Hundreds march to "save the Beacon"
HUNDREDS of people joined a rally to "save the Beacon" on Saturday in response to Eden Council's Penrith masterplan which bids to build 5,560 homes in three new settlements on land behind the popular town landmark.
Organised by Friends of Penrith Beacon — a community group campaigning to protect the Penrith Beacon Wood from development — the rally involved people walking into the town centre holding banners, and sounding bells, whistles and drums.
Penrith resident James Brough, aged 11, said: "I am here because the Beacon should belong to the people and the animals — not the developers."
Sarah Haygarth, aged 42, of Roman Road, said: "The council need to listen. Nobody in Penrith wants houses on the Beacon. It is an asset to the town and a symbol of the town.
"The council say they want to protect the Beacon by building on it. This is nonsense. They should protect it by denying planning permission to anyone wanting to build on it."
Full story in Saturday's paper