This is an archived press release
Tuesday 27 September 2005
27 September 2005
Securing the future of the Peak District National Park
Four key issues - which have emerged from an 18-month consultation by the Peak District National Park Authority - will be the focus of public forums during October and November at Bakewell, Hope, Parwich and Wincle.
Over the past 18 months a wide range of issues have been raised and debated during 'Help Shape the Future' - the biggest-ever consultation in the Park's history - but from the consultation carried out so far four have been singled out as those likely to have the biggest impact on the Park's future:
* Farming and the rural economy
* Sustainable local communities
* Young people.
These will now be the focus of public forums, which will give residents a chance to meet representatives from some of the main organisations coordinating action on the issues. People attending will learn more about what is already going on and find out about future plans. There will also be a question-and-answer session at the end of each forum.
The meetings - between 6.30pm and 9pm - take place as follows:
* Thursday 13 October, Parwich Village Hall - Housing in the National Park
* Monday 17 October, Bakewell ABC - Future for farming & the rural economy
* Thursday 3 November, Hope Valley College - Engaging young people in National Park issues
* Thursday 17 November, Wincle school - Sustainable local communities.
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.
"It is encouraging that so many individuals and organisations have taken part in the 'Help Shape the Future' consultation. The up-and-coming forums will give people a chance to learn more about the main issues and meet some of those already working together to address them."
The National Park Authority launched the 'Help Shape the Future' consultation 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