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Treetop Trek made the announcement that they have withdrawn their planning application for the Thirlmere Activity Hub with immediate effect.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

Date set for decision over Thirlmere zip wire plans

Could Thirlmere be set for a zip wire? Credit: ITV Border

A date has been set for a decision to be made on the controversial plans for a zip wire attraction to be built across Thirlmere.

The Lake District National Park will hold their meeting on Wednesday 7 March 2018, a month later than anticipated.

A petition objecting to the application has received 13,535 signatures. There have also been 3,476 letters and emails of objections and 163 in favour.


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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UK's longest zip wire nears completion

Zip wire work nears completion. Credit: Duncan McConchie

Work is nearing completion on the UK's longest zip wire.

It will be based near Gatehouse of Fleet and tourism bosses say it will bring in hundreds of extra visitors to south west Scotland.

A tracer wire spanning 820 metres has now been installed between two towers.

Developer Duncan McConchie said: " The zip wire experience will attract and thrill people from all over."

The project at the Laggan Outdoor Centre is costing £100,000.