Protesters against 10mph speed limit ordered to pay Lake district authority court costs

A legal challenge by a group of lake users to the Windermere speed limit has been dismissed, according to a statement released to day by the Lake District National Park Authority.

The group, the Keep Windermere Alive Association, had applied to the High Court for a legal review of the limit – which has been in existence now for four years – on the grounds that the lake’s byelaws contravened users’ rights.

The statement reads: ‘Refusing permission for the judicial review to proceed to a full hearing, Deputy High Court Judge Neil Garnham QC observed that there was “no properly arguable basis for this challenge.” The Keep Windermere Alive Association was ordered to pay the Authority’s costs.’

National Park Chief Executive Richard Leafe said: ‘The lake speed limit is legitimate and makes the lake a better place for the many thousands of people who enjoy the lake and abide by the regulations.’