This is an archived press release
Tuesday 30 August 2005
30 August 2005
Performance Plan highlights Authority's progress and vision
The Peak District National Park Authority has published its Best Value Performance Plan, reporting its plans for the future and achievements last year.
Widely distributed through libraries and visitor centres, the annual plan provides a progress report on the Authority's drive to improve services. It is aimed at the Government, staff and 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: "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."
During the year the Authority made progress towards a number of targets, including:
* conserving the Park's natural environment and cultural
* improving access
* supporting the local economy
* consulting widely for major Plan reviews
* modernising services.
plan identifies areas the Authority wants to improve, including:
* the natural environment and cultural heritage
* services to farmers, landowners, rural businesses and local communities
* opportunities for public enjoyment and understanding of the National Park.
It will continue to consult on improving services and inform the current Plan reviews, aiming to complete the National Park Management Plan in 2005/06 and the Local Development Framework in 2006/07.
Tony Hams added: "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."
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 are available through libraries and visitor centres, and on request in a range of other formats.