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2006 press releases

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2006 press releases

Can you help shape the future of the Peak District National Park?
The Government is seeking a new member to join the Peak District National Park Authority and play a key role in shaping the future of the Park.
13 September 2005

Authority pledges full consultation on quarry proposals
Local communities will be fully consulted if planning applications to extend New Pilhough Quarry and build a new haul road are to be considered, the Peak District National Park Authority has promised.
23 December 2005

New magazine for National Park communities
Parklife – a new magazine for residents of the Peak District National Park – has been launched to keep local communities in touch with important issues in their area.
9 January 2006

Government boost for National Park quarry fight
The Peak District National Park Authority’s battle to protect Longstone Edge can continue following top-level talks with rural affairs minister Jim Knight.
13 January 2006

Key services protected in tough budget for National Park
Key services will be protected by the Peak District National Park Authority despite the toughest Government funding settlement in recent years.
17 January 2006

Public consultation starts on quarry route plan
Plans for a new haul route for quarry traffic have been registered by the Peak District National Park Authority, enabling public consultation to begin.
19 January 2006

Stop notice to be issued over Peak District quarry
The Peak District National Park Authority is to issue a stop notice to halt alleged unlawful extraction of limestone, which is damaging the landscape on Longstone Edge.
20 January 2006

Hidden Peak District castle revealed on-line
The remains of an intriguing Norman castle, visible in the Peak District landscape, can be explored through time on a new interactive website.
23 January 2006

Affordable housing plan turned down for Baslow
Plans for eight affordable homes in Baslow were refused by Peak District National Park Authority planning committee – but it wants further talks to find an acceptable solution.
23 January 2006

30-year milestone for National Park officers
Two officers who have helped shape the Peak District National Park over the past 30 years were congratulated for their long service by Authority chiefs.
24 January 2006

Tracking down Burbage's Band of Brothers
Peak District National Park Authority archaeologists are looking for help in tracking down a US army division that trained in the Peak District during World War 2.
25 January 2006

Stop notice served on Peak District quarry
A stop notice has been served on Peak District quarry operators, forcing them to cease the mass extraction of limestone on Longstone Edge by Sunday January 29.
26 January 2006

Huge turn-out for public meeting on Peak District quarry
More than 300 people packed into a Peak District National Park Authority public meeting at Cliff College, Calver, to hear of progress on a legal fight to halt quarry damage on Longstone Edge.
31 January 2006

National Park Authority’s pioneering policy honoured at planning Oscars
The Peak District National Park Authority’s pioneering policy on affordable housing has been commended at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s national awards.
3 February 2006

Consultation gets underway on second quarry plan
A plan to extend a Peak District quarry has been registered by the Peak District National Park Authority, enabling public consultation to begin.
10 February 2006

Ethnic groups build links with National Parks
Black and minority ethnic (BME) community group leaders gathered in the heart of the Peak District National Park to boost their community’s involvement with National Parks in England and Wales.
22 February 2006

Historic Peak District lime kiln project wins backing
A pioneering lime kiln project on the Haddon Estate – believed to be the only scheme of its kind in the country – has won crucial backing from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.
23 February 2006

Walk, paint or map your way out of the winter blues
Colourful, beautiful and invigorating – the Peak District National Park in spring is one of the best places to shake off the winter blues.
2 March 2006

Leap forward for wildlife on Peak District estate
Wildlife habitats on the Peak District’s Eastern Moors estate have improved by almost 100 per cent in just over two years.
7 March 2006

Public participate in consultation on quarry plans
The Peak District National Park Authority is currently receiving residents’ views on two proposals for New Pilhough Quarry, near Stanton-in-Peak, as part of the planning consultation process.
7 March 2006

Voluntary payments to help care for Stanage
Boxes for voluntary contributions have been installed in a car park at one of the Peak District’s premier beauty spots.
10 March 2006

Have your say on Upper Derwent woods’ future
Bark up the right tree and you can have your say on the possible future development of the beautiful Upper Derwent woodlands.
13 March 2006

Bishop's first tour of National Park
The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Rev Dr Alastair Redfern, paid tribute to the treasures of the Peak District National Park on his first official visit since being installed last year.
15 March 2006

Special meeting on quarry issue
The Peak District National Park Authority meets on Friday (March 24) to decide its next course of action, should a Public Inquiry into quarry operations at Backdale on Longstone Edge have to be cancelled.
20 March 2006

Keep dogs on leads in countryside this spring and summer
Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads on moors and farmland until the end of July as the breeding season gets into full swing.
23 March 2006

National Park Authority plans for fresh action to defend Peak District landscape
The Peak District National Park Authority has unanimously agreed to pursue fresh legal action to prevent excessive limestone quarrying at Backdale if its current action falls.
24 March 2006

Public inquiry into Backdale Quarry cancelled
A public inquiry into quarrying at Backdale on Longstone Edge – due to resume next week – has been cancelled after Secretary of State John Prescott declared the Peak District National Park Authority’s enforcement action to be null and void.
28 March 2006

New owner for National Park caravan site
The Peak District National Park Authority has sold a caravan site in the Hope Valley to its long-time tenants.
3 April 2006

