Heritage status must not hold back Lake District communities, MP warns

The Lake District has been granted world heritage status Credit: PA

The Lake District’s successful world heritage status bid must not hinder the growth of Cumbria’s rural economy, an MP has warned.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron welcomed the news that the Lake District had joined the likes of Hadrian’s Wall and Taj Mahal as a world heritage site, but cautioned that there was a risk to Cumbrian communities.

The out-going Lib Dem leader whose Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency includes large swathes of the Lake District had this to say on the issue:

The news was welcomed by Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart who tweeted:

One of the fiercest critics of the world heritage status bids is Guardian journalist and environmentalist George Monbiot who will be intervieed on tonight's Lookaround programme.

He is on record as saying: