Cumbria PR writes:
My objections to the planning application for this proposed development.
I fully appreciate and support the aims of Cumbria Tourism and others to enhance the reputation of the Lake District as the Adventure Capital of the UK.
But I think it is important to address the distinction between “adventure” and “thrill”.
Adventure surely involves an element of personal effort and challenge, involving both excitement and willingness to do new, unusual, or even at times, dangerous, things.
Adventure is here in the Lake District to be found with some degree of personal effort, usually a level of fitness, perhaps with the assistance of expertise, and some equipment. Think of walking and navigating the fells, learning to do so in all weather, rock climbing, swimming in the lakes, mountain biking.
Each of these can be attempted at different levels; what might be an adventure for some is just another training run for others. Each will enhance personal self-esteem, increase knowledge and understanding of the landscape, and improve personal fitness, all without having any impact on the way that other people can enjoy the Lake District.
Thrill seekers have no need for fitness, face no other challenge than to drive to the activity hub – be that Disney Land or Alton Towers – park the car, and be strapped into or onto some piece of equipment. Their needs are well catered for, even in the Lakes, where the excellent facilities at Grizedale , Whinlatter and Brockhole blend into the environment and are no scar on the landscape.
This proposed development would change for ever, for everyone, the appearance of a beautiful feature of the Lakeland landscape. In order to satisfy the thrill-seeking of a small minority, that view, the habitats, the environment itself, will be changed for ever, and lost for ever for everyone.
Please, come to the Lakes for adventures. Take advantage of what mountain guides and climbing instructors and youth hostels can do for your adventurous spirit. But leave the landscape intact. Once damaged, it’s lost for ever. Once allowed here, the precedent is dangerously set to create a theme park instead of a National Park. Not at all what World Heritage Status means, surely.