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HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 8 June 2004

8 June 2004

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK

People living and working in and around the Peak District National Park are being urged to attend a series of public meetings which will help shape the future of the Park.

Key issues affecting local communities - from affordable housing to tourism and conservation - will be discussed at the six meetings in June and July, which will be hosted by the Authority's Chair Tony Hams and Chief Executive Jim Dixon.

Over the coming months the Authority will be conducting root-and-branch reviews of its operations, which will determine how the Park is managed for years to come - and the public meetings will help to inform and guide this process.

The meetings take place between 7pm and 9pm at the following locations:

Mon 14 June - Bakewell, at the Medway Community Centre, New Street

Mon 21 June - Kettleshulme, at the Village Hall, Macclesfield Road

Wed 30 June - Castleton / Hope, at Losehill Hall, off the A6187 between Castleton & Hope

Wed 7 July - Warslow, at the Village Hall

Mon 12 July - Dungworth (near Bradfield), at the Village Hall, Main Road

Thurs 15 July - Glossop, at the Bradbury Community House, Market Street.

People attending the meetings will be invited to raise issues, and likely topics for discussion include:

Conservation - how should this special landscape look in the future?

Tourism and the local economy - how should they be developed?

Affordable housing for local people - is enough being done to help?

Sustaining local services - how can we help communities to remain strong & vibrant?

National Park Services - how can the Authority improve its services?

National Park Authority Chair Tony Hams said: "The Authority is at an important crossroads and over the next 12 months we will be looking in detail at all aspects of the future management of the Park. Local people will play a crucial role in this process and so we hope as many as possible will attend the meetings."

Chief Executive Jim Dixon said: "The national park covers 555 square miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK and is surrounded the by major conurbations of Manchester, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire.

"We are the second most visited national park in the world with 22 million visitor-days each year, and this has a huge impact on our communities, conservation, transport, housing and the economy. Local people have their own views, opinions and concerns about these issues - and we want to hear them."

This is an archived press release

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