This is an archived press release
Friday 10 March 2006
10 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.
Rather than opting for pay-and-display at a car park near Stanage, the Peak District National Park Authority is asking for donations to help look after the area and provide more public transport. The system has been launched at the Popular End car park at Hook’s Car.
Stanage, near Hathersage, is one of the busiest outdoor recreation areas in Britain, attracting thousands of visitors on busy weekends – 95 per cent of whom come by car.
It has long been used by walkers, climbers, riders and naturalists, and Stanage Edge featured in one of the most dramatic scenes in last year’s hit film of Pride and Prejudice.
The Authority manages the area with the support of the Stanage Forum – which includes all the recreational user-groups, plus landowners, farmers, local communities and other interested parties. The agreed Management Plan laid down that people arriving by car should contribute to the upkeep, and the voluntary boxes are one way to achieve this.
Pay-and-display is already in operation at Plantation car park, and the other car parks will remain free in a two-year trial.
The aim is not only to generate income for upkeep, but to encourage more people to leave the car at home, use public transport and cut down on congestion and pollution.
Stanage estate manager Matthew Croney said: “Groups such as the British Mountaineering Council argue that their members would willingly donate to good causes, such as maintaining the busiest climbing crag in Britain and providing public transport.
“As well as providing visitor facilities, footpath repairs, habitat management and warden and ranger services to help visitors enjoy Stanage, the Authority is working hard to achieve better public transport links – and contributions are crucial to all of this.
“So if you’re visiting Stanage, please prove that voluntary boxes can work and give as generously as you can.”