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CLIMBERS & NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY PARTNERSHIP APPROACH TO CAR PARKING AT STANAGE

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Monday 8 March 2004

8 March 2004

CLIMBERS & NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY PARTNERSHIP APPROACH TO CAR PARKING AT STANAGE

Joint release by PDNPA, BMC, ACT

Thanks to a joint project proposal by the Peak District National Park Authority and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the Access and Conservation Trust (ACT) have agreed to put £1,000 towards the cost of improving the design of a car park at Stanage Edge.

The jointly designed scheme will see an unsightly roadside verge transformed into a robust but informal parking area that will be in keeping with its surroundings.

Matthew Croney, the National Park Authority's Stanage/North Lees Estate Manager, explained: "Gritstone hardcore, which is natural to the area, will be used to provide a firm surface but careful grass seeding should ensure that it blends in with this magnificent wild landscape."

Stanage Edge is one of the busiest crags in Britain and it is expected that the car park will be particularly well used by climbers.

Graham Lynch, Access & Conservation Officer for the BMC, said: "Climbers are happy to contribute to this work as they get a lot out of the area and are glad of the opportunity to put something back. They will be particularly pleased to see that it has been designed sensitively, so that it won't impact on the view from the Edge."

This spirit of co-operative working has been fostered through the Stanage Forum.

Matthew said: "Through the Stanage Forum we have involved all interest groups in agreeing ways of managing the Estate for the benefit of everyone. One of the main reasons we started the Forum was to resolve serious conflicts of opinion about car parking and traffic management. It's great to be working so closely in partnership with everyone now and it shows what can be achieved through talking openly about issues."

To find out more, visit the website: www.peakdistrict.org/stanage or contact Matthew Croney (PDNPA) on 01629 816351 or Graham Lynch (BMC/ACT) on 0870 010 4878.

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