4th January 2016
We are working with United Utilities (UU) and Ricardo consultants to scope a new data collection project. This will result in new data which will inform how the catchment is operating and if there are any causal relationships. We are also working with other partners to take this work forward. In a couple of years it will help inform debates about the future land management of the area and issues such as whether a 10km is really needed.

24th September 2015
With only a few weeks to go until our proofs had to be in, United Utilities have withdrawn from the public inquiry. This is a fantastic decision and one which is largely due to our efforts to get UU to think again and undertake a more consensual and inclusive approach to the issues. We look forward to working with UU and all stakeholders to consider the issues further and how we may be able to resolve them in partnership and with less impacts on the landscape.

9th September 2015
The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s leading pressure-group for the protection of common land, is delighted that United Utilities (UU) has withdrawn its controversial application for 10 kilometres of fencing on common land above Thirlmere in the heart of the Lake District National Park.  A public inquiry was due to open on 17 November.


15th July 2015
United Utilities are seeking permission for a 10.5 km fence on the commons above Thirlmere. FLD along with 100 other people have objected in order to preserve the openness of the fells, public access and the traditions of common land. There will be a public inquiry into the proposals in Nov. We have asked UU to withdraw their application and talk to all those interested and affected to see if we can achieve consensus on a way forward to resolve all the issues. If they do not, we are working hard with the Open Spaces Society, Federation of Cumbria Commoners, Foundation for Common Land and Lake District Local Access Forum to co-ordinate our evidence to be presented at the inquiry.

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