New link to help with planning problems in National Park
A new officer has been appointed to help people in the Peak District National Park with the planning process.
5 April 2006

Authority welcomes funding boost for National Parks
The Peak District National Park Authority is to receive an extra £380,000 in funding over the next two years, the Government announced today.
6 April 2006

Urban young get their kicks in the countryside
Young people found how easy it was to go wild in the Peak District National Park – and made a DVD of their adventures to show others the way.
6 April 2006

National Park Authority objects to A628 bypass plan
The Peak District National Park Authority is formally objecting to a proposed A628 bypass due to the impact of heavily-increased cross-Park traffic on the landscape and environment it is set up to protect.
7 April 2006

Temporary stop notice issued on National Park quarry – with immediate effect
The Peak District National Park Authority today (April 7) issued a temporary stop notice to halt further irreversible harm to the landscape at Backdale Quarry on Longstone Edge. The notice takes immediate effect.
7 April 2006

Authority takes strong action on Backdale Quarry
The Peak District National Park Authority has today taken further firm and decisive legal action against the owners and operators of Backdale Quarry. The move signals the Authority’s firm intention to prevent unlawful quarrying from restarting at the site, on Longstone Edge near Bakewell.
9 May 2006

Families can go wild at free fun day!
A free fun day in the Peak District National Park next month will give families a chance to experience and find out more about wildlife and nature.
10 May 2006

150 pupils swap places for European Day of Parks
Village schools in the Peak District swapped places with nearby city schools to celebrate the European Day of Parks (May 24).
24 May 2006

New era for planning in National Park
Improved customer service, an interactive website and speedier responses are part of a new era for planning applicants in the Peak District National Park.
2 June 2006

Countryside Volunteering - taster day
A chance to try your hand at dry-stone walling, bird-box making or path restoration is coming up on Sunday June 25 with a Countryside Volunteering taster day in the Peak District National Park.
12 June 2006

Regeneration on way for historic Peak business site?
Developers and planning officers are to work together on a regeneration package for one of the largest industrial estates in the Peak District National Park.
19 June 2006

Survey to check housing use in National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority wants to find out if the Park’s stock of affordable and farm workers’ homes is continuing to meet the needs of local people.
22 June 2006

Keep up to date with Parklife...
The latest edition of ‘Parklife’ – the community newsletter for residents of the Peak District National Park – is out now.
28 June 2006

Llamas, pack-ponies & village projects get grant-aid
Peak District walkers could soon be doing a double-take at the sight of llamas being led by urban youngsters into the hills, or traditional pack-ponies climbing the moors.
30 June 2006

Authority reports on progress and looks to the future
The Peak District National Park Authority today (30 June) publishes its Best Value Performance Plan. The plan reports on last year's achievements and details the Authority’s plans for the future.
30 June 2006

Last chance to join 'Help Shape the Future' consultation
Local residents, parishes and community groups have a final opportunity to take part in ‘Help Shape the Future’ - the biggest consultation in the Peak District National Park Authority’s history.
3 July 2006

Lottery funding to explore “A Squire’s Dream”
Local residents are to help unveil the history of one of the most prominent buildings in the Hope Valley.
3 July 2006

Peak pedal power launch for National Parks Week
The official launch of the Peak District’s newest cycle hire centre will set the wheels in motion for National Parks Week 2006.
4 July 2006

Authority seeks public’s views on quarry extension plan
The Peak District National Park Authority is inviting people’s views on a planning application to extend Dale View quarry on Stanton Moor.
4 July 2006

Authority pledges to keep a close watch on new quarrying works
The Peak District National Park Authority will closely monitor any new quarrying at Wager’s Flat on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell, after a company began preliminary works at the site.
14 July 2006

Help prevent moorland fires in Peak District National Park
People are being urged to help prevent the risk of moorland fires in the Peak District National Park as temperatures continue to soar.
18 July 2006

Ranger-guided walks cancelled due to fire-risk in Peak District
High risk of fires on Peak District moorlands has forced the cancellation of Ranger-guided walks in the National Park this weekend (July 22-23).
20 July 2006

Launch out on themed trails across the Peak District
How would you like to tread in the footsteps of the stars or literary heroes? Or explore the Peak District’s haunted places, Roman remains, or foods from the past?
20 July 2006

Caution still urged on fire-risk moors in Peak District
Ramblers have been cleared to roam on Peak District moorlands once more – but constant vigilance against fires is still urged during the current hot spell.
24 July 2006

Climbers help protect rare chicks in Peak District
Climbers voluntarily avoided some of the best climbing cliffs in the Peak District this spring to give rare chicks a fighting chance of survival.
31 July 2006

Education team to build on Losehill Hall success
The Peak District National Park has become a giant classroom for thousands of schoolchildren – many from inner city areas.
3 August 2006

Normans stage new invasion of Peak District
The Normans returned to Castleton nearly 1,000 years after they had first arrived in the Peak District.
8 August 2006

Date set for public inquiry on Backdale Quarry
The Planning Inspectorate has set a new date for a public inquiry into quarrying operations at Backdale, on Longstone Edge near Bakewell.
8 August 2006

