Brockhole action plan agreed

First published in News

RADICAL plans to revamp a Lake District tourist attraction and turn it into a ‘world-class’ visitor experience have been given the thumbs up.

Members of the Lake District National Park Authority yesterday (Wednesday), voted to endorse the Brockhole Masterplan, which aims to breathe new life into the centre on the shores of Windermere.

The idea was met with a chorus of disapproval when it was first revealed back in October, with many local residents worried their quality of life would be hit by the publicly-subsidised centre’s hopes of holding weddings and other functions outdoors.

But park services director Bob Cartwright told the meeting there had been a rethink following discussions with neighbours to the facility.

“I have made that commitment that we will not hold wedding receptions in the grounds,” he said.

Speaking after the meeting, Ann and Ken Clarke, whose homes are right next to the centre, said: “We are very happy that they have decided to take away the wedding receptions because that was proposed to be right next to our houses and they will now be inside a building.”

Fellow neighbour John Simpson added: “The authority claims it wants to encourage the quiet enjoyment of the Lake District, so why are we being bombarded with these things?”

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Mr Clarke added: “Brockhole should be showing the Lakes off, not running events.”

Designed by Cheshire-based firm Planit–IE, the scheme is all part of plans to reverse Brockhole from being a cost centre to a profit centre – already the £350,000 annual budget cost in 2008/9 has been cut to a projected £177,000 in 2012/13.

The masterplan focuses on seven main areas: * Access – developing a one-way road entrance and exit system; * Parking – creating more ‘woodland’ feel to car parks by planting more trees; * Paths – linking gardens, woodlands and major activities; * Gardens – restoring the heart of the historic gardens; * Play activities – building a new watersports centre; * Events – establishing new outside areas to accommodate up to 5,000 people; and * Buildings – introducing a new centre near the current adventure playground.

Development programme director Adam Thomas said the masterplan would, over the next 15 years, provide a blueprint to establish Brockhole as an ‘all-weather destination and a taster venue that encourages exploration of the Lake District’.

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8:03pm Wed 12 Dec 12

marianneb says...

is that the same Adam Thomas who was the mastermind behind Salford City Reds Stadium which the fans abandoned in droves and is in financial trouble despite £millions being spent on it?????
is that the same Adam Thomas who was the mastermind behind Salford City Reds Stadium which the fans abandoned in droves and is in financial trouble despite £millions being spent on it????? marianneb
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10:09pm Wed 12 Dec 12

craggy says...

marrianneb, Is Mr Thomas in a position to aim insulting, personal and damaging remarks against you?
You have lost any moral highground in your campaign by continuing to hound an individual, to engage in dubious rumour mongering and instigate damaging hate campaigns via tripadvisor and other sites.
I am not a friend or relative of Mr Thomas, simply a local person who has watched this debate and grown sick and tired of some of the tactics employed by the so-called innocent parties.
marrianneb, Is Mr Thomas in a position to aim insulting, personal and damaging remarks against you? You have lost any moral highground in your campaign by continuing to hound an individual, to engage in dubious rumour mongering and instigate damaging hate campaigns via tripadvisor and other sites. I am not a friend or relative of Mr Thomas, simply a local person who has watched this debate and grown sick and tired of some of the tactics employed by the so-called innocent parties. craggy
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12:46am Fri 14 Dec 12

twitchy says...

And how insulting and damaging is the contentious Brockhole development to the businesses who now have a new competitor taxpayer funded using volunteers in preference to paid staff and able to undercut them on every level.
If it goes the way of Salford Reds then me and you and everyone else will be picking up the bill so lets see how personal you find that.
And how insulting and damaging is the contentious Brockhole development to the businesses who now have a new competitor taxpayer funded using volunteers in preference to paid staff and able to undercut them on every level. If it goes the way of Salford Reds then me and you and everyone else will be picking up the bill so lets see how personal you find that. twitchy
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