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2007 press releases

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2007 press releases

Discover the past with Derbyshire’s own Time Team
Anyone interested in Derbyshire’s deepest past should go along to the county’s annual Archaeology Day on Saturday January 13.
2 January 2007

Harnessing horses to help save upland birds
Horse-owners are being urged to help save some of the Peak District’s most distinctive birds.
9 January 2007

First step toward enforcement action on Wager’s Flat
The way has been opened for the Peak District National Park Authority to take enforcement action against alleged unlawful limestone operations at Wagers Flat on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.
19 January 2007

Planning advice comes to the Hope Valley
Do you have queries about applying for planning permission in the Peak District National Park? Or perhaps you need to know what is permitted in this special area where the landscape and traditional buildings are a vital part of its character.
23 January 2007

Action plans boost village life
Would your village like help with improvements such as restoring an ancient landmark, setting up an internet centre, or launching a local history project?
26 January 2007

Turning over a new leaf in the Upper Derwent Valley
Forests in one of the Peak District’s premier beauty spots are being managed jointly for the first time by three major landowners.
31 January 2007

'Off-roading' policy proposed for National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority will consider a draft policy for the management of motor vehicles on country tracks at its meeting on February 9.
1 February 2007

Minister sees impact of quarrying on National Park
Biodiversity, landscape and rural affairs Minister Barry Gardiner MP said he wanted to see a permanent, national solution to controlling the environmental impact of quarrying after visiting the Peak District National Park.
1 February 2007

Influential Conservative MP to visit Peak District National Park
The Chair of the Conservative Party's 'Quality of Life' group visits the Peak District next week on a fact-finding tour.
8 February 2007

Spotlight on Wager's Flat at Authority meeting
A decision by the Peak District National Park Authority on possible enforcement action at Wager's Flat has been put back to 9 March, after the Authority received representations from the quarry owner and operator.
9 February 2007

Authority focuses funding on priority areas
Planning and quarrying issues, restoration of threatened moorland and getting young people involved in the future of the National Park, will be the top priorities for the Peak District National Park Authority over the next 12 months.
9 February 2007

National Park Authority pledges action on climate change
The Peak District National Park Authority has made an official commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
20 February 2007

Peak walking guide hikes up cash for conservation
A new guidebook walked off the shelves and raised cash to help restore a popular Peak District pathway.
21 February 2007

More neighbours to be contacted on planning applications
The Peak District National Park Authority is to inform more people by letter about forthcoming planning applications on neighbouring properties.
27 February 2007

Backdale quarry inquiry closes
A 10-day public inquiry into quarrying at Backdale in the Peak District National Park wound up on February 28 with closing submissions.
28 February 2007

Moorland 'dog-blog' launch at Crufts
A ground-breaking audio “dog-blog” encouraging owners to take special care of their dogs and wildlife on the Peak District moors, will set tails wagging at Crufts (Thur March 8).
5 March 2007

Students raise top concerns at Peak 11 Conference
Anti-social behaviour, training, transport and housing were among top concerns for young people at a one-day conference in the Peak District National Park.
6 March 2007

Heritage, health & hydro-power – Peak projects get grants lift-off
Heritage, health and hydro-power are among the winners in the latest round of grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.
7 March 2007

Enforcement authorised over quarrying at Wager’s Flat
The Peak District National Park Authority is maintaining its strong stance over controversial quarrying activities on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.
9 March 2007

Quarry exchange proposal deferred
The Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee has today (16 March) deferred making a decision on a proposal to extend a quarry.
16 March 2007

Help shape National Park land-use policy
Where is the best place to build new housing for local people in the Peak District National Park? Where is the best place for tourism and recreation development? Should domestic-scale wind turbines and solar panels be encouraged in a national park? How much more quarrying should be permitted? What is the best way to manage traffic in a national park? Should industrial land be protected or released for housing?
22 March 2007

Spring into a new Peak Experience
Two new Peak Experience trails will help people explore the Peak District with fresh eyes this Spring.
27 March 2007

National Park Authority renews opposition to proposed A628 bypass
The Peak District National Park Authority today (March 30) renewed its opposition to the Highways Agency’s proposed Mottram-Tintwistle bypass – and warned it would like to scrap its support in principle for a bypass-scheme.
30 March 2007

Climate and communities – future focus for National Park
Action on climate-change, the disadvantaged and local communities are among key targets in a new five-year plan just launched by the Peak District National Park Authority.
11 April 2007

