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PERFORMANCE PLAN HIGHLIGHTS AUTHORITY'S PROGRESS & VISION FOR THE FUTURE

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 30 June 2004

30 June 2004

PERFORMANCE PLAN HIGHLIGHTS AUTHORITY'S PROGRESS & VISION FOR THE FUTURE

The Peak District National Park Authority today (30 June) publishes its Best Value Performance Plan. The plan reports on last year's achievements and details the Authority's plans for the future.

The annual plan provides information about the progress made by the Authority to improve services, and it is aimed at the Government, staff & members of the Authority, along with partners and the public.

It also highlights issues to be addressed and future priorities and targets.

Tony Hams, Chair of the Authority, said: "Best value is all about making our services more accountable and effective so that they can better meet the needs of the local people, visitors and other interest groups."

During the year the Authority made progress towards a number of targets, including:

* conserving the Park's natural environment and cultural heritage
* supporting the local economy
* improving access to visitor services
* improving planning services.

The plan also identifies areas where the Authority wants to improve its services. Over the coming year the focus will be on giving local communities more of a say in the way the Park is managed, increasing the amount of open countryside, developing more ways to conserve the cultural heritage of the Park and making the Authority's services more accessible.

Tony Hams added: "Everything we do is about conserving and enhancing the special qualities of the Peak District's treasured landscape. The Plan sets out our progress, looking at how we work with our local communities and partners to make sure that the National Park remains a very special place."

The full Performance Plan and a summary are available on the Authority’s website at www.peakdistrict.org

Copies of the full plan and a summary will also be available soon in local libraries and visitor centres, and on request in a range of other formats.

This is an archived press release

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