Help Us to Stop The Proposed Glenridding Zip Wires
A company called Tree Top Trek (TTT) are proposing to install four parallel mile long zip wires above Glenridding and Ullswater, starting just above Greenside Mine and finishing in the fields just above Glenridding itself.
The National Park Property Department have given permission for TTT to develop a planning application to install the lines on National Park land.
The Chief Executive of the National Park, Richard Leafe, has publicly stated his support for this scheme, despite a very clear Planning Advice Statement from his own team outlining the serious concerns about the proposal saying the proposal is “unacceptable as a matter of policy principle” (see below).
This seems to be yet another example of the clear conflict of interest within the Park between their stated aims of preserving the natural beauty and heritage of the Park and their desire to become more commercial and financially self-
Over and above the obvious environmental issues (the area proposed is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and includes both SSSI and SAC areas), the proposal also flies in the face of much local opposition, not least because it is likely to drive away many of the visitors who we welcome every year precisely because of the existing peace and tranquillity of the area. We also have a huge range of exciting and challenging outdoor pursuits on offer already for anyone seeking adventure.
You can help us stop this proposal once and for all by getting involved. Please help us preserve the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area of the District for everyone , and as importantly protect the livelihoods of the people lucky enough to live and work there.
We would like to thank The Friends of the Lake District for their support of this campaign. You can find out more about this wonderful group by clicking the link to the left
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PLEASE GET INVOLVED
What’s So Special About Glenridding and Greenside?
To quote the advice statement issued by the LDNP it’s “characterised by a strong sense of isolation, remoteness and tranquillity. The area has a very strong sense of tranquillity due to its openness and perceived naturalness”. It’s also a Scheduled Ancient Monument, SSSI, and SAC.
Perhaps most importantly it is also where real people and their families live and work, and have done for generations.
Why Stop The Young Having Some Fun and Excitement
We’ve nothing against fun and excitement, and some of us would even consider themselves young. There’s already plenty of fun to be had in the valley. Try ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, climbing, trail running, open water swimming, sailing, and kayaking.
You can also go on a zip wire already in the National Park at Brockhole, Whinlatter and Grizedale Forest.
Won’t It Create Much Needed Jobs for The Locals?
Of course the Zip Wire would create jobs. More seasonal, sadly low-
Surely You’re Just A Bunch of NIMBYs!
This beautiful area of the Lake District National Park is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year. They come here because it is as it is. Please let them continue to enjoy it that way.
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Help Chance For Change Help Young People
Chance For Change help hundreds of youngsters around the world every year to become more independent, increase confidence and take responsibility for their future by developing unique personal development programmes. They operate from the Striding Edge Hostel at Greenside and may have to move elsewhere if this proposal goes ahead. Please don’t let that happen.
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"Are you in favour of the proposed zip wire installations in the Glenridding Valley?"
In Favour 13
Total Votes 384
What Can You do to Help?
2. Vote in the Community Vote If you live locally or have a home or business in the area vote now
3. Get Social Spread the word online via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ please always use the #noziphere tag
6. Get Involved Please come to the open meetings in the village
7. Phone a Friend Let other people know about it, friends, family, neighbours
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COMMUNITY VOTE POLL RESULTS NOW IN
See the results below. It’s a “No”. Clear, unequivocal, unquestionable. The community has spoken. Thank you to Tree Top Trek for standing by your pledge and agreeing to remove Glenridding as a possible site. Next move is with the LDNP -