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Controversial zip wire plans scrapped

Hundreds gather at Thirlmere zip wire protest Credit: ITV Border

Controversial plans for a zip wire attraction to be built across Thirlmere have been scrapped.

Treetop Trek made the announcement that they have withdrawn their planning application for the Thirlmere Activity Hub with immediate effect.

Mike Turner, Managing Director of Treetop Trek Ltd said:

We made it clear from the beginning of this process that we would not propose a scheme that was not supported by the MOD. To date we have received two contradictory communications with the MOD; one supporting the scheme and the other opposing the scheme.

The MOD’s internal investigation into Thirlmere and into what they would be happy with at Thirlmere is ongoing and unlikely to be resolved within the next eight weeks, so on that basis we are withdrawing the application.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported us during this process. Their positivity has been hugely appreciated.”

– Managing Director, Treetop Trek Ltd

Campaign for National Parks, who campaigned against the planning application, have welcomed the decision.

Residents receive wind turbine apology

Wind turbine at Oughterside Credit: ITV Border

Residents in Oughterside near Aspatria have received an apology from Allerdale Council after a wind turbine was put up close to their homes.

Nineteen objections to its location were ignored during the planning process. Chief Executive Ian Frost has apologised for faults made during the planning process. A public apology will be read out at a meeting of the Development Panel in Workington today.


RSPB welcomes rejection of wind farm plans

Wind turbine at another location in Scotland Credit: Press Association

RSPB Scotland has welcomed Dumfries and Galloway's Council's rejection of plans for a new wind farm near Sanquhar.

The council's planning committee today turned down an application from Community Windpower Ltd for 14 turbines on the Spango Windfarm.

RSPB Scotland said the proposed development, which would have been located on part of the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area (SPA), threatened to damage an internationally important wildlife site that's home to birds including the hen harrier and short-eared owl.

Planners at Dumfries and Galloway Council had recommended refusal for the proposal following a number of outstanding objections, including those from RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

"This is extremely good news. This decision sends out a very strong message about the importance of protecting Scotland’s wildlife heritage.

"The wind farm would have resulted in significant damage to an area that is truly spectacular for wildlife, and an SPA, one of the highest environmental designations in Europe. This is clearly not an appropriate place for a wind farm. Renewables must be delivered, but not at any price.

"We would be happy to work with Community Windpower Ltd to identify other more suitable places where renewables could be developed without significantly damaging a designated site.”

– Chris Rollie, RSPB Scotland

Lidl planning second Carlisle supermarket

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Supermarket chain Lidl is set to submit plans for a second store in Carlisle.

The company is currently asking for public feedback on its proposals for a new store on land off Warwick Road opposite the junction with Victoria Road.

The company says if approved the new development would create up to 30 new jobs.

Consultation now being carried out with the public will be used to inform the company's official planning application it intends to submit to Carlisle City Council towards the end of June.

The plans can be viewed here