Fun family activities at Longshaw
Families looking for a different day out should come along to celebrate the opening of a new Moorland Discovery Centre on Saturday April 28 in the Peak District National Park.
19 April 2007

Paws on the Moors - outdoor theatre
Derby University’s Graduate Theatre Company will be performing Moors for the Future’s 'Paws on the Moors' LIVE throughout May at various venues around the Peak District.
23 April 2007

Major success for Authority's action on quarrying
Efforts by the Peak District National Park Authority to stop unauthorised quarrying of limestone at Longstone Edge have received a massive boost today, with the news that a planning inspector has decided in favour of the Authority's enforcement action.
27 April 2007

Winging in to count lapwings
A “flying squad” of more than 60 volunteers is counting lapwings across the Peak District.
30 April 2007

Help prevent moorland fires
People are being urged to help prevent the risk of moorland fires in the Peak District National Park after the warmest April on record.
30 April 2007

Log-on to help shape land use in the Peak District
People who missed out on a series of public meetings that will help shape how land is developed in the National Park for decades to come, can still have their say via the Internet.
14 May 2007

Authority takes action to stop unauthorised quarrying at Wagers Flat
The Peak District National Park Authority has today acted to stop unauthorised quarrying at Wagers Flat, on Longstone Edge near Bakewell.
15 May 2007

Growing green – grants boost eco-projects
School-children digging for victory, a Town Hall heated by thermal water, and wood-fuel training courses – all among the latest eco-friendly projects to receive support from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund.
21 May 2007

Make a bee-line for the great bilberry bee hunt
Moorland walkers are being invited to join the great bilberry bee hunt in the Peak District National Park until the end of June.
21 May 2007

Future brighter for National Park wildlife
Water voles are doing well, so are lapwing and curlew – but white-clawed crayfish will have to be saved from extinction in the Peak District National Park, according to the latest survey of biodiversity.
23 May 2007

Meet the architect – Moorland Centre
A “green” roof complete with a waterfall, and a heating system powered by the earth – the £1m Moorland Visitor Centre in the Peak District National Park is a model of eco-friendly design.
11 June 2007

How villagers can “plug in” to help and support
How can our village get grants for projects? Where can we link up with support agencies? How can we find out what our villagers really want, and what to go for first?
11 June 2007

Hope of an end to quarry wrangle on Stanton Moor
A quarry proposal which includes giving up rights to work dormant sites on historic Stanton Moor has been supported by the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee.
15 June 2007

The Prince of Wales to visit pioneering Moorland Centre
HRH The Prince of Wales is to visit the innovative Moorland Centre – at the forefront of the battle against climate-change – on Friday June 29.
18 June 2007

“Grand Designs” in the Peak District
An awards scheme has been launched to tie in with the publication of a new Design Guide for the Peak District National Park.
25 June 2007

Floods & climate-change - HRH the Prince of Wales visits Moorland Centre
HRH the Prince of Wales swooped into Edale and saw how vital moorland restoration work can help reduce flood-risks before going on to see flood-afflicted areas in Sheffield.
29 June 2007

New chair for Peak District National Park Authority
A Sheffield architect and planner has been elected chair of the Peak District National Park Authority at its annual meeting. (July 6)
6 July 2007

Hope of an end to quarry wrangle on Stanton Moor
The Secretary of State for Local Government will have the final say on a proposal that would end the threat of quarrying near historic sites on Stanton Moor for good.
6 July 2007

National Parks Week – get away and enjoy the Peak District
The Peak District National Park is big, beautiful and welcoming - that’s why thousands of people keep coming back, not least in National Parks Week, July 30 to August 5.
16 July 2007

Verdant verges brighten drivers' day
Roadside riots of colour have blossomed in the Peak District this year thanks to Road Verge Reserves brightening up many routes in Derbyshire.
19 July 2007

Prince inspired to help Peak meat
The beautiful landscape of the Peak District National Park inspired The Prince of Wales when he used his paintbrush to help promote the area’s traditionally-reared beef and lamb.
23 July 2007

Vigilance continues on Longstone Edge quarries
The Peak District National Park Authority has told quarry operators it would consider further action if any resumption of quarrying at Backdale resulted in unlawful mineral working.
30 July 2007

A word in your ear…podcast trails through the Peaks
How about tracking Peak District film-locations with surround-sound? Or hearing a World War 2 ‘Dambuster’ as you walk by the famous dams? Or listening to the tramp of centurions’ feet as you tread a Roman road over the moors?
2 August 2007

