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Hope Valley meeting will focus on young people

This is an archived press release

Thursday 20 October 2005

20 October 2005

Hope Valley meeting will focus on young people

A public forum at Hope Valley College on Thursday 3 November will explore ways to involve young people in the key issues affecting the future of the Peak District National Park.

The meeting - between 6.30pm and 9pm - is being organised by the Peak District National Park Authority with support from Derbyshire Dales District and High Peak Borough Councils, the Peak 11 Schools partnership and Connexions.

It is open to all and will focus on ways to engage young people in developing solutions to important issues, such as housing and employment.

In addition, people will be able to learn more about the National Park and how to get involved in protecting and enhancing the area, including the Authority's Youth Ranger scheme.

The meeting is the latest in a series of forums around the National Park which are looking at four key issues affecting the Park's future: young people; housing; farming & the rural economy and sustainable local communities.

Following the Hope Valley forum the final meeting - focusing on sustainable local communities - will take place on Thursday 17 November at Wincle in Cheshire.

The idea of the forums is to invite residents to meet representatives from the main organisations coordinating action on the issues, learn more about what is already going on and find out about future plans.

Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, Tony Hams, said: "These are huge issues that cannot be resolved by any one organisation. We all have to work together to ensure that the National Park and the communities within have a secure and viable future."

The forums are the latest stage of 'Help Shape the Future', the biggest-ever consultation in the history of the National Park Authority, which was launched 18 months ago. Since then a series of meetings, events and roadshows have engaged hundreds of residents, community groups, parish councils and local & national organisations.

The culmination of 'Help Shape the Future' will be the publication of the National Park Management Plan - the document that will guide the management of the Peak District National Park for years to come. Following the public forums a draft of the plan will be finalised and published in the New Year. The final plan will be unveiled during spring 2006.

To find out more about the consultation visit www.peakdistrict.org/helpshapethefuture

This is an archived press release

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