This is an archived press release
Thursday 6 April 2006
6 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.
The Authority has welcomed the news, which will enable it to plough extra cash into priority areas. This could include:
- Taking action to protect the Peak District countryside from unlawful quarrying
- Focusing on customer service improvements in the planning process
- Conservation work on at-risk areas including moorland
- Improving landscapes and visitor facilities.
Today's announcement, by Defra Minister Jim Knight, will benefit all National Parks in England. They will share £3.1M extra funding over the next two years.
During 2006/7 the Peak District will receive an extra £183,000, increasing its budget to £7.723M, with a further £200,000 for 2007/8, increasing its budget to £7.923M.
Peak District National Park Authority Chair Tony Hams said: "This is very welcome news. Jim Knight visited the Peak District recently and saw for himself the difficulties that we and our partners face in our work to conserve and enhance the National Park.
"Mr Knight took a very personal interest in issues such as quarrying, affordable housing and conservation, and we would like to thank him for his efforts to secure additional funding for National Parks.
Peak District National Park Authority Chief Executive Jim Dixon added: "Although the funding is extremely good news, we must stress that we still face very great financial pressures and there will be many demands on this extra funding.
"Unlike local councils, National Parks are funded by a direct Government grant rather than Council Tax. Our budgets for the next two years had been frozen - effectively a cut when inflation is taken into account - so the additional money is roughly equivalent to an inflationary increase in our budget.
"Over the coming weeks we will be looking very carefully at our priority areas and our members will meet to agree where the extra money will be spent.”