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Lake objectors continue speed fight
Lake Windermere
The speed limit comes into force in March 2005
Campaigners against a planned 10mph speed limit on Windermere are continuing their fight, despite a ruling against them by the national park.

The speed limit will be introduced on Windermere after March 2005.

The move has come in for opposition with opponents claiming it is unnecessary and dangerous.

But the Lake District National Park Authority says the speed limit will make the lake a more tranquil place to visit.

The authority and South Lakeland District Council have begun a consultation process on the future of the lake and the surrounding area.

Opponents to the speed limit say they will revive their campaign in the hope of attracting public support.

Alternative proposals

One of the campaigners, Tim Berry, who runs the nearby Low Wood Water sports centre, said: "We would like to know what the authorities think is wrong with the lake now.

"The sad fact of the matter is that the planning board never come down to see the lake.

"We offered to take them out on the lake to see if there really is a problem and to see if the lake really is a safe place.

"But all of this has been ignored.

"It seems to be a lot of spin and the fact that they are not interested in listening to 90% of the people who actually use the lake."

In January, the Lake District National Park Authority ruled out alternative proposals put forward by the Keep Windermere Alive Association to the speed limit.

Campaigners said a formal safety assessment suggested the speed limit could be potentially more hazardous to users of the lake.

But the park authority decided there was nothing in the study which warranted a change of heart.

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