Just What Are These Nebulous ‘Benefits’..?

The head of the Lake District National Park Authority in Cumbria says the rugged landscape…

Is a national treasure? Should be protected for the future?

excludes too many people and must change to attract a more diverse mix of visitors.

Why? I mean…just what’s the benefit of being able to fill a scrapbook with ticks for all the various identity groups in the world?

How does that help the park? Certainly, your current efforts to ‘modernise’ are being – thankfully!- met with stiff resistance:

The authority is facing a High Court judicial review in the New Year over its refusal to ban 4×4 vehicles from some fell trails, while Keswick Town Council has passed a vote of no confidence in it over the creation of a tarmac path through woodland.

Just read that again – ‘a tarmac path through woodland’ – and see if it makes sense to you. Because it doesn’t to me!

As with everything, though, it comes down to money. Taxpayer money, to be precise:

Richard Leafe, the park authority’s long-standing chief executive, told Sky News that to ensure continued public funding the national park must adapt in small ways.

“We need to be able to sell the national park to everybody in Britain, all society, and it’s important that it doesn’t just become exclusive to one single use group,” he said.

I haven’t visited for years, but last time I was there, the place was full of young, old, foreign, native…what’s changed?

“The moment we get into that position I think national parks start to lose their relevance and therefore the very reason for calling it a national park and spending public money.”

Are you in that position, or getting near it now, then?

Research shows visitors to the Lake District, where the rugged fells inspired the romantic poets and author Beatrix Potter, are too heavily weighted towards older, able-bodied white people.

Who is responsible for this ‘research’? Because it really doesn’t bear out reality, I suspect…

Paul Titley, a businessman who retired to the Lake District who is now Keswick’s deputy mayor, believes visitors have no right to paths that aren’t muddy and should accept the environment as it is or go elsewhere.

“We have a phenomenal selection of outdoor clothing shops here for a reason – come and buy them, come and put them on and get yourself out in the hills,” he said.

If you get wet it won’t hurt you, if you get cold put something else on.”

We need more Titleys and fewer Leafes. That will help our National Parks.

9 comments for “Just What Are These Nebulous ‘Benefits’..?

  1. Stonyground
    December 30, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    In what way are they excluding people? Do they have signs up saying ‘No Jews or Coloureds’? I find it interesting that spending public money seems to be an end in itself. Oh noes, lack of diversity, give us more cash.

    • January 5, 2020 at 6:58 am

      Spot on! It’s all about the Benjamins (or in this country, the Scotties, since the Bank of England no longer issues £100 notes).

  2. Valentine Gray
    December 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    The Half-wit must have racist train of thought, it would not occur to an ordinary mortal to think in that way when admiring this national treasure, I know, three days a week reserved for women wearing a burka allowed into the Park, he may suggest building a mosque there and a few mud huts to give it a more rustic and diverse appeal.

  3. December 31, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Its obvious. They need a form.

    All visitors will need to add just a small amount of extra time to their ‘experience’, in order to fill out a comprehensive data-gathering form which can be used by a data-entry clerk (employed at each park for the purpose) to determine the visitor’s profile.

    Colour, religion (or not), sex/gender (72 options, please tick for yes or cross for no every box), disability (117 options, tick/cross as above), age (years and months), languages spoken and written, parental origins, nationality, criminal history, type of footwear currently worn, clothing worn (long list to tick/cross), credit card details inc current debt, type of vehicle used to get there, and use in the park.

    This is just the start. I am sure some qualified and experienced pencilneck can make it more comprehensive.

    In just a few years enough data can be gathered to allow a proper and effective set of Regulations to be made that will allow, facilitate and enforce the ‘correct’ mix of visitors.

    An annual visit from a UN Rapporteur would give an International Seal of Approval.

  4. Mona
    December 31, 2019 at 8:50 am

    WARNING, Visiting the Lake District or working there may give you early stage Dementia or at the very least the Thunberg Syndrome, so stay away, visit Snowdonia instead

  5. December 31, 2019 at 9:14 am

    And there before you is the warped mentality that infers inanimate objects are discriminatory.

    The same mentality that states genders are social constructs.

    The same mentality that thinks Jeremy Corbyn won the argument in the election.

    It’s a delusional mentality, bereft of any foundation in reality.

    • January 5, 2020 at 6:59 am

      And it’s spreading…

  6. Mudplugger
    December 31, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there are parts of the historic city of Bradford which some ethnic groups would never think of visiting. They feel it’s not for them, they feel they wouldn’t be welcomed, they feel excluded, it’s not their sort of place.

    Perhaps some generous state funding should be offered to provide tours of that now-wretched city, so that the absent white folk could then see what they’re missing, observing the full cultural diversity of its on-street pharmaceutical supply-chain, its cheerful disregard for all traffic rules, its creative approach to postal-vote democracy and its charmingly condoned engagement of so many rather-too-young females in their hobby of inter-racial carnal pursuits.

    Trouble is, that tour would merely serve to confirm that it’s not for them, they’d know they wouldn’t be welcomed, they be excluded, it’s not their sort of place anymore.

  7. Valentine Gray
    December 31, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    What has happened to Britain since the end of the Second World War is an Obscenity, an historical analysis would need a time and space and done in such a way as to hold the persons and the subversive poisonous ideologies to account if humanly possible.

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