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2008 press releases

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2008 press releases

Evening ‘surgery’ with National Park planners
Peak District National Park planners are holding an evening “surgery” on January 14 for those who need advice out of normal office-hours.
4 January 2008

Legal action taken to protect environment at Longstone Edge
The Peak District National Park Authority is taking legal action requiring the owners and operators of Backdale Quarry to stop unlawful quarrying.
7 January 2008

Charity cyclists to launch new route
Cyclists are being sought to take part in a charity ride – and help officially open a £261,000 new cycling route.
28 January 2008

Villagers celebrate sound of Silence
Two villages will make wildlife bloom on a derelict lead-mine site thanks to vital help from the Peak District National Park Authority and Heritage Lottery Fund.
29 January 2008

Plug in to the Peaks on your iPod
Walkers can pack their MP3 players with free audio walking guides at a new high-tech download centre – only the second in the country – based at Bakewell Visitor Centre.
1 February 2008

Help needed to shrink Peak District’s carbon-footprint
The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is looking for climate-change and business professionals to help target grants on global warming.
1 February 2008

Drop-in session on Longstone Edge quarrying cases
The Peak District National Park Authority is holding a drop-in session to explain the latest position on quarrying at Backdale and Wagers Flat on Longstone Edge.
8 February 2008

Help for village post office to launch internet hub
The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund is helping a village post office to develop an internet café as a community hub.
13 February 2008

Out-of-hours chance to meet planners
Peak District National Park planners are holding an evening advice surgery for people who cannot visit in normal office hours.
18 February 2008

Conservation area update for Litton
The people of Litton have the chance to comment on a draft Litton conservation area appraisal prepared by the Peak District National Park Authority.
19 February 2008

Pennine schools to help climate-change research
Hundreds of secondary school students from across the Pennines will be conducting important climate-change research on Peak District moorland during National Science and Engineering Week – March 7–16.
21 February 2008

Enforcement notice on Wagers Flat 'not null' - Inspector
The Peak District National Park Authority’s enforcement notice against excess limestone operations at Wagers Flat is not null, a planning inspector has decided.
22 February 2008

Chance for urban teenagers to learn in the wild
Urban teachers and community leaders can find out how their young people could learn survival skills, bushcraft, navigation and conservation in the Peak District National Park.
25 February 2008

Call for potential housing sites
The Peak District National Park Authority and two Derbyshire local councils want people to suggest sites and buildings suitable for possible future housing development.
28 February 2008

Keep dogs under control in countryside this spring
Peak District dog-walkers are asked to keep their pets on short leads on the moors and near farm animals during the breeding season from March until the end of July.
29 February 2008

Pupils plant trees to help rescue derelict woodland
More than 40 schoolchildren helped plant trees to safeguard the future of a once-derelict woodland in the Peak District National Park.
3 March 2008

International project is BESST for businesses
An international business conference is to be held to mark the end of a Peak District National Park Authority-led project to boost tourism and promote care for the environment in three countries.
4 March 2008

Minister to hear latest on quarrying issues at Longstone Edge
DEFRA minister Jonathan Shaw is to meet with senior officials from the Peak District National Park Authority to discuss the latest developments about quarrying on Longstone Edge.
6 March 2008

Rangers to help climate change research
Peak District National Park volunteer rangers will be helping important climate change research on Peak District moorland over the next nine months.
7 March 2008

Authority thanks community for Longstone Edge support
The Peak District National Park Authority has expressed its gratitude to community and environmental groups for their continued support in its action to stop alleged harmful quarrying on Longstone Edge.
28 March 2008

Authority bids farewell to former national park chair
The Peak District National Park Authority expressed deep gratitude to its former chair Tony Hams as he finished his 10-year appointment as a member. (March 31)
1 April 2008

National Park Authority seeks appeal on High Court judgment
The Peak District National Park Authority is to challenge a High Court ruling over its enforcement action to control the extent of limestone quarrying at Backdale on Longstone Edge.
18 April 2008

Ride and Ramble – ‘green’ way to explore Peak District
Ramblers can suss out the bus or let the train take the strain with a new Peak District walking guide aimed at cutting car-pollution.
22 April 2008

Paws on the Moors – essential advice for dog-walkers
Calling dog-owners – do you know how to walk your dog safely on the Peak District moors?
23 April 2008

On the Right Track
A website and leaflets giving advice about recreational use of the countryside by 4x4s and trail bikes have been launched by the Peak District National Park Authority.
24 April 2008

Teachers’ welcome to outdoor classroom
How often do pupils stare through the window wishing they were outside? Now there’s no reason not to be, when they can learn numeracy, literacy, science, geography, history and the arts in the giant outdoor classroom of the Peak District National Park.
30 April 2008

Bluetooth and claws
Visitors to Bakewell with Bluetooth mobile phones can download a new dog-walking cartoon, for free.
6 May 2008

