Petition against Elterwater Quarry tourist experience reaches 65,000 signatures

A PETITION opposing plans to set up an ‘adventure tourism experience’ at a Lake District quarry has received over 65,000 signatures.

Burlington Stone has sketched out a vision for the Elterwater Quarry that would see visitors enjoy high ropes courses and a ‘cavern slide’ ride.

Viewpoints would allow non-participants to observe and learn more about the quarry and the slate industry.

The company says the attraction would be an “immersive learning experience in this unique setting”.

But campaigners have expressed concerns about the increase in traffic and the career’s suitability for the proposal.

An online petition set up by a group called Zip Off Langdale has now received over 65,000 signatures.

With 75,000 signatures, the document would, according to change.org, become one of the most signed petitions on the entire website.

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Commentators echoed the concerns expressed in the preamble to the petition.

Carl Bradford said: “The lakes have a natural beauty and attraction, they don’t need man-made ones, they don’t need more people, they don’t need more pollution, they must be protected and preserved.

“Old industrial sites should be transformed into environmentally friendly and nature-enhancing habitats, as they once were.”

Liz Gwynne said: “It’s an inappropriate site that can’t sustain the tourist traffic it hopes to generate and won’t pay enough for people to work there and live nearby.”

Christine West said: “This is a unique and precious natural space…and should not be destroyed by tacky frivolity.”

A spokesperson for the Holker Group, which owns Burlington Stone, said it was aware of the petition but declined to comment.

He declined to say if or when a formal career planning application would be submitted.

On a previous occasion, the spokesman said the attraction would be informative and would ‘bring out the history of the Lake District’s stone quarrying industry’ and ‘how slate influenced the vernacular’ of the national park.

“We’re keen to educate people about the history of this business that we’ve been in for over 200 years,” he said.

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