Honister Slate Mine

Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington who has lived in the Lakes for 45 years told the Committee:

"I do hope you will allow this exciting and innovative experience to happen."

– Sir Chris Bonington

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