Tell me about it! "a my space" for national park users
The UK’s first national park has now become the first to offer an interactive website for people to share their favourite Peak District places with others all round the world.
20 May 2008

Pedal the Peaks in National Bike Week
Mountain biking is thrilling but daunting – so two free guided rides should help novice bikers get into gear for the Peak District.
23 May 2008

Refusal for wind turbine on iconic landscape
The Peak District National Park Authority has turned down a National Trust application for a wind turbine on the dramatic sweeping landscape of Longshaw, near Grindleford.
23 May 2008

Cut the carbon - World Environment Day goes local
Pull on your walking boots and shrink your carbon footprint - that’s one message from the Peak District National Park Authority on World Environment Day (Thur June 5).
4 June 2008

International volunteers dig deep to help the Peak District
Volunteers from around the world have united to help conservation projects in and around the Peak District National Park.
4 June 2008

Master Cutler sees slice of Peak District life
The Master and Mistress Cutler have visited the Peak District National Park to help develop even better links between the area and Sheffield.
12 June 2008

Vote for Moors for the Future in National Lottery Awards
Moors for the Future - a vital project to restore large parts of the Peak District moors - has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2008.
17 June 2008

Green Grindleford to blossom on open day
Grindleford Allotment Association is holding an open day (Saturday July 12, 2pm-4.30pm) to show other villages how they too could sow the seeds of a successful community project.
30 June 2008

New deputy chair for Peak District National Park Authority
Narendra Bajaria has been unanimously elected for a second year as chair of the Peak District National Park Authority at its annual meeting.
2 July 2008

National prize for protecting Heritage at Risk
The Peak District National Park Authority has been selected to receive English Heritage’s first Heritage at Risk prize for work to protect historic monuments and buildings.
8 July 2008

Peregrine-watch helps chicks take flight
Peregrine falcons have bred successfully for the first time in 100 years on one of the country’s most popular climbing crags - thanks to a remarkable co-operation between protection organisations, local people and visitors.
9 July 2008

Peak District on a plate - celebrate local food in National Parks Week
Peak District businesses are serving up a feast of special events to help celebrate the Year of Food and Farming in National Parks Week (July 28 - Aug 3).
15 July 2008

Most services operational during strike
Most Peak District National Park Authority services to the public are operational during a two-day strike by local government officers’ union UNISON on July 16-17.
14 July 2008

Moors for the Future in National Lottery Award final
Moors for the Future - a project to restore one of the UK’s most important natural defences against climate change - has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2008. Now it is appealing for people’s votes as the UK’s Best Environment Project 2008.
21 July 2008

Long-running quarry case to go to Court of Appeal
The Peak District National Park Authority has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court decision over alleged harmful quarrying on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.
28 July 2008

Castleton Visitor Centre shortlisted for tourism award
Castleton Visitor Centre, in the heart of the Peak District National Park, has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Enjoy England Excellence awards for the quality of its services.
31 July 2008

'You're Welcome' - new free easy-access guide to the Peak District
Easy does it - the Peak District National Park is not all hard climbs and sharp summits. A new guide shows just how simple it is to reach breathtaking views, even for those with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
1 August 2008

Concern about future of cheese making factory
The future of 180 jobs at a creamery in Hartington is to be discussed by senior officials at the Peak District National Park Authority.
5 August 2008

Step into the pages of Jane Eyre
The places that inspired Charlotte Bronte to write her classic novel Jane Eyre are being brought to life for visitors to the Peak District National Park.
6 August 2008

Working to protect cheese making factory
The new owners of a Hartington cheese making factory where 180 jobs are under threat have said they work with local people to save as many posts as possible.
8 August 2008

Rare plants under threat from thieves
The police, environmental and gardening groups have joined together to condemn thieves who have stolen a rare type of orchid from the Peak District National Park countryside.
14 August 2008

Approval for two new village halls in national park
The Peak District National Park planning committee has given unanimous approval for two new village halls to meet the needs of the 21st century.
18 August 2008

Have your say on Peak District recreation needs
Outdoor enthusiasts, visitors and residents are being urged to have their say in a public survey about the future of recreational activities in the Peak District National Park.
28 August 2008

Call for new Member of National Park Authority
The Peak District National Park Authority needs a new member of its governing body to help make strategic decisions for the next four years.
2 September 2008

New book showcases responsible tourism
The story of Peak District tourism businesses who gained inspiration for new products and services from companies in rural Scandinavia is to be told in a new book.
9 September 2008

Plans to protect unsurfaced rural routes from damage
Management plans are being drawn up to protect eight of the most sensitive unsurfaced routes in the Peak District National Park from damage caused by 4x4s and trail bikes.
15 September 2008

Have your say on planning and management of national park
Residents are being asked by the Peak District National Park Authority to help shape future planning policies and for their views on how the landscape should be managed.
15 September 2008

Villagers’ £230,000 appeal to help save historic weir and wetlands
Villagers are in a race against time to raise £230,000 by March to help save a unique piece of the Peak District’s industrial heritage.
15 September 2008

