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Monday 8 March 2004

8 March 2004


Issued by the Moors for the Future Partnership

A new learning and research centre to be based in the foothills of some of the Peak District's most dramatic and well-known moorlands is one step closer.

The Moors for the Future Partnership has been working closely with the local community in Edale on plans to establish a new visitor and moorland study centre there.

The plans are an important development in the work of the Partnership, currently one of Britain's largest conservation projects, and would see the existing Fieldhead visitor centre completely redeveloped.

Fieldhead was the first visitor centre of its kind to be established in the UK at the 'gateway' to the country's first national trail, the Pennine Way. Now Heritage Lottery funding will enable the outdated displays and 1960s building to be refurbished to a high standard.

Lynn Crowe, Chair of Moors for the Future Partnership, said: "The decision to go ahead with the moorland centre is an important milestone for the project and local people – and we're very grateful to the residents who've contributed many hours of their time to discuss the issues involved. It's never easy finding a solution that everyone is 100% happy with but, on balance, we hope that people see the benefits of refurbishing the Fieldhead centre.

"The proposed centre will benefit both visitors and local people. High quality displays will tell the story of the moorlands and improve peoples' experience, knowledge and enjoyment of the landscape - which is a great national treasure! Many of the current visitors to Edale simply aren't attracted into the present building so they're missing out - the new centre will change that."

In addition to the work at Fieldhead, an adjacent derelict house will be turned into office space for the Moors for the Future staff who will set up and manage a research centre providing a national archive of moorland information for visiting researchers and schools, as well as providing facilities for community use.

The next step in the project includes addressing peoples' concerns about traffic and visitor management. Lynn Crowe said: "We are keen to ensure that local residents will continue to be involved in finding solutions to the challenges that lie ahead so that everyone's viewpoints are considered."

Following further consultation a design brief for the refurbishment will be drawn up and, subject to planning consent, it is hoped the work will commence in the autumn this year. Any local people who would like to be actively involved in the project working with the Moors for the Future team should contact Carol Parsons, Information Officer, on 01433 621656.

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