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Last chance to join 'Help Shape the Future' consultation

This is an archived press release

Monday 3 July 2006

3 July 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.

‘Help Shape the Future’ will culminate in the autumn with 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 18 months of consultation, the Authority has just published the draft of the plan, and final comments are being invited over the coming weeks.

The deadline for comments is 4 August. The draft can be viewed at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/helpshapethefuture

Alternatively, photocopies are available from the customer services team on 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Issues covered range from conservation and the local economy to dealing with increasing traffic pressures, quarrying and local needs housing.

Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, Tony Hams, said: The National Park Management Plan will address the big issues that will affect the future of the Park. It will set out a series of actions which will aim to make sure that this special place is conserved, enhanced and protected, so that local communities have a secure and viable future and people can continue to enjoy and visit the Park.”

The Authority launched ‘Help Shape the Future’ in 2004, and since then many hundreds of individuals and organisations have had their say at dozens of roadshows, public meetings and formal consultation events.

Tony Hams added: Over the past 18 months many local residents, community groups, parishes, local authorities and national organisations have contributed to ‘Help Shape the Future’.

We are encouraged and thankful for all of these contributions and would urge people to take one final opportunity to view the draft document before it is finalised and published in the autumn.”

This is an archived press release

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