This is an archived press release
Thursday 27 January 2005
27 January 2005
Young people help shape future of National Park
Students from 11 secondary schools in the Peak District will have their say on the National Park's future at a special conference next week (January 31-Febuary 1).
The Peak 11 Schools Conference, at Losehill Hall, the National Park's Study Centre in Castleton, will give 14-18 year-olds the chance to put their views on how the lives of young Peak District residents could be improved.
The Peak District National Park Authority is currently gathering views from across the community for a review of its policies affecting all residents, including transport, village life, housing, farming, quarrying, conservation and tourism.
The youngsters will have debates, presentations and Question Time sessions, during which they can air their concerns to a top-level panel including Andrew Marchington, the National Park Authority's Young People's Champion, and Alan Charles, Lead Member for Education on Derbyshire County Council.
National Park Education Visits Manager Liz Ballard said: "This is a great opportunity for the Peak District National Park Authority to listen to young people and find ways to engage with them in the future about the issues that affect their lives."
The young representatives will formulate ways to get their views across on three levels: within the Peak District National Park, within their own schools and within their own village or town communities.
Park leaders will seek their advice on future ways to communicate with young people for an ongoing dialogue.
Headteacher Kate Lamb, of Buxton's St Thomas More Catholic High School, said: "I'm hoping the young people will feel empowered to do something enterprising for themselves in the area where they live. Most of our students live in rural areas or small towns, and this is an opportunity for them to become involved in issues that affect their own lives."
Schools taking part are: Anthony Gell (Wirksworth), Buxton Community College, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Glossopdale College, Highfields (Matlock), Hope Valley College, Lady Manners (Bakewell), Queen Elizabeth (Ashbourne), New Mills High and Sixth Form College, St Philip Howard (Glossop), St Thomas More (Buxton).