PERHAPS the Lake District National Park Authority should now be rebranded LDNTPA (Lake District National Theme Park Authority) following its latest perverse decision to allow another 'fun fair' attraction - the zip wire on a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Honister.

The authority is hopelessly not 'fit for purpose'. It is undemocratically run by a small number of unelected members with few (if any) qualifications or experience in managing a World Heritage Status site.

Their only objective appears to be focussed on increasing revenue, whatever the consequences, and to achieve this the members ignore the informed advice given by their own planning officers, Friends of the Lake District, CPRE, Cumbria Wildlife Trust etc.

The Visitor Centre at Brockhole is yet another example of the authority’s arrogance and misdirection. Instead of being an information centre (as it once was) Brockhole is now nothing but an entertainment 'scares and thrills' theme park, with playground attractions, tree top adventures and yet another zip wire.

Rather than preserve the fragility and beauty of the Lake District, authority members seem intent on destroying it by apparently competing with Blackpool further down the M6.

The World Heritage Status of the Lake District will (and should) be removed if this policy is allowed to continue - however it is still not too late to reverse the damage already done.

Peter Froggatt