This is an archived press release
Thursday 6 December 2007
6 December 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.
Helping to tackle climate change will be at the top of the authority’s priorities.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to give the Peak District National Park Authority an extra 4.2 per cent funding in 2008/09, which will see its overall budget increase from £7.9 million to £8.2 million.
The money will be used to tackle issues including:
- Climate change
- Reducing the level of quarrying in the Peak District
- Projects to protect and enhance the landscape
- Work to promote the development and use of public transport
- The need for affordable housing
For the first time DEFRA has also announced funding for the following two years, allowing the authority to improve its planning of future projects.
It means the authority will provisionally receive a further 2.9 per cent in 2009/10 and 2.75 per cent in 2010/11, increasing overall budgets figures to £8.4 million and £8.7 million respectively.
Narendra Bajaria, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We welcome this news which shows how seriously the Government recognises the important work we are carrying out in the national park on a wide range of rural issues.
“I am also pleased that Hilary Benn, the secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, and his ministerial team have listened to our arguments and brought our funding in line with the rises given to local government.
“This announcement lets us plan with confidence ways of protecting and enhancing the unique qualities of the Peak District for current and future generations.”
In an extra boost DEFRA has also agreed to provide the Peak District National Park Authority £600,000 over three years for the Sustainable Development Fund, which pays for community projects on:
- Renewable energy
- Waste and recycling initiatives
- Promoting access to the Peak District National Park by disadvantaged groups
Narendra added: “The Sustainable Development Fund money will let us continue our significant programme to work with our local communities to boost their enjoyment of, and involvement with, the Peak District National Park.
“Many of these programmes are delivered in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations.”