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To: Lake District National Park Authority

Say NO to Zip Wires across Thirlmere

20/02/18 - We Won

Treetop Trek made the announcement that they have withdrawn their planning application for the Thirlmere Activity Hub with immediate effect.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

More here:

Please do not grant permission for Zip Wires across Thirlmere.
The landscape of Thirlmere, especially around the western side, will be negatively affected by the noise and visual impact of clients flying across the lake. Additionally, creating a launch area near the summit of Fisher Crag will mean regular traffic between the road and the crag. All of this will spoil the peacefulness and landscape currently enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Why is this important?

The western side of Thirlmere has a strong sense of tranquillity and evokes a sense of calm. Views from the water’s edge are outstanding. The Park Authority recognises these features and the need to retain them.

The developers say their proposal is consistent with planning policy. It isn’t.

Core Strategy 1 of the LDNPA says, “We will only support development proposals which conserve and enhance the special qualities of the LDNP”

There is nothing to indicate that locals or tourists want or need more Zip Wires.

There is nothing to indicate we need “to target the under 35s” as the developers claim.

Please visit the website of the Friends of the Lake District to see how easy it is to send a personal letter of objection.


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2018-02-20 15:36:13 +0000

Petition is successful with 14,273 signatures

2018-01-06 18:19:52 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2017-12-18 03:50:48 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2017-12-08 10:59:30 +0000

For the application 7/2017/2298 there is a NEW document APPLICATION UPDATE 2 - 7/12/2017
It says "we have been unable to find any details of section 5e as shown on the masterplan “new section of track to link forest road with 5f” and the submission does not appear to cover the impact of the new activity within the landscape; numbers of people and how they would move through the landscape as part of the operation of the zip wires. We will issue further updates as necessary."
Also United Utilities' plans for the track to Fisher Crag is now on the LDNP website: 7/2017/2307
The track, a key part of the zip wire plans, predates the reservoir and access for public is protected. The World Heritage checklist with their application UU states it isn't. This is being challenged.
If you have ever walked up the track towards Fisher Crag please send off a letter of objection. This track will be spoilt and dangerous if 4 wheel drive army-type trucks drive regularly up and down it.

2017-11-26 11:02:49 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2017-11-25 00:36:12 +0000

500 signatures reached

2017-11-24 17:02:12 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-24 16:20:07 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-24 16:04:57 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-24 15:49:54 +0000

10 signatures reached