Welcome for end to quarry wrangle on Stanton Moor
The Peak District National Park Authority is delighted to have achieved a final agreement to save a historic Peak District moor from the re-activation of a dormant quarry.
18 September 2008

Schools help climate change research on Peak moors
Students from 14 secondary schools across the Pennines will take to the hills from September 29 - October 3 in a unique climate-change research programme organised by the Peak District National Park Authority.
19 September 2008

Wind farm proposal opposed by National Park planners
The Peak District National Park planning committee is strongly opposed to plans for a five-turbine wind farm just outside the national park boundary.
23 September 2008

Tell us what you think
Residents in Hartington are being invited to meet with leaders from the Peak District National Park Authority to talk about issues in their village.
23 September 2008

Evening planning surgery
The first in a series of evening planning surgeries for Peak District residents will take place on 16 October at Calver Village Hall.
29 September 2008

Peak designs win praise from judges
The best in countryside design and craftsmanship have been celebrated by judges in the Peak District and South Yorkshire Countryside Awards 2008.
30 September 2008

Young people offered a taste of the wild
Teenagers in Manchester, Sheffield and Derby are being offered a chance to try their hand at bushcraft and survival skills in the Peak District National Park.
30 September 2008

Evening surgeries bring planners to the people
Peak District National Park Authority planners are holding two village “surgeries” for those who need advice closer to home or out of normal office-hours.
2 October 2008

Consultation on direct elections to national park authorities
Residents are being encouraged to have their say on the best way of selecting people to run national park authorities across the country.
7 October 2008

Peak District scheme in finals of Responsible Tourism Awards
Nearly 80 "local heroes" holding the Peak District’s Environmental Quality Mark are thrilled that the scheme has reached the finals of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2008.
8 October 2008

Castleton Visitor Centre scoops silver tourism award
Castleton Visitor Centre, set in the Peak District National Park, struck silver in the East Midlands Enjoy England Excellence awards for the quality of its tourism information services.
20 October 2008

Moors under microscope at top-level research conference
Experts at the forefront of moorland research will gather at a top-level Living Upland Landscapes conference in the Peak District National Park on November 24-25.
22 October 2008

Bridge between nature and art at North Lees
Walkers on the Peak District’s glorious North Lees estate, above Hathersage, are able to enjoy a new hand-crafted footbridge specially made at the site.
30 October 2008

Chance for Bradfield residents to have their say
Residents in Bradfield and the surrounding area are being invited to meet with leaders from the Peak District National Park Authority to talk about issues in their villages.
4 November 2008

Authority to decide on wind-farm appeal
The Peak District National Park Authority will decide on Friday (Nov 7) whether to appeal against plans for a wind-farm near the national park boundary.
4 November 2008

Joint appeal on Carsington wind-farm proposal
Senior Members of the Peak District National Park Authority today (Fri Nov 7) gave the go-ahead for a High Court challenge to plans for a wind-farm near the national park boundary.
7 November 2008

Seek out Santa’s Missing Elf in Castleton
The award-winning Castleton Visitor Centre is launching its Santa’s Missing Elf competition at the village’s Christmas Lights switch-on this Saturday (Nov 15) to add a little extra magic for visitors all the way up to December 21.
10 November 2008

International responsible tourism award for authority
A project run by the Peak District National Park Authority to promote and support environmentally friendly businesses has won a top international tourism award.
17 November 2008

Local Access Forum on lookout for new members
New members are being sought for a group which advises on ways of improving access to the countryside for recreational purposes.
21 November 2008

Information campaign seeks support of 'off-road' riders and drivers
A joint operation has taken place to encourage 4x4 drivers and trail bikers to act responsibly when using unsurfaced countryside routes in the Peak District National Park.
24 November 2008

Long term future of Hartington Creamery on the table
Discussions about the long-term future of a Peak District cheese factory where 180 jobs are under threat will take place early next year.
27 November 2008

Key Peak District view improved by overhead wire removal
A new partnership between Electricity North West, United Utilities Electricity Services, the Peak District National Park Authority and Friends of the Peak District has enabled a key view of Rushup Edge, near Chapel-en-le-Frith, to be improved by removing a section of high voltage overhead lines.
3 December 2008

National Park promotes access for all
The Peak District National Park Authority wants to reach out to huge sectors of our society who are deterred from visiting the countryside.
8 December 2008

Climate change action plan on way for national park
A Climate Change Action Plan is on the way to co-ordinate the fight against global warming across the Peak District National Park.
8 December 2008

Grants power green technologies in Peak District
The battle against climate change has been boosted in the Peak District with grants to a renewable-energy village hall, a proposed hydro-electric plant and a schools action project.
9 December 2008

Five-year marquee ruled out for historic stable-yard
An application to put a wedding marquee in the stable-yard of a stately home has been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority.
15 December 2008

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