Cable car supporters to seek talks with Conservators'

SUPPORTERS of plans to create a cable car on the Malvern Hills are planning to talk to the Conservators about the project.

Last month High Street Malvern unveiled ambitious plans for a £5 million cable car, linking the town centre with the Worcestershire Beacon, as a "silver bullet" boost for the local economy.

Roger Sutton of High Street Malvern said: "We've been talking to the town council and the district council, and now it's time to talk to the Conservators. We're extending an invitation for them to come and talk to us and we hope they do.

"We know there's a view that the Conservators won't allow it because it's a development on the hills, but there's another view that they have to maximise access, and a cable car would certainly give elderly and disabled people better access."

But this week Conservators' director Steve Bound said he could not see how a cable car could be erected without a new Act of Parliament.

He said: "Under the existing acts, the Conservators have a legal duty to prevent building on the hills, and a cable car would involve erecting pylons to carry the cable, plus a station. "We've not specifically sought legal advice on this, but my understanding is that a new act would be needed to allow this. We will be happy to listen to the cable car proposers, but I think they need to be aware of this."

At the annual town meeting, resident Martin Burd criticised Malvern Town Council for setting up a working party to look into the proposal.

He said: "I would suggest that all aspects of this project should cease forthwith. The council has better things to do with its time than wasting it on this lost cause."

But Cllr Mike Charles, a member of the working party, said: "The town council has a duty to the people of the town to make the town progress. At the moment, as Churchill said, it's a graveyard with a bus running through it."

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5:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

pudniw_gib says...

Seeing as the Conservators are a conservation organisation it would not really be in their remit to be involved in tourism.
I hope they have learned their lesson after the ST Anns Well fiasco. The previous leader was too close to the local shop keepers and Town Council, chopping trees down to improve the view is NOT conservation and neither is a cable car.
I hope that the local taxpayer is not going to be footing any bills and legal costs over this.
Seeing as the Conservators are a conservation organisation it would not really be in their remit to be involved in tourism. I hope they have learned their lesson after the ST Anns Well fiasco. The previous leader was too close to the local shop keepers and Town Council, chopping trees down to improve the view is NOT conservation and neither is a cable car. I hope that the local taxpayer is not going to be footing any bills and legal costs over this. pudniw_gib
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11:42am Fri 28 Mar 14

sarah and her chickens says...

The Conservators are not actually a conservation bidy. They are tasked with keeping the hills and commons open and unenclosed for the reacreation of residents. Whilst they have a duty to protect SSSIs and the lije that is the same for all landowners. The present leader may have her focus on Conservation and use that as a means to possibly restrict residents access to the hills. They may uae conservation grants as a means of keeping themselves afloat. But they are not solely a conservation group.
They have for instance a duty to help graziers and local farmers. To maintain paths and access.
So whilst I don t want a cable car if the majority of the precept paying residents did then realistically they should be acvountable to those who pay for the hills.
The Conservators are not actually a conservation bidy. They are tasked with keeping the hills and commons open and unenclosed for the reacreation of residents. Whilst they have a duty to protect SSSIs and the lije that is the same for all landowners. The present leader may have her focus on Conservation and use that as a means to possibly restrict residents access to the hills. They may uae conservation grants as a means of keeping themselves afloat. But they are not solely a conservation group. They have for instance a duty to help graziers and local farmers. To maintain paths and access. So whilst I don t want a cable car if the majority of the precept paying residents did then realistically they should be acvountable to those who pay for the hills. sarah and her chickens
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12:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MalvernTeen says...

This is a ridiculous idea. People come to the Malvern hills for its old fashioned charm and the natural beauty of the hills, which would be completely ruined by a giant ugly grey cable car running through it. Maybe if the shops were actually open on a Sunday (one of the busiest times for the hills) people would walk down and visit the town centre?
This is a ridiculous idea. People come to the Malvern hills for its old fashioned charm and the natural beauty of the hills, which would be completely ruined by a giant ugly grey cable car running through it. Maybe if the shops were actually open on a Sunday (one of the busiest times for the hills) people would walk down and visit the town centre? MalvernTeen
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4:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

logicalN says...

If we really need access to the Hills for the less able , what's wrong with using small passenger vehicles on a number of strategic routes ? These could carry wheelchairs to allow folk to return under their own steam if they wanted to. Something along the lines of a tuk tuk or a Piaggio Ant springs to mind , possibly electrically powered . relatively environmentally friendly and with no permanent structure to cause problems out of season
If we really need access to the Hills for the less able , what's wrong with using small passenger vehicles on a number of strategic routes ? These could carry wheelchairs to allow folk to return under their own steam if they wanted to. Something along the lines of a tuk tuk or a Piaggio Ant springs to mind , possibly electrically powered . relatively environmentally friendly and with no permanent structure to cause problems out of season logicalN
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Fri 28 Mar 14

CJH says...

They used to use donkeys to go up and down the Malverns. Environmentally friendly, cheap to run, just get a few donkey carts for them to pull. Easy peasy. Next problem please...
They used to use donkeys to go up and down the Malverns. Environmentally friendly, cheap to run, just get a few donkey carts for them to pull. Easy peasy. Next problem please... CJH
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