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Lakes limit 'exceptions' proposed

Kevan Furber and Gerald Price on Windermere
Keep Windermere Alive deliberately broke the speed limit

The body governing England's largest lake says it will consider exceptions to a controversial speed limit.

A 10mph limit imposed on Windermere in the Lake District has faced criticism from some lake users, including power boat enthusiasts.

The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) says one issue raised during public consultation was that there should be some exceptions.

But it stressed the limit would be enforced for the majority of people.

The LDNPA outlawed high-speed craft in 2005 in a bid to restore the area's tranquillity.

Anyone caught exceeding the limit can face a fine of up to 400.

Deliberately exceeded

A 12-week public consultation exercise was held between February and May, during which possible exceptions to the speed limit were discussed.

But the specific nature of the proposals will not be revealed until a final report is published in July or August.

In July last year, Kevan Furber, who represents the Keep Windermere Alive Association (KWAA), deliberately exceeded the limit when he pulled blind waterskiing champion Gerald Price at over 10mph on the lake.

He had hoped to overturn the bylaw when he appeared in court, but at a hearing in April, a judge sitting at Kendal Magistrates' Court ruled the speed limit is valid.

Mr Furber will face trial for breaking the limit in October.

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