Zip wire across Liverpool's World Heritage Site wins go-ahead

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A controversial plan for a 400-meter zip-line above Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Site was given the go-ahead Tuesday.

The zip wire will propel people from the top of 138-meter high St John's Beacon, the highest structure in the city center, to the Central Library building in William Brown Street at the epicenter of a major cultural quarter.

The zip wire, which will employ 40 people, will have a launch pad at the top of St John's Beacon, once a revolving restaurant but now home to local radio station, Radio City. Travellers, in safety harnesses, would land on the roof of Central Library.

Liverpool City Planning Committee approved the plan despite objections from local councillors as well as conservationists.

Zip World, the company behind the plan, assured city planning officials the wire attraction, costing over 6 million U.S. dollars, would respect war memorials and other memorials in the cultural area around William Brown Street.

City planner officers said noise from the zip wire would be minimal due to its height. However, local councillors Nick Small and Maria Toolan said they feared the zip wire would transform the nature of the gardens.

The council's main opposition leader, Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp, said a more suitable location, such as the Liverpool waterfront, could have been found for the attraction. 

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