Launch-date for first UK Moorland Centre
An innovative £1m Moorland Visitor Centre, the first of its kind in the UK dedicated to the moorland landscape, is due to be officially opened by the Duke of Devonshire on September 14.
15 August 2006

Grants help Peak District go green
Thousands of pounds-worth of grants will help the Peak District go even greener over the next few years.
21 August 2006

Quarrying on Longstone Edge - public meetings Sept 26
The Peak District National Park Authority and the Save Longstone Edge Group are holding consecutive public meetings on September 26 at Cliff College, Calver.
29 August 2006

40-year anniversary for National Park's longest-serving officer
A senior Peak District National Park officer who loves cricket was bowled over with a surprise presentation to celebrate his outstanding service over 40 years.
11 September 2006

Can you help shape the future of the Peak District National Park?
This year the Government is seeking one new member to join the Peak District National Park Authority and play a key role in shaping the future of the Park.
11 September 2006

Duke and Prince welcome official opening of new £1m Moorland Visitor Centre…
The Duke of Devonshire was on hand (14 September) to officially open the Peak District National Park's new Moorland Visitor Centre, the first of its kind in the country.
18 September 2006

Dowager Duchess visits Peak District affordable housing
The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire found out at first hand about the latest affordable housing schemes in the Peak District National Park.
26 September 2006

Appeal to Minister over quarrying on Longstone Edge
Peak District National Park leaders are keeping up pressure for Government support in their efforts to end harmful quarrying on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.
27 September 2006

Scooter-power gets less-mobile out into the Derwent Valley
Less-mobile people can now see the beautiful Derwent Valley using two new forms of accessible transport.
2 October 2006

Revival plan for landmark Peak District hotel
A landmark Peak District hotel that has been empty for years could be re-born as a conference and leisure centre with luxury holiday accommodation.
9 October 2006

Going green – from books to bio-fuels
Green projects, from a book festival to a community renewable energy scheme, have been boosted by grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.
10 October 2006

Bradwell pupils sow seeds of future
Wild flowers will once more bloom in a Peak District haymeadow thanks to seeds scattered by Bradwell Junior School children.
11 October 2006

Top-level briefing on quarrying in national parks
Rural affairs minister Barry Gardiner said he wants to work with the Peak District National Park Authority to find a long-term solution to the issue of quarry-damage to Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.
17 October 2006

TV and literary heroes
Peak District visitors can follow in the footsteps of movie-stars and literary heroes with a new self-guided trail, due to be launched on October 27.
18 October 2006

Peak District quarry issue raised in Commons
Peak District quarrying issues were again raised at national level with a parliamentary adjournment debate at Westminster Hall on Tuesday. (Oct 24)
25 October 2006

Strong views on Stanage? Get involved
People with a strong interest in the Peak District’s spectacular Stanage Edge are invited to get involved in its future well-being.
9 November 2006

John digs deep to win top archaeology award
The top award in British archaeology has gone to the Peak District National Park Authority’s senior survey archaeologist Dr John Barnatt.
14 November 2006

On the road to conservation
Volunteers simulated grazing cattle to help restore a Peak District roadside verge to its colourful glory next summer.
17 November 2006

Guides make a difference for wildlife
Wildlife was the winner when Bakewell Girl Guides volunteered to go scrub-clearing as their contribution to Make a Difference Day.
21 November 2006

Young naturalists pass on wildlife secrets
Water shrews, dragonflies, marsh orchids and riverside willows – all have become second nature to pupils from Stoney Middleton Primary School.
23 November 2006

National Park rewarded for best countryside projects
Two new ways to explore the Peak District National Park were rewarded in the CPRE/Friends of the Peak District annual Countryside Awards for 2006.
28 November 2006

Authority disappointed by High Court ruling
The Peak District National Park Authority has expressed disappointment at today’s High Court ruling regarding quarrying on Winster Moor.
29 November 2006

Peak District’s Most Haunted!
A new guide to the Peak District is haunting visitor centres. But be warned…it is no ordinary guide – The Bloody Peak will introduce you to the Peak District’s darker side in time for a Christmas ghost story or two.
30 November 2006

Popular Peak District
Around 99 per cent of people enjoyed their visit to the Peak District National Park, according to the latest visitor survey.
5 December 2006

Peak District National Park boosts local economy, says report
The Peak District National Park isn’t just a great place to visit - it’s also a fantastic money-spinner for the local economy, according to a report published next week (11 December). It says that, as well as attracting millions of tourists every year, the National Park is a good place in which to run a business, with bosses saying much of their success is due to their location.
6 December 2006

Awards for top Peak District eco-friendly businesses
Keen to go green when spending your hard-earned cash? Then look out for the latest businesses to display the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for the best eco-friendly practices.
8 December 2006

Authority seeks further information on quarrying at Wager’s Flat
A legal notice has been served by the Peak District National Park Authority to help it determine whether quarrying activity at Wager's Flat now breaches a planning permission.
15 December 2006

Grants help Peak District go green.
The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is giving thousands of pounds to community groups and businesses to develop renewable energy, organic gardening, energy efficiency and wildlife projects.
1 July 2009

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