This is an archived press release
Tuesday 3 May 2005
3 May 2005
How can we increase affordable housing in the Peak District National Park? How can we reduce the impact of traffic? How can we support business while safeguarding the environment?
Above all how can we conserve the National Park, its landscape and wildlife, while looking after the interests of those who live and work here or visit this special place?
Last year the Peak District National Park Authority held a series of public meetings across the National Park to put such vital questions to local communities.
Now the Authority has used the feedback from those meetings to produce a key issues and options document for the future of the National Park - and it wants the public's opinions again to help shape its final policies.
Over a six-week period from May 3-June 14, the public have their chance to comment on Help Shape the Future, which is available on-line or at Town Halls or the Authority HQ. The document, which was launched at a special presentation at Losehill Hall on May 3, is also being distributed to some 450 local, regional and national organisations.
Among the options for consideration are:
* Housing - working with communities to find sites for lower cost housing; lobbying for higher council tax on second homes
* Transport - investigating an environmental levy or speed limits for driving in the National Park
* Quarrying - exploring sources of stone for traditional buildings and encouraging quarry operators to adopt best practice
* Tourism - encouraging new methods of increasing visitor spending while conserving the National Park's special qualities
* Farming - creating an integrated advisory service for farmers; encouraging farm plans to benefit biodiversity, landscape and farming business
* Village life - ensuring villages have key services, or easy access to services; continuing to involve communities in village plans and the conservation work of the Authority.
Chief executive Jim Dixon said: "National Park management relies on the involvement of everyone from all walks of life. This is a very special place, for its people, its landscapes, its wildlife and its heritage. We hope individuals and organisations will carefully consider ways to keep the National Park special - all of us who are privileged to live and work here, have a vital role to play in its future."
National Park Authority chair Tony Hams said: "The Authority is at an important crossroads in looking in detail at all aspects of the future management of the National Park. Local people have a crucial role in this process and we hope as many as possible will give us feedback on the issues and options document."
The final policies should be produced in about a year's time.
The document is available on-line at www.peakdistrict.org/helpshapethefuture/issues.pdf
It is also available to view at the National Park Authority offices (Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell), Matlock Town Hall, Glossop Municipal Buildings, Moorlands House, Leek, Macclesfield Town Hall and Sheffield Town Hall. Alternatively you can receive a paper copy by phoning the National Park Authority's Customer Services on 01629 816361.