This is an archived press release
Monday 3 August 2009
03 August 2009
Active in the Outdoors - your say on Peak District recreation
The Peak District National Park attracts millions of outdoor recreation users each year.
To make their visit even more enjoyable - and encourage people who don’t currently come - the Peak District National Park Authority is today (Monday 3 August) launching a public consultation on the future of recreation facilities and services over the next decade.
They particularly want to hear from members of the public and local community groups, recreation groups and providers - representing activities ranging from abseiling through to windsurfing - as well as health and environmental organisations, local councils and government bodies. They are being asked to comment on the draft recreation strategy that aims to:
- Review existing recreation facilities and services
- Identify areas that could be improved
- Consider the priorities for improving recreation facilities and services between now and 2020
The public consultation runs until Friday 25 September. Anyone interested can see the draft strategy at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/recreation and then give their views by filling in an online questionnaire.
Geoff Nickolds, the Peak District National Park Authority’s member representative for recreation, said: “Producing the draft strategy has confirmed what we already knew - that people love getting out into the Peak District and enjoying the many activities it has to offer.
“But we want to go beyond what has happened in the past to address some key issues and make the Peak District even more welcoming to new and existing visitors. For example, we would like to see clearer information provided about what recreation opportunities are available and raise awareness of the benefits to people’s health and well-being if they take part in outdoor activities.
“Another area we want to address, working with partners, is ways of promoting and encouraging greater use of environmentally friendly transport. This could mean greater promotion of bus and rail services for people attending recreation events or activities. It could also involve creating more links between rural and urban areas, such as establishing new cycle routes.
“It is crucial that we get the views of as many types of recreational users and providers as possible to check this is the right way forward over the next decade.”
The strategy has been produced with partners from sports governing bodies, recreation clubs, user groups, landowners, conservationists, local authorities, community and health representatives and recreation providers and promoters.
Geoff added: “Together we have come up with a 10-year strategic plan, based on research and evidence, that will guide the way recreation services and facilities are provided and managed in the national park.”
The online survey to accompany the strategy - called Active in the Outdoors - asks recreation users:
- For their views on the overall approach and aims of the strategy
- If anything has been missed or they want to suggest further actions
- Whether they - or the group they represent - agree with the actions and will help to deliver them
- What they find distinctive about recreation provision in the Peak District
Anyone without Internet access at home or work can use a computer for free in their local library to see the draft strategy and complete the online questionnaire. Paper copies are also available by ringing 01629 816270.