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Climate and communities – future focus for National Park

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 11 April 2007

11 April 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.

The new National Park Management Plan is an over-arching strategy document drawn up by the Authority to adapt to modern challenges in a changing world.

With the help of local residents, councils and interest-groups over an 18-month consultation period, 86 targets for action were set out to be achieved by 2011. Top priorities include:

  • Climate-change – the Authority is already restoring degraded peatlands which store twice as much carbon as the world’s forests, through the Moors for the Future Partnership. It will also host a major conference on the impact of climate-change in the Peak District and promote low-carbon technologies.
  • Disadvantaged groups and people of all abilities – to be positively encouraged with a range of targeted activities including sports and conservation work.
  • Local communities – the Authority wants to see more support for young people and the elderly, better rural services and more affordable homes for those who need them.
  • Protecting the landscape – the effect of quarrying is one of its main concerns. The Management Plan commits the Authority to continue lobbying for stronger powers to control quarrying, and in some cases to remove old planning permissions (with compensation where appropriate).
  • Biodiversity, cultural heritage, natural beauty, traffic and travel, recreation and tourism, education and the economy – all these essential elements of National Park wellbeing are given priority in the Management Plan.

National Park Authority chair Tony Hams said: “The new Management Plan gives us the blueprint for the next five years to help address the demands of a rapidly-changing world.

“Together with local people, councils and organisations, we will strive to ensure the National Park is a thriving, healthy and welcoming environment. We want to conserve and enhance nature, beauty and tradition, be responsive to changing needs and make sure as many people as possible can benefit from this special place.”

Some 38,000 people live in the Peak District National Park, with more than 10-million adult visitors a year.

The plan is available online at: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmp.htm or paper copies are available for £7.50 – telephone 01629 816200 or email customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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