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Zip wire 'does not harm Lakes'

Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington has resigned from a charity after plans to build a zip wire across the fells of the Lake District were rejected.

He supports the proposals at Honister Slate Mine, but the Friends of the Lake District, of which he was vice president, is against the scheme.

It was rejected by the Lake District National Park Authority planning committee on Wednesday.

Sir Chris said advice from National Park officers had been "completely ignored".

"Why on earth stop some people who want to enjoy that zip wire actually doing so in a place where it in no way affects that beauty on the Lake District." he said.

Jack Ellerby, policy officer for Friends of the Lake District, argued against the project saying that "this is a national park" is too much of "a sensitive site".

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