This is an archived press release
Monday 13 June 2005
13 June 2005
New Hope Valley Community Forum on way
'Off-road vehicle use on public rights of way' will top the agenda at the launch of the Hope Valley Community Area Forum on June 22 at Hope Valley College, 7pm.
Villagers from throughout the Hope Valley will get the chance to learn about both legal and illegal use of public rights of way for 4x4s and motorbikes when senior representatives from all the area's local authorities hold their first joint public meeting.
Residents will be able to voice their views to councillors and staff from the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, along with Derbyshire Police.
This will be the first of a series of quarterly Forums, led by the Peak District National Park Authority, on different issues of concern to Hope Valley communities.
Authority chair Tony Hams, who will chair the meeting, said: "By bringing all the relevant authorities together these Forums are aimed at providing information and co-ordinating action. 'Off-road vehicle use on public rights of way' was chosen as the first topic after consultation with parish councillors and other local bodies. Future meetings will also be on issues of local concern, such as 'access to services', 'local authority budgets' and 'local housing'."
The audience will hear presentations and then be able to ask questions or give comments.
The Hope Valley is being used as a pilot scheme for joint Community Forums, aimed at opening a major channel of communication between residents and their local authorities, and between the authorities themselves, working in partnership.
Anyone who has difficulty getting to the meeting, or has any special requirements, should contact Forum co-ordinator Bob Young on 01629 816297.