Thirlmere Activity Hub’s plans for a £800,000 cycleway could be scuppered by the Ministry of Defence.
Carlton Reid 8 hours ago
Reversing a previous decision the Ministry of Defence has now objected to a plan for a zip wire activity centre over the Thirlmere reservoir in the Lake District. This centre has plans to build a £800,000 protected cycleway, partly on the busy A591.
High-profile “zip-off” protestors – such as the broadcaster Melvyn Bragg – see no contradiction in saying they object to the zipwire scheme because it would lead to a loss of “tranquility” but then praising the MoD’s decision, saying military flights over the reservoir are preferable to a “fairground attraction”.
The MoD said: “The proposed cable in this location poses a risk to low flying operations due to military aircraft not being able to readily identify wires or safely navigate away from them.
Previously the MoD had raised no objections to the plans. A statement from the zipwire scheme’s proposer – Treetop Trek – said:
“We have been in consultation with the MoD since June 2017 and … are therefore very surprised by this apparent change in stance and are currently seeking their further clarification.”