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Cheetah enclosure in Lake District to be closed

Cheetahs. Credit: Thomas Eisenhuth/DPA/Press Association Images

A cheetah enclosure in Cumbria is to be closed, after the couple who opened it had an appeal to save it turned down.

Daniel and Dee Ashman run Predator Experience, a company in Ayside that offers wildlife experiences.

But there were objections that it was harmful to the character of the Lake District, and they were upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

They posted the news to their Facebook followers:

I'm sorry to have to inform you all, that our appeal for the cheetah enclosure was not successful. We are of course very disappointed. All our other experiences are available as normal. Daniel and I will make a decision in relation to the next appropriate step.

The inspector upheld the Lake District National Park's opinion that the enclosure was harmful to the character of the landscape. Thank you for your support, it is very much appreciated."

– Predator Experience, on Facebook

Responses to the news on Facebook have been mixed, with some local people offering sympathy, while others have welcomed the closure:

So very sorry to hear this Dee and Daniel. I know how devastated you will be. Keep fighting."

– Comment on Facebook

Good to hear you lost your appeal, you live in Ayside, it's a small village with farm animals, walkers and Dog walkers. If any of these animals got out they would seriously hurt someone or an animal."

– Comment on Facebook



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