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Authority reports on progress and looks to the future

This is an archived press release

Friday 30 June 2006

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.

The annual plan, which provides information about the progress made to improve services, is aimed at the Government, staff & members of the Authority, along with partners and the public.

It also highlights issues to be addressed and future priorities and targets.

Peak District National Park Authority Chair, Tony Hams, said: "Best value is all about making our services more accountable and effective so that they can better meet the needs of local people, visitors and the many partner groups and organisations with whom we work closely.”

During the year the Authority made good progress in a number of areas, including:

*conserving the Park’s natural environment and cultural heritage

*supporting the local economy

*improving access to visitor services and promoting people’s understanding of why the National Park is so special

*becoming more customer focused in planning.

The plan also identifies areas for improvement. Over the coming year the focus will be on:

*encouraging our partners to improve the condition of their land for conservation

*enhancing our strategy for minerals/quarrying

*helping to overcome difficulties faced by disadvantaged groups so that more people can enjoy the special qualities of the Park

*developing more sustainable tourism initiatives

*giving local communities more opportunities to be involved in conserving and enhancing Park’s special qualities.

*developing more ways to conserve the cultural heritage of the Park.

Tony Hams added: 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 the National Park remains a very special place."

The full performance plan and a summary are available at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Paper copies of the full plan and a summary will also be available soon in local libraries and visitor centres, and on request in a range of other formats by contacting the customer services team on 01629 816200.

This is an archived press release

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