Taking sides on cable car
Battle lines have been drawn in Cheddar over a proposed cable car.
Longleat Estates, the owner of the south side of the gorge, says it needs to develop the gorge for tourism in order to pay for its continued preservation.
It is hoping to run a cable car down the middle of the valley in a bid to boost tourism in the village. But the National Trust, which owns the north side of the gorge, has opposed the plans.
Hugh Cornwell, of Cheddar Gorge and Caves, said it needed to exploit its potential as a tourist destination in order to keep carrying out conservation work.
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Mr Cornwell said: "Looking after Cheddar Gorge, and cherishing its values, costs money."
A spokesman for the National Trust said: "We are clearly concerned and we don't think it is appropriate for the cable car to go in the gorge."