Environment chief on fact-finding tour of Peak District
Barbara Young, chief executive of the Environment Agency, met conservationists, farmers and eco-conscious villagers on a fact-finding tour of the Peak District National Park (Aug 7).
7 August 2007

National Park Authority to present case at bypass inquiry
The Peak District National Park Authority will present its objections to a proposed A628 bypass and associated Glossop Spur when a public inquiry re-opens on September 4.
24 August 2007

New path to perfection in Hope Valley
An ancient path has been restored to offer walkers breathtaking views of the Hope Valley. The Peak District National Park Authority has re-instated a hollow-way – a sunken path carved out of the landscape by pack-horse trains that used to cross Ridgewayside, above Hathersage.
28 August 2007

Call for new member of Peak District National Park Authority
Applications are being invited to become a member of the Peak District National Park Authority.
3 September 2007

Evening ‘surgeries’ with National Park planners
Peak District National Park planners are holding three evening ‘surgeries’ for those who need advice closer to home or out of normal office-hours.
4 September 2007

End in sight for quarry wrangle on historic moor
Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears has decided not to intervene in a proposal that would end the prospect of working under an old planning permission at  two quarries near historic Stanton Moor.
5 September 2007

Have text, will travel – from pre-history to the present day
Text messages will help to whisk people along a new Three Forts Trail in the Hope Valley – transmitting transport times to reach the next heritage spot.
12 September 2007

TV's Queen of Green to energise Peak District communities
BBC2's "Queen of Green", Penney Poyzer, will be energising Peak District communities at a "21st Century Village Conference" in Bakewell on Saturday September 29.
13 September 2007

Peak business event to help cut food-miles
Peak District businesses will be helped to “go green” at a free event to help them source local produce that benefits the environment.
1 October 2007

£1m in grants help the Peak go green
The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund has given nearly £1m in grants over the past five years to help “green” and educational projects in and around the National Park.
23 October 2007

End of an era – top photographer bows out of Peak District
Ray Manley, one of the best landscape photographers in the country, has retired from the Peak District National Park Authority after 29 years.
24 October 2007

National Park Authority protests against Post Office closure plans
The Peak District National Park Authority has called for a re-think over the proposed closure of three post offices in the National Park.
29 October 2007

Quarry inquiry – “important result” for National Park landscape
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed a public inquiry decision upholding its action to prevent unauthorised limestone working at Smalldale Head quarry on Bradwell Moor.
9 November 2007

Clean and green? Then let it be seen
Eco-friendly Peak District businesses can learn how to shout about their environmental credentials at a free “Green Marketing” workshop on Tuesday November 27.
12 November 2007

Parishes focus on National Park planning
Parish councillors from all over the Peak District National Park have a deeper understanding of planning issues following a one-day training session led by national park planners.
14 November 2007

Grand Designs rewarded in National Park
The Peak District National Park Authority has rewarded excellence in building design with the presentation of its first ever Design Awards.
19 November 2007

Poetic about the Peak? Show your verse-ability
Peak poets are being invited to celebrate the dramatic landscape of the Peak District National Park in a new competition.
28 November 2007

Welcome for grant to Peak District National Park Authority
Work to conserve and enhance the Peak District for residents and visitors is to be boosted following the announcement of extra funding for the Peak District National Park Authority.
6 December 2007

Bridge to a sustainable future
Walkers on their way up to the famous Kinder Scout now have a new landmark to look out for – a hand-carved wooden footbridge, made by a local craftsman with sustainable timber for the Peak District National Park Authority.
10 December 2007

National park chair criticises post office closures
Peak District National Park Authority chair Narendra Bajaria has slammed the closure of three national park post offices as “a real blow to our efforts to create sustainable communities.”
12 December 2007

Authority welcomes regional planning proposals
Affordable homes for local people would continue to be a priority in the Peak District National Park under a proposed review of the East Midlands Regional Plan.
17 December 2007

Top Peak District eco-friendly businesses rewarded
Twenty-two top eco-friendly businesses were the latest to be awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) for putting their “green” ideals into the best possible practice.
18 December 2007

Give your views on countryside
Residents, parish councils and environmental groups are being asked to comment on the first part of a strategy that will decide how the Peak District countryside develops in the future.
20 December 2007

Discover the past with Derbyshire's own Time Team
Anyone interested in Derbyshire’s deepest past should go along to the county’s annual Archaeology Day on Saturday January 12.
28 December 2007

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