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The line would go from St John’s Beacon (highlighted on the right) to Central Library (highlighted on the left)

Liverpool councilors have approved plans for a £ 5 million zippered air line, despite fears that may lead to the “Disneyfication” of the city center.

The 400 m (1,312 ft) Zip World line will see an aerial line running from St John’s lighthouse to Liverpool Central Library.

Some advisors tried to oppose the attraction, saying that the noise would be irreverent near the war memorials.

But owner Sean Taylor said it would be open to close the ride sometime when services are underway.

He said the attraction – the UK’s first urban zip wire – will bring up to 40 jobs in the city, the local democracy reporting service said.

It will pass from the top of St John’s Beacon on St George’s Place, St John’s Gardens and William Brown Street before landing on the roof of the library.

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Zip World operates three zip line attractions in North Wales

Numerous memorial monuments, including those of the Hillsborough victims and war dead, sit nearby and St John’s Gardens hosts numerous commemorative events throughout the year.

Taylor said that barbed wire will not work on Hillsborough Memorial Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas Day and said it would be open to close the race for other services in the gardens.

Speaking on behalf of the company during the virtual planning committee meeting, Rob Burns said the effect of the noise from the wire would not disturb people in St John’s Gardens.

But downtown councilor Nick Small said that people use gardens “to have some peace and quiet.”

“It is a fundamental change to have an attraction for adventure, no matter how well managed, because people will make noise,” he added.

Lib Dem leader Richard Kemp said he will continue to fight against the attraction, which he may open in 2021.

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